Alberta is one of the favourite destinations in Canada for immigrants from across the world. A strong economy, numerous job opportunities, and beautiful landscapes are some of the factors that make this western province of Canada popular among immigrants. Edmonton and Calgary, two of the major cities in Canada, are located in Alberta. The province is rich in natural resources such as natural gas, oil, coal and minerals and Alberta is popularly known as the energy province of Canada.
The fast-growing technology sector of Alberta promises numerous job opportunities for skilled and educated foreign workers. Besides, the Alberta authorities also take special care to sustain a favourable environment for foreign entrepreneurs, who are capable of creating new jobs for Albertans, to migrate to the province. The provincial government also has floated several programs to help newcomers integrate well to the Alberta community. Further, Alberta attracts unskilled labourers to cater to the demand for labour in rural areas of the province.
A major attractive factor of Alberta for immigrants is its low unemployment rate. High-paying job opportunities, low tax rates, an economy with high growth rate and better living standards are the other important factors that make Alberta an attractive destination.
Alberta provincial nominee program
Canada government allows Alberta to invite a certain number of immigrants to apply for provincial nomination every year. The province invites potential immigrants with the skills and qualifications to contribute towards the growth of the country’s economy through the Alberta Immigrants Nominee Program(AINP). The program has three major immigration pathways under it:
Alberta Express Entry stream
Those who have already created a profile with the federal Express Entry system may apply for provincial nomination from Alberta through the Alberta Express Entry stream. The stream allows the province to select eligible candidates from the federal Express Entry pool and invite them to apply for provincial nomination. To be selected by Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program this way, the candidate must have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score of at least 300 points.
Those candidates with a job offer from an Alberta employer, work experience in the province, a degree obtained from a higher education institution in Alberta or close relatives residing in the province have higher chances of obtaining invitation to apply for provincial nomination from Alberta.
Those who accept this invitation and successfully apply for provincial nomination would receive 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score points. This helps them obtain an invitation to apply from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(CRS) for permanent residence in Canada in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.
Alberta Opportunity Stream
A person residing temporarily in Alberta with a work permit in an eligible occupation may apply for provincial nomination through Alberta Opportunity Stream. The applicant must have language proficiency equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 in English or French to be eligible under this stream. Further, the applicant needs to have obtained a job offer from an Alberta employer.
Self-employed Farmer Stream
Those with knowledge and experience in farming may apply for provincial nomination from Alberta through Self-employed Farmer Stream. The candidate must have a minimum personal net worth of $500,000 and willingness to invest at least the same amount in Canada.
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