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Alberta is one of Canada’s three Prairie provinces, located in Western Canada. It is one of the fastest-growing provinces of the country and home to two of the country’s major urban centers, Calgary and Edmonton. Alberta’s landscape varies from towering mountains to glacial lakes, from vast boreal forests to fertile prairies and desert badlands. The province’s natural resource portfolio includes natural gas, oil, coal, minerals and the famous Alberta oil sands, making Alberta Canada’s energy province.
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is designed for individuals who possess the skills and abilities to fill labour shortages in Alberta.
The AINP accepts skilled worker applications under the Alberta Opportunity Stream and under the Express Entry system. It also operates two business programs, the Self-Employed Farmer stream and the International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream.
A third business stream, the Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream, is set to be launched in January 2021.
The program is operated by the Alberta government in partnership with the federal immigration department, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Interested candidates must follow a two-stage process: apply for a nomination to the provincial government, and then, if nominated, apply for permanent residence to the federal government.
IRCC allocates to AINP a limited number of nominations each year.
The AINP currently accepts applications under four streams: Alberta Opportunity Stream, Express Entry, the Self-Employed Farmer Stream, and the International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream.
This stream is managed by the AINP in close collaboration with the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and targets applicants with farm management skills and sufficient financial resources to invest in a farming business in Alberta.
The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is aimed at international graduates from Alberta post-secondary institutions who want to establish or operate a business in the province.
Unlike some of the other provinces, the AINP does not reward candidates whose occupations appear on a certain list. Rather, the province publishes a list of ineligible occupations.
The AINP issues periodic Notifications of Interest, inviting candidates to apply for nomination under the AINP Express entry stream.
The details of each draw are typically published approximately one month after the date of draw.
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