November 1, 2018
Alberta has announced changes to their eligibility requirements for the AINP as of November 1, 2018. First, the income threshold requirement will no longer be a criteria to be eligible for nomination under this stream for any application filed after June 14, 2018. Candidates will still be evaluated on the ability to support themselves and their families on a long term basis by the IRCC once an application for permanent residence is filed. Second, language requirement for people working in National Occupational Classification (NOC) C and D jobs will continue to be Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 4 and will not be increased. For those working in NOC 0, A and B jobs, the language requirement will change. Applicants can continue to apply with a CLB score of 4 until January 1, 2020; however, after this date, candidates will be required to have a minimum CLB score of 5.
The main goal of the AINP is to bring in qualified workers in job shortage areas where there are no Albertans or Canadians qualified to perform the job.
October 1, 2018
Alberta Opportunity Stream: Proposed Criteria Changes (2019-2021)
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) will be introducing changes to its Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) between October 1, 2018 and January 1, 2021. The selection criteria for language, education and income will be changing over the next three years. Minimum criteria will increase for each of these criterion. This phased in approach has been put in place to allow candidates time to adjust to higher requirements. You may review these changes at http://www.albertacanada.com/opportunity/programs-and-forms/ainp-aos-planned-criteria-changes.aspx