Express Entry And Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

Express Entry And Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program 2018.The Alberta province of Canada has established official two new streams as part of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).

These are the Express Entry Stream, and the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS), with each providing new opportunities for migrants skilled workers to get permanent residence.

Be notified that the Alberta opportunity stream (AOS) replaces the Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream, but applications to these two streams lodged before 14th June, 2018 will still be accepted for processing. But the Self-Employed Farmer Stream is still functioning.

Express Entry Under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

With the establishment of this Express Entry Stream, Alberta will now be able to directly nominate and invite applicants from the federal Express Entry pool to file in for a provincial nomination.

They will be looking for candidates who have demonstrated strong connections to Alberta and who show a passion to supporting the initiatives of the province as a whole.

Getting this provincial nomination offers a great advantage to the applicant in the Express Entry pool, as they will acquire 600 extra points under the CRS system and be given special privilege for an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence.

Only when the applicants receives this invitation from AINP can they officially apply for a provincial nomination.

Prospective applicants for this stream must enter or have entered the federal Express Entry pool to eligible and be selected.

Alberta Opportunity Stream through AINP

Aside from Express Entry, the AOS is a route or alternative to permanent residence for migrants working in Alberta. The Alberta government created this stream with the aim of “simplifying processes, reducing wait times, and providing fair passage for candidates across all sectors and industries in Alberta” (

To be qualified for this stream, the federal government need a minimum requirement for language, education/qualifications, and income to make sure the provincial nominees can successfully integrate into the labour force, community, and support their families long-term.

This updated stream will focus on diversifying Alberta’s economy, help employers increase their workforce, and offer greater opportunities for candidates with strong connections to the province. However, AINP will have to first prove that the jobs cannot be filled by Albertans.