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Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) and Alberta Express Entry Program are popular gateways for Canada Immigration. The robust economy of Alberta province requires people of right skill set, who can be helpful in generating revenue streams. Hence, both these are ideal pathways for young skilled workers seeking to carve promising career and quality life to their families. In order to optimise opportunities for immigration seekers, young professionals, entrepreneurs, businessmen, international graduates and skilled workers, the Canadian government has made several changes to Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program with effect from October 1, 2020. Read on to know more about Alberta PNP (Provincial Nominee Program), AINP process, requirements, sub categories and other updates.

Key Highlights: AINP, Alberta PNP

  • Fast and easy process, if all eligibility criteria are met
  • Province constantly improves list of occupations
  • Applicants from diversified occupations can apply under AINP
  • A new online portal is available to submit applications
  • Introduction of changes in fee submission and marking corrections
  • Some changes in Self-Employed Farmer Stream
  • Alberta Opportunity Stream also applicable to skilled and semi-skilled workers
  • Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream ideal for interested applicants looking forward to gain business rights here
  • Great prospects for professionals engaged in petroleum, technology and agriculture sectors

Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Situated in western part of Canada, Alberta is the largest producer of crude oil as well as natural gas and related products in the country. This Canadian province has sound economy, which is propelled by expansion in petroleum industry as well as technology and agriculture sectors. Alberta is the world's second-largest exporter of natural gas and generates ample job opportunities for skilled workers and young professionals. This Canadian province also offers occupations and job profiles to immigrants in ICT, healthcare, general administration, finance and other departments.

Two major Canadian cities - Calgary and Edmonton - are located in Alberta. The Calgary-Edmonton Corridor is considered the most urbanized and most populous region in Canada. Keeping in mind its growth prospects, the corridor promises bright future to many people engaged in industries operating there.

Some changes have been introduced in Alberta PNP fees are:

  • Candidates must pay fee to submit an application as well for post-decision services (requests for nomination extensions, 204(c) Letters of Support and reconsiderations)
  • 204(c) Letters of Support are no longer issued at the time of nomination. Nominees must submit a request to be considered for a 204(c) Letter of Support
  • All requests for post-decision services must be sent by email
  • Updates and corrections to AINP applications must be sent by email
  • The steps for applying to the Self-Employed Farmer Stream have changed

Several temporary COVID-19 application and processing adjustments related to Alberta Immigration Nominee Program have also witnessed changes. Changes introduced in terms of application fee and fee conditions include:

  • An application fee of 500 CAD applies to all online applications
  • Fee (charges) is not applicable to applications sent on or before October 1, 2020

Interested applicants can migrate to Alberta under two major pathways - Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) and Alberta Express Entry Stream.

Alberta Express Entry

A limited number of successful candidates from the Government of Canada’s Express Entry pool are nominated under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)'s new Express Entry Stream. This pathway allows skilled and semi-skilled workers to get nominated by Alberta province. The provincial authorities nominated candidates based on the requirements of labour market.

It is important to note that Alberta does not have a specific job list and it is constantly updated, which implies that skilled and semi-skilled workers from different industrial backgrounds can apply under this stream. The provincial authorities also give preference to candidates having a proven record of capacity to contribute to economy and caliber to generate revenue streams. It is important to note that Express Entry candidates, who are nominated by Alberta province receive 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points as well as Invitation To Apply (ITA) for Canadian Permanent Residence in next draw of Express Entry. Moreover, international graduates, who have pursued higher education from recognized Canadian universities and colleges, can also apply in this stream.

Requirements for Alberta PNP through Express Entry are -Alberta Immigration PNP Process Requirements

  • Candidate’s identity proof. Legal documents validating resident status
  • Minimum four bands each in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening in IELTS (English proficiency test)
  • Minimum Secondary Education (Class 12) or post-secondary education which is equivalent to recognized qualification prescribed in Canadian educational system
  • License proof of professional operation in Alberta
  • Sufficient funds
  • Candidates having CRS score of 300+ have good chances of selection
  • Applicants having 67 points out of 100 in point grade system of province and CRS score of 300+ are likely to be picked by Alberta provincial authorities

Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP)

The province of Alberta welcomes foreign skilled workers, international graduates, entrepreneurs, start up enthusiasts, professionals to work and settle in Canada. The AINP is one of the fastest and easiest platforms to immigrate to Canada. Immigration seekers can apply for AINP any time in 2022.

