How to Apply for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
In addition to the federal immigration streams, Alberta offers the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program.
You may be eligible for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program if you have skills for which Alberta is looking, in order to support the province’s economic growth.
The three streams of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program include:
- Employer Driven Stream
- Strategic Recruitment Stream
- Self-Employed Farmer Stream
Employer Driven Stream
An Alberta employer is required to offer a permanent, full-time job offer to a candidate who falls in one of three categories:
- Skilled Worker. This category is defined by the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) list. Your job offer must be in either a Skill Type 0 (managerial occupation), Skill Level A (professional occupation) or Skill Level B (technical occupation and skilled trade).
- International Graduate. Your job offer must be in either a Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or Skill Level B according to the NOC list, and you must have recently graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution.
- Semi-Skilled Worker. Your job offer must be in either a Skill Level C or Skill Level D according to the NOC list, although only certain industries apply. These include Food and Beverage Processing, Hotel and Lodging, Manufacturing, Long-Haul Trucking, and Foodservices.
Strategic Recruitment Stream
This stream is for jobs that are in demand in Alberta.
There are three categories, each with their own specific criteria that must be met:
- Compulsory trades. You will need Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training to send you an Alberta Qualification Certificate in Compulsory Trade and an invitation letter to apply once you pass your exam. You can find the list of trades here.
- Engineering occupations. Within the last two years, you would have to have worked or have been working in Alberta either directly or on contract for either a recognized, well-established Alberta Engineering, Procurement, and Construction company, and/or an Alberta company that is a member of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta. You can find the list of occupations here.
- U.S. Visa Holder. Your current occupation must be one of the following listed here.
Self-Employed Farmer Stream
This stream is for farm owners/operators with proven management skills and the financial ability to create a sustainable growth-oriented primary production farming business in Alberta. Among other criteria, there are three important elements.
- provide evidence of your farm management skills
- be able to afford to develop a sustainable farming operation
- invest in a primary production farming business in Alberta
You can find the application forms here.
There is more than simply knowing how to apply for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program – you might need help with the application itself.
Although the Provincial Nominee Program is designed to expedite the process to immigrate to Canada, it does add an extra step. After you are successful in getting nominated, you still need to apply for permanent residence with the federal government. Taking both tasks into account can feel overwhelming, but experienced Canadian immigration lawyers can assist you to properly navigate both processes, so you don’t make any mistakes.
If you are interested in immigrating to Alberta, consider the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program – the province might be interested in you!