The Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), officially known as the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), is a key initiative for attracting skilled workers and entrepreneurs to Alberta. Here's an overview of the Alberta PNP for 2024, based on current information:
Purpose: The AAIP is designed to nominate individuals for permanent residence in Alberta, focusing on those with skills to fill job shortages or plans to buy or start a business in the province. It is managed jointly by the Alberta and Canadian federal governments.
Streams: The program offers several streams for workers and entrepreneurs. Notable streams include the Alberta Opportunity Stream, Alberta Express Entry Stream, Rural Renewal Stream, and various streams for entrepreneurs like the Rural Entrepreneur Stream.
Family: Nominees may apply for permanent residence alongside their spouse or common-law partner and dependent children.
Alberta Express Entry Stream: This stream allows Alberta to nominate candidates from the federal Express Entry pool, focusing on those with strong ties to Alberta or who will significantly contribute to Alberta's economy. It includes the Accelerated Tech Pathway for tech professionals.
Alberta Opportunity Stream: Targets foreign workers in Alberta with a full-time job offer in the province. Applicants must meet certain language proficiency and educational requirements.
Rural Renewal Stream: Aims to support newcomers in settling in rural communities of Alberta, with requirements like a job offer from an Alberta employer in a designated community and an endorsement letter from a designated community.
Eligibility and Requirements
General Requirements: Applicants typically need to meet criteria related to education, work experience, language proficiency, and adaptability to the Alberta labor market.
Priority Sectors: Priority is often given to candidates in sectors like agriculture, construction, health care, or tourism and hospitality.
Healthcare and Tech Pathways: Specific pathways exist for healthcare professionals and tech workers, with detailed requirements for each category.
Application Submission: Candidates first apply for a nomination from the provincial government and, if nominated, apply for permanent residence to the federal government.
Processing Times: Varies by stream but can range from approximately 2 months for some streams to 6 months or more for others.
Immigration Targets: Alberta expects to welcome over 10,000 new immigrants per year under its PNP. The province's allocation for 2023 was 9,750 nominations, with an expected increase to 10,140 in 2024 and 10,849 in 2025.
Medical and Security Checks: Applicants also need to undergo medical and security checks, including a medical certificate, police clearance, and biometrics.