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Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

Changes to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

Effective June 14, 2018 the Government of Alberta has changed the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) to simplify application processes, reduce wait times, and provide fair access for applicants across all sectors and industries in Alberta. The AINP nominates individuals for permanent residence. The program is run by the Alberta government in conjunction with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

What is changing? 

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program has a new application stream called the Alberta Opportunity Stream. This replaces the Alberta Strategic Recruitment Stream and the Employer-Driven Stream, and may affect international students’ eligibility for the program.

How do I know if this change affects me?

  • This change affects you if you were planning to apply for the AINP under the former Alberta Strategic Recruitment Stream and the Employer-Driven Stream.
  • This change also affects you if you are planning to apply for the new Alberta Opportunity Stream under AINP but your program of study is now ineligible.
  • If you are going to apply for the new Alberta Opportunity Stream and you are in an eligible program you will want to familiarize yourself with the process and the requirements.

Who is eligible for the Alberta Opportunity Stream?

International students who are admitted to and enrolled in any certificate, diploma or degree program at NAIT before October 1, 2018 are eligible for the new Alberta Opportunity Stream.

On or after October 1, 2018, international students must be admitted to and enrolled in a program on the following list to be eligible for the Alberta Opportunity Stream:

Changes to Eligibility Criteria

International students who were previously eligible for the Strategic Recruitment Stream and the Employer-Driven Stream, will now have to meet the Opportunity Stream’s eligibility requirements.

What to do if your program is not the AINP list?

If you program is not on the list, you may be eligible to apply for two other federal immigration programs offered through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: 1) The Canadian Experience Class; and 2) The Federal Skilled Worker Program.

Looking for more information? 

If you have questions or concerns about how the changes impact you or if you would like to learn more about the federal immigration programs please don't hesitate to contact us. 

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