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To help Alberta’s economy stand strong, the Government of Alberta has introduced the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) previously known as Alberta Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with experience and skills are targeted by the province and are offered an Alberta Provincial Nomination Certification, which helps them speed up the overall immigration process and gain permanent residency in this province.

The Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) comprises of three major immigration streams:

  • The Strategic Recruitment Stream
  • The Employer Driver Stream, and
  • The Self-Employed Farmer Stream

These streams are further divided into sub-categories which are as follows:-

Strategic Recruitment Stream

The Strategic Recruitment Stream allows individuals to apply for the AINP without the support of an employer. The stream can further be broken down into three categories:-

Compulsory and Optional Trades Category-

Traders with either a Recognized Trade Certificate or an Alberta Qualification Certificate are eligible under this program. The workers must be dwelling in the province with a valid work permit at the time of filing the application.

Engineering Occupations Category-

Especially designed for designers, engineers and drafters with Alberta work experience. To apply under this category, the applicant must have work experience in one of the twelve defined categories by the AINP.

Post Graduate Worker Category-

Individuals with a post graduate degree from an accredited post-secondary institution of Alberta and currently employed in the province on a valid work permit are eligible to apply under this program.

Employer-Driven Stream

The Employer-Driven stream allows employers to nominate workers with required skills and experience to the AINP for immigration and permanent residency. This gives workers a sense of job satisfaction and helps employers retain their best employees. Employer-Driven stream comprises of three sub-categories:-

Skilled Worker Category-

The stream is meant for individuals with a full time, permanent job in a qualifying skilled occupation. Individuals working outside this province can also apply under this stream.

International Graduate Category-

Those who hold a graduation degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada, have a valid post-graduation work permit and have a full time, permanent job offer from an indigenous employer are eligible under this category.

Semi-Skilled Worker Category-

The category has been outlined for temporary foreign workers who hold a permanent, full time job offer from a local employer in a qualifying semi-skilled field of work.

Self-Employed Farmer Stream-

The Self-Employed Farmer Stream offers permanent residence to people who hold farming experience and have enough funds to purchase or develop an existing farm in the province of Alberta.

AINP application processing

All applications received under AINP are assessed and processed based on

  • information received from the labour market
  • the volume of applications received
  • the date on which an application was received

If you are planning to apply under one of the above mentioned Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, then we are right people to contact to. At WWICS, we house a team of expert consultants with years of experience in the field of global resettlement procedures, visa processes and provincial nominee programs. Our consultants will guide you through the entire immigration process, inform you about the Canadian work scenarios and help gain permanent residency in Alberta, Canada in the shortest possible time.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Q1. What is Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program?

    The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), formerly known as the Alberta Provincial Nomination Program, is a program through which the province of Alberta nominates candidates with required work skills and experience to immigrate and settle in the province. The program is administered by the Ministry of Employment and Immigration for the Government of Alberta.

  • Q2. How does the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (ANIP) work?

    • Strategic Recruitment Stream -
    • Compulsory and Optional Trades Category
    • Engineering Occupations Category
    • Post Graduate Worker Category
    • Employer-Driven Stream -
    • Skilled Worker Category
    • International Graduate Category
    • Semi-skilled Worker Category
    • Self-Employed Farmer Stream

    Individuals qualifying under any one of the above mentioned streams can apply for permanent residency in Alberta and further for citizenship of Canada.

  • Q3. What is an Employee-Driven Stream?

    The Employee-Driven Stream is one AINP stream in which employers of Alberta can nominate foreign workers for certain positions that couldn't be filled with Canadian citizens or permanent residents. If an Alberta employer has offered a permanent job offer to a candidate, and the candidate has accepted it, they can file an application for a Provincial Nomination Certificate.

  • Q4. What is the Strategic Recruitment Stream?

    The Strategic Recruitment Stream is one in which the province of Alberta nominates individuals to become permanent workers in Alberta as per the needs of the province. In this stream, a job offer from an Alberta employer is not a requirement. The stream can further be broken into three categories:

    • Compulsory and Optional Trades Category
    • Engineering Occupations Category, and
    • Post Graduate Worker Category.
  • Q5. Do I need to give a language test to apply for permanent residency under AINP?

    Yes. If you wish to gain permanent residency under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), you must have the ability to read, write and speak English/French proficiently. For some specific categories under the AINP, it is essential for individuals to submit official test results demonstrating their proficiency in English/French language. They must provide test results from one of the following:

    • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) General Test (English)
    • TEF (Test d’Évaluation de Français) (French)
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) General Test (English)

    Note, the test must not be more than two years old at the time of filing an AINP application.

  • Q6. Do I need to give a language test to apply for permanent residency under AINP?

    Following is the minimum score required to qualify under the Strategic Recruitment stream:

    • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program)
    • Listening: 2H
    • Speaking: 2H
    • Writing: 2H
    • Reading: 2H
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) General Test*
    • Listening: 4.5
    • Speaking: 4
    • Writing: 4
    • Reading: 3.5
    • TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Francais)
    • Listening : 145
    • Speaking : 181
    • Writing : 181
    • Reading : 121

    *Note that for immigration purposes, only the IELTS General Test score is accepted. Academic tests are not accepted.

  • Q7. What is the eligibility criteria for an AINP pre-nomination initiative work permit?

    In order to qualify for a pre-nomination initiative work permit, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • have applied to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program prior to July 1, 2014
    • reside in Canada and hold a valid work permit
    • have applied for an initiative work permit to work in the province of Alberta with the same employer
    • hold a letter CIC, offered by the province of Alberta, demonstrating its intention of nominating you under the AINP
    • created an Express Entry profile in case the applicants work experience has been identified in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill level “B”, which showcases their desire for permanent residence.
  • Q8. Is there is fee for submitting an application under the AINP?

    No, there is no fee required to submitting an application under the AINP.

  • Q9. Can I apply under the AINP if I already have a Skilled Worker Class application for permanent residence under process?

    Yes. You can apply under both programs. However, depending on the processing status of your Skilled Worker Class application for permanent residence, you may or may not have an advantage of applying under both programs.

  • Q10. Why should I use the services of WWICS for obtaining immigration through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program?

    Obtaining immigration under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program can be complicated process. Using the services of an expert like WWICS who specialize in global resettlement and immigration processes, can help you get through the process easily. Our team of professional consultants will provide you accurate instructions and processing times, guide through the entire process, provide updates and handle all your problems quickly - making what is a complex issue simple.

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