Province Nomination Program AINP

Introduction of Alberta


Alberta, a western province of Canada, It is one of the fastest growing provinces of the country and home to two of the country’s major urban centers, Calgary and Edmonton. It is the fourth most populated province after Ontario, Québec and British Columbia. Alberta’s landscape varies from towering mountains to glacial lakes, from vast boreal forests to fertile prairies and desert badlands. It is also renowned as one of the most beautiful parts of North America, with famous national parks, such as Banff and Jasper. Alberta has a well developed educational system and is known for having one of the best educational systems in Canada, and the world. It has also historically performed well on international ranking tests.


Geographic details of Alberta


Capital                

Edmonton

Largest City

Calgary

Total Area

255,541 sq. mi

Area rank

6th in Canada

Population

43.7 lakhs (2019)

Population Rank

4th in Canada

Per capita

C$78,100 

 

Weather Condition of Alberta

Alberta has a humid continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. The province is open to cold arctic weather systems from the north, which often produces extremely cold conditions in winter.

 

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

Alberta is the largest producer of oil and gas in Canada, and attracts many immigrants working in those industries.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an immigration program through which a broad range of workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs can settle in Alberta permanently. The AINP is one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Successful applicants to the AINP receive a provincial nomination certificate. With this nomination, the applicant, as well as his or her accompanying family members, if applicable, may apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canadian permanent residence.

The AINP consists of the following immigration streams:

·         Alberta Opportunity Stream

·         Alberta Express Entry Stream

·         Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream

 

Alberta Opportunity Stream

The Alberta Opportunity Stream launched in June 2018 and replaced the province's Employer-Driven Stream and strategic Recruitment Stream.

It is designed to simplify the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) application process, reduce waiting times and make the system fairer for candidates and employers.


Requirements for the Alberta Opportunity Stream.

1. Occupation requirements

Applicants must be employed in an eligible occupation, when your application is postmarked, and when the AINP assesses the application. The AINP will still check whether candidates are being paid the provincial minimum wage and whether they’re being paid the minimum wage for their occupation, set out in their Labour Market Impact Assessment or on Alberta’s Alis website.

Most jobs with a National Occupational Classification (NOC) level of 0, A, B, C, or D are considered eligible. View the table below to see exceptions.

2. Residency status and work permit requirements

These conditions must be met at both the time your application is postmarked, and when the AINP assesses it.

·      You must be in Canada on a valid temporary foreign worker status. Refugees, temporary residents living or working outside of Alberta, and foreign nationals without valid temporary status, are not eligible.

·       You must have a valid work permit – not implied status, or restoration status. This can be based on a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), or participants of temporary work permit programs like International Experience Canada.

3. Language requirements

Applicants must be able to demonstrate ability in English and/or French, as determined by a formal language assessment (CELPIP, IELTS, or TEF). The test must be less than two years old when your application is postmarked.

For applicants working at NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B: A minimum score equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) is required 5 in each skill. These requirements are lower than other popular immigration programs, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC).

For applicants working at NOC Skill Level C* or D: A minimum score equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) is required 4 in each skill.

*Please note that If you apply to the AINP under NOC code 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates), the AINP requires a minimum language test score of CLB of 7 for each language skill.

4. Educational requirement

Applicants must have completed high school or a higher level of education. Foreign credentials can be assessed through an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) firm recognized by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

These firms are:

·         Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies

·         International Credential Assessment Service of Canada

·         World Education Services

·         International Qualifications Assessment Service

·         International Credential Evaluation Service

·         Medical Council of Canada (for doctors)

·         Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (for pharmacists)

Canadian credentials from a recognized institution do not need an ECA.

In certain instances, applicants with work experience that qualifies them in a compulsory or optional trade, and who also have a recognized valid Alberta Qualification Certificate or trade certificate, may not have to obtain an ECA, even if they did not study in Canada.

5. Work experience requirements

Applicants must have either at least 12 months full-time work experience in their current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months, or

·         At least 24 months of full-time work experience in their current occupation in Canada and/or abroad within the last 30 months. This work experience can be a combination of experience gained in Alberta, in another Canadian province or territory and/or abroad.

Note that the work must have been full-time. Part-time work will not meet eligibility requirements.


Alberta Immigration Express Entry Stream

The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows the province to nominate a limited number of qualified applicants from the federal Express Entry system.

Qualified candidates will be selected directly from the Express Entry pool by the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). Candidates must receive a notification of interest before they are able to submit an application. 

The stream is aimed at candidates with strong ties to Alberta who help boost the economy and increase diversity. International graduates will also be invited.

Requirements for Alberta Express Entry.

In order to be eligible to receive a notification of interest, candidates must:

1.   Have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool.

2.   Have stated an interest in immigrating permanently to Alberta.

3.   Be working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification.

4.   Have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300 points.

Factors that may improve a candidate’s chances of receiving a notification of interest:

1.   A job offer from an Albertan employer and/or work experience in Alberta.

2.   Having graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution.

3.   Having a relative that is living in Alberta: parent, child and/or sibling.

Factors that decrease a candidate’s chances of receiving a notification of interest:

1.   The Express Entry profile expires within the next 3 months.

2.   You work in an ineligible occupation.


For Alberta point calculation understanding click here

The AINP regularly reviews candidates’ profiles in the federal Express Entry pool and issues Notifications of Interest inviting candidates to apply for nomination. The details of each draw are typically published approximately one month after the date of draw.


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