Foreign nationals can apply for Canadian immigration through provincial immigration nomination programs offered by various Canadian provinces. It is good news for foreign professionals as Alberta has opened its doors for Canadian Immigration starting from January 27, 2016 under Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP). It might be the best option for some of the foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada as they might otherwise not qualify for Canadian immigration under Federal immigration program.
Alberta is also looking for foreign nationals in few semi-skilled occupations in addition to seeking applicants in skilled worker category. Applicants who have prior work experience in Alberta or who have obtained a valid trade certificate in a Compulsory or Optional Trade will be able to benefit from AINP. Certain engineering occupations are also eligible to apply for AINP. Majority of applicants will require job offer from employer in Alberta. Foreign graduate students will also be able to apply under Alberta Immigration Nominee Program. The Nominee Program is divided into following three immigration streams which are independent of the Federal Express Entry immigration program:
- Employer-Driven Stream
- Strategic Recruitment Stream,
- Self-Employed Farmer Stream.
1. AINP Employer-Driven Stream
The Employer-Driven Stream is for those foreign professionals who have a permanent, full-time job offer from an employer in Alberta. The stream is further divided into three sub-categories:
Skilled Worker Category
The applicants must have obtained a permanent, full-time job offer from an employer in Alberta in a skilled occupation (NOC skill level 0, A, or B) in order to become eligible to apply under skilled worker category.
Semi-Skilled Worker Category
Foreign nationals who have a permanent, full-time job offer from an employer in Alberta in a semi-skilled occupation (NOC C or D) eligible under the AINP can submit their applications for Canadian immigration.
International Graduate Category
Recent graduate from a Canadian post-secondary institution having a permanent, full-time job offer from an employer in Alberta. The job offer must be in NOC level O, A, B, or C occupation.
2. AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream
The Strategic Recruitment Stream is aimed at attracting foreign professionals to supplement provincial labour market over the long term. The stream is divided into three sub-categories:
Compulsory or Optional Trades Category
This immigration category is for foreign nationals who have obtained valid trade certificate in a Compulsory or Optional Trade in Alberta either issued or recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.
Engineering Occupations Category
This immigration category is for foreign professionals who have obtained professional education as an engineer, designer, or drafter. The applicants under this category must have prior work experience in Alberta in any of the following eligible engineering occupation:
- Engineering Managers (NOC 0211)
- Civil Engineers (2131)
- Mechanical Engineers (2132)
- Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2133)
- Chemical Engineers (2134)
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers (2141)
- Mining Engineers (2143)
- Geological Engineers (2144)
- Petroleum Engineers (2145)
Post-Graduate Worker Category
The applicants must have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution situated in Alberta, are currently employed in Alberta in an eligible occupation after obtaining Post-Graduation Work Permit which is still valid.
3. AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream
Self-employed farmer stream is aimed at promoting and developing the agricultural industry in Alberta. Potential applicants are required to provide documented prove that they have prior farm management skills. They must also invest a minimum of CD$500,000 of equity in a farming business in Alberta. They must also submit a proposed business plan.
There is limited quota for foreign nationals and foreign graduates under the AINP, thus it is important that potential applicants submit their applications for Canadian immigration as soon as possible.