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Alberta Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program of the Canadian province of Alberta provides opportunities to people who want to move to the province of Alberta through eligible occupations, or jobs where a critical shortage of qualified candidates exists. The APNP is unique from other Canadian provincial nominee programs in that it is employer-driven, and offers no Business category other than that for self-employed farmers.

Provincial Nominee Program provides opportunities to people who want to move to the province of Alberta through eligible occupations, or jobs where a critical shortage of qualified candidates exists. The APNP is unique from other Canadian provincial nominee programs in that it is employer -driven, and offers no Business category other than that for self-employed farmers.

The process begins with an employer allocation/pre-approval, where a company or organization identifies a qualified foreign worker in an eligible occupation and nominates the same to the APNP.  The foreign worker then files an APNP application and, when approved, a Citizenship and Immigration Canada or CIC application to become a Permanent Resident under the Provincial Nominee Class. Apart from stream-specific requirements,  APNP nominees also need to meet statutory health, security and criminal requirements of the Federal Government of Canada before an immigrant visa may be issued.

EMPLOYER-DRIVEN STREAM

The APNP Employer-driven Stream has three categories, namely, Skilled Worker, International Student and Semi-Skilled Worker. It is designed to help Alberta companies and organizations find qualified individuals to augment their workforce through eligible occupations.  When nominating a foreign worker to the APNP Skilled Worker category, an Alberta employer needs to obtain pre-approval from the program.

Requirements for Employer Allocation/Pre-approval

The Alberta employer must establish that the job:

* Cannot be filled by a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident;

* Is full-time, permanent and offered to a qualified foreign worker;

* Meets Alberta’s standards for employment and wages; and

* Does not violate existing collective bargaining agreements.

The Categories

1.  Skilled Worker

The Skilled Worker Category is for individuals who would like to come and live in Alberta via a full-time, permanent offer of employment from an employer pre-approved by APNP.

Requirements for A Skilled Worker Nomination by APNP

When the employer obtains pre-approval from the APNP, the program nominates the foreign worker to the CIC for a Permanent Resident Visa if:

The offered position by the pre-approved employer is full-time, permanent and with a positive Labor Market Opinion or LMO;

The nominee:

* Is in a skilled occupation listed as Levels O, A or B in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix;

* Possesses required certifications, related work experience and a work permit;

* Meets employer’s probationary conditions, industry standards, as well as licensing and regulatory requirements when applicable; and

* Is capable of becoming economically established in Alberta.

2. International Students

This category of the APNP Employer-driven Stream accepts applications from foreign students who intend to acquire formal or specialized education/training in Alberta, where the studies are pursued in preparation for a full-time, permanent job offer by an Alberta employer that has been pre-approved by the APNP, and the occupation is listed as Level O, A and B in the NOC Matrix.   

Requirements for An International Student Nomination by Alberta Provincial Nominee Program

An APNP International Student nomination is possible when the international graduate applicant:

* Has earned a diploma or degree, whether in a public or private Alberta institution recognized by the provincial government, with a two-year minimum duration for undergraduate courses and a one-year minimum for graduate programs;

* Has a valid offer of full-time employment (minimum period of six months) from an employer that has been pre-approved by the Alberta PNP, and in an occupation related to the field of study;

* Holds a valid work permit that has existed before the employed lodged an APNP application; and

* Can provide evidence of legal status in Canada.

Note:  An APNP International Student application may be filed in another country if the applicant can prove legal status in the country from which the application is lodged. 

3. Semi-Skilled Worker

The APNP Semi-Skilled Worker category accommodates applicants who work in the following industries:

* Food and Beverage Processing

* Hotel and Lodging

* Manufacturing

* Trucking

2. Self-Employed Farmer Stream

The APNP Stream for Self-employed Farmers accommodates immigrant hopefuls who have proven skills and financial resources to own and operate a farming enterprise in Alberta.   

Requirements for A Self-Employed Farmer Nomination by APNP

To be considered for an APNP nomination under this stream,  the farm owner/operator must:

* Invest at least $ 500,000 of equity in an Alberta farming business;

* Have a minimum net worth of $ 500,000 or prove they have access to such amount;

* Demonstrate financial capability develop and run a sustainable farming enterprise in Alberta;

* Commit to invest exclusively in primary agriculture enterprises (priority is given to applicants who plan to develop agri-food farms;) 

* Put all proposed business plans into formal writing; and

* Report to the Alberta Agriculture and Food Department and officials of the Government of Alberta, where:

The applicant’s capability to build and sustain an Alberta farming business will be assessed based on one or more of the following:

***** Financial documents of an existing farming business;
***** Farming education, training and employment background;
***** The proposed business plan/s; and
***** Willingness of a Canadian financial institution to provide support to the proposed farming business;

Such assessment will play a key role in determining eligibility for this stream of the Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (APNP)
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