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 it’s economic activity tied to the petroleum industry, mountain tourism and to agriculture – mainly grain crops and livestock.
Alberta operates three programs through which one may qualify to immigrate as an Alberta Nominee.
To qualify for nomination in Alberta:
The Alberta Opportunity Stream accepts applications from individuals who are already working in Alberta, with a valid work permit.
1. Immigration status
You must be already working in Alberta at the time of their application with one of the following work permits:
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 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:
You must have completed a min 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.
5. Work Experience
You must be working in an occupation that matches your previous work experience:
The Self-employed farmer stream accepts applications from individuals who plan to purchase and operate a farm in Alberta.
SELF-EMPLOYED FARMER STREAM ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
The Alberta Express Entry stream is for individuals who have a valid Express Entry profile, with a connection to Alberta. Alberta will invite selected candidates to apply, there is no option to apply directly to the AINP for this program.
You are not likely to be invited by Alberta if the following apply: