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Alberta PNP

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The Alberta PNP or Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), formerly the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), is an economic immigration program that nominates immigrants for permanent residence in Alberta.

Through this program, prospective immigrants with the right combination of skills and work experience as required by the labour market in the province receive an invite. After invitation, if an immigrant receives a nomination from AAIP and the application is submitted via AAIP Express Entry Stream, an additional benefit of 600 points in the CRS Score will be awarded, which helps in moving to Canada as a permanent resident.

What is the eligibility criteria for Alberta PNP?

Minimum Requirements for Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP):

To be considered for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Active Express Entry Profile: You must have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool
  • Eligibility for Federal Immigration Programs: You should meet the criteria of at least one of the federal immigration programs managed by Express Entry, including:
  • Occupations in Demand: Your primary occupation in your federal Express Entry profile should be one of the following:
    • An occupation in demand in Alberta
    • Part of a specific Express Entry stream pathway
    • An occupation connected to a provincial economic, sector, or occupational priority.
  • Intent to Live and Work in Alberta: You must have the intention and ability to live and work permanently in Alberta and express your interest in immigrating permanently to Alberta.
  • Minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score: You need to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 300 in your Express Entry profile.
  • Occupation Eligibility: Your primary occupation should not be on the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list.
  • Reasonable AAIP Application Volume: The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) should consider the volume of applications or nominations for your primary occupation in the current calendar year as reasonable to meet provincial economic immigration priorities.
  • Not a Refugee Claimant or Under Federal Appeal/Removal Process: You should neither be a refugee claimant nor subject to a federal appeal or removal process. The AAIP cannot intervene in the federal refugee claim, appeal, or removal process.
  • No Active Nomination under Any AAIP Stream: You should not have an active nomination under any AAIP stream. An active nomination is one that has not expired or is eligible for extension, or a nomination that was used to apply for permanent residence but where a decision has not yet been made on the permanent residence application.
  • Not Identified as Ineligible Due to Misrepresentation: You must not be currently identified as ineligible to re-apply to the AAIP due to misrepresentation.

Meeting these minimum requirements is essential to be considered for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). Please ensure that you meet all criteria before applying.

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What are the steps to apply for Alberta PNP (AAIP)?

  • Step 1 – Check Eligibility Criteria: Before applying for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), ensure you meet eligibility criteria such as Alberta PNP points, occupation demand in Alberta, and Express Entry profile requirements.
  • Step 2 – Create an Express Entry Profile: Create an Express Entry profile on the Canadian government’s official website. Indicate your interest in immigrating permanently to Alberta.
  • Step 3 – Submit Necessary Documents: Gather all required supporting documents as per the Alberta PNP checklist, tailored to your specific circumstances. Ensure completeness and accuracy.
  • Step 4 – Application in Express Entry Pool: Your application enters the Express Entry pool, where it becomes visible to Canadian provinces, including Alberta.
  • Step 5 – Alberta Reviews Profiles: Alberta authorities review Express Entry profiles and may issue a Notification of Interest (NOI) to eligible candidates.
  • Step 6 – Receive NOI from Alberta: If selected, you will receive an NOI letter from Alberta, inviting you to apply for Alberta PNP nomination.
  • Step 7 – Submit Complete Application: Within the specified timeframe (usually two weeks), submit a complete Alberta PNP application as per the provided instructions. Pay the Alberta PNP fee of CAD 500.
  • Step 8 – Notification via Express Entry Portal: Alberta will notify you through the Express Entry portal regarding the status of your application.
  • Step 9  – Accept Provincial Nomination: If approved, accept the provincial nomination. This nomination adds 600 points to your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This nomination certificate is valid for 180 Days from the date of issuance.
  • Step 10 – Receive an ITA for Canada PR: Candidates are selected from the Express Entry draw based on their CRS scores. If selected in the draw, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian PR visa.
  • Step 11 – Complete the PR Application: Once you receive the ITA for permanent residence, you can proceed to complete your application for permanent residence with the federal government. This includes providing additional documents and paying the required fees.
  • Step 12 – Medical and Security Checks: You and your accompanying family members will need to undergo medical examinations and security background checks as part of the permanent residency application process.
  • Step 13 – Receive Permanent Residence: If your permanent residency application is approved, you will receive your COPR (Confirmation of Permanent Residence), and submit your passport for the visa stamping.

What is the Processing time for Alberta PNP?

Processing Time (Estimated Average) for Alberta Immigration Nominee Program Streams. Please note that processing times are subject to change and may vary based on individual circumstances.

