Alberta Opportunity Stream

The Alberta Opportunity Stream is a source of the AINP, a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) managed by the region of Alberta. This stream points towards the foreign employees already living and serving in Alberta and getting the offer of employment to start struggling full-time for an Albertan business.

Candidates should have a definite and positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Candidates should fulfill the eligibility standards for residency and job permit type, profession, language, and education.

Alberta Opportunity Stream

Graduates from Alberta post-secondary institutions who hail from international backgrounds

Criteria for Residency Status and Work Permits

  • Individuals involved in refugee claims or federal appeal/removal processes.
  • Temporary residents residing or employed in other Canadian provinces.
  • Foreign nationals residing or working in Canada without valid temporary resident status.
  • A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
  • LMIA exemption under international trade agreements, Intra-Company Transferees, or those participating in International Experience Canada, as per IRCC determinations.
  • Graduation requirements from an Alberta Advanced Education-approved credential issued by an authorized Alberta post-secondary institution.
  • Current employment in an occupation related to your field of study in Alberta.

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Working of the Stream

Generally, this stream consists of the following parameters:

1. Connection to Alberta Province

Petitioners should have legitimate status as brief residents in Canada, which empowers them to work. The candidate must be living and serving the province of Alberta. Note that foreign applicants are not acceptable under this stream. Applicants must have a valid and robust job authorization for a proper occupation and have positive and accurate LMIA.

2. Job Offer

By the time an application is pointed to AINP, then at the same time, the application is judged and checked. The appellant must be working in an eligible profession in Alberta that matches their past job skills. Post-Graduation Work Permit holders should also operate in a business linked to their discipline of study in Alberta.

3. Language Proficiency

All applicants must prove ability and skills in either English or French, equal and comparable to the CLB 4. It can also be described by presenting valid conclusions from one of Canada’s recommended language tests. Validation of that test is two years, and after that, you should perform the test again.

Nurses’ aides, valets, and patient assistance associates must obtain a least language test score of CLB 7 for English language ability or NCLC 7 for each French language experience.

4. Education Level for Alberta Opportunity Stream

There is no restriction of education for the opportunity stream of AINP. However, all applicants must have achieved a minimum of high school study in their country of birth.

5. Work Experience

Job experience for the opportunity stream of ANIP is as follows:

  • A minimum of 12-months full-time work in Alberta within the last 18 months
  • A minimum of 24-months full-time work experience in their current profession in the previous 30 months

6. Application Procedure

Eligible applicants can submit a form at any time, and requests are processed on a come-and-served basis. Enthusiastic contestants must prepare a comprehensive paper-based application. All documents must be provided in hard copy and presented in a single envelope, by mail, to the office of ANIP.

At the time your application is postmarked and at the time the AINP assesses your application, you must:

  • Work in an eligible occupation in Alberta
  • Work in an occupation that matches your previous work experience
  • Most occupations under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, C and D are eligible under the AINP.

Occupation Requirements

Ineligible occupations

People with the following occupations are not eligible to apply for the Alberta Opportunity Stream:

NOC Code (2016)NOC Skill LevelOccupation
04220School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
04230Managers in social, community and correctional services
04320Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
0651*0Escort agency managers, massage parlour managers
4031    ASecondary school teachers
4032AElementary school and kindergarten teachers
4154    AProfessional occupations in religion
5121AAuthors and writers
5133    AMusicians and singers
5135AActors and comedians
5136    Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
1227    BCourt officers and justices of the peace
3223* BDental laboratory assistants/bench workers
4214*BEarly childhood educators who do not have certification through Alberta Children’s Services – Child Care Staff Certification Office or who have been certified as child development assistant (formerly Level 1)
4216BOther instructors
4217BOther religious occupations
5232BOther performers, not elsewhere classified
5244BArtisans and craftsperson’s
6232BReal estate agents and salespersons
4411CHome child care providers
4412    CHome support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
4413CElementary and secondary school teacher assistants
6533CCasino occupations
6564    COther personal service occupations
7513CTaxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
8442CTrappers and hunters
6623    DOther sales related occupations
6722    DOperators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport
6742Other service support occupations, not elsewhere classified
8611    DHarvesting labourers
8612DLandscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
8613    DAquaculture and marine harvest labourers 
8614    D   Mine labourers

Post-graduation work Permit holders

If you are a Post-Graduation Work Permit holder with an eligible Alberta Advanced Education-approved post-secondary credential issued by an Advanced Education-approved Alberta public and private post-secondary institution, your occupation must also be related to your field of study in Alberta.
If you are admitted and enrolled in your Alberta credential program on or after April 1, 2019, and you completed an Advanced Education-approved one-year post-graduate certificate, your occupation must also be related to your previous undergraduate or graduate field of study outside Canada.

In addition to occupations on the list above, Post-Graduation Work Permit holders are not eligible to apply to the Alberta Opportunity Stream if their occupation is on the Government of Canada’s list of high-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta. These occupations are not in demand in Alberta and can be filled by Albertans and Canadians.

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