Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

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Provincial Nominee Programs

Canada Provincial Nominee Programs allow each province the opportunity to attract and retain select immigrants to their pPatrocina A Tus Padres Y Abuelosrovince. Those selected are people that the province feels are more likely to settle permanently in the province and contribute to it’s economic growth. Program nominees can apply for permanent residency to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The federal government makes the final decision on all permanent resident applications. Our Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Lawyers are here to help. Call Kahane Law Office, in Calgary, Alberta today for help. Patrocina A Tus Padres Y Abuelos en Espaniol.

What is the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)?

The AINP is composed of two streams that offer options for both skilled and semi-skilled workers. On June 14, 2018, the AINP made changes to its program by simplifying the application process and merging two of it’s three previous streams: the “Employer Driven” and “Strategic Recruitment Stream”, combined into one stream called the “Alberta Opportunity Stream” (AOS). The “Self-Employed Farmer Stream” remains the same.

On the same date, the province introduced the Alberta Express Entry Stream; however, you cannot apply to this stream directly. A limited number of nominations are granted to candidates found within the federal Express Entry pool. While this may be confusing, our Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program lawyers are able to help make sense of it.

  • Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS)
  • Self-Employed Farmer Stream


  • Alberta Express Entry Stream

What are the requirements for applying under the AOS?

There are six mandatory requirements each applicant must meet in order to apply under the AOS, as indicated in their website ( Below is a summary of these basic requirements. Please review each requirement carefully to help you determine your eligibility. We strongly encourage you to contact our Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program lawyers for a consultation in order to perform a complete evaluation of your eligibility and admissibility. You may miss an opportunity to come to Canada if this step is not done properly.

I. Valid Temporary Residency Status:

Ineligible status includes:

  1. refugee claimants;
  2. individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process;
  3. temporary residents living in a province other than Alberta; and
  4. foreign nationals in Canada without authorization to work.

II. Valid work permit (not implied status or restoration status):

Valid work permit based on:

  1. Positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA);
  2. LMIA exemption as determined by IRCC (please contact us for more information); and
  3. LMIA exemption as a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holder AND have met the graduation requirements and the Alberta Advanced Education approved credentials issued by an Alberta Advanced Education institution (please contact us for more information).

III. Occupation Requirements:

Most occupations under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, C, and D are eligible under the AINP; however, there are two ineligible occupation lists you must review before applying:

  1. The “Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupation List”: http://www.albertacanad
  2. The PGWP “High Wage and Low-Wage Occupations in the Province of Alberta”: (If you are a PGWP holder, you must check both lists.)

IV. Work Experience Requirements:

  • Employed in Alberta in an occupation that matches your previous work experience at the time your application is postmarked and assessed;
  • At the time of postmarking, your application you must either have:
  1. A minimum of 12-months full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months; OR
  2. A minimum of 24-months of full-time work experience within the last 30 months in your current occupation in Alberta combined with work experience gained in Canada (outside Alberta) or abroad.
  • If you hold a Post-graduation work permit (PGWP), your occupation must be related to your field of study AND have met the graduation requirements and the Alberta Advanced Education approved credentials issued by an Alberta Advanced Education institution (please contact us for more information). You must also have a minimum of 6-months full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months.

V. English or French Language Requirements:

  • Minimum of 4 for in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for each English language skill; OR
  • Minimum of 4 for in the “Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens” (NCLC) for each French language skill.

* Effective June 14, 2019, the test score required for English and French will increase to a minimum of 5 in each language skill. Call our Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program lawyers for more information or a consultation.

  • If you apply under NOC code 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patience service associates), the AINP requires a minimum score of 7 for each language skill in English or French.

VI. Income Level Requirements:

  • You must meet the annual income level based on your “family unit”. Your family unit includes you, your spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children (below the age of 22); your spouse or common-law’s dependent children (below the age of 22); and also, dependent children of your children or your spouse or common-law’s dependent children’s children. (You may be eligible to factor in your spouse or common-law’s Alberta earned income. Please contact us for more information.)
Number of members in family
unit (including you)
Required gross annual income
(yearly income before tax) (CAD)
1 $21,833
2 $30,876
3 $37,816
4 $43,666
5 $48,820
6 $53,480
7 $57,765
8 $61,753
9 $65,499
10 $69,042

What is the Self-Employed Farmer Stream?

This stream is meant for immigrants interested in investing $500,000 in an agricultural business in Alberta. Applicants must have knowledge, experience, and financial ability to own and operate the agricultural business they are investing in. Consequently, applicants who can prove their offer is the best opportunity for growth relevant to Alberta’s agri-food targets get priority.

I. Candidate requirements:

  • Proven farm managements skills based on education, training and work experience;
  • Financial records for an existing farm business;
  • Business plan for proposed Alberta farm;
  • Proof of financing from a Canadian financial institution;
  • Commitment to invest $500,000 of equity in an Alberta farming enterprise; and
  • Minimum net worth of $500,000 or confirmation you have access to similar funds from other sources.

 Ineligible applicants:

  • Refugee claimants;
  • Individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process;
  • Live-in caregivers living in Canada;
  • Temporary Foreign Workers and residing in a province other than Alberta; and
  • International students.

What If I meet The Eligibility Requirements Under An AINP Stream?

If you meet all the requirements, and you are not inadmissible to Canada, you can start filling in the application forms and gathering your supporting documents. Although you are not required to hire Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program lawyers to submit your application, we recommend that you seek professional help in order to avoid an incomplete, ineligible or outdated application. This can cause your application being returned to you or declined.

What Happens After I Submit An AINP Application?

Your application will be processed and you will be notified by email if you have been nominated. You will be sent an AINP Nomination package that you will need to submit with your permanent resident application to IRCC. Remember: your nomination is only valid for six months and the sooner you apply the sooner you can renew your work permit.

Once you submit a complete application to IRCC, you and your immediate family members must pass the medical, criminal, and security check to receive permanent residency.

What Is The Alberta Express Entry Stream?

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program lawyers use this stream to help select qualified candidates directly from within the federal Express Entry pool. Consequently, to be eligible for this type of nomination, one must first be eligible to apply under the IRCC’s Express Entry system (please visit our Express Entry section for more information).

Only a limited number of Express Entry candidates with strong ties to Alberta, and who can “help support the government’s economic developments and diversification priorities”, will be nominated. Nominees will receive a Notification of Interest from Alberta in their federal Express Entry accounts, plus 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in the next Express Entry draw. Considered under this stream includes International graduates.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Lawyers Who Can Help

Use Kahane Law Immigration Legal Services for our experience, exceptional service and results. Our Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program lawyers are located in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Also, we help throughout Alberta and with other Provincial Nominee programs. Call Kahane Law today at  403-225-8810 or you can reach us too-free at  1-877-225-8817. Email is fastest so feel free to email us directly here.