Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) Visa

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) Visa

The AINP is an economic immigration program operated by the Government of Alberta with the Government of Canada’s department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It supports Alberta’s economic growth by attracting and retaining work-ready immigrants to the province.

Individuals nominated by the Government of Alberta, together with their spouse/common-law partner and dependent children, can apply for permanent residence through IRCC as a provincial nominee. IRCC makes final decisions on all permanent resident applications.

The AINP offers options for both skilled and semi-skilled workers. You may be able to apply on your own, or with your employer. Review the streams and categories below and choose the best option for you. Also review who is not eligible.

AINP nominations will not be issued for the purpose of obtaining temporary work permit extensions. See the FAQ section for more information.


Reminder:

 

You must maintain a valid work permit throughout the AINP application and assessment process. Only applicants under the Strategic Recruitment Stream Engineering Occupations Category are exempt from this requirement. At the time of assessment, you must provide the AINP with a valid work permit or implied status based on either:

 

 

Some LMIA exemptions from IRCC are not eligible under AINP. The AINP will not consider the following exemptions:

 

In addition, you must meet all criteria for the category under which you applied. See the FAQ section for more information.


AINP STREAMS AND CATEGORIES ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Application requirements differ depending on the stream and category. Read more about each available stream and category below.


STRATEGIC RECRUITMENT STREAM

 

Application requirements differ depending on the stream and category. Read more about each available stream and category below.

 

1. Compulsory and Optional Trades Category

You may qualify if you are a temporary foreign worker and have a valid trade certificate in a compulsory or optional trade in Alberta issued or recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT). Learn more: Compulsory and Optional Trades Category.

 

2. Engineering Occupations Category

You may qualify if you are a temporary foreign worker and have Alberta work experience in an eligible engineering occupation. Learn more: Engineering Occupations Category

 

3. Post-Graduate Worker Category

You may qualify, if you have a Post-Graduation , Work Permit are currently working in Alberta, and have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Alberta. Changes were made to this category on September 27, 2013. Learn more: Post-Graduate Worker Category

 


EMPLOYER-DRIVEN STREAM

 

Apply with your employer under one of three different category options:

 

1. Skilled Worker Category

You may qualify if you have been offered a permanent and full-time job by an Alberta employer in an eligible skilled occupation. Learn more: Skilled Worker Category

 

2. International Graduate Category

You may qualify if you recently graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada, have a Post-Graduation. Work Permit and have been offered a permanent and full-time job by an Alberta employer in an eligible occupation. 

 

3. Semi-Skilled Worker Category

You may qualify for nomination if you have been offered a permanent and full-time job by an Alberta employer in an eligible semi-skilled occupation, and you are a temporary foreign worker. 

Only select key industries and occupations are eligible in this category, and all candidates must meet minimum language standards. Learn more: Semi-Skilled Worker Category

 


SELF-EMPLOYED FARMER STREAM


You may qualify if you have the financial resources and farm management experience to purchase and establish a farm in Alberta. Learn more: Self-Employed Farmer Stream

 


WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE?

The following are not eligible to apply to the AINP:

Other restrictions on eligibility may also apply for each AINP stream/category; see AINP stream pages and category criteria pages for more information.