Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Experienced farmers who plan to buy or start a farm in Alberta can apply for permanent residence.

Services and information

Find out if you meet the requirements for applying to this AINP immigration stream.

Steps for applying for to be nominated for this AINP immigration stream.

After your AINP nomination is accepted, you may apply for permanent residence.

COVID-19 response

The AINP continues to accept and process applications, with temporary adjustments to some application and assessment processes.

Find out how the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program is responding to COVID-19.


This stream is for individuals who have the financial resources and farm management experience to purchase and establish a farm in Alberta.

There are 2 steps to applying to this stream:

  1. Candidates submit their business plan to Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
  2. A Ministerial Recommendation Letter is issued to candidates with a business plan approved by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Candidates can then apply to the AINP.

Note: If the AINP discovers fraud or misrepresentation in an application, a candidate may be banned for up to 5 years from reapplying to the AINP.

Learn more about eligibility criteria, how to apply, and what to do after you are nominated.

As of October 1, 2020, the AINP is charging fees for applications and services. Processes for submitting applications and requesting services have changed. Review the Eligibility, How to apply and After you are nominated sections for details.