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The Alberta PNP: How Can You Get a Nomination, Explained

Alberta PNP

Do you have a chance to be PR in Alberta through Alberta PNP?

In brief, we can say that there is a chance. The rationality increases if only you have already resided in Alberta. Or, you have got a job offer from any employer from Alberta.

However, there is a lot more to discuss. Thus, if we talk about it in detail, the AIPNP (Alberta Immigration Provincial Program); is an enigma. But some other Provinces provide applicants with an estimated timeline for processing and more clear selection procedures.

But Alberta’s system is a little different. Why? 

Because it does not guarantee that your application will be evaluated. Hence, even if you get a Notification of Interest (NOI) letter and meet the requirements, the Province of Alberta may still decide not to nominate you.

What is the Alberta PNP program called?

Alberta’s program altered its name from the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) to Alberta Advantage Immigrant Nominee Program (AAINP) to the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) as of Feb 16, 2022.

How does AAIP work?

In most cases, it has been seen that you need to first get a Notification of Interest.

(NOI) before you can apply for AAIP. But, in general, you need to fill out an online application form to the AAIP. So, you will have to deposit Provincial fees for submitting an AAIP application which is around $500.

To submit the AAIP online application, you must have a My Alberta Digital ID account (MADI). You can still set up a basic account even if you don’t have a driver’s license or provincial ID from Alberta (but you need to reside in Alberta with the proper ID to create a verified account). Thus, the creation of a MADI is free.

Many categories of AAIP also demand you to have a valid Federal Express Entry profile and minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) of at least 300 points.

But, you will only be able to get 600 points when AAIP decides to announce your name under one of the EE-linked categories.

Once you are nominated, you will be able to get a nomination letter, and your EE profile will start displaying 600 points. Though it is challenging to receive a nomination, you can exhibit a deep bond with the province and a commitment to residing there.

What are the many program streams included in Alberta?

There are, in general, three program streams for people who are at present living and working in Alberta or planning to live and work in Alberta.

Alberta Opportunity Stream

Requirements:

  • Need for a job offer from an employer in Alberta,
  • Not EE linked before,
  • Can be NOC 0, A, B, C, or D,
  • Should not be on the list of ineligible occupations,
  • Must have a high school equivalent,
  • Should have a 12 months FT in the present job in Alberta within the last 18 months OR min 24 months FT in the present job in Canada or abroad within the last 30 months,
  • For high-skill jobs, language should be at CLB 5 whereas, for mild-skill jobs, it should be at CLB 4,
  • Processing times will be long.

Alberta Express Entry Stream (including the new Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway)

Requirements:

  • Be an active EE member and satisfy all EE requirements,
  • Meet the standards for EE trades or have at least one year of a high-skilled job,
  • High school-level education,
  • Requires cash for settlement if FSW or FST,
  • A job offer boosts nomination prospects and is necessary for Accelerated Tech,
  • FST requires a job offer or a qualification certificate for a regulated trade.
  • Have a CRS of at least 300,
  • Receive a Notification of Interest letter before applying for EE;
  • You Can apply for Accelerated Tech if you also fulfil the following requirements:
  • Working full-time in Alberta or having a job offer there;
  • Must earn at least the minimum wage in Alberta and at least LMIA, which is the lowest beginning wage for the occupation across all industries.
  • No contractors or part-time or online worker from outside AB is allowed. Primary NOB has to be on the tech pathway list.
  • Employer AND AB must fall into the technology category on the Accelerated Tech Pathway Eligible North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) list.

Rural Renewal Stream

Requirements:

  • Can be NOC 0, A, B, C, and D despite not being on the list of prohibited vocations,
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent, or, in the case of a trade,
  • CLB 4 for low skill levels and CLB 5 for high skill levels,
  • A minimum of 12 months of recent, full-time employment in a qualified occupation; the present job offer must be compatible with prior employment;
  • Must demonstrate LICO settlement monies based on the size of the selected community’s population,
  • FT employment offer must be made inside the approved community of no more than 10,000 residents.
  • At the time of submission and assessment, must intend to reside and work in the chosen community,
  • Must receive approval from the specified rural community;
  • Not using a point system

How to apply for the Alberta PNP Program?

  • General Express Entry and Accelerated Tech Pathway candidates.
  • Received a request from the AIPP to make an application to this stream.
  • Read the terms and conditions with utmost concern.
  • Review the assessment criteria.
  • Complete your application online

Conclusion 

Though the Alberta PNP program process is a bit of a black box, if you meet all the requirements and more than that, if you are a resident of Alberta and have an offline job offer from the employer of Alberta, you can cross your fingers to get a nomination in it.

FAQs

Q1. Does Alberta offer a provincial nominee program?

Ans: Yes, Alberta offers a provincial nominee program. So, to qualify for the provincial nomination program with:

  • Medical Certificate;
  • Police Clearance;
  • Biometrics;
  • Security Checks; and
  • Federal Checks.

Q2. How do I get a PNP nomination in Alberta?

Ans: To get a PNP nomination, the applicant has to fill out the application to the Alberta Express Entry stream. The online application form would be available only after one receives a Notification of Interest (NOI) letter from the province.

Q3. How long does Alberta provincial nominee program take?

Ans: It takes a maximum of 8 to 9 months.

Q4. What is the minimum CRS score for Alberta PNP?

Ans: Candidates having a CRS score of no more than 300 CRS points are invited to apply through the Express Entry-aligned stream of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).

Q5. Can I apply for Alberta PNP without a job offer?

Ans: No, the basic need to apply for Alberta PNP is a job offer provided by any employer from Alberta.

For more PNP related articles, please visit Swagatham Canada’s provincial nominee’s section

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Written by Khyati Buddhadev

Khyati's passion for writing started right from her school days. She started her writing career with poetries. Gradually, she knew her words had a voice, which was where her calling was. She stepped into the world of content writing after her Master's in Journalism and started creating content for different industries. You will often find her reciting poems and narrating stories in the arts and literature events when she is not writing.

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