The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) exists to assist immigrants who work in the province of Alberta to gain permanent residency. The program is run jointly by the Government of Alberta and the Canadian IRCC (Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada). Persons who satisfy the requirements of the AINP can be put forward to the IRCC as “provincial nominees.” The spouses/partners of these nominees and any dependent children they have can be considered alongside their application. The final decision on all applications resides with the IRCC, not the Government of Alberta. It’s important to remember that this is a program for those ready and able to work: all applicants (with the exception of certain engineering categories) must have a valid work permit when they apply through the AINP or a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (some, though not all, LMIA exemptions may be allowed). You may apply to the AINP as an individual or through your employer. The different routes are detailed below. Bear in mind that you need to fulfill all the requirements of your chosen route in order to be considered, and also that fulfilling the criteria does not guarantee the grant of permanent residence. Even if you are passed by the Government of Alberta and put forward as a nominee, the IRCC may still refuse your application.
Essential requirementsTo qualify for the AINP in any of the categories below, you must:
- Show that you intend to live and work permanently in Alberta
- Be living in Alberta at the time you apply
- Have a valid work permit covering the entire period of your application (applications cannot be used to extend work permits)
- You are applying for refugee status or fighting removal from Canada. The AINP cannot intervene in these cases.
- You are working as a live-in carer in Canada
- You are living and working in any other province than Alberta
- You are an international student undertaking a work placement or internship as part of your studies
StreamsThere are three different streams for applying through the AINP and each one has its own categories. These are explained below.
1) Strategic Recruitment StreamThis stream allows individuals to apply for themselves (i.e. without employer assistance). There are three categories for applicants via this stream:
A) Compulsory and Optional Trades
B) Engineering Occupations
C) Post-Graduate Workers
2) Employer Driven StreamThis stream is for workers applying with/through their employer. There are three different categories in this stream:
A) Skilled Workers
B) International Graduates
C) Semi-skilled Workers