In its April 20 AINP draw the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) issued 200 invitations to Express Entry candidates who chose to reside in the province, to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Invitations were issued to Express Entry candidates who had scores of at least 301 on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
With the April 20 AINP draw, Alberta has now issued 1,409 invitations to Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination so far in 2021.
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 in Alberta or be planning to buy or start a business here. 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 (IRCC) manages applications for permanent residence. The federal government also makes final decisions on these applications.
AINP and the Federal Express Entry immigration system
Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status, but they can help an application along by issuing provincial nominations to candidates who have registered a profile in the federal Express Entry immigration system.
Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada. You can receive a permanent residence invitation by applying through Express Entry directly and skipping the PNP process. However, having a provincial nomination effectively guarantees that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite you to apply for Canadian permanent residence in any of its Express Entry draws.
How does AINP nomination help your Canada immigration application?
Applying for a provincial nomination is not the same as applying for Canadian permanent residence. Rather a nomination effectively means the province is guaranteeing that the federal government will issue you an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in one of its Express Entry draws.
Candidates who receive an AINP nomination get an additional 600 points toward their federal Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee that the candidate will receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in an Express Entry draw. This is why candidates with lower CRS scores often seek a PNP nomination because the extra 600 points are more than enough to guarantee an invitation in any Express Entry draw.
See for examples Canada invites 284 PNP candidates in March 31 Express Entry draw and Canada invites 266 PNP candidates in April 14 Express Entry draw
How does the Express Entry immigration system work?
In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. You must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three federal government economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.
A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool although additional CRS points are awarded to those who already have a job.
Based on the information you entered in your federal Express Entry profile you will be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and placed into a pool of other candidates ranked. Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200, determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your age, work experience, educational background, ability to adapt and language skills.
A limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. IRCC issues ITAs through regular federal Express Entry draws which typically take place every two weeks.
Your 600 points from the provincial nomination give you 50% of the possible,1200 CRS points available in any draw. Virtually all nominated candidates find it easy to acquire the remaining points for a draw’s cut-off score from their core human capital.
IRCC will issue qualified candidates from the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After your application is approved and you complete the landing process, you will officially become a Canadian permanent resident.
AINP Streams and Eligibility Requirements
1. Streams for workers
The AINP has 2 streams for foreign workers who are living and working in Alberta, or plan to live and work there: Alberta Express Entry Stream (AEES) and Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS).
What are the Requirements for Alberta Express Entry Stream?
The first step to being eligible for a provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry stream is to create a profile in the federal Express Entry system. The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows Alberta to nominate a limited number of qualified candidates from the federal Express Entry system. Alberta regularly searches the Express Entry pool for qualified candidates to nominate for permanent residence.
Importantly, candidates must have expressed an interest in immigrating permanently to the province of Alberta, and are working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification.
Candidates who have demonstrated strong ties to Alberta or who can help support the government’s economic development and diversification priorities may be asked to submit an application.
International graduates from Canadian post-secondary institutions may also be asked to apply under this stream.
Factors that may improve a candidate’s chances of receiving a notification of interest:
- A job offer from an Albertan employer and/or work experience in Alberta.
- Having graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution.
- Having a relative that is living in Alberta: parent, child and/or sibling.
- Candidates cannot apply directly to the Alberta Express Entry Stream.
- You cannot use a nomination under a different AINP stream to apply under the Alberta Express Entry Stream or the federal Express Entry system.
- 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.
- Alberta Express Entry Stream nominess cannot extend their nomination.
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 under this stream.
The Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is for temporary foreign workers who are already working full-time in Alberta and have a full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in an eligible occupation. Candidates must have a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or hold one of the accepted LMIA exemption work permits. Candidates must also meet other minimum eligibility criteria for residency and work permit type, occupation, language, education, Alberta job offer, and work experience. Candidates apply on their own using the AINP portal.
2. Streams for entrepreneurs
The AINP has 2 streams for entrepreneurs who plan to live in Alberta and buy or start a business in the province: International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream and Self-Employed Farmer Stream.
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).
The International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream (IGEIS) allows Alberta to nominate qualified international graduates from Alberta post-secondary institutions who want to establish or operate a business in Alberta to to apply for permanent residence.
Self-Employed Farmer Stream
Experienced farmers who plan to buy or start a farm in Alberta can apply for permanent residence.
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:
- Candidates submit their business plan to Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
- 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.