In the March 22 AIIP draw the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) (formerly Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited 350 to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Invitations were issued to Express Entry stream candidates who had scores of at least 325 on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
The province recently renamed Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP). The new AAIP also added two new programs for rural and entrepreneur immigration. See Alberta renames and expands Provincial Nominee Program.
Alberta is also changing the name of three existing entrepreneur streams:
- The International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream is now the Graduate Entrepreneur Stream.
- The Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream is now the Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream.
- The Self-Employed Farmer Stream is now the Farm Stream.
The eligibility criteria is not changing for these existing streams.
Important requirements for the Alberta Express Entry stream are that candidates have stated an interest in immigrating permanently to the province, and are working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification.
Under their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), Canada’s provincial and territorial governments are able to nominate individuals to reside in the province/territory as permanent residents in order to meet their economic needs.
The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AIIP) 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.
AIIP and the Federal Express Entry immigration system
Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status. However, they can nominate your for PR if you have a profile in the federal Express Entry immigration system.
Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It is also the most popular way to immigrate to Canada. You can receive a permanent residence invitation by applying through Express Entry directly and skipping the PNP process. However, having a provincial nomination effectively guarantees that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite you to apply for Canadian permanent residence in any of its Express Entry draws.
A total of 1,200 points is available under Express Entry. You immediately get 600 points if you are nominated by a province. See Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNPs).
How does AIIP nomination help your Canada immigration application?
The 600 CRS points from a PNP nomination virtually guarantee that you will receive an ITA in an Express Entry draw.
For example, Kirsten has a bachelor’s degree. She’s been working in accounting for five years. Kirsten has never worked or studied in Canada. She has an advanced English language proficiency.
Kirsten entered the federal Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 340. However, she recently obtained a provincial nomination through AIIP. As a result IRCC awards her additional 600 points.
Consequently, Kirsten’s total CRS score jumps to 940 points! This is well above the minimum CRS score that Kirsten needs to get an invitation in a federal Express Entry draw.
IRCC will issue qualified PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After IRCC approves your application you complete the landing process, and officially become a Canadian permanent resident.
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