The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an economic immigration program that nominates people for permanent residence in Alberta. Nominees must have skills and abilities to fill job shortages in Alberta, and be able to provide for their families. The program is run by both the Alberta government and the federal government.
If a person is nominated through the program, they may apply for permanent residence status together with their spouse or common-law partner and dependent children.
This application for permanent residence is managed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The federal government makes final decisions on these applications.
Program nominees must meet the following federal checks to be eligible for a permanent resident visa:
This visa will allow immigration to Alberta.
Updates and changes
March 13, 2020
Temporary foreign workers who have been issued an open work permit by the federal government because they are experiencing abuse or at risk of abuse in their employment situation may be eligible to apply to the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS). These vulnerable workers must also meet all other AOS criteria to be nominated. Updated criteria is available on the Selection criteria page.
November 29, 2019
We have eliminated the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials to make it easier for Alberta graduates to qualify for the AINP.
This change affects Alberta graduates who started one of the following programs on or after April 1, 2019:
- a post-diploma or post-baccalaureate certificate
- an undergraduate diploma
For these graduates, the completion of a specific program of study is no longer required, but their occupation must still relate to their Alberta field of study.
Post-diploma or post-baccalaureate certificate holders must also show that their previous field of study abroad relates to their occupation.
All undergraduate degrees and graduate level credentials are still eligible.
Learn more about the AINP selection criteria.
November 30, 2018
The Alberta government is extending the transition period for the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials to allow students and post-secondary institutions further time to adjust. The list goes into effect for Post-Graduate Work Permit holders on April 1, 2019.
International students who are admitted and enrolled before April 1, 2019 in one-year entry-level certificate programs, post-graduate certificate or diploma programs that are not on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials will still be considered for the AINP as long as they meet all other requirements. Students who are admitted and enrolled on or after April 1, 2019 in one of these programs will not be eligible to apply to the AINP with a Post-Graduation Work Permit. They can still apply to the program if they are able to secure a Labour Market Impact Assessment-based work permit. They also continue to have an option to apply to the Express Entry stream.
Review the updated criteria.
November 1, 2018
The Alberta government worked with the federal government to make 2 changes to the requirements for people applying to the Alberta Opportunity Stream.
First, we removed the income threshold requirement.
If you submitted an application under the Alberta Opportunity Stream any time after June 14, 2018, the adjusted criteria will be applied to your application. This means you will not be assessed against the income threshold.
The AINP will still check whether candidates are being paid the provincial minimum wage and whether they’re being paid the minimum wage for their occupation, set out in their Labour Market Impact Assessment or in the Wages and Salaries in Alberta page on the alis website. Detailed selection criteria for wages are available on the website.
Successful nominees already have jobs when they apply to the program, which helps to show that they can support themselves and their families.
Our second change was to adjust the language requirements.
People working in National Occupational Classification (NOC) C and D jobs can continue to apply with a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 4 – there are no longer any planned increases to the language requirement for people working in National Occupational Classification C and D jobs.
People working in National Occupational Classification 0, A and B jobs can continue to apply with a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 4 until January 1, 2020. As of January 1, 2020, these candidates will be required to have a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 5. This change extends the transition time for the increase in language requirements for these candidates.
These changes will make it easier for people to apply to the program and will help make sure Alberta can continue to fill job shortages with qualified candidates when there are no Albertans or Canadians available to do the work.
After candidates have been nominated, the federal government will determine whether candidates are able to support themselves and their families over the long term.
Read more information on updates to the program (PDF, 217 KB)
July 10, 2018
The Alberta government has heard from post-secondary institutions that they and their students need time to adjust to the new Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials which was posted June 14, 2018. In response, government is implementing a transition period to allow students and post-secondary institutions time to adjust.
International students who are admitted and enrolled before October 1, 2018 in one-year entry-level certificate programs, post-graduate certificate or diploma programs that are not on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials will still be considered for the AINP as long as they meet all other requirements. Students who are admitted and enrolled on or after October 1, 2018 in one of these programs will not be eligible to apply to the AINP with a Post-Graduation Work Permit. They can still apply to the program if they are able to secure a Labour Market Impact Assessment-based work permit. They also continue to have an option to apply to the Express Entry stream.
Post-secondary programs are excluded from the list when there are enough Albertans and Canadians to fill jobs in occupations related to these programs of study. This helps the AINP meet its mandate to make sure provincial nominees are not taking jobs that could be filled by Albertans.
June 14, 2018
Changes to the AINP are now in effect. The Alberta Opportunity Stream will simplify processes, reduce wait times, and provide fair access for applicants across all sectors and industries in Alberta. They will also provide greater opportunities for candidates with ties to the province.
If your Employer-Driven or Strategic Recruitment Stream application is postmarked June 14, 2018 or earlier, your application will still be processed.
There is also now an Alberta Express Entry Stream.
The updated program will help diversify the economy, and help Alberta employers expand their workforce. The program will make sure that provincial nominees are not taking jobs that could be filled by Albertans.
Get more information on changes to the program (PDF, 215 KB).
March 1, 2018
Effective March 1, 2018, the AINP has a reconsideration process for application decisions. Applicants can submit a reconsideration request for their application decision to be reviewed under certain conditions. Learn more about reconsideration requests.
International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
IQAS is a service that will assess your foreign educational credentials and provide information on how your credential would compare to an educational program in Canada.
National Occupational Classification (NOC) system
The National Occupational Classification (NOC), developed by the federal government, classifies every job in Canada and assigns it a four-digit National Occupational Classification code.
Your NOC code will determine your eligibility to apply to the AINP.
Learn more and use the NOC tutorial to find your NOC code.
Translating your documents
The AINP accepts educational documents, work reference letters, or other documents in English or French. Documents in other languages may require translation. Details on translation requirements are included in AINP Document Checklists.
Using an immigration representative
The AINP does not require you to use an immigration representative for your application. If you follow the instructions online and in the application guide, you can complete the application on your own.
Your application will not be given special attention or guaranteed approval if you use a representative.
If you decide to use a representative, you must fill out information about your representative in the Alberta Opportunity Stream and Alberta Express Entry Stream application forms. The use of a representative form (PDF, 648 KB) can also be accessed from the Government of Canada.
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Only authorized representatives can charge a fee for their services. Before you pay anyone a fee, check their credentials to make sure they are authorized.
If you use an immigration representative the Government of Canada may still contact you directly about your application.
Beware of internet scams and false websites regarding immigration representatives.
Fraud and misrepresentation
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.
If you need more information, please use the contact form.