  • Alberta Opportunity Stream: Estimated Processing Time: 4 months
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream – Accelerated Tech Pathway: Estimated Processing Time: 1 month
  • Dedicated Healthcare Pathway: Estimated Processing Time: 1 month
  • Priority Sectors (Construction, Agriculture, Hospitality, and Tourism): Estimated Processing Time: 2 months
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream (Family Connection and Occupation in Demand): Estimated Processing Time: 3 months
  • Rural Renewal Stream: Estimated Processing Time: 2 months

Note: The processing times mentioned above are approximate averages from submitting a complete application until a final decision is issued. Actual processing times may vary depending on the complexity of the application and other factors.

What is the cost of applying for the Alberta Immigration Nominee Program?

The cost involved in the Alberta PNP Application, is as follows:

Please note that these costs are subject to change and may vary based on individual circumstances.

Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

  • Minimum Cost: $261 CAD
  • ECA fees vary depending on the assessing body. Each body has its own application fee.

Language Proficiency Test

  • To qualify for Canada PR, applicants must clear a language proficiency test. Here are the costs for different language tests:
  • IELTS General: ₹16,250 INR
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English): ₹15,900 INR
  • TEF Canada: ₹24,780 INR
  • TCF Canada: ₹21,476 INR

Alberta PNP Application Fee

  • Application Fee: $500 CAD

Application Processing Fee

  • Processing Fee: $850 CAD

Dependent Child Fee

  • Fee per Dependent Child: $230 CAD

Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF)

  • RPRF Fee: $515 CAD

Biometrics Fee

  • Biometrics Fee: $85 CAD (Canadian Dollars)

Categories under Alberta PNP

Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) is majorly divided into two different immigrations types:

Streams for Workers: AAIP offers three streams for foreign workers who are residing and working in Alberta or who intend to do so. These are:

  • Alberta Opportunity Stream: In order to qualify for this stream, it is mandatory for the candidate to have a job offer from an employer in Alberta and must reside and work there.
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream: Under this stream, AAIP invites skilled candidates who have an Express Entry profile to submit an application for a nomination for permanent residence.
  • Accelerated Tech Pathway: The Immigration Department of Alberta has developed this stream in order to meet the labor market demands of the technology sector. This stream is open to qualified applicants (with an active Express Entry profile) who are employed by or have a job offer from an Alberta-based tech industry employer in an eligible tech occupation.
  • Rural Renewal Stream: This stream is for qualified skilled candidates who have a job offer from an employer based in Alberta and wish to work in a recognized rural Alberta community.
  • Stream for Entrepreneurs: AAIP offers four streams for entrepreneurs who plan to live in Alberta and buy or start a business in the province. These are:
  • Rural Entrepreneur Stream: This stream is for entrepreneurs who want to start a business or buy an existing business in a rural community in Alberta.
  • Graduate Entrepreneur Stream: This stream allows international graduates from an approved Alberta post-secondary institution who want to start a business or buy an existing business, to apply for permanent residence.
  • Farm Stream: This stream is for experienced farmers who plan to buy or start a farm in Alberta.
  • Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream: This stream allows foreign graduates and entrepreneurs from outside of Canada to apply for permanent residence.

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About Alberta Express Entry Stream?

The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows the province to nominate skilled workers with an active Express Entry profile for Canadian Permanent Residence. A skilled worker may be asked to submit for a provincial nomination under this stream if they have strong ties to the province or if they can support its goals for economic development.

Eligibility Criteria of Alberta Express Entry Stream?

For a skilled worker willing to explore possible pathways (other than Express Entry), especially under the Provincial Nominee Program (or PNP), it is mandatory to understand the minimum eligibility criteria of each pathway.

If Alberta is the intended province for the purpose of immigration, and one has no connections in Alberta, then Alberta’s Provincial Nominee Program offers an Alberta Express Entry Stream that allows skilled workers to obtain Canadian Permanent Residence.

In order to receive an NOI, i.e., Notification of Interest, it is mandatory for a skilled worker to:

  • Have a valid express entry profile
  • Have a minimum CRS, i.e., Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300 points
  • Stated an interest in moving to the province, and
  • Working in a profession that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification

How to improve chances of being invited by the Alberta Express Entry Stream?

Having strong connections is not a mandatory factor, but this may increase the chances of receiving an invite from Alberta’s Express Entry Stream. The list of factors that may help in increasing the chances is as follows:

  • Having a job offer from Alberta.
  • Being graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Immediate family member (including parent, child, brother, or sister) who is living in Alberta as a Canadian permanent resident, a Canadian citizen, or
  • Having French as a Primary Language

What is Accelerated Tech Pathway?

