As one of the leading provincial economies of Canada, Alberta attracts people from various parts of Canada and the rest of the world too. The province is famous for its agriculture, forestry, tourism, fossil energy, and hospitality. It also has a strong education system. The manufacturing industry in Alberta provides jobs to thousands of workers.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has become one of the country’s most popular programs for immigrant recruitment. The strong economy of the province has resulted in more jobs. The AINP program is also reputed for its fast processing times. Your application can be processed on the new online portal in as little as four to six months.

Alberta operates many immigration streams. They are listed in three categories:

  • Alberta Opportunity Stream
  • Alberta Express Entry
  • Alberta Self-Employed Farmer
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur
  • Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa

Alberta Opportunity Stream

Launched in 2018, the Alberta Opportunity Stream is aimed at foreign nationals already working in Alberta with an official employment offer from their Alberta employer that allows them to continue working in the province on a full-time basis. As a candidate for this stream, you must fulfill a range of eligibility requirements related to work experience, job offer, language proficiency, and qualifications.

Alberta Express Entry Stream

Operational since June 2018, this stream offers provincial nominations to choose candidates with a profile in the Express Entry System. The AINP looks for candidates who desire strong ties with Alberta and have the ability to support the regional economic development and diversification policies of the province.

If you are an Express Entry candidate who has received a provincial nomination through this stream, you can add a 600 points increase to your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score. This can virtually assure an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw.

AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream

The Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream is aimed at foreign nationals with many years of experience in operating a farm. They must also demonstrate the financial resources for starting a new farming operation in Alberta. If you are applying through this stream, you will have to create a comprehensive farm business proposal that provides an insight into your plan for launching a new agricultural farm in Alberta.

International Graduate Entrepreneur

The International Graduate Entrepreneur stream is the right path to permanent residency in Canada for international graduates from Alberta post-secondary institutions if they plan to become an entrepreneur. Your candidature will be ranked using a points-based Expression of Interest system. If you have scored high, you will be invited to submit a Business Application. If your application is approved, you will be issued a nomination by the province. The same can be used to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa

The Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa is the best way to try for permanent residence in Canada for those who have graduated recently. As an applicant under this stream, you must have completed a foreign post-secondary credential. You must also be interested in starting a business in the province of Alberta. If you comply with the minimum stream requirements, you can register your profile through the online portal of AINP. You must also provide a detailed Business Application. If approved, you can apply for permanent residence.

If you are planning to migrate to Alberta but find the application processes overwhelming, contact SunnySpire. As one of the leading immigration services in Canada and known for our expertise in immigration consultancy, we can help you choose the right program to make a successful start to your Canadian immigration efforts.

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