The various provinces in Canada have specific immigration programs in place, and Alberta has the AINP – the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program. Under this program, there are four different streams through which individuals can apply for immigration, and each stream is composed of several categories.
Earlier last month, on September 13, Alberta announced that it would make some changes in the AINP, changes designed to make the program more accessible to those who desire to live in Canada.
Below is a list of the two streams with new changes, including the different categories under them:
Employer Driven Stream
Categories: Skilled Worker Category, International Graduate Category, and Semi-Skilled Worker Category
Change 1: Additional allocation of nominees under the Food Services Industry Pilot Project
Background: Previously, employers were limited to nominating only 1 employee for Canadian Permanent Residency per restaurant branch. Starting September 13 until November 28, 2013, employers are allowed to nominate up to 20% of their total employees per restaurant location (including food and beverage servers, food counter attendants, or kitchen helpers, even those with temporary worker status, as long as they have a work permit).Change 2: Addition of some semi skilled workers to the list of qualified applicants
Background: The Employer Driven Stream normally accommodates skilled workers only. However, Alberta is now accommodating certain semi-skilled workers as long as they have a job offer. These workers include plasterers, drywallers, upholsterers, and managers/supervisors in the service, retail and food service industries.
Strategic Recruitment Stream
Categories: Alberta Work Experience Category, Compulsory and Optional Trades Category, Engineering Occupations Category, and Post-Graduate Worker Category
Change 1: Addition of a new category, the last one in the list above (Post-Graduate Worker Category)
Background: This category allows working individuals to apply for immigration without needing the support of an employer. The only requirements are: (1) applicant should be a graduate of a Canadian educational institution, (2) applicant should have a certificate, diploma, or graduate-level degree from either a community college, trade/technical school, university in Alberta or another Canadian province, or an authorized private institution in Alberta.
Change 2: New eligible occupations added under the Alberta Work Experience Category
Background: A list of low-skill occupations have been temporarily added to this category, including Construction Trades Helpers and Laborers, Other Trades Helpers and Labourers, Light Duty Cleaners, Specialized Cleaners, Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents. Application of individuals in these fields are only limited and up to November 28, 2013 only.
Below are the two other streams. No changes have been made in these streams.
Self-Employed Farmer Stream