FAQ: Everything you need to know about Alberta immigration

Alberta Immigration

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are designed to streamline skill and experience-based immigrant influx in respective provinces. Each Province has their special demographic and economic requirements. To meet those, PNPs selectively accept candidates that best suit their demands. 

Same way, Alberta immigration is PNP itself, also called the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) offers five Streams: 

  • Opportunity stream
  • International graduate entrepreneur immigration stream
  • Express Entry stream
  • Foreign graduate startup visa stream
  • Self-employed farmer stream

If you are considering Alberta as your next academic or career destination, you might have a ton of questions. They can’t be answered simultaneously by confusing and often misleading internet platforms. However, now you are in the safe zone. As for candidates who wish to migrate to Canada, you cannot be in a more perfect place right now. Let’s address some of the most frequently asked questions about Alberta immigration.

1. How can I migrate to Alberta?

You can apply for Canada’s express entry program. Once you enter the express entry pool, you are automatically considered for Alberta’s PNP. 

If your profile aligns with Alberta’s labor market needs, it will send you an invitation to apply. If the province of Alberta does not acknowledge your profile, there is no shortcut to AINP. 

2. How Province of Alberta Issues Invitation?

As mentioned before, if you are applying through the express entry, you are also applying for AINP. Alberta works on an invitation-only system. Considering the province’s economic needs, Alberta sends NOI (notification of interest) to eligible candidates. 

3. When can I submit an Application for AINP?

Only after receiving NOI, candidates are given a deadline before which they must submit a complete application. Later on, if the candidate’s application is approved, the province notifies acceptance on their IRCC account. 

4. How can I Apply for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program?

The answer is you can’t. At least directly. There is no way to specifically apply for AINP. You can only apply through the express entry program. 

5. What are the Eligibility Criteria for Alberta Immigration?

Alberta has no specific details about how they choose candidates from the express entry pool. However, the candidate must apply through the following three express entry programs.

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

6. If I meet the Eligibility Criteria for Alberta, is my selection guaranteed?

Unfortunately, not. A careful selection process as per provinces’ needs is done. Later, only those candidates are issued NOI who Alberta is willing to nominate. 

7. Do I need to Have Connection with Alberta to be eligible for PNP of Alberta?

No. Your past connection with the province plays no role in your selection for AINP. 

8. Do I need to Have a Job Offer to Be Eligible for Alberta Immigration?

No. Having a job offer is not an eligibility factor of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program.

9. How will Nomination from Alberta Benefit me?

Receiving nominations from any province virtually confirms Canada’s immigration. As you accept provincial nomination, a direct addition of 600 CRS points is made in your application. In a way, receiving a nomination from Alberta means an assured way into Canada.

10. How much CRS Score Is Required for the Alberta Nominee Program?

As far as recent draws in 2021 are concerned, Alberta has ritually selected candidates with a CRS score of more than 300. 

11. What are the fees for applying to the Alberta Immigration program?

When it comes to the pocket, we’re all looking to know the cost of application. Although the total fees vary on the stream you choose, the basic pay remains the same. The Permanent Residence Fee is CAD 500 and the Processing Fee is CAD 550. 

*Visit the official website for updates.

12. What is the application processing time for Alberta’s PNP? 

Applications for skilled workers, international graduates, engineering occupations, and compulsory and optional trades categories take minimum one month for processing. The semi-skilled worker category takes about four months. 

With these FAQs, you must have sound knowledge of the Alberta immigration program. Our experienced CosmosImmigration experts are a step away from further queries and assistance for deciding to take up the Alberta immigration program and choose the stream. Reach out to us today!

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