Category: Immigration

Claiming Asylum in Canada

Canada respects its international obligations toward those who genuinely need help and protection. However, seeking asylum is not a shortcut to get around normal immigration rules and procedures. There must be legitimate reasons why you require asylum or it won’t be granted.

If you claim Asylum, you will face a rigorous process to determine whether or not you have a legitimate claim according to Canadian and international laws. This is to help make sure that all laws are followed to protect the safety, security and health of Canadians.

Every person seeking to enter Canada must appear for an examination at a port of entry to determine whether that person has a right to enter Canada, or may become authorized to enter and remain in Canada. If you would like to make an asylum claim in Canada, you can do so at a port of entry or at an inland Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) or Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) office.

CBSA or IRCC officials will determine if you are eligible to make a claim. Factors determining your eligibility to make a refugee claim include whether you have committed a serious crime, made a previous claim in Canada, or received protection in another country.

Irregular crossings into Canada

Some individuals enter Canada irregularly between designated ports of entry. This can be dangerous and is a violation of the law. For legal and personal safety reasons, you are encouraged to seek entry into Canada only at designated ports of entry.

People who are intercepted by the RCMP or local law enforcement after crossing the border irregularly are brought to the nearest CBSA or IRCC office, where an officer will conduct an immigration examination, including considering whether detention is warranted. At this point, individuals undergo health checks to address any immediate health needs, as well as security screenings to ensure that they do not pose a security threat to Canada and to determine whether they are eligible to make a refugee claim. These screenings include biographic and biometric checks (for example, fingerprinting). If required, a refugee claim will be started.

If the claim is determined to be eligible, it will be referred to the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) for a hearing. In most cases, the foreign national will be released on terms and conditions while they await their hearing.

Receiving a decision on a refugee claim

Positive decision

Upon receiving a positive decision on their refugee claim, claimants receive protected person status with the full spectrum of federally funded settlement services becoming available to them. A positive Pre-Removal Risk Assessment decision also results in protected person status for the individual in most cases. This means that individuals can stay in Canada and apply to become a permanent resident in most cases.

Once you receive a positive decision,  your team can assist you with your application for permanent residency. Contact us to get your application started.

Negative decision

If a claim is rejected by the Refugee Protection Division, individuals may be able to appeal the decision to the Refugee Appeal Division of the IRB. If individuals have no right to appeal to the Refugee Appeal Division, they can ask the Federal Court to review the decision.

Once all avenues of appeal have been exhausted, the conditional removal order that was issued at the time the refugee claim was initially made becomes enforceable in order to allow for the removal of the individuals.

To learn more about claiming asylum and how it fits with your situation specifically, please contact us at info@activeprofessionals.com.

Start-up Visa

Let Innovation Be Your Ticket

Canada’s Start-up Visa Program is designed to attract immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that are innovative, can create jobs for Canadians and can compete on a global scale.

To be eligible for the Start-up Visa Program, you must have a qualifying business, get a letter of support from a designated organization, meet the language requirements and bring enough money to settle.

Your business idea or venture must get the support of one or more of the designated organizations listed below to apply for the Start-up Visa Program:

  • Venture capital funds
  • Angel investor groups
  • Business incubators

Designated organizations are business groups that are approved to invest in or support possible start-ups through the Start-up Visa Program. These organizations choose which business proposals to review and each organization has its own intake process for proposals and criteria used to assess them. If an organization decides to review your business idea, it’ll assess the potential of your proposal and whether or not it’ll succeed.

If you reach an agreement with a designated organization, it’ll give you a Letter of Support.

The Government of Canada does not give financial support to new start-up visa immigrants, so you will need to bring enough money to settle. When you apply, you’ll need to give proof that you have the money to support yourself and your dependants after you arrive in Canada. You can’t borrow this money from another person. The amount of money you need depends on how many family members will be coming with you.

The Start-up Visa Program is a pathway to permanent residency. If your business fails, it doesn’t affect your permanent resident status. The Canadian Government recognizes that not every business will succeed and this program is designed so that the risk is shared between the public and private sector.

