COVID-19 Updates: Taking steps to return to normal.
Prioritizing applications for Ukrainians
Alberta’s government is prioritizing the assessment of applications for permanent residency made by Ukrainian nationals through the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP). Candidates must still meet all program criteria.
Application and post-decision service fees for the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program are also being temporarily waived for new applications and requests made by Ukrainian nationals. These measures will be reviewed quarterly.
The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), formerly the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, 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.
See changes due to COVID-19 for temporary adjustments to some application and assessment processes.
Streams for workers
The AAIP has 3 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 AAIP nomination.
- Alberta Express Entry Stream
Qualified candidates with an Express Entry profile may be invited by AAIP to apply for nomination for permanent residence. Tech workers can qualify for expedited processing under the Accelerated Tech Pathway.
- Rural Renewal Stream
Qualified candidates who have a job offer from an Alberta employer to work in a designated rural Alberta community can apply for an AAIP nomination.
Streams for entrepreneurs
The AAIP has 4 streams for entrepreneurs who plan to live in Alberta and buy or start a business in the province:
- Rural Entrepreneur Stream
Entrepreneurs who want to start a business or buy an existing business in a rural Alberta community can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).
- Graduate Entrepreneur 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).
- Farm Stream
Experienced farmers who plan to buy or start a farm in Alberta can apply for permanent residence.
- Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
Foreign graduates from outside of Canada can apply for permanent residence.
How to estimate processing times for applications and determine which streams are accepting applications.
Forms and other resources for the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program.
Information for individuals who applied under Alberta Advantage Immigration Program streams, categories or initiatives that are now closed.
If you have questions about this program, contact the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program.
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