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Provincial Nominee Program – Alberta

Alberta has become one of Canada’s most abundant economic zones.  Moreover, this province can also boast with its socially dynamic population. Situated on the western part of Canada, this province has proved its high economic growth. Some notable cities in this province include Calgary and Edmonton. Alberta is also a highly populous province with a very blooming tourism because of the beautiful sceneries and numerous parks which includes the famous Banff and Jasper national parks.

Applications for the Provincial Nominee Program of Alberta has become steadfastly growing because of its attractive economy.  Prospective immigrants who have the targeted skills, experience, and resources may acquire an Alberta Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will hasten the nominees’ residency applications in the province.

Provincial Nominee Program for Alberta can be categorized into three Streams:

The AINP consists of three main Immigration streams:the Strategic Recruitment Stream;the Employer Driver Stream; andthe Self-Employed Farmer Stream. Each category has its own respective sub-categories and requirements as well.

Strategic Recruitment Stream

This stream is allocated for applicants of the Provincial Nomination Program who have no employer support. This stream is further categorized into four sub-categories.

1.) Alberta Work Experience Category. This pertains to eligible skilled, semi-skilled, and selectunskilled occupations. Unskilled level jobs likeTrades Helpers and Laborers, Cleaners, Building Superintendents and clerks are included in the list of eligible occupations.

Moreover, applicants for this category must be working full-time in Alberta with supporting valid work permit. During the application period, the applicant must reside in Alberta. Also, individuals aiming to get nominated must have the intention of continuing to reside and work in Alberta. Regulated workers applying in this category must have essential license/certificate/registration to practice in Alberta. Lastly, the applicant must score high in Language Proficiency test.

2.) Compulsory and Optional Category. Eligible applicants in this category are supervisors, foremen and tradespersons that holdan Alberta Qualification Certificate or a Recognized Trade Certificate and are conducting a compulsory or optional trade in the Province of Alberta.

Applicants must have the intention to continue living and working in Alberta permanently. It is also important the individual is residing in Alberta during the time of application with valid work permit. During the application process, applicants must provide necessary documents to prove that he or she is currently working in their trade for an Alberta employer, or have been working in their trade for an Alberta employer for minimum 6 months in past 3 years.

3.) Engineering Occupations Category. This category is open for all engineers, designers, and drafters that have been working in Alberta. Eligible applicants must refer to the AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream Engineering Occupations List to know more about what occupations are eligible. Nevertheless, occupations not found on the list may still apply in the AINP Skilled Worker Category.

The applicant must have the intention to live and work in Alberta permanently. Moreover, the individual should also be currently residing in Alberta at the date of application. Also, experienced worker or engineer must have proof of their educational training and experience. A minimum experience of 2 years in Alberta for an Alberta employer is required for the applicant to be eligible in the Provincial Nomination Program. Some eligible occupations, like engineering managers, civil engineers, chemical engineers, mining engineers, etc., which have credentials should also provide a ‘Letter of No Objection’ from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), or show that they are registered with APEGA.

4.) Post Graduate Worker Category. These are open for individuals who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Alberta, and are also currently working in Alberta. The occupation must be eligible and must have a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

Like the rest of the categories, the applicant must intend to live and work in Alberta permanently. It is also required that the applicant should be working full-time in Alberta for an Alberta employer at the time of application. The completed program in the recognized institution in Alberta must be at least 1 year long. The applicant must necessary pass the tests for language requirements

Employer-Driven Stream

This stream would allow employers to nominate their subordinates or workers to the Provincial Nomination Program for immigration purposes. This would assure workers of having brighter prospects to their jobs after they acquire permanent residency in Alberta. This stream consists of three sub-categories

1.) Skilled Worker Category. This category is for individuals that are working permanent and full-time in an eligible skilled occupation in Alberta. It is not necessary for the applicant to be working at the time of application.

Since this is a two-way application and the employers are involved. The employers must meet the requirements for eligibility. Employers must be incorporated or registered in Canada and operating in Alberta. They should also offer a job to the applicant that meets provincial employment standard. Furthermore, the job offer must not conflict with collective bargaining (union) agreements. Employers must check the list of eligible occupations and their designated levels. It is also important that the employer receives a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for the job they are offering to the applicant. If the applicant is not currently working in Alberta, the employer must be able to display and effort to recruit in Canada before offering job to the applicant. Supervisors, tradespersons, teachers, semi-skilled workers, caregivers, and temporary foreign workers residing outside Alberta are not eligible in this category.

On the other hand, applicants should always demonstrate the intention of living and working in Alberta permanently. The applicant should also have training, experience, and necessary license related in performing the job. Eligible applicants must show proof of legal status if they are living abroad. Jobs likePlasterers, Drywallers, Managers/Supervisors in Food Service/Retail, and Upholsterers mainly consists the above skilled worker criteria.

2.) International Graduate Category. This category is for individuals who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada. Applicants must have a Post-Graduation Work Permit as well as a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta employer.

Employers in this category should be incorporated or registered in Canada and operating in Alberta and offers a job to the applicant that meets provincial employment standards. The employer should also provide proof that the wages being offered are consistent with industry standards. In addition, the job offer must not conflict with collective bargaining (union) agreements

Eligible applicants should intend to live and work in Alberta to the employer supporting their application. It is also important the applicant have completed a certificate, diploma, degree or graduate level program from an eligible institution in Alberta or Canada for at least a year. Some occupations require high language test scores.

3.) Semi-Skilled Worker Category .This category is designed for temporary foreign workers who have received a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in an eligible semi-skilled occupation.

it is important that each side of the parties must deemed eligible to submit an application. An eligible employer must be incorporated or registered in Canada and operating in Alberta and operates one of the five accepted industries in this category. The categories included are food and beverage processing Industry, manufacturing Industry, and the food services industry. The job offer must be permanent and full-time as well as it must meet Alberta employment and wage standards. Once again the job offer should also not conflict with collective bargaining (union) agreements. Some occupations must need a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Lastly, employers should provide a settlement and retention plan for the individual applicant.

On the other hand, eligible applicants must be currently working in Alberta on a valid work permit in an eligible occupation. A high school level education is required. In addition, applicants must submit additional necessary documents for the industry applied to.

Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Self-employed farmers are also eligible in applying for the Provincial Nominee Program in Alberta provided that they met the requirements.

Farmers applying for this category must have farm management skills supported with pertinent financial documents to the managed farm business. Applicants should still provide proofof education, training, and/or work experience. A proposed plan for an Alberta farm is highly needed. It is also important that a Canadian financial institution will finance farming venture in Alberta with at least an investment of $500,000 of equity in primary production farming business. It should also show a minimum net work of $500,000 or confirmation of access to similar funds;