If you believe this program may be right for you, contact one of our RCICs to get your application started.

reuniting families

Reuniting Families Across Canada

The Family Class Sponsorship Program aids in reuniting families by enabling adult permanent residents or citizens to sponsor a relative for immigration to Canada. The Canadian government offers a number of ways to allow Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their loved ones from abroad to Canada under its Family Class Sponsorship.

The available sponsorship programs include:

  • Spouse or common-law sponsorship
  • Dependent children sponsorship
  • Parent or Grandparent sponsorship
  • Relative sponsorship

Your relatives can live, study and work in Canada if they become permanent residents of Canada. You can sponsor certain relatives to come to Canada if you’re at least 18 years old and a:

  • Canadian citizen or
  • person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act or
  • permanent resident of Canada

By undertaking to support sponsored members of the family class, the sponsor promises that, for a specified duration, they will provide for the basic needs of their family members so they do not have to rely on social assistance.

Sponsorship applications involving spouses, common-law or conjugal partners, and dependent children are given priority.

Sponsorship applications involving adopted children, children to be adopted and orphans are also given priority, as they often involve minors without parental care. See more Adoptions (PDF, 474 KB).

There are no processing priorities for other members of the family class.

Contact us to learn more about the requirements of each sponsorship program and begin your application process.

Alberta Opportunity Stream

What’s New to the Alberta Opportunity Stream?

The Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is a pathway to permanent residence in Canada for migrants working in Alberta and international graduates who have completed their studies at an approved Alberta post-secondary institution.

Changes in the Last Year

Effective November 1, 2018:

  • The income threshold requirement was removed. This means if you applied to AOS prior to November 1, 2018, the income threshold criteria will not be applied to your application.
  • Changes have been made to the planned increases to language requirements.

Effective November 30, 2018, the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials will apply to Alberta international students enrolled on or after April 1, 2019

Effective April 1, 2019

  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or Niveaux de competence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 4
  • Minimum High School in Country of Origin
  • Change in eligible Alberta post-secondary certificates/diplomas. If admitted and enrolled in Alberta program on or after April 1, 2019, must have a post-graduate-certificate or diploma on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials. No change to other eligible credentials (degrees and graduate-level certificates/diplomas)

Eligible post-graduate certificate holders must show occupation/work experience is related to their prior post-secondary field of study outside Canada.

Anticipated Changes

There are planned increased to the selection criteria for language and education between 2018 and 2021. Here is a list of what is expected to change and when it is expected to change:

  • If you are admitted and enrolled in your Alberta credential program on or after April 1, 2019, your credential must be on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials.

As of January 1, 2020

  • If you are working in a NOC 0, A or B occupation, you must meet a minimum of CLB 5 for each English or French language skill at the time of application.
  • If you are working in a NOC C or D occupation, there are no planned changes to language requirements. The minimum of CLB 4 for each English or French language skill at the time of application will continue to apply.
  • CLB/NCLC 5 for candidates working in NOC 0, A or B occupation. No change for NOC C or D occupations.
  • Minimum High School in Country of Origin.
  • Change in eligible Alberta post-secondary certificates/diplomas. If admitted and enrolled in Alberta program on or after April 1, 2019, must have a post-graduate-certificate or diploma on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials. No change to other eligible credentials (degrees and graduate-level certificates/diplomas).
  • Eligible post-graduate certificate holders must show occupation/work experience is related to their prior post-secondary field of study outside Canada.

Starting January 1, 2021, all candidates except Post-Graduation Work Permit holders must have completed a minimum of high school equivalent to Alberta standards.

To discuss if the Alberta Opportunity Stream is the right program for you, set-up an initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable RCICs by emailing info@activeprofessionals.com.

Atlantic Pilot Program - Immigration

Everything You Need to Know About the Atlantic Pilot Program

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) was developed for employers in the Atlantic provinces – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island – to hire foreign skilled workers and recent international graduates who want to live and work in the Maritimes.

This program is designed for the sole use of Employers who are designated under the program to be able to recruit and hire workers with the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the local economy.

There are three programs in the pilot that employers can hire you through. Although you may qualify for more than one program, you can only apply through one.

The three programs are:

  1. Atlantic International Graduate Program
  2. Atlantic High-Skilled Program
  3. Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

All three programs require you to show proof that you meet the language, education and work experience requirements and that you have enough money to support you and your family when you come to Canada.

Atlantic International Graduate Program

If you’ve lived and studied in one of the Atlantic provinces, you may be eligible to apply under the Atlantic International Graduate Program.

Are You Eligible?

To qualify, you must have lived in an Atlantic province for at least 16 months in the two years before getting your degree, diploma or credential, meet the education requirements, take a language test to show you can communicate in English or French and show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family in Canada.

Education Requirements

The education requirement state you must have at least a 2-year degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship credential from a recognized publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province. And have been a full-time student for the entire duration of your studies. You also need to have graduated from this institution in the 24 months before your permanent resident application is received and had the visa or permit you needed to work, study or train in Canada.

Atlantic High-Skilled Program

This program is aimed at skilled workers with management, professional or technical/skilled job experience. If you have a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada for a full-time position of at least 30 hours per week, you may qualify for this program.

Program Eligibility Requirements

Work

You must have worked for at least one year within the last three years. It can be full-time, non-continuous, or part-time, as long as it adds up to 1,560 hours. The work must be in one occupation (but can be with different employers), paid, and at skill type/level 0, A, or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Your experience can be gained inside or outside of Canada.

Education

You must have one of the following:

  • a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree
  • a foreign degree, diploma or certificate, equal to a Canadian credential. You’ll need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a recognized organization to show your credential is valid and equal to a Canadian credential.

Language

You must take one of the language tests approved. The test shows you can communicate in English or French well enough to live and work in Canada.

Proof of Funds

You need to have enough money to support yourself and your family when you get to Canada. If you’re already living and working in Canada with a valid work permit, you don’t need to show proof of funds.

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

This program is aimed at candidates for jobs requiring a high school education and/or job-specific training. You will need to have a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada for a full-time position of at least 30 hours per week to qualify for this program.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

  1. You must have a job full-time offer that is from an AIP-designated employer in an Atlantic province that is a skill type/level 0, A, B or C and is permanent. The offer must be made using the correct federal government form.
  2. You must have worked for at least one year within the last three years. It can be full-time, non-continuous, or part-time, as long as it adds up to 1,560 hours.
  3. You must have a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, or a foreign degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship education credential. You will need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to make sure your foreign degree is valid and equal to a Canadian credential.
  4. You must core at least a level 4 in the Canadian Language Benchmark exam in English or the Niveaux de Compétence Linguistique Canadiens in French.

Other Ways to Immigrate to Atlantic Canada

  • Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program
  • Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program
  • Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program

Not sure if this is the program for you? Complete our Consultation Questionnaire so we can help you determine the best fit for your situation.

Provincial Nomination Programs

What Could Provincial Nomination Mean for You?

Provincial nomination offers a valuable route to Canadian permanent residence. Each of Canada’s provinces and territories, with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut, operates its own immigration program, called a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). As the provinces have different populations and economies, their immigration programs are unique and built to fit their economic and demographic needs.

Each PNP has at least one stream for nomination, with many provinces and territories offering multiple streams. These streams are designed by the provinces to help meet their unique immigration goals, so the eligibility criteria and application procedures vary.

Applicants for PNPs are workers who have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory, want to live in that province, and want to become permanent residents of Canada. Each stream will target different qualifications and may look to students, business people, or skilled workers.

How you will apply depends on which Provincial Nominee Program stream you’re applying to. You might need to apply using the paper-based process, or by the online process through Express Entry. As part of the process, you will have to pass a medical exam and get a police check (certificate). Everyone must have these checks, no matter where they plan to live in Canada. With more than 80 provincial immigration streams, discovering the Canadian immigration pathway that best suits you may be challenging. The team at Active Immigration Professionals can help. Contact us today to determine which stream is best suited to your individual circumstance and take the next step in your Canadian Journey.

International Student

What Do I Need to Bring to Canada as an International Student?

Being and international student in a new country, such a Canada, can be challenging and really exciting at the same time. There are a number of things you should be prepared for before you make your big move. Here are some tips for you on what to prepare before you travel.

Make sure you have all your essential documents in place such as:

  • A valid passport.
  • A valid Canadian Temporary Resident Visa (if applicable).
  • A letter of introduction issued by the Canadian Visa Office that approved your Study Permit application. Submit this letter to a Canadian Immigration Officer when you arrive at the border to obtain your actual Study Permit.
  • The original Letter of Acceptance from your Canadian University.
  • Proof of funds available for your stay in Canada (money transfer, letter of credit, scholarship letter, or other proof).
  • Marriage Certificate and/or proof of common-law status (if applicable).
  • Any other documents recommended by the Canadian Visa Office where you applied for your Study Permit.

Make sure that you carry all these documents with you. Don’t put these important documents in your checked luggage, and be prepared to show them to any Canadian immigration officer at the border.

Other Documents you will likely want to bring include:

  • A list of any items that you are sending separately or which you do not clear through customs when you arrive. Have the list stamped by immigration, if possible.
  • Medical and immunization (vaccination) records, translated if possible.
  • Medical insurance policy (if applicable).
  • Driver’s license or International Driver’s license, and driving insurance records if you plan to drive in Canada.
  • A list of important phone numbers.

Personal items to bring with you:

  • Medications you may need for the first few months.
  • Medical prescriptions.
  • Credit card.
  • Relevant documents from your previous school (e.g. transcripts, awards, or any other certificates).
  • A mobile phone that can be used in Canada. It reduces the cost of your phone plan if you bring your own device.
  • Clothing for the different seasons (when you reach Canada you can buy more appropriate clothes for winter).
  • Anything memorable such as family pictures, native food, etc. to help you feel more comfortable as you settle in.

By coming prepared you can enjoy this new and exciting experience without worry.

Welcome to Canada! We hope you enjoy your new home.

Skilled Worker Welding

What You Need to Know About the Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is a part of the Express Entry process. This program is an immigration option for people who are selected to come to Canada because of their work experience and skills.

Skilled workers are chosen as permanent residents based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, and other factors. These things often help them succeed in Canada.

This program has minimum requirements for skilled work experience, language ability, and education. You must meet all the minimum requirements to be eligible.

Work Experience Requirements

To immigrate to Canada under the Skilled Worker program, your work experience must be either Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or Skill Level B on the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Your work experience must be paid, full-time (30 hours per week) or the equivalent hours part-time. You must have had that work experience during the last 10 years.

These limits do not apply if you have a permanent job offer.

Proof of Funds

You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada unless you are currently able to legally work in Canada or have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada.

How much money you’ll need to support your family depends on the size of your family. To calculate the size of your family you must include

  • yourself
  • your spouse or partner
  • your dependent children
  • your spouse’s dependent children

If you believe you are interested in the Federal Skilled Worker program, contact us today!

Settle in Canada

10 Tips to Help You Get Settled in Canada

There is an excitement and nervousness that you feel when you first arrive in your new Country. You have arrived in Canada, and now you have so many questions. Where do you begin when it comes to getting settled?

Here are 10 tips which can get you headed in the right direction:

  1. Find your first home in Canada. Whether you decide to rent or purchase, having your first home will be a major accomplishment in your Canadian journey. Check out these top considerations when looking for a place to call your own.
  2. Shop for appropriate clothing. If you came from a tropical country, you will need proper winter clothing that will stand-up in colder temperatures. Items such as a winter jacket, winter pants, and winter boots – pick ones that are water proof and have good grip. You will also need gloves, scarves, warm socks and toques. Keep yourself warm and dry during the winter months.
  3. Open a Canadian bank account. Anyone can open a bank account in Canada if they meet the identification requirements set out in the Bank Act. A bank account lets you write cheques, use automated banking machines (ABMs), get paid through direct deposit, and use a debit or credit card for purchases. You can open an account even if you don’t have a job yet or money to deposit, or if you’ve been bankrupt.
  4.  Apply for your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and Healthcare Card. This very important, and you should do it in your first week if possible. Learn how to apply for your SIN card and healthcare card.
  5. Find a Family Physician. Family doctors treat a wide range of conditions, and are often your primary care providers. In the long term, that means you will want to build a lasting relationship with a family physician. Developing such a relationship allows them to know your medical history inside and out, helping them make accurate diagnoses, watch for red flags regarding medications and monitor changes in your health through the years.
  6. Find a specialist or consultant for Newcomer’s to Canada. Building a relationship with an immigration specialist will provide you with a resource who can provide information and direction throughout your Canadian journey. They will give you advice, provide information and resources, as well as suggest next steps.
  7. Strengthen your English with free courses. If you’re a permanent resident or a protected person, you can take language classes at no cost to you. English is a confusing language with lots of words and phrases that are more common in speech than writing, and are typically restricted to a particular context. Practice will strengthen your English abilities and help you get better at identifying appropriate context. Learn more about these classes.
  8. Get educational equivalency. Being new to Canada it’s really hard to get your dream job right away. Submiting your Educational transcript for equivalency may be a stepping stone to get you there faster. After you receive your equivalency, take it to any college or university and show your IQAS result. The educational institute will decide what additional courses you need based on this information. The advantage of sending your educational documents to IQAS is you may not have to upgrade any additional English or Math, allowing you to start taking other courses right away.
  9. Make new friends or contacts. Join local sports groups, find a volunteer job, reach out to your new neighbours, or attends short courses. Meeting new people will help you get settled in your new life and can prove beneficial in a variety of areas from personal to professional.
  10. Find a job. Looking for a job in Canada is like a diving into a “deep blue sea”. Remember you are in a new country and accepting any job will help you overcome challenges that may come up during your settlement period. Stay motivated to reach your goals and you will be successful.

These stepping stones can give a starting point for settled in Canada and help you along the path to living your Canadian dream.

Get to Know the Alberta Opportunity Stream

The Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is a pathway to permanent residence in Canada for migrants working in Alberta and international graduates who have completed their studies at an approved Alberta post-secondary institution.

If you’re interested in the AOS, there are a number of eligibility requirements you must meet in the following categories’

  • Residency status and work permit
  • Occupation
  • Language
  • Education
  • Work experience

Each category has specific requirements that applicants must be met at the time your application is postmarked and at the time the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) assesses your application. Here are some of the details you should know before applying.

Residency Status and Work Permit Requirements

You must have a valid work permit for an eligible occupation to apply for AOS. Valid work permits are based on one of the following:

  • a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
  • an LMIA exemption for workers based on one of the following exemptions as determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC):
    • international trade agreements
    • workers transferred within a company
    • International Experience Canada
    • Mobilité Francophone
    • Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holder

Post-Graduation Work Permit holders must also meet additional education and occupation requirements:

  • Your current occupation must be related to your field of study in Alberta.
  • If you are admitted and enrolled in your Alberta credential program before April 1, 2019, your credential must be issued by an Alberta Advanced Education approved Alberta public and private post-secondary institution and must be one of the following Alberta Advanced Education approved credentials:
    • certificate or post-graduate certificate (minimum one year in length)
    • diploma program (minimum 2 years in length)
    • undergraduate bachelor’s degree
    • graduate-level degree
    • graduate-level certificate
    • graduate-level diploma

Ineligible applicants

The following people cannot apply for the Alberta Opportunity Stream:

  • Refugee claimants or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process.
  • Temporary residents living or working in a province or territory of Canada other than Alberta.
  • Migrants living or working in Canada who do not have valid temporary resident status.

Occupation requirements

To be considered for AOS, you must:

  • work in an eligible occupation in Alberta
  • work in an occupation that matches your previous work experience

If you are unsure whether your occupation is on this list contact our team of experienced RCICs for an initial consultation at info@activeprofessionals.com.

Language requirements

It is important that you are able to demonstrate you meet the following language test score in English or French:

  • Canadian Benchmark (CLB) test score required a minimum of 4 for each English language skill, or
  • Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) test score required a minimum of 4 for each French language skill

If you apply to the AINP under NOC code 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates), the AINP requires a minimum language test score of:

  • CLB of 7 for each English language skill, or
  • NCLC of 7 for each French language skill

You must provide your official test results with your AINP application for one of the following language tests:

  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General Test
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Training Test
  • Test d’évaluation de français (TEF)
  • Test de connaissance du français (TCF)

Official test results will need to be less than two years old when you submit your application. The AINP will not accept confirmation of registration to take a language test in place of a test result.

Check the federal guideline on CLB/NCLC equivalency for each of the tests.

