The Alberta Immigration Nominee Program “ÄINP” is designed to support Alberta’s economic growth by attracting work-ready immigrants to the province.
The AINP is an immigration program operated by the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Human Services in conjunction with the Government of Canada’s Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
Individuals nominated by the Government of Alberta, together with their spouse/common-law partner and dependent children, can apply for a permanent resident visa through CIC as a Provincial Nominees. CIC makes final decisions on all Provincial Nominee permanent resident applications. Alberta’s stable economy and excellent quality of life make it the ideal place in Canada to live and work. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) helps foreigners to make Alberta their permanent home. If a foreigner is nominated by AINP, he/she is required to submit an application to Citizenship and Immigration, Canada (CIC) as a Provincial Nominee with their spouse and dependent children to obtain permanent residence.
If a foreign applicant is a farm owner/operator with proven management skills and the financial resources to develop a sustainable growth-oriented primary production farming business in Alberta, then, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) can nominate such individual farm owner/operator who wants to immigrate, purchase and manage a farming business in Alberta. The AINP works closely with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development to assess the eligibility of applicants in this category.
The eligibility criteria and process for applying to the AINP vary depending on the stream and category. The following list will help you choose the stream or category that may work best for you.
The AINP Employer-Driven Stream is for:
- Alberta Employers who want to retain a foreign worker (Candidate) on a permanent, full-time basis where there is a challenge finding Albertans / Canadians to fill the position.
- Candidates (foreign workers) with a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta employer who intends to live and work in Alberta permanently.
The employer must make a permanent, full-time job offer to a candidate under one of three categories:
Skilled worker or Alberta employer
You are a foreign worker and have a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, B)
You are an Alberta employer wanting to retain a skilled foreign worker on a permanent, full-time basis.
Learn more: Skilled Worker Category
International graduate or Alberta employer
You are a recent graduate from a Canadian post-secondary institution and have a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, B)
You are an Alberta employer wanting to retain an international graduate on a permanent, full-time basis
Learn more: International Graduate Category
Semi-skilled worker or Alberta employer
You are a foreign worker and have a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in an eligible semi-skilled occupation (NOC C or D).
You are an Alberta employer wanting to retain an eligible semi-skilled foreign worker on a permanent, full-time basis.
Learn more: Semi-Skilled Worker Category
Please note: only select occupations from the following industries are eligible:
- Food and beverage processing industry
- Hotel and lodging industry:
- Food and beverage servers and room attendants
- Front desk agent/clerk
- Manufacturing Industry
- Long-Haul Trucking Industry
- Food Services Industry (pilot project)
You are a trades person who has an Alberta Qualification Certificate in a Compulsory or Optional Trade and you have received an invitation to apply to the AINP.
Learn more: Compulsory and Optional Trades Category
You are an engineer, designer or drafter with Alberta work experience.
Learn more: Engineering Occupations Category
You are a farmer who wants to come to Alberta to establish or purchase a farming business.
Learn more: Self-Employed Farmer Stream
The AINP is currently not accepting applications under the AINP Family Stream. Applications postmarked after August 23, 2010, will be returned to the Alberta Relative. Applications postmarked on or before August 23, 2010, that meet all program criteria will be accepted for processing and will be processed according to AINP Processing Times and Family Stream criteria.