The AINP is an economic immigration program operated by the Government of Alberta with the Government of Canada’s department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). It supports Alberta's economic growth by attracting and retaining work-ready immigrants to the province.
Individuals nominated by the Government of Alberta, together with their spouse/common-law partner and dependent children, can apply for permanent residence through CIC as a Provincial Nominee. CIC makes final decisions on all Provincial Nominee permanent resident applications.
The AINP offers options for both skilled and semi-skilled workers.
The AINP is a program for permanent residence. AINP nominations will not be issued for the purpose of obtaining temporary work permit extensions.
There are a few different ways to immigrate to Alberta as a permanent resident.
Through Express Entry Program, you can apply directly to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent immigration under these categories:
1-2- Federal Skilled Trades Program
1-3- Federal Skilled Worker Program
1-4- Investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed people
1-5- Sponsoring your family
If you have the skills needed by Alberta, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) may be an option for you. There are a number of options with different eligibility criteria:
The AINP Employer-Driven Stream is for:
- Alberta Employers who want to retain a foreign worker (Candidate) on a permanent, full-time basis where there is a challenge finding Albertans/Canadians to fill the position.
- Candidates (foreign workers) with a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta Employer who intends to live and work in Alberta permanently.
In this stream, the Alberta Employer must make a permanent, full-time job offer to a Candidate under one of three categories.
For Candidates who have recently graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution and have a permanent, full-time job offer from their Alberta Employer in a NOC skill-level 0, A, B or C occupation.
For Candidates who have a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta Employer in a semi-skilled occupation (NOC C or D) that is eligible under the AINP. Only certain occupations are eligible.
The AINP will not approve an application if there is a labor dispute in progress that may involve, directly or indirectly, either the employer or the candidate.
Eligible industries and occupations:
* food and beverage processing
* hotel and lodging
* long-haul trucking industry
* foodservice industry (pilot project)
If you have skills that are in demand in Alberta, this stream is for you. Under the Strategic Recruitment Stream, you may be able to apply directly to the AINP on your own, without needing an employer to support your application.
The Strategic Recruitment Stream is for skills that are in demand in Alberta. This stream may be adjusted according to changes in Alberta's labor market.
There are three categories in this stream under which the AINP is currently accepting applications. Each category has specific criteria that you must meet before you apply to the AINP. If your application does meet the AINP criteria, it will be eligible for consideration. If your application does not meet AINP criteria, it will be declined. If your application is not complete, it will not be processed and it will be returned to you.
- Compulsory and Optional Trades Category
For candidates who have a valid trade certificate in a Compulsory or Optional Trade in Alberta issued or recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT).
The criteria for the Compulsory and Optional Trades Category:
If you do not have an Alberta Qualification Certificate or an AIT Recognized Trade Certificate when you apply to the AINP, your application will be declined. The AINP will verify that your trade certificate is valid and qualifies.
If you are working as a Parts Technician (see AIT definitions for this occupation here and here), you are working in a NOC C (semi-skilled) level occupation. You are required to meet language requirements for semi-skilled occupations. There are three accepted language tests you can choose from. Your test result cannot be more than two years old at the time you submit your AINP application.
- Engineering Occupations Category
For candidates who have credentials as an engineer, designer or drafter and Alberta work experience in an eligible Engineering Occupation.
Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers
Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians
Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
Drafting Technologists & Technicians
The criteria for the Engineering Occupations Category:
- Worker Category
For candidates who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Alberta, are currently working in Alberta in an eligible occupation, and have a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
Post-Graduate Worker Category criteria:
* NOC 0: Management occupations
* NOC A: Occupations that usually require university education
* NOC B: Occupations that usually require college education
* NOC C: Occupations that usually require specific training and/or secondary education.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) can nominate individual farm owner/operators who want to immigrate, purchase and manage a farming business in Alberta.
The AINP works closely with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development to assess the eligibility of applicants in this category.
Self-Employed Farmer Stream criteria:
1- You must prove that you have farm management skills shown by:
- Financial documentation of your existing farm business
- Documentation of your education, training and work experience
- Proposed business plan for the farming enterprise you are considering in Alberta
- Proof that a Canadian financial institution is willing to finance your proposed farming business.
2- You must have sufficient financial resources to develop a sustainable farming operation.
- You must be able to invest a minimum of CDN $500,000 of equity in a primary production farming business in Alberta.
- You must provide documents that demonstrates you have a minimum net worth of CDN $500,000 or confirmation that you have access to a similar amount of funds from other sources.
- The CDN $500,000 is the minimum amount. You may be required to show you have the ability to invest more than the minimum.
3- You must invest in a primary production farming business in Alberta.
- You will have to document your investment intentions in your proposed business plan.
- Applications representing the best opportunity for growth relevant to Alberta's agri-food targets will be given priority.
NOC 0: Includes management occupations that usually require a university degree (bachelor's, master’s or doctorate) or a professional designation.
NOC A: Includes occupations that usually require university education.
NOC B: Includes occupations that usually require college education.
NOC C: Occupations that usually require specific training and/or secondary education.
Applying for permanent residence in Alberta through the AINP is a two-step process:
Step 1 - Apply to the AINP and be nominated.
Step 2 - Apply to CIC as a Provincial Nominee. CIC makes the final decision on all permanent resident applications.
The following are not eligible to apply to the AINP:
- Clergy, Elementary and Secondary School Teachers, Professional Athletes and Dental Laboratory Bench Workers
- Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process. It is not the mandate of the AINP to intervene in the federal refugee claim, appeal or removal process.
- Live-in Caregivers currently living in Canada
- Temporary Foreign Workers working and residing in a province other than Alberta