Alberta PNP

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

Alberta has a rapidly growing economy located in western part of Canada. It has popular home for two large immigrant’s cities Calgary and Edmonton. It has also renowned as one of the most beautiful parts of North America with famous national parks. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program is a fast and efficient way for foreigners who are eligible for the program to receive their permanent residency.

AINP (Alberta’s Provincial Nominee Program) is the program for prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive an Alberta Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will speed up the overall immigration process.

The easiest way to immigrate to Alberta is via the new Express Entry Canada program. Individuals nominated by the Alberta Governament, together with their spouse/common-law partner and dependent children, can apply for permanent residence through IRCC as a Provincial Nominee. IRCC makes final decisions on all permanent resident applications.

AINP nominations will not be issued for the purpose of obtaining temporary work permit extensions.

The AINP offers options for both skilled and semi-skilled workers.

Expression of Interest

Potential immigrants can apply to the Alberta PNP in two different ways.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) can be sent directly to Immigration Alberta without going through the Canadian Express Entry system. If candidate nominated through this way, an applicant can then apply for Canada Permanent Residency through Express Entry by uploading their provincial nomination credentials into the platform.

The second option for people interested in immigrating to Alberta is to begin the process by creating a new Express Entry profile. Once this is done, the individual can then show an interest in the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program directly through the system. If an Alberta nomination is then received, the prospective immigrant will consequently gain 600 points on his or her Express Entry score, significantly increasing their chances of being given an Invitation to Apply during the next Express Entry draw.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Categories:

•The Strategic Recruitment Stream

•The Employer-Driven Stream

•The Self-employed Farmer Stream

Strategic Recruitment Stream

You apply on your own (without an employer) under one of three different category options:

1 Compulsory and Optional Trades Category You may qualify if you are a temporary foreign worker and have a valid trade certificate in a compulsory or optional trade in Alberta issued or recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT). Applicants who currently live in Alberta and have a valid work permit can apply in this AINP sub-category if they hold an Alberta Qualification Certificate or a Recognized Trade Certificate. This includes supervisors, tradespersons  and foremen who are working in Alberta in an occupation that is considered a compulsory or optional trade.


•Intentions to live and work full-time in Alberta

•An Alberta Qualification Certificate or Recognized Trade Certificate in an eligible compulsory or optional trade.

•Live in Alberta when applying and hold a valid work permit

•Must prove at time of applications that they are currently working for an Alberta employer in their trade or that they have experience doing so for 6 months in the last 3 years

2 Engineering Occupations Category You may qualify if you are a temporary foreign worker and have Alberta work experience in an eligible engineering occupation.Engineers, designers and drafters can apply through this Alberta PNP category if they have previous work experience in the province and their job falls under one of the 12 specific designated occupations of the AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream Engineering List.


•Intentions to reside and work in Alberta on a full-time basis

•Have recent/current work experience or education as an engineer, designer or drafter

•Proof that they are currently working or have for a minimum of two years with an Alberta employer, contracts also apply

Qualified professionals in the following fields: Engineering managers, Civil Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers and Drafting Technologists and technicians; must provide a “Letter of No Objection” from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) to indicate that they are current members.

A “Letter of No Objection” is not necessary for individuals who are applying for the following occupations: Civil Engineering Technicians/Technologists, Mechanical Engineering Technicians/Technologists, Electrical/Electronic Technicians/Technologists, and Drafting Technicians/Technologists.

3 Post-Graduate Worker Category You may qualify, if you have a Post-Graduation Work Permit, are currently working in Alberta, and have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Alberta. Changes were made to this category on September 27, 2013. Graduates from an eligible Canadian post-secondary educational institute in Alberta, and who are working in the province on a valid Postgraduate Work Permit in an eligible occupation, can apply for this AINP sub-category.


•Intentions to reside and work in Alberta full-time

•Be permanently living and working in Alberta for an Alberta employer at the time of application

•Receive the necessary qualifications from the educational institute attended. This can be a degree, diploma or certificate. The minimum amount of time studied is one year.

•Have a valid Post-Graduate Work Permit

•Should have a NOC level 0, A, B or C level employment

•NOC C level applicants must provide language proficiency proof

The Employer-Driven Stream

Apply with your employer under one of three different category options:

1 Skilled Worker Category You may qualify, if you have been offered a permanent and full-time job by an Alberta employer in an eligible skilled occupation. In the PNP Alberta Skilled Worker Category the applicant must have a full-time permanent job offer from an employee in Alberta. Both the employee and applicant must be deemed eligible to be able to successfully apply in this Provincial Nominee Program Alberta category.

