To be eligible to work in Canada temporarily, generally it is a prerequisite for the foreign worker to obtain a work permit. The applicant will require a job offer from a Canadian employer before he is granted with a temporary work permit. The foreign worker may also require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), depending on the origin of nationality in order to enter Canada.
The Strategic Recruitment Stream
The strategic Recruitment Stream comprises of three categories. However, each category has specific requirements. The 3 categories are listed below:
- Compulsory and Optional Trades Category – a person into trade who has either an Alberta Qualification Certificate or a Recognized Trade Certificate may qualify for this category. It is expected that individuals reside in Alberta with a valid work permit when applying and also work in a compulsory or optional trade.
- Engineering Occupations Category – engineers, designers and drafters who have gained experience working in Alberta qualify under the Engineering Occupations Category. Applicants must work in one of the designated occupations.
- Post Graduate Worker Category – Graduates from a recognized post-secondary institution in Alberta, who are currently working in Alberta and are in an eligible occupation on a Post-Graduation Work Permit, may qualify for this program.
Ineligible Candidates with regards to AINP Strategic Recruitment stream is listed below.
- Refugee claimants, or individuals involved in a federal appeal or removal process
- Live-in Caregivers who currently reside in Canada
- Temporary Foreign Workers working and living in another than province that is not Alberta
- International students in Canada who are in co-op work placements or internships as a part of their study program
The Engineering Occupations category of Alberta’s provincial immigration program falls under the Strategic Recruitment Stream. Qualified candidates, can put in an application through Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) Strategic Recruitment Stream without a support from an employer during his or her application.
Engineering Occupations Category Requirement Criteria
There are some criteria that needs to be met under the Engineering Occupations Category and these are as follows :
- You must be currently residing in Alberta
- You must intend to and be able to live permanently in Alberta
- You must provide evidence of related education/training and experience as an engineer, designer or drafter.
- You must be currently working or have worked within the last two years in Alberta either directly or on contract for an Alberta Employer.
- Your occupation in Alberta must be on the AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream Engineering Occupations List.
- If you have engineering credentials and you are working in an occupation under NOC 0211, 2131, 2132, 2133, 2134, 2141, 2143, 2144, or 2145, you must provide a “Letter of No Objection” from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) or show that you are registered with APEGA as a foreign licensee.
- If you are working in an occupation under NOC 2231, 2232, 2241 or 2253 you do not require a “Letter of No Objection” from APEGA.
source : www.alberta.com
Before submitting an application ensure that the Application procedure section (how to apply) criteria is reviewed. If the potential application criteria set by AINP is not met the application will be declined.
If the application is incomplete it will be returned without being processed. If the NOC code is not found in the Engineering Occupations List, but the applicant is an engineer an application for AINP under the Skilled Worker category of the Employer Driven Stream may be submitted. For information about qualification, visit the Skilled Worker criteria. No assurances for nomination or permanent residence are made even if the applicant meets the criteria listed above.
Graduates having post-secondary educational institution recognized in Alberta, and are living in the province on a Post-Graduation Work Permit, may put in application for the program. Applicants who are eligible should ensure:
- plans 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 applicant must be working in an NOC level 0, A, B, or C occupation. If the applicant is working in a a NOC C (semi skilled) level occupation minimum language requirements must be met and submitted as proof. Additionally this category also has a list of ineligible occupations.
The Compulsory and Optional Trades Category of the provincial immigration program of Alberta falls under the Strategic Recruitment Stream. This category is targeted at candidates(supervisors, foremen and trades) with valid trade certificates in a Compulsory or Optional Trade in Alberta that is recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT). This category does not require an employer to support the candidate’s application.
