IMMIGRATE TO ALBERTA

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 IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM

Alberta operates three programs through which one may qualify to immigrate as an Alberta Nominee.

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

ALBERTA OPPORTUNITY STREAM ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

1. Alberta Opportunity Stream  2. Self-Employed Farmer 3. Alberta Express Entry

1. Alberta Opportunity Stream 

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:

  • 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)

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:

  • CLB 4 for each skill until June 14, 2019
  • CLB 5 for each skill after June 14, 2019
  • CLB 7 for each skill if you are working under NOC 3413 (nurse aide, orderlies & patient service associates)

4. Education

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:

  • 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 Self-employed farmer stream accepts applications from individuals who plan to purchase and operate a farm in Alberta.

SELF-EMPLOYED FARMER STREAM ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • 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, 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.

Applicant criteria:

  • 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:

 

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