Education requirements

Eligible applicants

At the time your application is postmarked you must have completed a minimum of high school education in your country of origin.

Post-Graduation Work Permit holders

Post-Graduation Work Permit holders must meet additional education and occupation requirements:

  • Your current occupation must be related to your field of study in Alberta.

If you are admitted and enrolled in your Alberta credential program before April 1, 2019, your credential must be issued by an Alberta Advanced Education approved Alberta public and private post-secondary institution and must be one of the following Alberta Advanced Education approved credentials:

  • certificate or post-graduate certificate (minimum one year in length)
  • diploma program (minimum 2 years in length)
  • undergraduate bachelor’s degree
  • graduate-level degree
  • graduate-level certificate
  • graduate-level diploma

If you are admitted and enrolled in your Alberta credential program on or after April 1, 2019, your credential must be on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials.

Work experience requirements

Your “current occupation” is the occupation you are working in at the time your application is postmarked to the AINP.

Your current occupation must also match your work experience at the time your application is postmarked and at the time the AINP assesses your application.

Qualifying work experience

At the time your application is postmarked you must have either:

  • a minimum of 12 months full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months; or
  • a minimum of 24 months of full-time work experience in your current occupation in Canada and/or abroad within the last 30 months
  • This work experience can be a combination of experience gained in Alberta, in Canada (outside Alberta) and/or abroad.
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit holders require a minimum of 6 months of full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months.

This occupation must be related to your field of study in Alberta of your Alberta Advanced Education approved credential at an Advanced Education approved Alberta public and private post-secondary institution.

If you are admitted and enrolled in your Alberta credential program on or after April 1, 2019, and you completed an Advanced Education-approved one-year post-graduate certificate, your occupation must also be related to your previous undergraduate or graduate field of study outside Canada.

Work experience in the qualifying period:

  • must have been full-time, for a minimum of 30 hours a week
  • must be for the same occupation as your current occupation
  • must have been authorized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and with valid temporary resident status if completed in Alberta or Canada
  • cannot have been gained while studying in Canada and doing co-op work placements or internships as part of a study program*

*There is an exception to this rule if you are a Post-Graduation Work Permit holder. Work experience completed during paid co-op work terms that were part of a program of study at an Alberta post-secondary institution can be used to meet the work experience criteria with the following conditions:

  • the paid co-op work term was full-time (minimum 30 hours per week)
  • the work experience is directly related to your current occupation
  • the work experience was all gained in Alberta

You must have the required licensing, registration or certification to work in your current occupation in Alberta at the time your application is postmarked and at the time the AINP assesses your application for nomination

If you are working in a compulsory trade in Alberta you must have a valid Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Trade (AIT) recognized trade certificate.

Eligible job offers

At the time your application is postmarked and at the time the AINP assesses your application for nomination, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer or employment contract from an Alberta employer to work in your current occupation in Alberta.

Your Alberta employer must be incorporated or registered by or under an act of the legislature of a province, territory, or the Parliament of Canada and operating as a business that has an established production capability, plant or place of business in Alberta.

Your job offer or employment contract must be signed by you and your Alberta employer and must offer:

  • continuous paid work
  • full-time work, defined as a minimum of 30 hours/week
  • employment for 12 months or more
  • work in your current occupation
  • wages and benefits that meet provincial minimum wage and:
  • meet or exceed the requirements set out in your LMIA, or
  • if you are LMIA exempt, meet or exceed minimum the starting wage for your occupation across all industries in Alberta as set out on the Alis website
  • work for an eligible AINP occupation for which you have a work permit that meets AINP work permit requirements

You must meet the terms agreed to in your job offer or employment contract at the time of application and assessment.

Ineligible applicants

The following individuals are not eligible, even if they have a job offer to work 30 hours a week or more in a 12-month period:

  • part-time or casual employees, regardless of their working hours
  • independent contractors, business owners or temporary agency workers, including individuals listed as Directors, Shareholders or Agents of the Alberta employer on the Corporate Registry System (CORES)
  • employees who work in Alberta in a place of employment that is not zoned for commercial or industrial operations, such as a home-based business
  • employees who do not work on premises in Alberta, such as those who work in a “virtual” location or serve the employer by telecommuting from a location outside Alberta