Eligibility Criteria for Compulsory and Optional Trades Category
- must currently be living in Alberta;
- obtain a valid work permit from CIC with regards to the trade in which they are certified in;
- show that his/her occupation is listed as a Compulsory Trade or Optional Trade in Alberta;
- worked or be currently working in a trade for an Employer in Alberta
- have obtained an Alberta Qualification Certificate in a compulsory or optional trade; and
- ensure that he/she has an invitation from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT)
The Employer-Driven Stream
The Employer Driven Stream is designed for Alberta Employers seeking to maintain a foreign worker permanently due to shortage of Albertans or Canadians to fill the position. Foreign workers must also seek to migrate and live in Alberta permanently and require a full time permanent job offer.
Eligible foreign workers with permanent full-time job offer from an employer in Alberta and in a skilled occupation can put in an application for nomination.
Furthermore note that the under the Skilled Worker Category a joint application from the employer and the employee is required.
The requirement oriented towards Employers for the skilled Worker Category is as follows:
- Be registered in Canada and functioning in Alberta;
- Offer a job inline with an occupation classified as skill level NOC 0, A, or B;
- Offer a job to the candidate with the requirement needed for Alberta’s employment and wage standards;
- Offer a job offer to the applicant that does not conflict with existing collective bargaining agreements
- The job offer should be inline with a skilled occupation;
- Obtain a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) inline with the job they are offering to the canadiate
- Prove that efforts have to employ in Canada before employing the applicant, incase the worker is not working in Alberta
- Meet other requirements incase the candidate is an Early Childhood Educator
Minimum Requirements for Applicants In addition, applicants must:
- be willing to live and work in Alberta permanently;
- Have training, work experience, and any necessary licensing in line with the job in Alberta;
- prove validity of his/her work permit if already working in Alberta;
- prove his/her legal status if living abroad;
- If the candidate is an Early Childhood Educator, additional requirements must be met
This category targets Candidates with full-time permanent job offer in a NOC skill-level 0, A, B or C occupation from an Alberta Employer and recently graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution.
To know more about the International Graduate Category criteria please click here.
- It is expected that the international graduate must have graduated from a recognised Canadian educational institution with certificate, diploma or degree(minimum of 1 year);
- Must have a job offer in a skilled occupation(NOC O, A, B or C; some occupations are excluded);
- Have a current and valid post-graduation work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada and be working full-time for the employer ;
- The applicant is expected to have formal education and/or specialised training required for the position;
- If working in a NOC C occupation, the candidate must meet the minimum language requirement
This category is found under the employer driven category under Alberta’s provincial immigration program. For one to qualify for this program, a foreign worker must have be given a permanent job by an employer in Alberta which in itself is a semi-skilled occupation found under the skills levels C & D of National Occupational Classification.
In the case that the the Employer in Alberta is willing to maintain a semi-skilled foreign worker permanently, the employer begins the process. This category requires a joint application from the employer and the employee.
Eligible candidates must have the qualifications required for job offer in one of the following industry sectors:
- Food and Beverage
- Trucking – Transportation
- Food services
Eligibility criteria under Semi-Skilled Worker
- must be working full time for employer in Alberta and in one of the above fields;
- must have graduated with at least a high school level of education;
- must meet minimum language requirements;
- meet up with other criteria’s that are specific to industries.
Self-Employed Farmer Stream
The Self-Employed Farmer Stream allows farm owners/operators with proven management skills and financial resources to build a sustainable growth-oriented primary production farming business in the province of Alberta. In this stream, AINP can nominate farm owners/operators who seek to live, buy and manage a farm business in the province of Alberta.
To qualify for Self-Employed Farmer Stream, the applicant must
- have prior managerial experience with an existing farm enterprise;
- have education/training for the requisite work experience to develop a sustainable farming business in Alberta;
- have a business plan that will be developed for the farming enterprise in Alberta;
- demonstrate with evidence that a Canadian financial institution is willing to finance the proposed farming enterprise;
- have an equity with a minimum of $500,000 CAD to invest in the farming enterprise;
- have a minimum net worth of $500,000 CAD or access of confirmation to these funds from other sources.