Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP)

Alberta is a province in Western Canada. Its landscape encompasses mountains, prairies, desert badlands and vast coniferous forests. It has more than 600 lakes and rich mineral deposits. In the west, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks have glaciers in the Columbia Icefields. The province operates the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). Through this program, prospective immigrants with the right mix of skills and work experience needed by the province may receive an Alberta Provincial Nomination Certificate.

Alberta Immigration Streams Categories

Alberta Opportunity Stream

Foreign nationals working in Alberta and international graduates who completed their studies at an approved Alberta post-secondary institution are eligible to apply for a provincial nomination under the Alberta Opportunity Stream.

Application Fee: CAD $500

Processing time: Approximately 8 months

How it works:

Candidates interested in the Alberta Opportunity Stream must complete their application online through the AINP online portal. After that, candidates will be asked to submit specific documents depending on their individual situations and pay the online application fee.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have a valid work permit;
  • Must be working in an eligible occupation in Alberta that matches your work experience;
  • A minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 4 or 5 depending on occupation
  • A minimum of a high school degree;
  • A minimum of 12 months of work experience in Alberta in the last 18 months, or a minimum of 24 months of work experience in Canada in the last 30 months.

 

Alberta Express Entry Stream

The Express Entry stream allows Alberta to nominate individuals who already have a profile in the federal Express Entry system. Individuals who have demonstrated ties to Alberta and have the necessary skills to contribute to the province’s economic growth may be invited by the province to submit an application.

Application Fee: CAD $500

How it works:

The Alberta Express Entry Stream works by invitation only. Candidates who have Express Entry profiles may receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the Alberta government directly in the federal system. Invited candidates then have a limited about of time to indicate to the province that they are interested in being considered for selection under this stream.

If selected, candidates will receive a request from the AINP to apply for a provincial nomination by submitting all required documents through the AINP online portal.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be in the Express Entry pool;
  • Must have expressed interest in immigrating to Alberta permanently;
  • Must be working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification;
  • A minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 300.

 

Self Employed Farmer Stream

The Self-Employed Farmer Stream is for candidates interested in immigrating to Alberta to purchase or start a farming business.

Application Fee: CAD $500

How it works:

Interested candidates must first submit their business plan to the Alberta government, and wait to receive a decision. The AINP bases its decision through consultation with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to ensure that the business plan is feasible and that the project meets the needs of Alberta’s agricultural industry. If a positive decision is received, you must then gather the required documents and fill in the required forms for both the Alberta government and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
 
Minimum Requirements:
  • Farm management skills;
  • Sufficient financial resources (minimum investment of CAD $500,000);
  • Investment plans are documented in a proposed business plan.

 

International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream

Alberta’s International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream is for international graduates of approved Alberta post-secondary institutions who are interested in establishing or operating a business in Alberta.

Application Fee: CAD $3,500

How it works:

Interested candidates must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the AINP online portal. You will receive an EOI score within 30 days and the highest-ranking candidates will be asked to submit a Business Application.

A Business Application must be completed within 90 days of receiving an email asking you to submit one. You must also submit all required documents

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least two years full-time education in Alberta;
  • A Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) valid for at least two years;
  • A minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7;
  • Must establish a new business or operate an existing business with at least 34% ownership;
  • A minimum of six months of full-time work experience.

 

Foreign Graduate Start-Up Stream

Alberta’s Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa is for foreign-educated international graduates who wish to launch a start-up business in Alberta and become permanent residents of Canada.

Application Fee: CAD $3,500

How it works:

If you are interested in this program, you must work with a designated agency. This agency will issue you a letter of recommendation if you meet the requirements.

You will then have to submit your letter of recommendation with their Expression of Interest (EOI) through the AINP Portal.

The agency will also provide a written report on their assessment of your proposed business plan. You must submit this report with your application.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A minimum of six months of full-time work experience of managing and/or owning the business;
  • Must have a business plan with projected financials;
  • Must have a post-secondary education from a foreign institution, and have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). The degree must have been completed within the last two years;
  • A 10-minute slides-only presentation that explains the business and details what an investor want to see;
  • A minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7;
  • Must have at least 34% ownership if the business is located in an urban centre, or at least 51% ownership if located outside Calgary or Edmonton;
  • Must make a minimum investment of $100,000 for an urban centre, or $50,000 for a regional area. More points are awarded for higher investments. These can be made from your own equity, or from a recognized Canadian financial institution, venture capital or angel investment firm;
  • Must have a letter of recommendation from an AINP-approved agency;
  • Must have enough money to set up their business and support yourself and your family in Canada.