Rocky Mountains to the west
and vast prairies and badlands to the east.
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an economic immigration program that nominates people for permanent residence in Alberta. Nominees must have skills to fill job shortages or be planning to buy or start a business in Alberta. They must also be able to provide for their families. The program is run by the governments of Alberta and Canada.
If you are nominated through the program, you may apply for permanent residence status together with your spouse or common-law partner, and dependent children.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada manages applications for permanent residence. The federal government also makes final decisions on these applications.
The AINP has 2 streams for foreign workers who are living and working in Alberta, or plan to live and work here:
Alberta Opportunity Stream
Qualified candidates who live and work in Alberta and have a job offer from an Alberta employer can apply for an AINP nomination.
Alberta Express Entry Stream
Qualified candidates with an Express Entry profile may be invited by AINP to apply for nomination for permanent residence.
The AINP has 3 streams for entrepreneurs who plan to live in Alberta and buy or start a business in the province:
International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream
International graduates of approved Alberta post-secondary institutions who want to start a business or buy an existing business can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).
Self-Employed Farmer Stream
Experienced farmers who plan to buy or start a farm in Alberta can apply for permanent residence.
Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream
Foreign graduates from outside of Canada can apply for permanent residence.