AINP Alberta Immigration Nominee Program

Alberta, economically fastest-growing province of Canada so the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program nominates people with skills and abilities to deal with the shortage and economic growth in the province. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program operates in coordination with the Canadian Federal Government and nominates the candidates, who have eligibility and work experience, for Canadian permanent residence.

The province of Alberta consists of the following immigration streams:


Alberta Opportunity Stream

Alberta Opportunity Stream is for the immigrants who are working in Alberta in an eligible occupation, they can apply for an AINP provincial nomination with minimum eligibility requirement. It is also for the international graduates who have completed their studies in any approved post-secondary institution in Alberta.

Eligibility requirements for Alberta Opportunity Stream

Candidates must have a temporary resident status and authorizes eligibility to work in Canada with a valid work permit, CLB must be minimum 4 but if the individual is applying under NOC code 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates) they require a minimum of CLB 7 in English or French, for education individual must have completed a Canadian high school diploma or if having foreign education then must be verified through Educational Credential Assessment, applicant must be currently be employed and must have 12 months full-time work experience in Alberta along with this a valid job offer is needed from Alberta employer to work in current occupation. At the time of applying, individuals must be working in an eligible occupation in Alberta that matches the previous work experience and Post-Graduation Work Permit holders with an approved post-secondary credential issued by an Advanced Education approved Alberta public and private post-secondary institution need to be employed in an occupation related to their field of study in Alberta.

The Alberta Opportunity Stream has replaced the existing Employer-driven stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream. Along with this, there are some changes in language requirements which will take effect from January 1, 2020. Like if the applicant is currently working in NOC 0, A or B then CLB 5 minimum needed for language skill and if the applicant is working in NOC C or D occupation CLB 4 is needed.

Alberta Express Entry Stream

Alberta Express Entry Stream which allows Alberta to nominate a specific number of eligible candidates from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry System. Although it’s newly introduced but the most popular stream of Alberta in which province issue Notification of Interest to the suitable candidates. Alberta prefers the candidates who have strong ties with Alberta and help in the growth of the province’s economy. International graduates from Canadian post-secondary institutions can also have a chance to submit an application under this stream.

Candidates may receive a Notification of Interest Letter if they have active profile in the Federal Express Entry Pool and have shown interest in permanent immigration to Alberta, working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economy and adaptabilities one could have job letter from Alberta or work experience there, a graduate form Canada’s post-secondary institution or having a relative specially blood relation living in Alberta.

Points Calculator

The applicants who meet the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) points criteria of 67 points out of 100 with other basic criteria of AINP- Express entry stream is eligible to apply in the stream. This point system has six selection factors like age, education, work experience, language ability, Adaptability and Arranged Employment. AINP access the express entry pool and notifies the eligible express entry candidates, to apply in AINP Express entry stream. Here is the AINP Points calculator 2019 based on Federal Skilled worker category points table:

Selection factors Points Allocated
Education Maximum 25 points
Ability in English and/or French Maximum 28 points
Work experience Maximum 15 points
Age Maximum 12 points
Arranged employment in Alberta Maximum 10 points
Adaptability Maximum 10 points
Total Maximum 100 points
Passing marks: 67 Points

If we talk about these selection factors in detail we can get to know how a candidate can achieve maximum points.

As education is a key factor and a score booster in the point’s grid

Qualification Points (25 max)
Doctoral (PhD) level 25 points

Master s level or professional degree. Occupation-related to the degree must be:

  • NOC 2016 Skill Level A, and
  • licensed by a provincial regulatory body Also,

Degree program must be in one of the following academic disciplines:

  • Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Optometry, Law
Chiropractic Medicine, or Pharmacy. 23 points
Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential 22 points
Three-year or longer post-secondary credential 21 points
Two-year post-secondary credential 19 points
One-year post-secondary credential 15 points
Secondary school/high school diploma 5 points
Language Proficiency Points (24 + 4 max)

First Official Language

Speaking / Listening / Reading / Writing Intermediate
IELTS 6.0 / 6.0 / 6.0 / 6.0
4 pts/ability
Speaking / Listening / Reading / Writing High intermediate
IELTS 6.5 / 7.5 / 6.5 / 6.5
5 pts/ability
Speaking / Listening / Reading / Writing Advanced
IELTS 7.0 / 8.0 / 7.0 / 7.0
6 pts/ability
Speaking / Listening / Reading / Writing Spouse/partner s official language (CLB4)
IELTS 4.0 / 4.5 / 3.5 / 4.0
5 pts
Maximum 24 points

Second Official Language

Speaking / Listening / Reading / Writing CLB / NCLC 5 in all abilities
IELTS 5.0 / 5.0 / 4.0 / 5.0
4 points
Maximum 4 points

The work experience comes;

Work Experience Points (15 max)
1 year (at least one year of continuous work or 1,560 hours total) 9 points
2-3years 11 points
4-5 years 13 points
6 years or more 15 points

Then age comes;

Age of Applicant Points (12 max)
18 to 35 12 points
36 11 points
37 10 points
38 9 points
39 8 points
40 7 points
41 6 points
42 5 points
43 4 points
44 3 points
45 2 points
46 1 point
47 and over 0 points

If the applicant currently working in Alberta on a work permit under-skilled occupation NOC A, B or 0 level then 10 points added in fact if the Alberta employer made a full-time job offer to the applicant this will also add 10 points. Along with this if the relative in Canada, it will add 5 additional points. Other additional points are mentioned here

Partner’s official language CLB 4 minimum, it will add 4 points

Previous work in Canada NOC 0, A or B  10 points will be added

The previous study in Canada will add 5 points

Previous study or work in Canada accompanying spouse will add 5 points

Arranged employment in Canada adds 5 points

Self Employed Farmer Stream allows applicants with farming experience and having personal funds to purchase a farm in Alberta and manage their farming business to apply for permanent residence. This stream is totally to attract farm owners or operators who plan to live in Alberta to manage their farming business. Eligible candidates must demonstrate farm management skills and financial resources to manage a farming business in Alberta. A minimum net worth is $500,000 CAD as the Government of Alberta will prefer the applicants with proposed business plan and growth base agri-food targets.