The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is operated by the Alberta Government jointly with the Government of Canada’s department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The AINP is a program for permanent residence.
Alberta has a diverse and booming economy which needs to attract and retain skilled and semi-skilled immigrants who are work-ready to immigrate to the province. If the individual’s skills qualify under the AINP, they can apply to be nominated upon approval. These individuals, together with their spouse/common-law partner and dependent children, may apply for permanent residence through CIC as a Provincial Nominee.
Applying for permanent residence in Alberta through the AINP is a two-step process:
Step 1 – Apply to the AINP and be nominated; and
Step 2 – Apply to CIC as a Provincial Nominee.
CIC makes the final decision on all Provincial Nominee permanent resident applications.
There are a number of options available under the AINP, each with different eligibility criteria:
Employer Driven Stream (apply with employer under one of these categories)
Strategic Recruitment Stream (apply on your own without an employer under one of these categories)
- Compulsory and Optional Trades Category
- Engineering Occupations Category
- Post-Graduate Worker Category
Self-Employed Farmer Stream
The criteria outlined for applying to the AINP process depends on the stream and the category. Listed below is the information needed for Alberta employers and Candidates to make the decision for the program.
An Alberta employer is defined as, being incorporated or registered by or under an act of the legislature of a province or the Parliament of Canada and operating as a business that has an established production capability, plant or place of business in Alberta.
Please note that the AINP will not approve an application if there is a labour dispute in progress that may involve, directly or indirectly, either the Alberta employer or the Candidate.