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Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program?

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), previously named the Alberta Provincial Nomination Program is a program that facilitates the immigration of skilled workers and the transfer of experience to address skill shortages within the Alberta economy by expediting the landed immigrant status process. It is administered by the Ministry of Employment and Immigration on behalf of the Government of Alberta.

Who is eligible to make application to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program?

Under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), you may qualify under one of the following streams:

Is there a fee for submitting my application to the AINP?

No. There is no fee required for submitting an application to the AINP.

Can I apply under the AINP when I already have a Skilled Worker Class application for permanent residence in process?

Yes. The decision to apply to both programs is up to you. However, depending on the processing status of the Skilled Worker Class application for permanent residence, there may or may not be an advantage to applying to both programs.

Does the AINP require photographs of a Provincial Nominee Candidate and/or their family members?

No. The AINP does not require photographs for the Provincial Nominee Candidate or their family members.

I have applied for refugee status in Canada. Can I also apply under the AINP?

No. You are not eligible to apply to the AINP if you have applied for refugee status in Canada. The AINP cannot interfere with the federal refugee claim, appeal or removal process.

I would like to immigrate to Alberta, but I do not have an employer or a job offer. Can I apply to the AINP?

Under the AINP employer-driven stream, you must have accepted an offer or permanent, full-time employment with an Alberta employer. If you do not have an Alberta employer or a job offer, you may wish to explore the AINP's Family Stream or Strategic Recruitment Stream.

Under Employer-Driven Stream, how does the AINP assess Provincial Nominee Candidates?

The candidate is being evaluated according to the following criteria: • Related education; • Related work experience; • Qualifications that are recognized, or required, by industry standards and associations to work in Alberta; • Ability to settle in Alberta;

As an Employer-Driven Stream candidate, do I need to meet all licensing and regulatory requirements before applying to the AINP?

Yes. As a candidate for a provincial nomination, you must be fully qualified for the job and meet all licensing and regulatory requirements before applying to the AINP. You must provide proof of your qualifications (i.e.: photocopies of all required licenses and registrations).

How long must I be employed with my Alberta employer before the AINP can nominate me?

If an employer has a probationary period for their employees, a candidate must first successfully complete this probationary period prior to nomination. Otherwise, the AINP requires that: • As a Skilled Worker, you must have accepted an offer for permanent, full-time employment with your Alberta employer. You may require a valid work permit for certain occupations. • As an International Graduate, you must have accepted an offer for permanent, full-time employment with your Alberta employer, have a valid work permit and be employed for at least six (6) months with your Alberta employer. • As a Semi-Skilled Worker, you must have accepted an offer for permanent, full-time employment with your Alberta employer, have a valid work permit and be employed for at least six (6) months with your Alberta employer.

I am currently a temporary foreign worker in Alberta. Am I eligible to apply under the AINP?

Yes.

I am a temporary foreign worker and I have submitted an application to the AINP under Employer-Driven stream. My work permit is going to expire soon. Will the AINP application be assessed before the work permit expiry?

It is not guaranteed that your AINP application will be assessed prior to the work permit expiry. Employers and candidates should be aware of AINP Processing Times. The AINP does not grant priority processing for applications where work permits are due to expire soon.

How long are International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test d'evaluation de francais (TEF) results valid?

The AINP will accept IELTS/TEF test scores obtained within the past five years.

IELTS has two types of tests, general and academic. Which is the right one?

The AINP will accept either the general or the academic version.

After the AINP approves me as a Provincial Nominee, how long do I have to submit my application for permanent residence to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)?

You must submit your application to CIC within 180 days from the date on which your nomination is issued. The nomination package includes instructions showing the date by which you must submit your application to CIC. CIC may ask you to submit additional information in support of your application for permanent residence.