Please note that candidates are advised not to re-apply if they have already submitted an application under the Employer-Driven Stream or Strategic Recruitment Stream on or before June 14, 2018 since these streams have been terminated (Please refer It is advisable to withdraw previous application before submitting a fresh application for Canada immigration.

Alberta Opportunity Stream

This stream has replaced previous immigration streams viz Strategic Recruitment stream and Employer-Driven stream. The Alberta Opportunity Stream is apt for aspirants, who are currently working in province of Alberta as a temporary resident. It is important to note that the occupation and jobs they are engaged in must be listed in the National Occupational Classification or official job classification system.

Eligibility criteria for Alberta Opportunity Stream -

  • Work experience of at least one year in specific occupation
  • Possess valid work permit
  • Valid job offer from an employer based in Alberta
  • Minimum four bands each in Reading, Speaking, Writing and Listening in IELTS (English proficiency test)

AINP Strategic Recruitment Class

There is no job offer requirement under this category, and there are three sub-streams through which the applicant can apply -

  • Compulsory and optional Trades category
  • Engineering occupations Category
  • Post Graduate Worker Category

AINP Employer Driven Class

Under this stream, it is essential to get a job offer from an employer in Alberta, and there are three subcategories under this program as well. – 

  • Skilled Worker - The employment offers need to be in a skilled professional NOC O, A or B)
  • International Graduate - The appellants who have completed their diploma certificate, graduated from a certified Canadian institute they can get expert training after opening
  • Semi-Skilled Worker Category - The candidates should have the necessary skills to apply for any of the industries – food and beverage. hospitality, trucking, transportation

Also Read: Alberta PNP Occupation List

Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream

This stream is ideal for immigration seekers having required experience in agriculture and related activities as well as must possess enough funds to establish farming activities in Alberta. Notably, Alberta Self-Employed Farmer stream helps immigration aspirants secure Canada PR visa as well as gain business rights there. It is advisable to scan through eligibility criteria before applying under this stream and seek help from reliable immigration consultants to receive authentic information. This step immensely helps applicants to take informed decisions and make optimum use of opportunities and available resources.

Checklist of documents for Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP)

The Canada Immigration requires series of documentation, liasion and co-ordination with concerned authorities. Applicants willing to work and stay in Alberta must submit authentic and valid documents to support visa application. Applicants may face rejection of visa application if fail to submit these set of valid documents.

Here is a list of mandatory documents required for processing of application for Alberta Nominee Program -

  • Identity proof
  • Address proof
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Sufficient funds
  • Labour Market Impact Assessment (seek assistance from trustworthy immigration consultant)
  • Valid employment proof
  • Work experience certificates
  • Academic credentials
  • English language proficiency
  • Notification of Interest

What should you consider before you apply for AINP?

If you wish to submit your Alberta Nomination application then please keep the following in mind -

  • Read all the immigration related information carefully especially regarding the labour market requirement. The AINP criterion gets evaluated to often and it is subject to change anytime without any prior notice,
  • Review the selection criterion of AINP.  Whichever stream that you are applying for the creation should be meet,
  • Having good proficiency in English Language will always help your case. Thus always aim for a high band score,
  • Start the application process by creating a profile in the AINP online portal.

Processing time for AINP

Applicants, who fulfill all eligibility requirements of AINP, can apply immediately. The provincial authorities will verify the given information of applicants in specified time. Hence, the processing time depends on volume of applications as well as requirement of labour market and employers.  Successful applicants receive a certificate of nomination after getting applications verified and approved. This entire process is carried out in seven to nine months and this duration may extend depending on requirement of visa application or case file.

It is important to note that Alberta provincial authorities conduct draws on regular intervals in which applicants having highest CRS points get selected faster and receive certificate of nomination. Such applicants receive additional 600 points in addition to points allocated in Express Entry gateway. Therefore, entry into Canada provincial nominee program of Alberta province depends on frequency of draws and CRS of candidates.

For Alberta immigration Nominee Program (AINP), the applicant needs to pay the following fees -

  • Primary Candidate - CAD 550 
  • Secondary candidate - CAD 550
  • Right to Permanent Resident fee - CAD 490
  • Dependent Child - CAD 150

Also Check - Alberta PNP Points Calculator

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