In the February 10 AINP draw the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) issued 300 invitations to Express Entry candidates who chose to reside in the province to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Invitations were issued to Express Entry candidates, who had scores of at least 301 on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an economic immigration program that nominates people for permanent residence in Alberta. Nominees must have skills to fill job shortages in Alberta or be planning to buy or start a business here. They must also be able to provide for their families. The program is run by the governments of Alberta and Canada.
If you are nominated through the program, you may apply for permanent residence status together with your spouse or common-law partner, and dependent children.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) manages applications for permanent residence. The federal government also makes final decisions on these applications.
AINP Streams and Eligibility Requirements
1. Streams for workers
The AINP has 2 streams for foreign workers who are living and working in Alberta, or plan to live and work there: Alberta Express Entry Stream (AEES) and Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS).
What are the Requirements for Alberta Express Entry Stream?
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
The first step to be eligible for a provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry stream is to create a profile in the federal Express Entry system. The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows Alberta to nominate a limited number of qualified candidates from the federal Express Entry system. Alberta regularly searches the Express Entry pool for qualified candidates to nominate for permanent residence.
Importantly, candidates must have expressed an interest in immigrating permanently to the province of Alberta, and are working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification.
Candidates who have demonstrated strong ties to Alberta or who can help support the government’s economic development and diversification priorities may be asked to submit an application.
International graduates from Canadian post-secondary institutions may also be asked to apply under this stream.
Factors that may improve a candidate’s chances of receiving a notification of interest:
- A job offer from an Albertan employer and/or work experience in Alberta.
- Having graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution.
- Having a relative that is living in Alberta: parent, child and/or sibling.
- Candidates cannot apply directly to the Alberta Express Entry Stream.
- You cannot use a nomination under a different AINP stream to apply under the Alberta Express Entry Stream or the federal Express Entry system.
- If the AINP discovers fraud or misrepresentation in an application, a candidate may be banned for up to 5 years from reapplying to the AINP.
- Alberta Express Entry Stream nominess cannot extend their nomination.
Alberta Opportunity Stream
Qualified candidates who live and work in Alberta and have a job offer from an Alberta employer can apply for an AINP nomination under this stream.
The Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is for temporary foreign workers who are already working full-time in Alberta and have a full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in an eligible occupation. Candidates must have a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or hold one of the accepted LMIA exemption work permits. Candidates must also meet other minimum eligibility criteria for residency and work permit type, occupation, language, education, Alberta job offer and work experience. Candidates apply on their own using the AINP portal.
2. Streams for entrepreneurs
The AINP has 2 streams for entrepreneurs who plan to live in Alberta and buy or start a business in the province: International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream and Self-Employed Farmer Stream.
International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream
International graduates of approved Alberta post-secondary institutions who want to start a business or buy an existing business can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).
The International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream (IGEIS) allows Alberta to nominate qualified international graduates from Alberta post-secondary institutions who want to establish or operate a business in Alberta to to apply for permanent residence.
Self-Employed Farmer Stream
Experienced farmers who plan to buy or start a farm in Alberta can apply for permanent residence.
This stream is for individuals who have the financial resources and farm management experience to purchase and establish a farm in Alberta.
There are 2 steps to applying to this stream:
- Candidates submit their business plan to Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
- A Ministerial Recommendation Letter is issued to candidates with a business plan approved by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Candidates can then apply to the AINP.
Note: If the AINP discovers fraud or misrepresentation in an application, a candidate may be banned for up to 5 years from reapplying to the AINP.
The Federal Express Entry System and AINP
Candidates who have created a profile in the federal Express Entry system AND have also applied for and received a nomination from AINP, are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score at the federal level, on top of the points that they have in the federal Express Entry pool. The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee that the candidate will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence from the federal government.
In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. You must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three federal government economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class. A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool although additional CRS points are awarded to those who already have a job.
Based on the information you entered in your federal Express Entry profile you will be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and placed into a pool of candidates ranked by their CRS score. Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200, determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your age, work experience, educational background, ability to adapt and language skills.
A limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. IRCC issues ITAs through regular federal Express Entry draws which typically take place every two weeks. Nomination under a provincial program like AINP gives a candidate in the federal Express Entry pool an additional 600 points which effectively guarantees that they will be invited to apply for PR.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.