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Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is Alberta’s Provincial Nominee Program. There are following streams in Alberta

  • Alberta Opportunity Stream
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream
  • Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Alberta Opportunity Stream

In this stream international graduates of Alberta post secondary institution and worker with existing work permit can apply under this program. The individual has to meet following criteria to apply under this stream.

  • Residency status and work permit requirements;
  • Language;
  • Education;
  • Work experience in an occupation that is not part of the ineligible occupations list; and Income level.   

International students of Alberta post secondary institutes

The students of Alberta post secondary institute, who have completed study in Alberta and are employed under post graduate work permit can apply under this program.  

The students will need 6 months of experience related to their field of study, minimum language and income requirements given below.

Residency status and work permit requirements

Have a valid temporary work permit under LMIA, LMIA exempt category or post graduate work permit (must have studied in Alberta post secondary institution).

Language proficiency

The applicant must have CLB 4 in each module if the job falls under NOC C or D. If the job is in NOC O, A or B, then CLB 5 is required.


The individuals must submit at least high school certification and it should be verified by ECA, however, students who studied in Canada do not require ECA.

Work experience

Individuals interested in submitting an application to the AOS must meet the following work experience conditions:

The applicant must currently be employed in the occupation listed as his or her ‘current occupation’ when submitting to the AINP.

The applicant must be working in an occupation that matches his or her work experience at the time of applying and at the time the AINP processes the application.

In order to meet the work experience requirements for the AOS, individuals must:

  • have a minimum of 12 months of full-time work experience in the ‘current occupation’ in Alberta within the last 18 months; or
  • have a minimum of 24 months of full-time work experience in the ‘current occupation’ in Canada and/or outside Canada within the last 30 months
  • This work experience can be a combination of experience gained in the province of Alberta, in Canada (outside Alberta) and/or outside Canada.

If an applicant is a Post-Graduation Work Permit holder, he or she:

  • must have a minimum of six months full-time work experience in his or her current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months, and
  • must currently be in an occupation related to his or her field of study in Alberta based on an approved Alberta educational credential from an Advanced Education-approved Alberta post-secondary institution. Also, if the applicant has completed an Advanced Education-approved one-year post-graduate certificate, the occupation must also be related to his or her previous undergraduate or graduate field of study Canada.

Job Offer

The candidate must have genuine job offer and should meet following requirements.

  • continuous, paid work
  • full-time work, defined as a minimum of 30 hours/week
  • employment for 12 months or more
  • work in your current occupation
  • wages and benefits that meet provincial minimum wage and:
    • meet or exceed the requirements set out in your LMIA, or
    • if you are LMIA exempt, meet or exceed the lowest starting wage for your occupation across all industries in Alberta as set out on the Alis website
  • work for an eligible AINP occupation for which you have a work permit that meets AINP work permit requirements

Ineligible Occupations

NOC Code (2016) NOC Skill Level Occupation
0011 0 Legislators
0422 0 School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
0423 0 Managers in social, community and correctional services
0432 0 Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
0651* 0 Escort agency managers, massage parlour managers
4031 A Secondary school teachers
4032 A Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
4154 A Professional occupations in religion
5121 A Authors and writers
5133 A Musicians and singers
5135 A Actors and comedians
5136 A Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
1227 B Court officers and justices of the peace
3223* B Dental laboratory assistants/bench workers
4214* B Early childhood educators who do not have certification through Alberta Children’s Services โ€“ Child Care Staff Certification Office or who have been certified as child development assistant (formerly Level 1)
4216 B Other instructors
4217 B Other religious occupations
5232 B Other performers, not elsewhere classified
5244 B Artisans and craftspersons
5251 B Athletes
6232 B Real estate agents and salespersons
4411 C Home child care providers
4412 C Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
4413 C Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
6533 C Casino occupations
6564 C Other personal service occupations
7513 C Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
8442 C Trappers and hunters
6623 D Other sales related occupations
6722 D Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport
6742 D Other service support occupations, not elsewhere classified
8611 D Harvesting labourers
8612 D Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
8613 D Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
8614 D Mine labourers


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