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program’s (AAIP) Accelerated Tech Pathway is for qualified skilled workers (with an active Express Entry profile) who are employed by or have a job offer from an Alberta-based tech industry employer in an eligible tech occupation. It is mandatory for a skilled worker to score a minimum of 300 points in the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) to be eligible for this stream.

Employer should also be a part of Alberta tech industry as defined by the AAIP list of eligible North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes.

In addition to this, the primary occupation in the Express Entry profile should match the occupation offered by the employer in Alberta (on employment or job offer letter).

Factors that may decrease the chances of being invited by the Accelerated Tech Pathway

If the Express Entry profile is going to expire in 3 months or less, the chances of receiving an invite will be reduced.

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List of In-demand NOCs in the Accelerated Technology Pathway

Click Here to visit the list of In-demand NOCs in the Accelerated Technology Pathway.

What are the eligible occupations in Alberta PNP?

Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), like other provinces that participate in Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), has no list of in-demand occupations. Instead, at the time when AAIP is processing the application for a provincial nomination, the skilled worker must work in an eligible occupation or profile that is classified under Canada’s National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill levels “0”, “A”, or “B”, or TEER Level 0, 1, 2, or 3.

Now, like other PNPs, AINP does not release the details of the occupations that are in demand in the province. Instead, candidates are required to have work experience in an eligible occupation that supports the province’s economic development and diversification process.

At the time when AINP is processing your application for a provincial nomination, you must work in an eligible occupation. Most of the occupations that are classified under Canada’s National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, C, and D are eligible under the Alberta PNP program.

List of ineligible occupations in the Alberta opportunity stream?

If you are working in any of the following occupations at the time of your application is processing, then you will be ineligible to apply for Alberta provincial nomination through Alberta Opportunity Stream:

NOC Code (2021) Occupation
00010 Legislators
40021 School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
40030 Managers in social, community and correctional services
40041 Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
60040* Escort agency managers, massage parlour managers
41100 Judges
41220 Secondary school teachers
41221 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
51111 Authors and writers (except technical)
51122 Musicians and singers
42200* Justices of the peace
42202* Early childhood educators who do not have certification through Alberta Children's Services – Child Care Staff Certification Office or who have been certified as Level 1 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Assistant)
43100 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
43109 Other instructors
53121 Actors, comedians and circus performers
53122 Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
53124 Artisans and craftspersons
53200 Athletes
63101 Real estate agents and salespersons
33100* Dental laboratory assistants/bench workers
44100 Home child care providers
44101 Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
64321 Casino occupations
55109 Other performers
65109 Other sales related occupations
65211 Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport
65229 Other support occupations in personal services
65329 Other service support occupations
75200 Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
85101 Harvesting labourers
85102 Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
85104 Trappers and hunters
85110 Mine labourers
85121 Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers

Documents Checklist for Alberta PNP

Candidates are required to scan and upload copies of the following mandatory documents with the application:

  • Notification of Interest (NOI) from Alberta
  • Passport
  • Documents showing Legal Status in Canada (if applicable)
  • Education documents
  • Language Exam results (IELTS/ CELPIP/ TEF/ TCF)
  • A valid job offer from Alberta (if applicable)
  • Employment Documents of experience gained outside/ inside Canada
  • Proof of funds
  • Resume
  • Intent Letter
  • Other optional documents (if applicable)


Yes, you can. Foreign nationals who want to live and work in Alberta can apply through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) or Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP). Of the various streams administered under the AINP or AAIP, Alberta’s Express Entry stream does not require applicants to have a job offer. To receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from Alberta under this stream, applicants must create an Express Entry profile and indicate their interest in settling permanently in Alberta.

Alberta PNP processing time depends on a few factors such as labor market information, the volume of applications received, and the date the application was received. Once a candidate becomes eligible and is approved by Alberta authorities, they will receive a certificate of nomination. The whole process can take 4-6 months and will vary from profile to profile.

Alberta has multiple immigration programs through which skilled workers can file and attain a Canadian Permanent Residence visa. The list of general documents required for the Alberta Nominee Program is as follows:

  • Valid passport
  • Fully completed and signed application form
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Education Documents
  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
  • Language Proficiency Skill Report (For English – IELTS/CELPIP and for French – TCF/TEF)
  • Employment letter
  • Statement of Earnings
  • Proof of funds
  • Work permit (if applicable)
  • Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Job offer Letter (if applicable)


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