Alberta
Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)

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What is the Alberta PNP?

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.

Categories under Alberta PNP

Alberta Advantage Immigration Progran (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.

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.

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

Factors that may decrease the chances of being invited by the Alberta Express Entry Stream

Even if you have strong connections in Alberta, there are some factors that may reduce your chances of receiving an Alberta Express Entry Stream invitation. They are as follows:

  • Express Entry profile is going to expires in 5 months or less
  • The Primary NOC (National Occupation Classification) Code chosen in the Express Entry profile, is in the list of Ineligible Occupations

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 with 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.

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, it is mandatory that the skilled worker 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 CodeJob Title
0111Legislators
0422School Principals and Administrators of Elementary and Secondary Education
0423Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services
0432Fire Chiefs and Senior Firefighting Officers
0651Escort Agency Managers, Massage Parlour Managers
4031Secondary School Teachers
4032Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers
4154Professional Occupations in Religion
5121Authors and Writers
5133Musicians and Singers
5135Actors and Comedians
5136Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists
1227Court Officers and Justices of the Peace
3223Dental Laboratory Bench Workers
4214Early Childhood Educators and Assistants (only those without certification as a Child Development Worker (Level 2) or Child Development Supervisor (Level 3) through Alberta Children’s Services – Child Care Staff Certification Office)*
4216Other Instructors
4217Other Religious Occupations
5232Other Performers, n.e.c
5244Artisans and Craftspersons
5251Athletes
6232Real Estate Agents and Salespersons
4411Home Child Care Providers
4412Home Support Workers, Housekeepers, and Related Occupations
4413Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants
6533Casino Occupations
6564Other Personal Service Occupations
7513Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs
8442Trappers and Hunters
6623Other Sales Related Occupations
6722Operators and Attendants in Amusement, Recreation, and Sport
6742Other Service Support Occupations, n.e.c
8611Harvesting Labourers
8612Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers
8613Aquaculture and Marine Harvest Labourers
8614Mine Labourers

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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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