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Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

Eligible individuals can apply to be nominated to work and live in Alberta permanently.


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. They must also be able to provide for their families. The program is run by the governments of Alberta and Canada.

If you are nominated through the program, you may apply for permanent residence status together with your spouse or common-law partner, and dependent children.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada manages applications for permanent residence. The federal government also makes final decisions on these applications.

COVID-19 response

The AINP continues to accept and process applications and Expressions of Interest (EOIs), with temporary adjustments to some application and assessment processes.

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

AINP Streams

Choose a stream to find out how to get nominated:

Streams for workers

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

Qualified candidates who live and work in Alberta and have a job offer from an Alberta employer can apply for an AINP nomination.

Alberta Express Entry Stream

Qualified candidates with an Express Entry profile may be invited by AINP to apply for nomination for permanent residence.

Streams for entrepreneurs

The AINP has 3 streams for entrepreneurs who plan to live in Alberta and buy or start a business in the province:

International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream

International graduates of approved Alberta post-secondary institutions who want to start a business or buy an existing business can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Self-Employed Farmer Stream

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

Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream

Foreign graduates from outside of Canada can apply for permanent residence.

Processing times, inventory and draws

How to estimate processing times for applications and determine which streams are accepting applications.


Forms and other resources for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program.

Expired streams

For individuals who applied under AINP streams, categories or initiatives that are now closed.

Contact AINP

If you have questions about this program, contact the AINP.

AINP Updates

October 26, 2020: The Government of Alberta is launching two new immigration pathways to encourage international graduates to open businesses here in Alberta that will create new high-paying jobs for Albertans and help diversify the economy. Find out more.

View all AINP updates

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