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The Canadian province of Alberta will soon reopen its doors to newcomers who wish to settle in one of Canada’s most beautiful and vibrant provinces. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, will begin accepting new applications from January 27, 2016.
Alberta has not been accepting new applications to the AINP since August 27, 2015.
The AINP is split into three streams: the Employer-Driven Stream, the Strategic Recruitment Stream, and the Self-Employed Farmer Stream. All streams of the AINP are ‘base’ streams, meaning that they are not aligned with the federal Express Entry system.
Potential applicants should note that, in addition to seeking skilled new immigrants, Alberta is also looking for applicants in certain semi-skilled occupations. Furthermore, while a job offer is required for a number of AINP categories, candidates with prior work experience in Alberta and who have a valid trade certificate in a Compulsory or Optional Trade, as well as those in certain engineering occupations, may be eligible to apply.
The AINP is also beneficial to individuals who have completed their studies in Canada.
The AINP Employer-Driven Stream
The Employer-Driven Stream aims to attract candidates with a permanent, full-time job offer from an employer in Alberta. The stream is divided into three categories:
This category is for candidates with a permanent, full-time job offer from an employer in Alberta in a skilled occupation (NOC skill level 0, A, or B).
This category is for candidates who have recently graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution and have a permanent, full-time job offer from an employer in Alberta in a NOC skill level O, A, B, or C occupation. Note that this category is open to candidates with job offers in semi-skilled, as well as skilled, occupations.
This category is for candidates who have a permanent, full-time job offer from an employer in Alberta in a semi-skilled occupation (NOC C or D) that is eligible under the AINP.
The AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream
The Strategic Recruitment Stream allows Alberta to attract newcomers who may benefit the provincial labour market over the long term. The stream is divided into three categories:
This category is for candidates who have a valid trade certificate in a Compulsory or Optional Trade in Alberta issued or recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT).
This category is for candidates who have credentials as an engineer, designer, or drafter and work experience in Alberta in an eligible engineering occupation, listed below:
- Engineering Managers (NOC 0211)
- Civil Engineers (2131)
- Mechanical Engineers (2132)
- Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2133)
- Chemical Engineers (2134)
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers (2141)
- Mining Engineers (2143)
- Geological Engineers (2144)
- Petroleum Engineers (2145)
This category is for candidates who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Alberta, are currently working in Alberta in an eligible OCCUPATION, and have a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit.
The AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream
Given that one of the major industries in Alberta is agriculture and that Alberta is traditionally a province that promotes small- and medium-sized business activity, it is only natural that the AINP also has a Self-Employed Farmer Stream. Candidates for this stream must prove prior farm management skills, invest a minimum of CDN $500,000 of equity in a primary production farming business in Alberta, and submit a proposed business plan.
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