Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) FAQ

Last updated: 2 September 2020

Frequently asked questions about the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).


The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), previously named the Alberta Provincial Nominee Program, is a process by which Alberta nominates candidates to immigrate and settle in the province.

The AINP system consists of three main immigration streams:

  • Alberta Opportunity Stream
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream
  • Self-Employed Farmer Stream

The Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is a route to Canadian permanent residence for foreign nationals working in Alberta and international graduates who have completed their studies at an approved Alberta post-secondary institution. This stream replaced the Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream in 2018. Find out more about the Alberta Opportunity Stream.

This is a federal Express Entry-Linked Stream. The AINP regularly reviews profiles of candidates in the federal Express Entry pool. Based their profile information, the AINP issues Notifications of Interest (NOI) letters to select candidates, inviting them to submit a completed application to the AINP. Learn more about the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

This stream is a process in which individuals with sufficient farming experience and personal funds to purchase and develop a farm in the province of Alberta can apply for permanent residence. These applicants must be farm owners/operators and they must plan to reside in Alberta where they will purchase or manage a farming business.

Learn more about the AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream.

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