Employer Eligibility:

•Must be a registered and incorporated employer in Canada and the business must be operational in Alberta

•The job offer for the individual must meet the provincial employment standards

•Offer a job to the applicant that can be classed as NOC level 0,A or B

•If not exempt, the job offer must get an approved Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMAI)

•If the applicant doesn’t reside in Alberta, clear effort to recruit someone from both Alberta and Canada must be shown before job is offered to the applicant.

2 International Graduate Category You may qualify if you recently graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada, have a Post-Graduation Work Permit, and have been offered a permanent and full-time job by an Alberta employer in an eligible occupation.

This category of the AINP applies to graduates who studied at an eligible Canadian University or post-secondary education institute and has been offered a full-time, permanent job by an employer who is located in Alberta. Both employee and employer have to pass certain requirements in order for them to both be judged as eligible for the Alberta Provincial Nominee Program.

Employer Eligibility:

•The employer must be registered and incorporated in Canada and have a business that is currently operating in Alberta

•The job offered must reach the standards of the provincial employment standards and mustn’t clash with any collective bargaining agreements currently in place

•The job that is offered to the applicant must be of NOC level 0,A, B, or C

•Wages/salary for the job must be competitive and equal to industry standards

Applicant Eligibility:

•Must have the intention to permanently reside and have a job in Alberta

•Must be working for the same Alberta employer who is nominating them for the Alberta Immigration Nominee Program. The job should be full-time and permanent and it mustn’t be considered ineligible for this program.

•The applicant must have graduated with a degree, certificate or diploma from a registered and eligible educational institute within Canada or Alberta. The minimum amount of study time is limited to one year.

•Applicant must have a valid Postgraduate Work Permit

•Must prove language proficiency by submitting a test score if working in a NOC level C job

3 Semi-Skilled Worker Category You may qualify for nomination if you have been offered a permanent and full-time job by an Alberta employer in an eligible semi-skilled occupation, and you are a temporary foreign worker which means to be successful in this category of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, the applicant has to have received a full time, permanent job offer from an employer based in Alberta.
Only select key industries and occupations are eligible in this category, and all candidates must meet minimum language standards.

The employers as well as the targeted and nominated employee both have to pass various requirements to be seen as eligible for this category of the program.
Employer Eligibility:

•Employer needs to have a business currently based in Alberta, and they must be registered and incorporated in Canada

•Must have a business that makes up one of the 5 industries that are viable and eligible under this category

•The job being offered needs to meet the provincial wage and employment standards

•No collective bargaining agreements should be in conflict with this proposed employment

•A positive LMIA must be received for the job position being offered unless it is exempt

•A valid settlement and retention plan must be supplied for the employee

Applicant Eligibility:

•The applicant should hold a valid work permit and be currently employed in Alberta in one of the eligible occupations

•A high school equivalent education must be proved

•Language proficiency test results

•Meet the specific requirements for their industry

Self-Employed Farmer Stream

You may qualify if you have the financial resources and farm management experience to purchase and establish a farm in Alberta. The Self-employed Farmers Stream of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program was created for individuals who show an interest in buying land in Alberta for development into farming land and practices. Not just their intentions but also their monetary net worth needs to be proven to be considered eligible for this PNP Alberta category.
Applicant Eligibility:

•Demonstrate the ability to successfully run and manage a farm by submitting successful income slips from previous endeavors, proof of relevant agricultural qualifications, training or education, the viable business plan for a farm in Alberta and proof that a Canadian financial institution will cover their plan.

•Net-worth and Sufficient funds must be proved by showing the ability to invest $500,000 into a primary production farming company in Alberta, confirmation of a minimum net worth of $500,000

•Prove their intentions to invest in primary production farming in Alberta by submitting a viable investment and business plan to Immigration Alberta
Applicants for this stream must also demonstrate that they pass the minimum language proficiency requirements needed for this category. IELTS General Test (English), CELPIP (English), or TEF (French) tests can be taken and the test results submitted along with the application for the Self Employed Farmers Stream in the AINP 2017.

Some Exceptions

Only applicants under the Strategic Recruitment Stream Engineering Occupations Category are exempt from this requirement. At the time of assessment, you must provide the AINP with a valid work permit or implied status based on either:

•a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)


•a LMIA exemption as determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Some LMIA exemptions from IRCC are not eligible under AINP. The AINP will not consider the following exemptions:

•international students studying in Canada and doing co-op work placements or internships as part of their study program

•people doing charitable or religious work

•people who need to support themselves while they are in Canada, such as those waiting on a refugee claim

Who is not eligible?

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

•International students studying in Canada and doing co-op work placements or internships as part of their study program.

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