Alberta PNP requirments ​for categories

  1. Compulsory and Optional Trades Category
  2. Engineering Occupations Category
  3. Post-Graduate Worker Category

Compulsory and Optional Trades Category.

Minimum Requirements
Applicants may be eligible if they meet the following requirements:

  • Intend to live and work in Alberta permanently;
  • Have one of the following:
    1. An Alberta Qualification Certificate in a compulsory or
      optional trade, or
    2. An Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Recognized Trade Certificate in a compulsory or optional trade.
  • Be residing in Alberta at the time of application on a valid work permit
  • Show, at time of application, that they are either:
    1. Currently working in their trade for an Alberta employer, or
    2. Have been working in their trade for an Alberta employer for minimum 6 months in past 3 years.

Engineering Occupations Category

This category is open to engineers, designers, and drafters in a variety of fields. In order to apply, an individual’s occupation must among the following:

  1. NOC 0211 (Engineering Managers)
  2. NOC 2131 (Civil Engineers)
  3. NOC 2132 (Mechanical Engineers)
  4. NOC 2133 (Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  5. NOC 2134 (Chemical Engineers)
  6. NOC 2141 (Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers)
  7. NOC 2143 (Mining Engineers)
  8. NOC 2144 (Geological Engineers)
  9. NOC 2145 (Petroleum Engineers)
  10. NOC 2231 (Civil Engineering Technologists/Technicians)
  11. NOC 2232 (Mechanical Engineering Technologists/Technicians)
  12. NOC 2241 (Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technologists/Technicians)
  13. NOC 2253 (Drafting Technologists/Technicians)

Minimum Requirements
Applicants may be eligible if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Intend to live and work in Alberta permanently;
  2. Be currently residing in Alberta;
  3. Have evidence of education/training and experience as an engineer, designer or drafter; and
  4. Currently, be working or have worked in last two years in Alberta for an Alberta employer.

Professionals working in the following occupations do not need a ‘Letter of No Objection’:

  • NOCs 2231, 2232, 2241, and 2253

Engineers whose occupation is not on the list may be eligible to submit an application through the AINP Skilled Worker Category.

Post-Graduate Worker Category


Students who graduated from an eligible post-secondary educational institution in Alberta, and who are residing in the province on a Post-Graduation Work Permit, may apply to this program.
Minimum Requirements
Applicants may be eligible if they meet the following requirements:

  • Intend to live and work in Alberta permanently;
  • Be working full-time in Alberta for an Alberta employer at the time of application;
  • Have obtained a certificate, diploma, degree or graduate level program from an approved institution. The completed program of study in Alberta must be at least one year long; and
  • Hold a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit.

The Employer-Driven Stream is consisting of three different categories with eligibility criteria for both the employer and the applicant.

  1. Skilled Worker Category
  2. International Graduate Category
  3. Semi-Skilled Worker Category

Skilled Worker Category

Minimum Requirements for Employers
To be eligible under the Alberta Skilled Worker Category, employers must:

  1. Be incorporated or registered in Canada and operating in Alberta;
  2. Offer a job that is in an occupation classified as skill level NOC 0, A, or B;
  3. Provide a job offer to the candidate that meets Alberta’s employment and wage standards;
  4. Provide a job offer to the candidate that does 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;
  5. If the worker is not currently working in Alberta, must demonstrate that efforts have been made to recruit in Canada before offering a job to the applicant;
  6. Meet additional requirements if the applicant is an Early Childhood Educator or Childcare Staff

Minimum Requirements for Applicants
In addition, applicants must:

  1. Intend to live and work in Alberta permanently;
  2. Have related training, work experience, and any necessary licensing to perform the job in Alberta;
  3. Show valid work permit if already working in Alberta;
  4. Show proof of legal status if living abroad;
  5. Meet additional requirements if they are Early Childhood Educators or Childcare Staff
International Graduate Category.

This category was created for individuals who graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution and have received a full-time, permanent job offer from an Alberta employer. Both the employer and the targeted employee must be deemed eligible in order to submit an application.
Minimum Requirements for Employers
To be eligible under the Alberta International Graduate category, employers must:

  1. Be incorporated or registered in Canada and operating in Alberta;
  2. Offer a job to the applicant that meets provincial employment standards;
    • In addition, the job offer must not conflict with collective bargaining (union) agreements.
  3. Offer a job that is in an occupation classified as NOC 0, A, B or C level.
  4. Demonstrate that wages being offered are consistent with industry standards

Minimum Requirements for Applicants
Additionally, applicants must:

  1. Intend to live and work in Alberta permanently;
  2. Be working in Alberta full-time for the employer supporting their application;
    • The current occupation must be the same as the occupation listed on the AINP application. It must fall into a NOC 0, A, B, or C level.
  3. Have completed a certificate, diploma, degree or graduate level program from an eligible institution in Alberta or Canada;
    • The completed program of study must have been at least a one-year long.
  4. Hold a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit.
  5. If working in an NOC C level occupation, must submit language test score results.

