Alberta Puts Family Stream and US Visa Holder Class Immigration on Hold

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) will not accept new applications in the following two immigration programs effective August 23, 2010:

  1. Family Stream and,
  2. the U.S. Visa Holder Category.

“Our focus needs to be on jobs for Albertans and Canadians first,” said Thomas Lukaszuk, Minister of Employment and Immigration. “We will continue to process applications for people who have the skills our growing economy needs.”

Applications postmarked after August 23, 2010 will be returned. Applications postmarked on or before August 23, 2010 will be accepted for processing and will be processed.

In 2008 the Family Stream and the U.S. Visa Holder Category were added to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program. Both these programs were very successful and have resulted in a large number of applications.

The federal government limits the number of people Alberta can nominate for permanent residence. In 2010 Alberta is allowed to nominate 5,000 people. With limited numbers, Alberta’s focus will be on nominating people who currently work in permanent jobs and those who have job offers in occupations that are in demand in Alberta.

Alberta will continue to accept immigration applications in the following areas:

  • Skilled workers
  • Semi-skilled workers in certain occupations
  • International students
  • Compulsory trades
  • Engineering occupations; and
  • Self-employed farmers.

Contact us to find out if you qualify for Immigration to Canada under Alberta Provincial Nominee Program.


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