Alberta’s nominee programme set to reopen

The Canadian province of Alberta will reopen its doors to newcomers later this month. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) will begin accepting new applications from 27th January.

The province has not been accepting new applications to the AINP since August 27, 2015.

The AINP is split into three streams: the Employer-Driven Stream, the Strategic Recruitment Stream, and the Self-Employed Farmer Stream. All streams of the AINP are ‘base’ streams, meaning that they are not aligned with the federal Express Entry system.

Potential applicants should note that, in addition to seeking skilled new immigrants, Alberta is also looking for applicants in certain semi-skilled occupations. Furthermore, while a job offer is required for a number of AINP categories, candidates with prior work experience in Alberta and who have a valid trade certificate in a Compulsory or Optional Trade, as well as those in certain engineering occupations, may be eligible to apply.

“In terms of immigration opportunities, the reopening of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program is an exciting moment early in the new year,” said immigration attorney David Cohen. “The government of Alberta has shown that it is seeking a broad range of newcomers with the knowledge and motivation to succeed.”