The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an economic immigration program that nominates people for permanent residence in Alberta. Nominees must have skills to fill job shortages or be planning to buy or start a business in Alberta.

The AINP has 2 streams for foreign workers who are living and working in Alberta, or plan to live and work here:

  • Alberta Opportunity Stream
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream

Alberta Opportunity Stream

You must have:

  • Temporary resident status in Canada to legally work in the country
  • A valid work permit for a valid NOC job through:
  • A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA); unless you are
  • An LMIA exempt worker who is covered by international trade agreement; or
  • An LMIA exempt international student who has a Post Graduation Work Permit

Language Proficiency

You must score 5 for both the CLB and NCLC.

This does not apply for Job NOC codes like 3413, which include nurse aids, patient services and orderlies.

For these occupations you must score at least:

  • 7 for the CLB in English; and a
  • 7 for the NCLC in French

Education Requirements

You must have:

  • A certificate or have completed a post-graduate certificate program
  • A diploma that was at least two years long
  • An undergraduate bachelor’s degree, graduate degree; graduate level certificate or diploma

Occupation Requirements

You must:

  • Work at a job in Alberta that is part of the AINP. (Most National Occupational Classification levels like 0, A, B, C, and D are accepted by the program)
  • Have enough work experience in the job you are applying with

Work Experience

To qualify for this section of the application it is required you have:

  • 12 months of full time work experience in Alberta for an AINP accepted job within a period of 18 months
  • 24 months of full time work experience in Canada within a period of 30 months
  • A Post Graduate Work Permit with six months full time work experience within an 18 month period (This work experience must be related to your degree or field of study)
  • Work Permit holder’s ‘current occupation’.

Fund Requirements

You must have enough funds to support you and your family before you apply for this program. Your family unit includes:

  • You;
  • Dependant children (under the age of 22 and who are not married); and
  • Spouse or common law partner

Alberta Opportunity Stream

You may receive a Notification of Interest letter if you:

  • have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool
  • have stated an interest in immigrating permanently to Alberta
  • are working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification
  • have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300

Factors that increase your chances

  • you have an Alberta job offer and/or work experience
  • you are a graduate of a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • you have a parent, child, brother and/or sister who is a permanent resident living in Alberta, or a Canadian citizen living in Alberta

Factors that decrease your chances

  • your Express Entry profile expires in 5 months or less.
  • you work in an occupation on the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list.
  • you work in an occupation that has a high volume of submissions across all AINP streams.