ALBERTA IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM (AINP)
The popularity of Alberta among immigrants has increased over the past few years. A large number of job opportunities exist in this region, and medical benefits are excellent. The application process for immigrants in Alberta is friendly and fast, and more than 10000 newcomers arrive there every year. The province has one of the lowest housing costs in Canada. Natural beauty and abundant resources make Alberta a prosperous province.
The province administers the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), formerly the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the right mix of skills and work experience needed by the province may receive an Alberta Provincial Nomination Certificate.The applicants, if nominated via the AINP program, can apply for permanent residence collectively with their spouse or common-law partner, and dependent children.
Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS)
This stream is for temporary foreign workers who are already working full-time in Alberta and have a full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in an eligible occupation. Candidates must have a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or hold LMIA exempt work permits.
To be eligible, applicants must have a valid work permit, not implied status, or restoration status, when their application is either mailed to the AINP or submitted to AINP portal and assessed by AINP.
International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream
This Stream is for international students who have graduated from post-secondary institutions in Alberta and wish to immigrate to the province permanently by starting a new business or purchasing an existing business. The candidate must have completed at least two years of full-time education in Alberta, resulting in a degree or diploma from a designated post-secondary institution in Alberta.
The candidate must have a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) valid for at least 2 years at the time of your Expression of Interest (EOI) submission. The candidate must have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7 for each English language skill. Also they must establish a new business or buy an existing business in Alberta with a minimum 34% ownership. Business Partners must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents. They must have a minimum of 6 months of full-time work experience.
Alberta Express Entry Stream
The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows the province of Alberta to nominate qualified candidates from the Government of Canada’s Express Entry pool. Under Alberta Express Entry Stream qualified candidates may be selected for nomination through general draws or if they highly skilled tech professionals under an Accelerated Tech pathway.
To qualify for consideration, applicant must meet the following requirements at the time application is either mailed or submitted to AINP portal and assessed:
- Have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool
- Qualify for eligibility for at least one of the federal immigration programs:
- Canadian Experience Class
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Attains a Comprehensive Ranking System score of at least 300
- Works in an occupation that favours Alberta’s economic development and diversification
- Plans to and be able to reside and work in Alberta
What are the eligibility requirements for Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP)?
The eligibility criteria for Alberta include the following-To qualify for consideration, applicant must meet the following requirements at the time application is either mailed or submitted to AINP portal and assessed:
- points of 67 points on its points grid
- police verification report
- Have at least two years’ continuous full-time work experience in the required profession
- Minimum educational qualification
- Minimum Language score
- Medical test report
AINP Processing Time
The processing time of each stream under the AAIP programs tends to vary. On average, applications submitted through the AIP online portal take around 4 to 6 months, while paper applications take around 15 to 19 months.