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, two of which are broken into their own sub-categories:

  • Strategic Recruitment Stream
    • Compulsory and Optional Trades Category
    • Engineering Occupations Category
    • Post Graduate Worker Category
  • Employer-Driven Stream
    • Skilled Worker Category
    • International Graduate Category
    • Semi-skilled Worker Category
  • Self-Employed Farmer Stream
This stream is a process in which the province of Alberta nominates people to become permanent workers in Alberta according to the province’s needs. However, a job offer from an Alberta employer is not required. There are three categories in the Strategic Recruitment Stream:

  • Compulsory and Optional Trades Category
  • Engineering Occupations Category; and
  • Post Graduate Worker Category.

To learn more about the Strategic Recruitment Stream of the AINP, click here.

This stream is a process in which employers from Alberta can nominate the workers they need from outside Canada if they have been unable to fill vacant permanent positions with Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents. If an employer has extended a permanent job offer to a candidate, and the candidate has accepted the job offer, they can apply for a Provincial Nomination Certificate.

The stream consists of three main immigration categories:

  • The first is the Skilled Worker Category, in which the position to be filled is a skilled occupation that falls under the “0,” “A,” or “B” skill levels in the National Occupation Classification (NOC).
  • The second is the International Graduate Category, in which an employer is filling a position (in the “A,” “0,” or “B” skill levels) with a foreign student who has completed post-secondary education at a publicly funded institution in Canada.
  • The third category is the Semi-Skilled Worker Category, in which the position to be filled is a specific industry but does not fall under the “0,” “A,” or “B” skill levels, but rather under the “C” or “D” skill levels.

To learn more about the AINP Employer-Driven Stream and its immigration categories, click here.

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.

To learn more about the AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream, click here.

As part of any PNP application, applicants are required to submit a Settlement Plan indicating why they wish to live in the province and how they intend to settle. Applicants are also required to sign an ‘intention to reside’ document with their application. That being said, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ensures that all Canadian citizens and permanent residents are allowed to work and reside in any location across Canada. Once an individual obtains Canadian permanent residence, he or she has the right to work and reside in any Canadian province or territory.


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