Pathways and programs available to help you immigrate to Alberta
Are you thinking of moving to Alberta? On this page you will learn about the various immigration pathways and programs available to help you to immigrate to Alberta. There is a variety of Alberta and federal immigration programs each with different application and eligibility requirements.
The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows Alberta to nominate a limited number of qualified candidates from the federal Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s Express Entry system. Candidates cannot apply directly to the Alberta Express Entry Stream.
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 under AINP Express Entry Stream. International graduates will also be considered under this stream.
Candidates will be contacted directly by the AINP and must receive a notification of interest before they are able to submit an application under 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.
In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three programs. The first step is to create an Express Entry profile which demonstrates how they meet the criteria of one of the economic federal immigration programs (Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, or Federal Skilled Trades Program).
A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool. A certain number of the highest-ranked candidates who have submitted their profiles into the pool are issued ITAs for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws which typically take place every two weeks. A candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.
Once complete, the candidate will be scored using a ranking system. The highest ranked candidates will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence from IRCC. Under Express Entry, candidates do not apply for permanent residence until they are invited to do so.
If you intend to be self-employed in Alberta you can apply for the Self-Employed Persons Program You must have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics.
Family Sponsorship Program
The Family Sponsorship Program enables Canadian citizens or permanent residents to sponsor relatives to become permanent residents able to live, work and study in Alberta. The Family Sponsorship Program is run by the Government of Canada. See also IRCC page at Family Sponsorship Program.
The Caregiver Program is for caregivers who provide child care or home support for seniors or people with disabilities. People who work as a caregiver in Canada for 2 years can apply for permanent residence under this program. The Caregiver Program is run by the Government of Canada.
Refugees must have left their home country or country where they usually live. They must be unable to return home because of a fear of persecution, or are seriously affected by civil war or armed conflict.
A refugee is different from an immigrant. An immigrant is a person who chooses to settle permanently in another country. Refugees are forced to flee.
Refugees must be able to eventually establish themselves in Canada and must also pass medical, security and criminal screenings.
You will need an official assessment of your language skills to immigrate under federal Express Entry or the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program.
You don’t need to hire an immigration representative or lawyer to help you with your immigration application.
All the forms and information that you need to apply to immigrate to Alberta are free. If you decide to use a representative, be aware that the Government of Canada may still contact you directly about your application. You must fill out a form saying that you are using a representative or your application may be declined. Use the proper form for the program you are applying for:
Only authorized representatives can charge a fee for their services. Before you pay anyone a fee, check their credentials to make sure they are authorized. Processing fees are the same at all Canadian visa offices.
Find your National Occupational Classification (NOC) code.
The NOC system, developed by the Government of Canada, classifies every job in Canada and assigns it a 4-digit NOC code. Your NOC code will determine your eligibility to apply to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) and certain federal immigration programs. Watch AINP NOC tutorial video to learn more.
Gather important documents to bring with you, including:
work reference letters
Arrange to get health insurance.
You will need to get health insurance before you leave. Gather your medical and immunization records and get copies of any prescriptions.