Alberta, located in the western region of the country, is the country’s main producer of crude oil, natural gas, and related products. The rise of the petroleum industry, as well as the technological and agriculture sectors, has boosted the economy of this Canadian province. Alberta is the world’s second-largest natural gas exporter, with a huge number of job openings for qualified workers and young professionals. Immigrants can find vocations and job profiles in ICT, healthcare, general administration, finance, and other departments in this Canadian province.

Alberta is home to two major Canadian cities, Calgary and Edmonton. The Calgary-Edmonton Corridor is Canada’s most densely populated and urbanised region.

The Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) and the Alberta Express Entry Program (AEEP) are two popular immigration routes to Canada. A new online platform for submitting applications is now accessible. The robust economy of Alberta province requires people of right skill set, who can be helpful in generating revenue streams. Hence, both these are ideal pathways for young skilled workers seeking to carve promising career and quality life to their families. In order to provide the best possible chances for immigrants, young professionals, entrepreneurs, businessmen, international graduates, and talented workers.


Changes to fee submission and marking corrections are being implemented.

There have been some adjustments in the Self-Employed Farmer Stream. The Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream is suited for applicants who want to start a business in Alberta.

Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The province’s list of occupations is continually being updated; and applicants from a variety of occupations can apply under the AINP If all qualifying conditions are met, the process is quick and uncomplicated. Skilled and semi-skilled workers are also eligible for the Alberta Opportunity Stream. Professionals in the petroleum, technology, and agriculture sectors have a bright future. Considering its growth aspirations, the corridor promises a bright future for many people working in the sectors that operate along it.

The following adjustments have been made to Alberta PNP fees:

Email communication is required for any requests for post-decision services. Email must be used to send updates and adjustments to AINP applications.

Candidates must pay an application fee as well as a charge for post-decision services (requests for nomination extensions, 204(c) Letters of Support, and reconsiderations). At the time of nomination, 204(c) Letters of Support are no longer issued. To be considered for a 204(c) Letter of Support, nominees must submit a request.

Several COVID-19 application and processing improvements connected to the Alberta Immigration Nominee Program have also been made. All online applications are subject to a 500 CAD application fee.

Alberta Express Entry

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP ) nominates a small number of successful candidates from the Government of Canada’s Express Entry pool. This route allows Alberta province to nominate skilled and semi-skilled workers. Candidates are nominated by the provincial government based on labour market needs.

It’s important to note that Alberta doesn’t have a specific employment list, and it’s continually updated, so this stream is open to skilled and semi-skilled individuals from a variety of industries. Candidates with a track record of contributing to the economy and the ability to produce revenue streams are also given preference by the provincial government. Express Entry candidates selected by Alberta earn 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points as well as an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for Canadian Permanent Residence in the next Express Entry draw. International graduates with a bachelor’s degree from a recognised Canadian university or college are also eligible to apply in this stream.

Process Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree
  2. Minimum CRS Score of 300
  3. Active Express Entry Profile under Canada Immigration pool

Requirements for Alberta PNP through Express Entry are –

  • Candidate’s identity proof. Legal documents validating resident status
  • Minimum four bands each in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening in IELTS (English proficiency test)
  • Minimum Secondary Education (Class 12) or post-secondary education which is equivalent to recognized qualification prescribed in Canadian educational system
  • License proof of professional operation in Alberta
  • Sufficient funds
  • Candidates having CRS score of 300+ have good chances of selection
  • Applicants having 67 points out of 100 in point grade system of province and CRS score of 300+ are likely to be picked by Alberta provincial authorities

Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP)

The province of Alberta welcomes foreign skilled workers, international graduates, entrepreneurs, start up enthusiasts, professionals to work and settle in Canada. The AINP is one of the fastest and easiest platforms to immigrate to Canada. Immigration seekers can apply for AINP any time in 2021.
Please note that candidates are advised not to re-apply if they have already submitted an application under the Employer-Driven Stream or Strategic Recruitment Stream on or before June 14, 2018 since these streams have been terminated (Please refer It is advisable to withdraw previous application before submitting a fresh application for Canada immigration.

Alberta Opportunity Stream

This stream has replaced previous immigration streams viz Strategic Recruitment stream and Employer-Driven stream. The Alberta Opportunity Stream is apt for aspirants, who are currently working in province of Alberta as a temporary resident. It is important to note that the occupation and jobs they are engaged in must be listed in the National Occupational Classification or official job classification system.
Eligibility criteria for Alberta Opportunity Stream –

  • Work experience of at least one year in specific occupation
  • Possess valid work permit
  • Valid job offer from an employer based in Alberta
  • Minimum four bands each in Reading, Speaking, Writing and Listening in IELTS (English proficiency test)

AINP Strategic Recruitment Class
There is no job offer requirement under this category, and there are three sub-streams through which the applicant can apply –

  • Compulsory and optional Trades category
  • Engineering occupations Category
  • Post Graduate Worker Category

AINP Employer Driven Class
Under this stream, it is essential to get a job offer from an employer in Alberta, and there are three subcategories under this program as well. –

  • Skilled Worker – The employment offers need to be in a skilled professional NOC O, a or B)
  • International Graduate – The appellants who have completed their diploma certificate, graduated from a certified Canadian institute they can get expert training after opening
  • Semi-Skilled Worker Category – The candidates should have the necessary skills to apply for any of the industries – food and beverage. hospitality, trucking, transportation

Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream
This stream is ideal for immigration seekers having required experience in agriculture and related activities as well as must possess enough funds to establish farming activities in Alberta. Notably, Alberta Self-Employed Farmer stream helps immigration aspirants secure Canada PR visa as well as gain business rights there. It is advisable to scan through eligibility criteria before applying under this stream and seek help from reliable immigration consultants to receive authentic information. This step immensely helps applicants to take informed decisions and make optimum use of opportunities and available resources.

Checklist of documents for Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP)

The Canada Immigration requires series of documentation, liasion and co-ordination with concerned authorities. Applicants willing to work and stay in Alberta must submit authentic and valid documents to support visa application. Applicants may face rejection of visa application if fail to submit these set of valid documents.
Here is a list of mandatory documents required for processing of application for Alberta Nominee Program –

  • Identity proof
  • Address proof
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Sufficient funds
  • Labour Market Impact Assessment (seek assistance from trustworthy immigration consultant)
  • Valid employment proof
  • Work experience certificates
  • Academic credentials
  • English language proficiency
  • Notification of Interest

What should you consider before you apply for AINP?
If you wish to submit your Alberta Nomination application then please keep the following in mind –

  • Read all the immigration related information carefully especially regarding the labour market requirement. The AINP criterion gets evaluated to often and it is subject to change anytime without any prior notice,
  • Review the selection criterion of AINP. Whichever stream that you are applying for the creation should be meet,
  • Having good proficiency in English Language will always help your case. Thus always aim for a high band score,
  • Start the application process by creating a profile in the AINP online portal.

Processing time for AINP

Applicants, who fulfill all eligibility requirements of AINP, can apply immediately. The provincial authorities will verify the given information of applicants in specified time. Hence, the processing time depends on volume of applications as well as requirement of labour market and employers. Successful applicants receive a certificate of nomination after getting applications verified and approved. This entire process is carried out in seven to nine months and this duration may extend depending on requirement of visa application or case file.

It is important to note that Alberta provincial authorities conduct draws on regular intervals in which applicants having highest CRS points get selected faster and receive certificate of nomination. Such applicants receive additional 600 points in addition to points allocated in Express Entry gateway. Therefore, entry into Canada provincial nominee program of Alberta province depends on frequency of draws and CRS of candidates.