On January 01, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) initiated Express Entry for provincial nominees. This enabled these individuals to submit their permanent residence applications. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has become an important source of economic immigrants for the province lately. Several people have applied under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). However, the number of nominations that it can grant in a year limits the province.
The cumulative four-year duration limit specified under paragraph 200 (3) (g) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) affects several individuals with applications in the queue. Typically, these individuals are potentially excellent candidates for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). As a result, this disruption in their employment in Alberta could negatively affect their chances of successfully:
- Obtaining a nomination certificate or,
- Seeking new employment upon their return as permanent residents
In turn, this could have negative short-term and long-term economic consequences for Alberta and Canada. This is why both Alberta and Canada benefit from allowing foreign workers with the authorisation to work under the International Mobility Program. They would also benefit from allowing foreign workers whom the province intends to nominate for permanent residence to continue working in Alberta, even as the officers assess their applications for a nomination certificate and subsequent applications for permanent residence.
This is why certain individuals, whom Alberta plans to nominate for permanent residence, might be eligible for a one-time work permit. This work permit would be valid for one year. It would also be exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under the provisions specified in paragraph R205 (a). An exception to the four-year cumulative duration limit applies to foreign nationals in this group. This is in accordance with the provisions specified under subparagraph R200 (3) (g) (ii).
Source: Citizenship and Immigration