Semi Skilled Worker Immigration Alberta

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Alberta Semi Skilled Worker PNP (AINP)

The Alberta semi 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 semi skilled worker (i.e a worker with high school education and some work experience). You must fully demonstrate that you intend to continue working and wish to settle in the province of Alberta. In order for you to apply under the Alberta semi skilled worker category you and your current 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 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

It is important to remember that this is an employer-driven immigration stream, which means you must have an employer and a valid job offer before you apply to be nominated.

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 IRCC under the Provincial Nominee Program.
  5. IRCC will require you to undergo a Medical examination and they will perform a security background check. (Under the PNP category, IRCC will only you on a medical examination and a security background check and not on other grounds.)
  6. IRCC 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 IRCC makes a decision on your PNP application.

IRCC make the final decision on your eligibility to become a permanent resident.


Alberta Semi Skilled Worker PNP 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;
  • Be currently working in Alberta on a work permit for an eligible AINP semi skilled occupation;
  • Show that you have a minimum high school education (equivalent to Alberta standards for some occupations;
  • Submit language equivalency results:
  • Meet additional criteria for your specific industry.

Your occupation must be in one of the following five industries in order to apply for the Alberta Semi Skilled Worker PNP

Eligible Food & beverage processing industry jobs for the Alberta PNP

  • Food and Beverage Production Worker (NOC 9617)
  • Bakery Production Worker (NOC 9617)
  • Food and Beverage Processing Equipment Cleaner (NOC 9617)
  • Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters (NOC 9462)
  • Poultry Production Workers (NOC 9462)

Hotel & lodging industry jobs for the AINP

  • Food and Beverage Servers (NOC 6513)
  • Room Attendants (NOC 6731)
  • Front Desk Agent/Clerk (NOC 6525)

Manufacturing industry jobs of the Alberta PNP

  • Shippers and receivers (NOC 1521) – forklift certificate required
  • Production Logistics Coordinators (NOC 1523)
  • Purchasing and Inventory Control Workers (NOC 1524) – educational requirements
  • Heavy Equipment Operator (except crane) (NOC 7521) – educational or experience requirements
  • Oil and Gas well Drilling Workers and Services Operators (NOC 8412) – multiple certifications required
  • Machine Operator, Mineral & Metal Processing (NOC 9411)
  • Foundry Workers (NOC 9412)
  • Concrete, Clay and Stone Forming Operators (NOC 9414) – experience required for wood-related occupations
  • Inspectors and Testers, Mineral and Metal Processing (NOC 9415)
  • Metalworking and Forging Machine Operators (9416)
  • Machining Tool Operators (9417) – educational requirements
  • Chemical Plant Machine Operators (9421) – multiple certifications required
  • Plastics Processing Machine Operators (9422) – educational requirements
  • Rubber Processing Machine Operators and Related Workers (9423)
  • Sawmill Machine Operators (9431) – educational, experience and certification requirements
  • Pulp Mill Machine Operators (9432) – educational and certification requirements
  • Papermaking and Finishing Machine Operators (9433)
  • Other Wood Processing Machine Operators (9434) – educational requirements
  • Paper Converting Machine Operators (9435)
  • Lumber Graders and Other Wood Processing Inspectors and Graders (9436) – certification and experience requirements
  • Woodworking Machine Operator (9437)
  • Process Control and Machine Operators, Food, Beverage and Associated Products Processing (9461)
  • Aircraft Assemblers and Aircraft Assembly Inspectors (9521) – educational requirements
  • Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers (9523) – educational and experience requirements
  • Assemblers and Inspectors, Electrical Appliance, Apparatus and Equipment Manufacturing (9524) – educational requirements
  • Assemblers, Fabricators and Inspectors, Industrial Electrical Motors and Transformers (9525) – educational and experience requirements
  • Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors (9526) – experience required
  • Machine Operators and Inspectors, Electrical Apparatus Manufacturing (9527) – experience required
  • Manufactured Housing Production Worker (9533)
  • Prefabricated Housing Assembler (9533)
  • Furniture Finishers and Refinishers (9534) – educational requirements
  • Plastic Products Assemblers, Finishers and Inspectors (9535) – experience required
  • Industrial Painters, Coaters and Metal Finishing Process Operators (9536) – educational requirements

Trucking industry jobs for the AINP

  • Long-Haul and Heavy Haul Truck Driver (NOC 7511)

Food services industry jobs for the Alberta PNP

  • Food and Beverage Servers (NOC 6513)
  • Food Counter Attendants (NOC 6711)
  • Kitchen Helpers (NOC 6711)

In the Foodservices Industry (pilot project) your high school education must be equivalent to Alberta’s secondary school standard.

AINP Semi Skilled Worker Employer Criteria:

The employer must

  • Be incorporated or registered according to the laws ofa province of Canada or the government of Canada and operating as a business in Alberta, which means that the business is established in Alberta, having production capability, a plant or place of business physically in Alberta.
  • Be operating in an industry that is one of the five industries currently eligible under the AINP Semi-Skilled Worker Category and provide a job offer to you for permanent, full-time employment in an eligible semi-skilled occupation.
  • Provide a job offer to you that meets Alberta’s employment and wage standards.
  • Provide a job offer to you that does not violate the collective bargaining agreement. Your application will not be approved if there is an ongoing labour dispute involving either you or your prospective employer, either directly or indirectly.
  • Have a Labour Market Impact Asssement (LMIA) which confirms you meet all the conditions of this LMIA.
    • For the occupation of Front Desk Agent/Clerk (NOC 6435) ONLY – if the Candidate is working with the Alberta Employer on a Post-Graduation Work Permit an LMIA is not required.
  • Submit to the AINP a candidate (you) who meets all of the employer’s job requirements and all the relevant AINP criteria.
  • Show a plan outlining your approach to accommodation, settlement, and retention for the Candidate

Applying for the Alberta Semi Skilled Worker PNP

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 IRCC forms

You can download these forms from the AINP website.

You and your Spouse/common-law partner and any dependants over 18 must each complete the following IRCC 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 001:Employer-Driven Application Semi-Skilled Worker Category
  •   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 IRCC forms and supporting documents to the AINP processing centre.
  • Do not send the original IRCC forms in your application to the AINP. You will send the originals to IRCC after you have received your nomination letter.
  • Alberta does not charge fees for the process.
  • You are required to pay the Citizenship and Immigration fees when submitting your application to the IRCC. You can download the payment form from the IRCC 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 IRCC 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 Semi 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 IRCC forms and supporting documents (including the nomination letter) to the following address.

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

PNP Draw Points Cut-Offs

Some of the PNP streams for the provinces of Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba use the same scoring system as Express Entry. Here are the cut-offs for 2021:


PNP Invitations

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