The fourth most populous province and is one of the three prairie provinces of Canada. Talking about the economy of Alberta, in 2013 Alberta’s per capita GDP exceeded that of the United States, Norway or Switzerland, thus being one of the strongest economies in the world. This economy is mainly supported by the burgeoning petroleum industry and to in minimum extent, agriculture, and technology.
Province of Alberta is looking for immigrants with the skills and work experience that is required by the local labor market as it is facing a shortage of capable individuals. To fill this gap of skilled labor, the provincial government of Alberta has a special agreement with the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that allows them to nominate the skilled and capable immigrants for permanent residency in the province. This immigration pathway is known as the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).
With the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), the province is able to target immigrants that are in high demand throughout the province and the fill the shortage of skilled labor with immigrants that have the training and experience needed. This program allows prospective immigrants with the right mix of experience and skills to get an Alberta Provincial Nomination Certificate.
Being nominated and by applying via the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (Alberta PNP program 2020), will speed up the permanent residency application process by some time.
Skilled and semi-skilled immigrants can apply for Alberta PNP 2020 and there are also options for immigrants to apply with or without any employer support. Alberta PNP is mainly broken into three main immigration streams:
The process to apply for a provincial nomination through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (Alberta PNP program 2020) mainly depends under which stream candidate has applied for. Every stream of AINP PNP 2020 has different requirements. We will look into the process for each stream under AINP.
This stream provides a pathway to Canada PR visa for immigrants who are working in Alberta and international graduates who have completed their studies at a recognized Alberta educational post-secondary institution. Eligibility for this stream is based on the following factors:i) Residency Status and Work Permit Requirements Candidate must have:
The minimum requirement for language proficiency under this stream is to have Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4. It can be in either language whether it is in English or French. Candidates have to prove their knowledge of the language in four sections – Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.iii) Education requirements
At the time of applying under this stream, the candidate needs to have completed at least a Canadian high school or its equivalent in their country of the region. The foreign education needs to be verified through an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).iv) Work Experience Candidates must:
Mostly all the occupations that are categorized under National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A, B, C, and D are eligible under AINP. There are some ineligible occupations under AINP’s Opportunity stream and they are as follows:
|NOC Code||NOC Skill level||Occupation|
|0422||0||School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education|
|0423||0||Managers in social, community and correctional services|
|0432||0||Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers|
|0651||0||Escort agency managers, massage parlor managers|
|4031||A||Secondary school teachers|
|4032||A||Elementary school and kindergarten teachers|
|4154||A||Professional occupations in religion|
|5121||A||Authors and writers|
|5133||A||Musicians and singers|
|5135||A||Actors and comedians|
|5136||A||Painters, sculptors and other visual artists|
|1227||B||Court officers and justices of the peace|
|3223||B||Dental laboratory assistants/bench workers|
|4214||B||Early childhood educators who do not have certification through Alberta Children’s Services – Child Care Staff Certification Office or who have been certified as child development assistant (formerly Level 1)|
|4217||B||Other religious occupations|
|5232||B||Other performers, not elsewhere classified|
|5244||B||Artisans and craftsperson|
|6232||B||Real estate agents and salespersons|
|4411||C||Home child care providers|
|4412||C||Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations|
|4413||C||Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants|
|6564||C||Other personal service occupations|
|7513||C||Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs|
|8442||C||Trappers and hunters|
|6623||D||Other sales related occupations|
|6722||D||Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation, and sport|
|6742||D||Other service support occupations, not elsewhere classified|
|8612||D||Landscaping and grounds maintenance laborers|
|8613||D||Aquaculture and marine harvest laborers|
This stream allows the AINP to nominate skilled and capable immigrants from the federal government’s express entry program. For express entry candidates to apply under AINP, they must be invited by the province to do so. To get invited, the candidate must show strong ties to the province or can be the one that will support the province’s economic growth and diversification priorities. International graduates from Canadian post-secondary institutions can also be asked to submit under this stream.How to get Notification of Interest and get selected from the express pool for AINP?
Based on the credentials submitted by the candidate to the AINP, the province can select the candidate and send them a Notification of Interest (NOI). In order to get an NOI letter, the candidate:
Once the candidate’s application is approved, they will receive a nomination certificate via the IRCC Express entry portal. Candidate must accept the nomination within 30 days after it is issued in order to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA).After getting an ITA, the candidate has 60 days to submit their application for a permanent residence visa to the IRCC.
For this year, 2019, Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP PNP program 2020) can issue maximum 6000 nominations. So far, a total of 2,251 nominations have been issued. Candidates do not have to pay fees for applying for provincial nomination under AINP i.e Alberta PNP application fees. They have to pay the following fees:
Province of Alberta does not have any specified or dedicated AINP PNP 2020 occupation in-demand list. But there are some professions/occupations that are having priority this year. Following is a list of occupations that are most sought after in Alberta. If the profession of the candidate falls within any of the following categories, their chances will increase for getting a nomination from the province:
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