The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has issued 5,500 provincial nomination certificates in 2017, and will not issue any more nominations before the end of the year. The AINP is one of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), through which provinces can engage in the Canadian immigration process by nominating individuals who may benefit the local labour market.
Even though nominations will not be issued for the remaining few weeks of 2017, the AINP will continue to assess applications awaiting processing. Currently, just over 3,000 submitted applications are awaiting assessment to determine eligibility for nomination.
AINP changes coming
With a pause on the issuance of AINP nominations for the rest of December, provincial immigration staff and potential applicants alike have an opportunity to prepare for sweeping changes that are scheduled to come into effect in the new year.
Among these changes will be the introduction, for the first time, of an Express Entry-aligned AINP stream, which was announced in October.
In launching its new Express Entry stream, Alberta will join most other provinces and territories in having at least one PNP stream aligned with the federal government’s Express Entry system.
Express Entry allows the government to invite eligible candidates for economic immigration to Canada to submit an application on a priority basis. Provinces and territories can nominate certain candidates through their ‘enhanced’ Express Entry PNP streams; nominated candidates obtain 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool.
As one of the most popular destination provinces for immigrants, Alberta’s Express Entry system will likely prove popular among eligible candidates. However, at this point the exact criteria for this stream has not been disclosed by the province.
Another new stream, known as the Alberta Opportunity stream, will also come into effect next month, with applications to be accepted as of January 2, 2018.
Through the Opportunity stream, temporary foreign workers in Alberta who meet criteria on their language skills, academic history, duration of employment, and income level will have a new pathway to permanent residence.
The Opportunity stream is a ‘base’ stream, meaning that it is not aligned with Express Entry.
The two new streams will replace the existing Employer-Driven stream and Strategic Recruitment stream, both of which will stop receiving applications as of January, 2018.
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