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Alberta Express Entry Stream (AAIP)

Selection, notification and eligibility requirements differ if you are a general Express Entry candidate or a candidate under the Accelerated Tech Pathway. Read the process and requirements below.’

Selection, notification and eligibility requirements differ if you are a general Express Entry candidate or a candidate under the Accelerated Tech Pathway. Read the process and requirements below.

You may receive a Notification of Interest letter if:

  • you have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool
  • your primary occupation in your federal Express Entry profile is an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification
  • you have stated an interest in immigrating permanently to Alberta
  • you have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300

Factors that increase your chances

Meeting one or more of the following adaptability factors may also increase your likelihood of receiving a Notification of Interest letter:

  • you have an Alberta job offer
  • you are a graduate of a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • you have a parent, child, brother or sister who is a permanent resident living in Alberta, or a Canadian citizen living in Alberta
  • French is your first language

Factors that decrease your chances

If you meet one or more of the following factors, this may decrease your likelihood of receiving a Notification of Interest letter:

Selection draws

Information on Alberta Express Entry Stream selection draws from the federal Express Entry pool and Notification of Interest letters issued is available on AAIP – Processing times and inventory.

Assessment criteria

The AAIP will advise you by email if you are invited to submit an application. Information on how to submit an application is in the How to apply section.

If you are invited to submit an application, you must also meet assessment criteria. You must review the assessment criteria before applying.

To be considered for nomination you must meet the following criteria at the time your application is submitted in the AAIP portal, and at the time your application is assessed.

You must:

  • have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool
    • the primary occupation in your federal Express Entry profile must be an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification
  • meet the criteria of at least one of the federal immigration program
    • intend to and be able to live and work in Alberta
    • have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300

    You cannot apply for or be nominated under the Alberta Express Entry Stream if you:

    • are a refugee claimant or individual involved in a federal appeal or removal process. The AAIP does not intervene in the federal refugee claim, appeal or removal process.
    • have an active nomination under any AAIP stream. An active nomination is a nomination that has not expired and/or that is eligible for extension. Candidates are only eligible for one AAIP nomination certificate.
    • have a letter from a previous AAIP application stating you are currently not eligible to re-apply to the AAIP due to past misrepresentation.

    It is recommended you keep your Express Entry profile up to date so that you remain eligible for consideration under the Alberta Express Entry Stream in the future.

    If you have one or more of the following adaptability factors, this may increase your likelihood of being assessed or nominated:

    • you have an Alberta job offer and/or work experience
    • you are a graduate of a Canadian post-secondary institution
    • you have a parent, child, brother and/or sister who is a permanent resident living in Alberta, or a Canadian citizen living in Alberta
    • French is your first language

    If you claimed any of the adaptability factors in your Express Entry profile at the time you received your Notification of Interest letter, you may be assessed against them.

    Alberta job offers must be from an Alberta employer:

    • that is incorporated or registered by or under an act of the legislature of a province, territory or the Parliament of Canada and that is operating an established production capacity, plant or a place of business in Alberta, and
    • for which you do not hold more than 10% of the overall voting shares for the business
      • Note: fee for service contracts with an Alberta heath-care provider for a health care occupation are not subject to ownership limits.

    The job offer must be bone fide, signed by your Alberta employer and must offer:

    • continuous, paid work
    • full-time work, defined as a minimum of 30 hours per week
    • employment for 12 months or more
    • wages and benefits that meet or exceed provincial minimum wage
    • work in a location in Alberta
      • If you are or will be working at a home-base business in Alberta your employer must be authorized to operate that business location from a personal residence.

    Accelerated Tech Pathway candidates

    Selection and notification process

    The Accelerated Tech Pathway has specific minimum eligibility and assessment criteria which are provided below. Review the criteria to determine if you may qualify.

The AAIP will review the information in the form and determine if you meet the minimum eligibility criteria. If you meet minimum criteria, the AAIP will then send an email inviting you to submit an application.

You may be invited to submit an application if:

  • you have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300
  • you are working full-time in Alberta or have a job offer for full-time employment based in Alberta (full-time is a minimum 30 hours per week):

    Assessment criteria

    If you are invited to submit an application, you must meet assessment criteria to qualify to apply. You must review the assessment criteria before applying.

    You cannot apply for or be nominated under the Accelerated Tech Pathway if you:

    • are a refugee claimant or individual involved in a federal appeal or removal process. The AAIP does not intervene in the federal refugee claim, appeal or removal process.
    • have an active nomination under any AAIP stream. An active nomination is a nomination that has not expired and/or that is eligible for extension. Candidates are only eligible for one AAIP nomination certificate.
    • have a letter from a previous AAIP application stating you are currently not eligible to re-apply to the AAIP due to past misrepresentation.

    To be considered for nomination, you must meet the following criteria at the time your application is submitted in the AAIP portal, and at the time your application is assessed.

    You must:

    • have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300
      • be working full-time in Alberta under an employment contract or have a bona fide job offer for full-time employment in Alberta
        • in the same occupation as the primary occupation in your Express Entry profile
        • in an occupation on the list of eligible Accelerated Tech Pathway occupations (PDF, 165 KB) and
        • for an Alberta employer:
          • that is part of the Alberta tech industry as defined by the AAIP list of eligible North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes (PDF, 190 KB)
          • that is incorporated or registered by or under an act of the legislature of the province, territory, or the Parliament of Canada and operating as a business that has an established production capacity, plant or a place of business in Alberta, and
          • for which you do not hold more than 10% of the overall voting shares for the business
      • have a current Alberta employment contract or job offer signed by you and your Alberta employer that provides:
        • continuous paid work under an employer-employee relationship
        • full-time work, defined as a minimum of 30 hours per week
        • employment for 12 months or more
        • for work in a location in Alberta
          • if you will be working or are currently working at a home-base business in Alberta your employer must be authorized to operate that business location from a personal residence
        • a base monetary wage or salary that:
          • meets provincial minimum wage, and
          • meets or exceeds the requirements set out in your Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), or if you are LMIA exempt or do not have an LMIA, meets or exceeds the lowest starting wage for your occupation across all industries in Alberta
          • Note, non-wage compensation, including but not limited to compensation from company ownership, is not considered as part of the applicant’s base monetary or salary.
      • have valid immigration status (work permit or implied status), if you are working in Alberta for your Alberta employer at the time of AAIP application
      • intend to and be able to live and work in Alberta

      The following individuals are not eligible to apply for or be nominated under the Accelerated Tech Pathway, even if they are working for an eligible Alberta employer in an eligible tech occupation or have a job offer to work 30 hours a week or more in a 12-month or greater period:

      • part-time, casual or seasonal employees, regardless of their working hours
      • independent contractors or temporary agency workers
      • employees who do not work in Alberta, such as those who work online from a location outside Alberta or who work at a premises outside of Alberta