Alberta Immigration Nomination Program (AINP)

Canada has recently introduced the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). This program exists based on agreements that exist between the provinces and the federal government. Essentially, the process is two steps. You first apply to a provincial program in order to obtain a provincial nomination. If you are successful in this, you will use this nomination to apply for permanent residence status through the federal government, Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Each province has their own unique criteria and different program types.

In order to be eligible for the Alberta Work Experience Category of the Alberta Immigration Nomination Program (AINP), as the applicant, you must consider two sets of criteria:

Eligible Occupations

Most occupations in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, and C are now eligible, including Optional Trades.

Select occupations in NOC skill level D are also now eligible; these include:

  • Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers (NOC 7611)
  • Other Trades Helpers and Labourers (NOC 7612)
  • Light Duty Cleaners (NOC 6661)
  • Specialized Cleaners (NOC 6662)
  • Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents (NOC 6663)

You should be aware that the AINP will only be accepting a limited number of application for certain application types. The following occupations will have caps:

  • Light Duty Cleaners (NOC 6661)
  • Specialized Cleaners (NOC 6662)
  • Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents (NOC 6663)

Further, there is a long list of occupations that are not considered eligible. Before continuing, you should be certain that your intended occupation is on the list. Contact us for more details if you are uncertain.

Other Criteria

  • At the time of application, you must be working full-time in Alberta and have a valid work permit with temporary resident status from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to work in Alberta in an eligible occupation.
  • You must be currently residing in Alberta.
  • You must intend to continue to reside in, and work permanently in Alberta.
  • If your current occupation is a NOC skill level:
  • 0, A or B, you must show you have been working full-time in Alberta for one out of the past two years; or
  • C or D, you must show you have been working full-time in Alberta for two out of the past three years.

Unauthorized employment (e.g. a violation of terms and conditions of a work permit) will not be counted towards meeting the work experience criterion .

  • If you work in a regulated occupation in Alberta, you must demonstrate that you have the required certificate, licence, and/or registration.
  • You must submit official language test results

Note, the availability of AINP streams and categories is dependent upon application volumes and labour market needs. The AINP reserves the right to close application intake for any AINP stream or category at any time, without prior notice. This means that if you are interested in this or any Alberta program, time is a factor in submitting your application.

Further, the AINP may decline to consider applications to closed or suspended streams or categories, regardless of when the applications were submitted.

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