CANADA PROVINCES PROGRAMS

Province of Alberta Program

Immigration to Canada: The Province of Alberta Immigration Program.

The federal government of Canada has a new immigration agreement with the provincial government of Alberta – the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). Under this agreement, Alberta will be able to nominate more immigrants who have skills critical to the province and will be quickly served by the federal government.

Alberta Immigrant Program

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is run by the provincial government in conjunction with the Department of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship and is designed to attract skilled and semi-skilled immigrants to develop the province’s economy.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program is divided into three areas, each of which, in turn, is divided into several categories:

I – Strategic Recruitment Stream

  1. Compulsory and Optional Trades Category

The requirements for this category are, but not limited to, the following:

You must have the intention and ability to reside and work permanently in the province of Alberta.
You must have:

  • You must be willing and able to live and work permanently in Alberta.
  • A valid Alberta Qualification Certificate for compulsory or selective professions or
  • a valid Albetra Apprenticeship and Industry Training Recognized Trade Certificate for compulsory or selective professions;
  • You must reside in the province of Alberta at the time you apply to this immigration program and demonstrate a valid work permit issued by the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, which entitles you to work in the province of Alberta in a profession for which you are certified (diploma).
  • During the application period, you must confirm that you are currently working for an Alberta employer or that you have worked in the province for at least 6 months in the past two years.
  • Confirm the appropriate level of language proficiency with the results of one of the three possible tests, which should not exceed two years at the time of application.
  1. Engineering Occupations Category

The requirements for this category are, but not limited to, the following:

  • You must reside in the province of Alberta.
  • You must be willing and able to live permanently in the province of Alberta.
  • You must provide evidence of appropriate education/training and experience as an engineer, design engineer, or project engineer;
  • You must be currently working in the province or have worked in the province for the past two years, either directly or under contract, for an Alberta employer.
  • Your profession in Alberta must be on the AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream Engineering Occupations List.
  • If you are educated and working in an occupation under NOC 0211,2131,2132,2133,2134, 2141, 2143, 2144, or 2145 you must provide a “Letter of No Objection” from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. (APEGA) or confirm that you are accredited by APEGA as a foreign license holder.
  • If you work in your profession according to NOC 2231, 2232, 2241 or 2253, you do not need to provide “Letter of No Objection” from APEGA.
  1. Post–Graduate Worker Category

The requirements for this category are, but not limited to, the following:

Candidate must:

  • Clearly show that he can and intends to live permanently in the province of Alberta.
  • During the application period, work full-time in the province of Alberta for an Alberta employer.
  • Be a graduate of a public or private educational institution in the province of Alberta that is approved by the program.
  • The duration of a program of study should be not less than one year (i.e., at least 2 semesters of full-time education or be equivalent to such period).
  • Have a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit issued by the Department of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship.
  • To work by profession according to the following categories of NOC:
  • NOC 0: Management professions;
  • NOC A: Professions for which higher education is required;
  • NOC B: Professions requiring a college education;
  • NOC C: Professions requiring special training и\или secondary education;
  • Some occupations from the classification do not qualify for the Alberta immigration program.
  • If you are working in an NOC C-category occupation, you must provide official language test results that are no longer than 2 years old. The AINP accepts the results of the following tests:
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General Test (if passed on or before March 31, 2014), with the following minimum scores:
  • Listening: 2H
  • Reading: 2H
  • Writing : 2H
  • Speaking: 2H
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General Test (if passed on or after April 1, 2014), with the following minimum scores:
  • Listening: 4
  • Reading: 4
  • Writing : 4
  • Speaking: 4
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Test, with the following minimum score:
  • Listing: 4.5
  • Reading: 3.5
  • Writing : 4
  • Speaking : 4
  • Test d’évaluation de français (TEF), with the following minimum points:
  • Listening: 145
  • Reading : 121
  • Writing: 181
  • Speaking: 181

Managers, foremen and specialized professionals working in mandatory and selective professions (including chefs, cooks and line cooks) must apply in the Compulsory and Optional Trades Category.

II. Employer–Driven Stream

 1. Skilled Worker Category

Requirements for an employer.

The employer of the province of Alberta must:

  • Be officially registered under the laws of the provincial legislature or the Parliament of Canada and act as an entity with established manufacturing facilities, a factory or a business entity in the province of Alberta.
  • Provide the Candidate with a job offer, for permanent full-time employment in a qualified profession. A qualified profession is an occupation that falls under one of the NOC classification categories:
    • NOC 0: Management professions that primarily require a university degree (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree) or professional certification.
    • NOC A: Professions that usually require a higher education;
    • NOC B: Professions that usually require a college education;
  • Provide the Candidate with an employment offer, which:
  • meets Alberta employment and wage standards
  • does not contradict existing collective agreements. AINP will not approve an application if there is any labor dispute that may directly or indirectly affect the employer or the applicant.
  • Provide proof of permission to hire a foreign worker (Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or LMIA exemption).
  • If the Candidate is subject to LMIA, the employer must confirm that all LMIA conditions (including the salary level) are met.
  • If the Candidate does not qualify for the LMIA, the employer must confirm that it offers the Candidate a salary and allowance that meets industry standards.
  • To make it clear that the position is necessary, and to show that the employer made a significant effort to find a Canadian citizen or resident with a permanent residence permit only if the Candidate is not currently working in Alberta (abroad).
  • The Employer-Driven Stream direction should not be used as a replacement for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
  • Meet additional requirements if the Candidate’s profession is in a category:
  • Early childhood caregivers and childcare personnel.

Requirements for Candidate

The candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • In the statement, clearly show that he can and intends to reside permanently in the province of Alberta.
  • Have the appropriate education, training, work experience, and license/permit required by Alberta law for the position and meet the requirements of the provincial immigration program.
  • Provide a copy of a valid employment authorization if you already work in the province of Alberta.
  • Provide proof of legal status in your country of permanent residence only if you currently do not work in the province of Alberta, but live abroad.
  • Meet additional requirements if your profession is in the Early Childhood Caregiver and Childcare Personnel category.

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