The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is created to help immigrants settle down in Alberta. The candidates must possess the skills and abilities to settle in the country and provide for the family. The Government of Alberta runs this program along with the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
This is an economic program which means that the type of immigrants chosen will keep changing depending on the economical state of Alberta.
Where is Alberta?
Alberta is a province in the west of Canada. It is a beautiful location with a population of more than 4 million people. Alberta’s economy is one of the strongest globally, and the natural gas and technology industries offer ample employment opportunities. Below are the streams in which immigrants can apply.
Immigrant worker AINP stream
Entrepreneur AINP stream
This is a stream where foreign workers who want to settle down in Alberta or those who are already working here receive their Permanent Residency. There are two streams in which workers are chosen here.
Alberta Opportunity StreamThis is for people who are already temporarily living and working in Alberta and want to settle down there permanently. These individuals must satisfy the following criteria.The person must also satisfy all other basic requirements, including language, education, and skills.
Eligibility area Requirements Education Provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) of your highest level of education Language CLB level 5 or NCLC level 5 (for NOC 0,A,B) and CLB level 4 or NCLC level 4 (for NOC C or D) Work experience Work occupants falling under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, C and D
Alberta Express Entry StreamThe Alberta Express Entry System is for people living outside Canada wishing to settle down there. Only a limited number of people are invited to submit an application in this stream.People who have direct ties with the province and those who the government feels can help improve the economic developmental activities have a higher chance of getting an invitation.
EligibilityYou must meet the eligibility criteria of one of the below express entry systems.Please note that:
This is a stream that allows people with entrepreneurial zeal to apply for permanent residency in Alberta. There are three streams here in which you can apply.
International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration StreamThis is for international students who studied in Alberta post-secondary institutions and want to start a business in the province.
Eligibility area Requirements Education At least a 2-year full-time degree or diploma course from a publicly funded post-secondary institution. Language CLB level 7 or NCLC level 7 completion Work Permit Should possess a Post Graduation Work Permit valid for at least 2 years Business requirements Must buy or own a business with a minimum 34% stake Work experience At least 6 months full-time work experience inside or outside Canada
Self-Employed Farmer StreamThis stream is for entrepreneurs in the farming industry with the resources and experience to buy and run a farm in Alberta. The candidates will be required to submit a business plan along with the application.
Eligibility area Requirements Skills Candidates should have prior farming skills and may submit documents including papers of the existing farming business, training or work experience certificate, business plan, and proof that a Canadian institute is willing to finance your business Investment Should be able to get CDN $500,000 of equity to start the business
Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa StreamThe Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream (FGSVS) is for people outside Canada with exceptional entrepreneurial skills who want to establish a startup in Alberta.
Eligibility area Requirements Education Degree from a post-secondary institution with Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Language CLB level 7 or NCLC level 7 completion Business requirements A completed business plan with a 10-minute presentation about the venture Work experience Minimum 6 months of full-time work experience running or managing a business Other requirements A letter of recommendation from an AINP-approved agency