Alberta Immigration Announces New Opportunity Stream

mmigration authorities in the Canadian province of Alberta have announced a new immigration stream, known as the Opportunity stream, which will begin accepting applications as of January 2, 2018 under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). The Opportunity stream will provide a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for foreign workers working in Alberta. Like all other AINP streams, this is a base Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream, whereby applications are processed entirely outside the federal Express Entry selection system. Successful applicants to the AINP obtain a provincial nomination, which may then be used to apply for permanent residence. The stream will replace will replace two currently existing AINP streams: the Employer-Driven stream and the Strategic Recruitment stream. Until the Opportunity stream takes effect, applications under the existing streams will continue to be accepted, and processing of those applications may continue after January, 2018, even though new applications will not be accepted. Applicants to the Opportunity stream require a job offer from an employer in Alberta. The job offer does not necessarily need to be in a skilled occupation, as most occupations under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, C and D are eligible.

Applicants must have valid temporary resident status at the time of the application, and must not be living or working in a province or territory other than Alberta. Applicants not working in a job supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) must have an exemption for workers covered under international trade agreements, workers transferred within a company, or people taking part in International Experience Canada (IEC), as determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Applicants must also prove English or French ability at or above Canadian Language Benchmark 4, as proven by a language test recognized by the government of Alberta. This is a lower requirement than for many other economic immigration programs in Canada, including the popular Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC). As of January 2, 2019, the test score required for English and French language skills will be increased to a minimum of CLB 5 in each language skill. A higher language ability threshold of CLB 7 or higher has been set for nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413). Like the FSWC, applicants must have completed high school or a higher level of education. Applicants who did not study in Canada need to obtain an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from a recognized authority. In certain instances, applicants with work experience that qualifies them in a compulsory or optional trade, and who also have a recognized valid Alberta Qualification Certificate or trade certificate, may not have to obtain an ECA, even if they did not study in Canada. Applicants must have either a minimum of 12 months full-time work experience in their current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months, or a minimum of 24 months of full-time work experience in their current occupation in Canada and/or abroad within the last 30 months (this work experience can be a combination of experience gained in Alberta, in another Canadian province or territory and/or abroad). Finally, applicants must satisfy a minimum income threshold, depending on the size of their family. Number of members in family unit (including applicant) Gross annual income required (CAD) 1 $24,952 2 $35,287 3 $43,218 4 $49,904 5 $55,794 6 $61,120 7 $66,017 8 $70,575 9 $74,856 10 $78,905 Ineligible occupations Individuals working in any of the following occupations will not be eligible to apply under the AINP Opportunity stream. Occupation NOC Legislators 0011 School Principals and Administrators of Elementary and Secondary Education 0422 Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services 0423 Fire Chiefs and Senior Firefighting Officers 0432 Escort Agency Managers, Massage Parlour Managers 0651 Secondary School Teachers 4031 Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers 4032 Professional Occupations in Religion 4154 Authors and Writers 5121 Musicians and Singers 5133 Actors and Comedians 5135 Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists 5136 Court Officers and Justices of the Peace 1227 Dental Laboratory Bench Workers 3223 Early Childhood Educators and Assistants* 4214 Other Instructors 4216 Other Religious Occupations 4217 Other Performers, n.e.c. 5232 Artisans and Craftspersons 5244 Athletes 5251 Real Estate Agents and Salespersons 6232 Home Child Care Providers 4411 Home Support Workers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations 4412 Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants 4413 Casino Occupations 6533 Other Personal Service Occupations 6564 Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs 7513 Trappers and Hunters 8442 Other Sales Related Occupations 6623 Operators and Attendants in Amusement, Recreation and Sport 6722 Other Service Support Occupations, n.e.c. 6742 Harvesting Labourers 8611 Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers 8612 Aquaculture and Marine Harvest Labourers 8613 Mine Labourers 8614 *only those without certification as a Child Development Worker (Level 2) or Child Development Supervisor (Level 3) through Alberta Children’s Services – Child Care Staff Certification Office. Hi

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