Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) | Alberta Express Entry

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

Alberta is the fourth most populous province of Canada. It witnesses a huge number of people coming from Canada and across the globe to work and live there. Its high standard of living and diverse economic sectors contributes to make it a great place to work and settle in. Located in Western Canada, it is home to two largest Canadian cities – Calgary and Edmonton. Interestingly, Alberta is the only province which is free from sales tax and the other taxes such as provincial tax, personal income taxes, and inheritance taxes are comparatively lowest in the country. This persuades the individuals from outside of Canada to apply for Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).

AINP is a pathway to working and living in Alberta while receiving permanent residence. It is a provincial program through which diversely skilled workers, graduates and entrepreneurs / businessmen can settle and live in Alberta permanently. It is one of the Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). This program allows the prospective immigrants who have suitable work experience in Alberta are eligible to receive an Alberta Provincial Nomination Certificate.

Broadly, there are three categories under which an individual can receive the nomination certificate:

  • Alberta Opportunity Stream
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream
  • Alberta Self- Employed Farmer Stream

The Alberta Provincial Nomination Certificate works in partnership with the government. It nominates the candidates for permanent residence as per their right set of skills and work experience that Alberta needs to contribute to its economic growth.

Major Immigration Categories for AINP

The nomination for AINP can be qualified under the following major categories:

Alberta Opportunity Stream

The AINP opportunity stream targets the individuals who can meet the minimum eligibility requirement of the provincial program including the language proficiency and work experience. The individuals must be or are working in an eligible occupation in Alberta or with a reputed company to apply for the nomination

Alberta Express Entry Stream

The AINP Express Entry Stream works closely with the Government of Alberta. It nominates the eligible candidates through Express Entry Stream which is an online platform used to manage the applications for skilled workers planning to acquire permanent residence in Canada. Under the Alberta Express Entry Stream, the candidates can submit their profiles to the government who are later invited to apply for the permanent residence.

Alberta Self- Employed Farmer Stream

Individuals with farming experience are considered eligible for the AINP under the Self- Employed Farmer Stream. Candidates planning to invest their personal funds into purchasing and developing a farm in Alberta can also apply for permanent residence through AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream. The AINP works closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to assess the skills and eligibility of the candidate.

Tips to ensure a successful application for AINP

It is always advisable to be thoroughly prepared with all the formalities before submitting the application for AINP. Let’s have a look at the below tips to know the key focus areas that can help you to ensure a successful AINP application.

  • Be clear with AINP’s terms and conditions: The availability of categories for AINP completely depends upon the market needs and number of applications submitted. The criteria are always subject to change without any notice. Thus, the applicants have to stay updated with AINP’s relevant terms and conditions before sending their application.
  • Know the selection criteria: Having a relevant work experience is the key criteria for selection in AINP. It can be in the form of Labour Market Impact Assessment or Post- Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holder.
  • Language proficiency:It is necessary to score high in order to prove the language proficiency. It is imperative to provide official test results in the following:
  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • TEF (Test d’évaluation de français) (French)
  • TCF (Test de connaissance du français) (French)

It is recommended to take guidance from an immigration counsellor for a smooth immigration process. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program does not provide any status updates on the application. Its standard processing time depends upon the number of applications received which is usually 4 months to 7 months.

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