Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) now accepting new applications

By on February 7, 2016


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The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), an immigration program operated with the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), is accepting applications anew as the temporary pause on application intake has already ended.

The AINP supports Alberta’s economic growth by taking in skilled and semi-skilled immigrant workers to the province. Individuals nominated by the Government of Alberta can apply for permanent residences as provincial nominees. They can apply on their own or with their employers. The IRCC then makes the final decisions on permanent resident applications.

If interested, one may check these streams and categories then choose the best available option; note that each differ in application requirements:

Strategic Recruitment Stream     

One can apply on his own under one of three category options: a) Compulsory and Optional Trades Category for temporary foreign workers with valid trade certificates in trades in Alberta; b) Engineering Occupations Category for temporary foreign workers with engineering work experiences in Alberta; and c) Post-Graduate Worker Category for graduates from a post-secondary institution in Alberta, have been currently working in Alberta, and have Post-Graduate Work Permits.

Employer-Driven Stream              

One can apply with his employer under one of three category options: a) Skilled Worker Category for skilled workers offered permanent and full-time jobs by an Alberta employer; b) Semi-Skilled Worker Category for semi-skilled temporary foreign workers offered permanent and full-time jobs by an Alberta employer; and c) International Graduate Category for graduates from a post-secondary institution in Canada, have been offered permanent and full-time jobs by an Alberta employer, and have Post-Graduate Work Permits.

Self-Employed Farmer Stream

One can also qualify if he has the financial resources and farm management experience to establish a farm in Alberta.

Applicants must meet all criteria for the category applied for.

At the time of AINP’s assessment, one must be able to provide a valid work permit or implied status based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA exemption as determined by the IRCC. Note that some LMIA exemptions are not eligible under AINP. These included international students doing co-op work placements or internships as part of their study program; people doing religious or charitable work; and people waiting on a refugee claim.

For more information and restrictions on eligibility, visit: www.albertacanada.com