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Skilled Worker Immigration Alberta

Alberta Skilled worker

The Alberta skilled workers category is a way for you to be nominated by the province of Alberta to apply for permanent residence in Canada as a skilled worker. You must fully demonstrate that you are a qualified ‘skilled worker’ and intend to work and settle in the province of Alberta. In order for you to apply under the Alberta skilled worker category you and your future employer must meet the Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) criteria. After you and your employer are deemed eligible the AINP will issue you a letter of nomination and your application will be processed by Citizenship and immigration Canada.

Here are the steps in the process:

  1. Apply to the province to be nominated.
  2. The province will assess whether you and your employer are eligible to be nominated.
  3. If you are found eligible, the province will issue you a letter of nomination.
  4. Apply to Citizenship and immigration Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program.
  5. CIC will require you to undergo a Medical examination and they will perform a security background check. (Under the PNP category, CIC will only assess the applicant on medical examination and security background check and not on other grounds.)
  6. CIC will issue you permanent residence status.


Please note: After you have been nominated by the province, you are eligible to apply for a temporary work permit until CIC makes a decision on your PNP application.

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Candidate Criteria

You must:

  •  Clearly show in your application that you intend to live permanently in Alberta;
  • Have related education, training, work experience, and any Alberta licensing needed for the position to meet the AINP criteria;
  • Provide a Copy of your valid work permit if you are already working in Alberta;
  • Provide proof of your legal status in your country of residenceif you are not currently working in Canada.


If your occupation is early childhood educator and/or child care staff you must also meet the following additional criteria.

Additional criteria - Early Childhood Educators and Child Care Staff

As an Alberta Employer of an Early Childhood Educator, you must also:

  • Be accredited, or have applied for accreditation, with the Alberta Association for the Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services and be approved for funding under the Alberta Child Care Accreditation Funding Program.

As an Early Childhood Educator Candidate, you must also:

  • Hold a work permit under the NOC code 4214 and be residing in Alberta;
  • Have completed a minimum of high school education;
  • Be certified as a Child Development Worker (Level 2) or Child Development Supervisor (Level 3) through Alberta Human Services - Child Care Staff Certification Office;
  • Be employed in Alberta for a minimum of six (6) months with a pre/accredited daycare program or family day home agency before applying to the AINP

Employer Criteria:

Your employer  must:

  • Be incorporated or registered by or under an act of the legislature of Alberta or the Parliament of Canada and operating as a business that has an established production capability, plant or place of business in Alberta.


NOC 0: Includes management occupations that usually require a university degree (bachelors, masters or doctorate) or a professional designation.

NOC A: Includes occupations that usually require university education.

  • NOC B: Includes occupations that usually require college education. The job offer must meet Alberta's employment and wage standards.


  • The job offer must not conflict with existing collective bargaining agreements. The AINP will not approve an application if there is a labour dispute in progress that may involve, directly or indirectly, either the employer or the candidate.


Provide proof of your authorization to hire a foreign worker by showing either a Labour Market Opinion (LMO), or evidence of an LMO exemption.

  • Show that you are following all the conditions of the LMO (including salary), if there is an LMO.

If the Candidate is exempt from an LMO, they must show you are offering wages and benefits to the Candidate that meets industry standards. Visit the ALIS website for wage and benefit standards in Alberta by occupation.

  • Clearly show the need for the position and that your employer has made a significant effort to hire a Canadian or permanent resident of Canada for the position only if you are not currently working in Alberta (you are  abroad).

Forms and applications:

Click here to download the document checklist.

As an applicant you are required to fill out these forms:

  • AINP 003: Employer-Driven Application for Nomination
  • AINP 008B: Candidate-Use of a Representative (if applicable)


After you receive the nomination you will require the following Citizenship and Immigration Canada forms

  • IMM 0008 Generic Application Form for Canada
  • IMM 0008DEP Additional Dependents/Declaration Form (only complete if you have more than 5 dependants)
  • IMM 0008 Schedule 4: Economic Classes: Provincial Nominees

You and your Spouse/common-law partner and any dependants over 18 must each complete                         the following CIC forms. 

  • IMM 5669 Schedule A: Background/Declaration
  • IMM 5406 Additional Family Information
  • IMM 5476 Use of a Representative (if applicable)

Your Employer must fill out the following forms:

  •   AINP 005: Employer-Driven Application for a Skilled Occupation
  •   Employer Compliance Declaration Form if applying in an occupation in the foodservice industry
  •   AINP 008A: Employer - Use of a Representative (if applicable)

Please note:

  • When sending supporting documents along with your application, make sure that they are certified.
  • Send all of the AINP forms including employer forms and Copies only of the CIC forms and supporting documents to the AINP processing centre.
  • Do not send the original CIC forms in your application to the AINP. You will send the originals to CIC after you have been nominated.
  • Alberta does not charge fees for the process.
  • You are required to pay the Citizenship and Immigration fees when submitting your application to the CIC. You can download the payment form from the CIC website.


Principal Applicant -$550

Each accompanying family members who are 22 or older- $550

Each accompanying family members who are less than 22 yrs of age -$150


After Permanent residency is granted the principal applicant and each accompanying family member who is over the age of 22 yrs must pay the right of permanent residency fee -$490


You can pay this fee online on the CIC website or download the payment form and mail it with your application.

Once you have completed all of the forms and gathered all the necessary documents, mail the application to the following address.


Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

Employer-Driven Skilled Worker Category or International Graduate Category

Government of Alberta

Suite 940, Telus Plaza North Tower

10025 Jasper Avenue

Edmonton, AB T5J 1S6

After you have been nominated, send the CIC forms and supporting documents (including the nomination letter) to the following address.

Centralized Intake Office – PNP
PO BOX 1450
Sydney, NS  B1P 6K5


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