AINP

Immigration Provincial Nominee Program
Introduction:

AINP consists of three streams: Alberta Opportunity Stream, Alberta Express Entry Stream, and Self-Employed Farmer Stream.

The Alberta Opportunity Stream, launched in 2018, replaces the previous Employer-driven Stream and Strategic Recruiting Stream, allowing applicants to apply on their own. This stream applies to applicants who are currently engaged in full-time qualified occupation in the province and requires the applicant to meet the minimum requirements for work status, occupation, language, education and work experience.

The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows Alberta to nominate a limited number of qualified candidates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system. Only candidates who are asked to submit an application to the Alberta Express Entry Stream will be considered. Express Entry candidates nominated will receive an additional 600 points in CRS and and an ITA for PR.

Self-Employed Farmer Stream is designed to target experienced farm owners and operators who wish to own and operate a farm in Alberta.

Alberta Opportunity Stream Criteria – Work Permit (not PGWP) holder:
  1. Have a valid work permit when application is postmarked and assessed under AINP
  2. Work in an eligible occupation in Alberta when application is postmarked and assessed under AINP. Occupation not on ineligible occupation table
  3. Minimum of 12 months of full-time work experience in Alberta within the last 18 months or minimum of 24 months of full-time work experience in Canada and/or abroad within the last 30 months. Work experience match occupation when application is postmarked and assessed under AINP
  4. Meet the licensing, registration and certification requirements
  5. Working in NOC 0, A or B occupation have a language proficiency at or higher than CLB 5; working in NOC C or D occupation have a language proficiency at or higher than CLB 4; working in NOC 3413 have a language proficiency at or higher than CLB 7
  6. Complete high school education in your country of origin
  7. Have a full-time job offer or employment contract from an Alberta employer to work in your current occupation in Alberta, employment for 12 months or more
Alberta Opportunity Stream Criteria – PGWP holder:
  1. Have a valid Post-Graduation work permit when application is postmarked and assessed under AINP. Occupation not on the ineligible occupation table or on the Government of Canada’s list of high-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta.
  2. Minimum of 6 months full-time work experience in Alberta within the last 18 months. Work experience match occupation when application is postmarked and assessed under AINP
  3. Occupation must be related to your field of study in Alberta. Credential must be issued by an Alberta Advanced Education publicly funded post-secondary institution. If started attending Alberta credential program on or after April 1, 2019 and have completed an Advanced Education-approved one-year post-diploma certificate or post-baccalaureate certificate, occupation must also be related to previous post-secondary field of study outside Canada
  4. Meet the licensing, registration and certification requirements
  5. Working in NOC 0, A or B occupation have a language proficiency at or higher than CLB 5; working in NOC C or D occupation have a language proficiency at or higher than CLB 4; working in NOC 3413 have a language proficiency at or higher than CLB 7
  6. Have a full-time job offer or employment contract from an Alberta employer to work in your current occupation in Alberta, employment for 12 months or more

Ineligible occupations

NOC Code (2016) NOC Skill Level Occupation
00110Legislators
04220School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
04230Managers in social, community and correctional services
04320Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
0651*0Escort agency managers , massage parlour manager
4031ASecondary school teachers
4032AElementary school and kindergarten teachers
4154AProfessional occupations in religion
5121AAuthors and writers
5133AMusicians and singers
5135AActors and comedians
5136APainters, sculptors and other visual artists
1227BCourt officers and justices of the peace
3223*BDental laboratory assistants/bench workers
4214*BEarly childhood educators who do not have certification through Alberta Children’s Services – Child Care Staff Certification Office or who have been certified as child development assistant (formerly Level 1)
4216BOther instructors
4217BOther religious occupations
5232BOther performers, not elsewhere classified
5244BArtisans and craftspersons
5251BAthletes
6232BReal estate agents and salespersons
4411CHome child care providers
4412CHome support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
4413CElementary and secondary school teacher assistants
6533CCasino occupations
6564COther personal service occupations
7513CTaxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
8442CTrappers and hunters
6623DOther sales related occupations
6722DOperators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport
6742DOther service support occupations, not elsewhere classified
8611DHarvesting labourers
8612DLandscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
8613DAquaculture and marine harvest labourers
8614DMine labourers

*This National Occupation Classification (NOC) code consists of both eligible occupations and ineligible occupations. The ‘Occupation’ column specifies which occupations are ineligible for each NOC Code listed.


Alberta Express Entry Criteria:
  1. Have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool
  2. Have stated an interest in immigrating permanently to Alberta
  3. Are working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification
  4. Have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300.

Following adaptability factors may increase likelihood of receiving a Notification of Interest letter:

  1. Alberta job offer and/or work experience
  2. A graduate of a Canadian post-secondary institution
  3. A relative that is living in Alberta: parent, child, brother and/or sister
Self-Employed Farmer Criteria:
  1. Have farm management skills, such as:
    1.  financial documentation of an existing farm business
    1. documentation of education, training and work experience
    1.  a proposed business plan for the farming enterprise you are considering in Alberta
    1. proof that a Canadian financial institution is willing to finance your proposed farming business
  2. Invest a minimum $500,000 of equity in a farm business in Alberta
  3. Have a personal net worth higher than $500,000

The following individuals are not eligible:

  1. refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process.
  2. live-in caregivers currently living in Canada
  3. temporary foreign workers working and residing in a province other than Alberta
  4. international students studying in Canada

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