If an applicant receives an ITA, they will ONLY 60 days to apply for permanent residence and submit all supporting documents. Having your documents ready will make it easier to apply within the 60 day period.

If an applicant misses the 60-day deadline, their Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence will no longer be valid and s/he will have to re-enter the Express Entry pool.

If an applicant provides false information Or leaves our important details, this is considered as misrepresentation and if Citizenship & Immigration Canada finds out, your application to Canada will be refused and you could stand a chance of getting banned from re-entering the pool for FIVE years.

Therefore, it is hugely important to provide accurate and correct information always.

An applicant may be found inadmissible to Canada due to misrepresentation for directly or indirectly misrepresenting or withholding material facts relating to a relevant matter that induces or could induce an error in the processing of his or her application. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is truthful and that the supporting documents are genuine, and he or she may be found to have misrepresented him or herself whether or not that misrepresentation was intentional.

Examples of misrepresentation may include:

An applicant fails to disclose that they recently applied for a visa to Canada.
This is not material in the refugee context because they have been found to be a refugee and, once accepted for resettlement, the number of applications they may have submitted is irrelevant.

An applicant fails to disclose a criminal record, and it is later discovered that they are inadmissible under the criminality provisions.
This may be grounds for an application for vacation of their status.

An applicant for a visa fails to disclose the existence of dependants, even if the dependants could satisfy the requirements of the Act.
The requirement for the refugee applicant to disclose the existence of dependants is only required if the applicant wishes the dependants to be considered under the One-Year Window of Opportunity. Generally, the principle governing this as an example of misrepresentation in other immigration programs is not applicable in the refugee context. However, if the applicant does not declare a dependant, R119(7)(d) ineligibility still applies.

An applicant fails to disclose that they were previously issued a removal order in Canada, even if they would not require consent to return.
If the applicant for resettlement has been removed from Canada, it is unlikely that they would have a credible “refugee story”. If they do manage to mislead the officer, there would be grounds for an application for vacation of their status once the true facts were revealed.

An applicant includes a nephew in their application and lists this person as a son.
This may be a genuine mistake rather than misrepresentation. The cultural context may find this type of “error” acceptable if the child is in a de facto relationship with the applicant. In the refugee context, de facto relationships are more common and the applicant may be afraid that revealing the true relationship may penalize them in some way.

An applicant misrepresents the age of a dependant who could otherwise not be included in the application.
Again, in the refugee context, this may be an error that stems from a misunderstanding of the process. In addition, documentation may be difficult to obtain. The guiding principle of family reunification would prevail in this situation and the officer would probably be flexible in facilitating the resettlement of the overage dependent. Keep in mind that the overage dependant may also be a refugee in his or her own right.

In case of a possible misrepresentation, CIC gives the applicant an opportunity to respond to their concerns with regards to the misrepresentation on his or her application.

Once an ITA is issued an applicant has 60 days to submit the application or permanent residence. Applicants will require to submit a complete and accurate application along with all supporting documents within these 60 days. An ITA is considered accepted when the applicant submits the application.

Only after all the documents are uploaded, the applicant is given the option to submit the application. An Acknowledgment of Receipt (AOR) will automatically be issued once the application is submitted. Citizenship & Immigration Canada then reviews the application & determines whether or not it is complete & eligible. The application is then processed within four to six months of the application being submitted.

An applicant who declines an Invitation to Apply (ITA) will reenter the Express Entry pool to be considered for the future rounds of invitations. However, they will require to meet the minimum criteria for the federal economic immigration program.

Declining an invitation, will not have a negative effect on the candidate’s profile and future rounds of invitations. However, there would be no guarantee on when the candidate may receive another Invitation to Apply.

1. Language

Did you know that language ability is worth up to 260 CRS points in total for a single candidate? French and English are Canada’s official languages so take a French class and learn both to gain more points.

2. Work

Although Canadian work experience is more valued than non-Canadian work experience, if you have less than three years of full-time experience, keep working!

3. Study

Having a Canadian study experience can significantly increase your score.

4. Education

If you have two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees you may be able to claim extra points under the education section.

5. Spouse

Candidates with a spouse, however, may have additional potential for improving their CRS score because the spouses level of education, language ability, and Canadian work experience may all be rewarded.

6. Provincial Nominee Programs

If you want a 600-point boost to your CRS score, plus the knowledge that you are being welcomed with open arms into your chosen destination province, it’s time to learn about the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

7. Job Offer

While the relative value of a qualifying job offer is not as great as it once was – in most cases, down to 50 CRS points from a previous value of 600 points – obtaining a job offer remains an important factor.

8. Getting Help

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