Alberta Immigration Nomination Program (AINP) offers three streams: Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS), Alberta Express Entry Stream and Self-Employed Farmer Stream. Most streams have various categories for possible eligibility.
Alberta Opportunity stream was introduced on June 14, 2018. It is an amalgamation of the earlier Employer-Driven and Strategic Recruitment streams.
Unlike the previous Employer-Driven stream, there is no need for an employer to be part of the application under the Alberta Opportunity stream. Candidates can apply on their own and do not require their employer’s signature for the application.
The income threshold requirement for applicants applying to the Alberta Opportunity Stream has been removed for any application submitted after November 1, 2018.
To qualify in this stream, you must:
Post-Graduate Work Permit holders must meet additional criteria:
In 2018, AINP announced it will have a federal system of Express Entry once again.
Applicants who have an Express Entry profile with the Government of Canada can be chosen by the Government of Alberta and receive a Notification of Interest letter. Other AINP applicants can not apply to this stream directly.
Candidates will be contacted directly by the AINP and must receive a notification of interest before they are able to submit an application under the Alberta Express Entry Stream. Applicants may receive a Notification of Interest letter if they:
This stream is for applicants with the financial resources and farm management experience to purchase and establish a farm in Alberta.
AINP works closely with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development to assess the eligibility of an applicant in this stream.
There are three major criteria for applicants to meet. First, they must prove they have farm management skills. This may include providing financial documentation of their existing farm businesses, documentation of their training and work experience, providing a business plan, and showing proof that financial institutions are willing to finance the plan.
Second, the applicant must have sufficient financial resources to develop a sustainable farming operation. They must be able to invest a minimum of $500,000 of equity and show evidence of this amount in net worth.
Lastly, the applicant must be investing in a primary production farming business in Alberta, which means operations that produce eggs, milk, grain, seeds, fruit, vegetable, honey, livestock, game production animals, or poultry.
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