Alberta has world class cities, mountains, rivers, lakes, forest, giant blue skies, prairie landscapes, dry, hot summers and cold, snowy winters. In the southern parts of the Province, frequent chinook winds bring periods of warm air during otherwise chilly winters. The cost of living is on the higher end of the spectrum. The province is rich in oil and gas, with much of its economic activity tied to the petroleum industry, mountain tourism and to agriculture – mainly grain crops and livestock.
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
Alberta operates three programs through which one may qualify to immigrate as an Alberta Nominee. The application process is online and all categories have a $500 application fee.
To qualify for nomination in Alberta:
- You are already working in Alberta
- You are planning to purchase a farm in Alberta
- You have a valid Express Entry profile and some connection to Alberta
1. Alberta Opportunity Stream
The Alberta Opportunity Stream accepts applications from individuals who are already working in Alberta, with a valid work permit. All applicants require a full-time job offer for at least one year to continue working in their current occupation in Alberta.
1. Immigration status
You must be already working in Alberta at the time of your application with one of the following work permits:
- an LMIA based work permit
- a work permit based on an international trade agreement (NAFTA, GATS, CETA, CPTPP)
- an intra-company transferee work permit
- an International Experience Canada work permit (Working Holiday, Young Professionals, or International Co-op)
- a post grad work permit (you must have graduated from an Alberta institution)
- an open work permit issued to a vulnerable worker
Note that there are a significant number of other types of work permits available, and individuals holding those types of permits are no longer eligible to apply to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). Common examples of those no longer eligible include open work permit holders as the spouse of a student or the spouse of a skilled worker.
2. Occupation requirements
You must be working in a position in Alberta that matches your previous work experience, and/or your post-secondary education in the case of an international student. There is also a short list of occupations that are not eligible to apply to the AINP.
If you are working on a post grad work permit, you will not be eligible if you are also working in an occupation on a second list as well.
3. Language skills in either French or English:
- CLB 4 for each skill for NOC C and D occupations
- CLB 5 for each skill for NOC 0, A and B occupations
- CLB 7 for each skill if you are working under NOC 3413 (nurse aide, orderlies & patient service associates)
You must have completed a minimum of high school education in your country of origin. Starting January 1, 2021, you must demonstrate that you have completed the equivalent of an Alberta High School education (by obtaining an Educational Credential Assessment).
5. Work Experience
You must be working in an occupation that matches your previous work experience:
- min 12 months full time in Alberta within prior 18 months, or
- min 24 months full time in Canada and/or overseas within prior 30 months
- post grad work permit holders need a min of 6 months full time work within prior 18 months in a position that is related to the program of study in Alberta
2. Self-Employed Farmer
The Alberta immigration self-employed farmer stream accepts applications from individuals who plan to purchase and operate a farm in Alberta.
- you have farm management skills that will enable you to successfully operate a farm in Alberta
- you have a minimum net worth of CAD $500,000
- you plan to purchase a primary production farming operation in Alberta
3. Alberta Express Entry
The Alberta Express Entry stream is for individuals who have a valid Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry Pool, with a connection to Alberta. Alberta will invite selected candidates from the pool to apply; there is no option to apply directly to the AINP for this program.
- you have a valid Express Entry profile with a CRS score above 300
- you have some connection to Alberta, such as a job offer in Alberta, a close relative in Alberta or previous work experience in Alberta.
You are not likely to be invited by Alberta if the following apply: