Canada is one of the second largest country in the world with a population of over 35 million people and welcomes every year over 200,000 immigrants. Canada has been ranked by the United Nations one of the best places to live as it offers great quality of life, great educational opportunities, low unemployment and crimes rates and life expectancy is comparably longer than most other countries. Aside from the great opportunities it offers, Canada is a beautiful country with millions of square kilometers of rolling hills, flat plains and beautiful mountain ranges. Canada is also known for multiculturalism, filled with immigrants from all over the world that contribute to Canada’s economic growth. The diversified backgrounds and cultures is what makes Canada unique and you would never feel far away from home.
If you are looking to immigrate to Canada and sought interest in the province of Alberta then the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program AINP may be for you.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is program that was created by government of Alberta to support Alberta’s economic growth by attracting and retaining work-ready people to the province.
The AINP offers skilled and semi-skilled workers together with their family members (spouse/common-law partner and dependent children) to apply for permanent residency once they are nominated by the government of Canada. You can apply for AINP either on your own or with an employer but this all depends on which stream you apply under. Read below which will work best for you and your family and what requirements you need to meet under the stream.
Under the Strategic Recruitment Stream you are able to apply on your own (without an employer) under one of three category options available:
To qualify under the Compulsory and Optional Trades Category you need to be a temporary foreign worker in Canada with a valid trade certificate in a compulsory or optional trade in Alberta issued or recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT).
To qualify under the Engineering Occupations Category you need to be a foreign worker in Alberta and have work experience in an eligible engineering occupation.
To qualify for Post-Graduate Worker Category you need to have Post-Graduation Work Permit and are currently working Canada. Also, you must have graduated from a post-secondary school that is recognized in Canada.
When applying under the Employer Driven Stream you have the option to select from three different countries with your employer. The categories include
To be eligible under the Skilled Worker Category you must have a permanent full-time job offer from an employer in the province of Alberta in one of eligible skilled occupations. The skilled occupation must fall under of the NOCs:
To be eligible under the International Graduate Category you must have graduated from post-secondary school that is recognized in Canada. Also, you must have valid Post-Graduation Work Permit with a permanent full-time job offer by an employer in Canada that falls under an eligible occupation.
To be eligible under the Semi-Skilled Worker Category you should have a permanent full-time job offer from an employer in Alberta. The job must fall under eligible semi-skilled occupation and you must be a temporary foreign worker in the province of Alberta to qualify for the nomination. Not everyone qualifies under this category, so ensure you qualify and you meet the minimum language requirements to be considered.
If you are a farmer and have management experience as a farmer and meet the financial resources to purchase and establish a farm in Alberta then you may be eligible under the Self-Employed Farmer stream.
When you decide to move to the province of Alberta and like to obtain permanent residency you must understand that you will not get nomination for Alberta just to extend your work permit. So in order to get a nomination for the province of Alberta you must have valid work permit and it has to be valid throughout your application and assessment process.
Reminder to qualify your work permit must be valid throughout the application and assessment process. Luckily, individuals that fall under the Strategic Recruitment Stream Engineering Occupations Category are exempt from this requirement. During the assessment process you need to provide AINP your valid work permit or show you are on implied status whether you have a positive LMIA or if you are LMIA exempt as determined by IRCC.
Please note that some LMIA exemptions cannot apply under AINP these include:
International students that are in Canada and doing their co-op placements or internships part of their study program
Individuals that participate in charitable or religious work
Persons that cannot support themselves while in Canada such as persons that have claimed refugee status.
If you like to move to the province of Alberta and not sure if you meet the requirements to apply for permanent residence then contact Akrami & Associates at 416-477-2545. Our immigration experts have assisted many applicants in obtaining permanent residence status in Canada. Call us today for a consultation to determine your eligibility for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program.
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