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    Alberta PNP High Demand Occupation List

    Who is Eligible to Apply Alberta PNP:

    At the time your application is postmarked and at the time the AINP assesses your application, you must:

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

    Most occupations under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, C and D are eligible under the AINP.

    Alberta plans to nominate over five thousand skilled workers and professionals through its PNP, i.e. Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), in the year 2019. The province doesn’t have any dedicated AINP in demand Occupation list 2020, however, it will focus on some priority occupations this year.

    Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

    After the latest changes in AINP on June 14, 2018, three immigration streams come under AINP including,

    • Alberta Opportunity Stream
    • Alberta Express Entry Stream
    • Alberta Self-employed Farmer stream

    Alberta Opportunity Stream:

    After the modification on June 14, 2018, AINP’s Strategic Recruitment Stream and Employer-driven stream got replaced by the Alberta Opportunity Stream. It is open for those eligible internationals who are currently working in Alberta in an occupation listed in high demand in the province.

    Alberta Express Entry Stream:

    It is an Express-entry linked immigration stream of the AINP which manages applications from the Express entry pool. Eligible Express entry candidates who obtain a nomination from the province receive an additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) 600 points towards their Express entry score card guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian PR

    Self-employed Farmer Stream:

    As per the name implies, this stream allows the entry of only those foreign nationals who have experience in farming practices as well as possess sufficient personal funds to purchase or manage a farm in the province.

    Eligibility requirements for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP):

    Alberta Opportunity Stream:

    • An applicant must have temporary residency status in Canada which provides the authority to work in Canada
    • He/she must have a legal or valid work permit
    • He/she must score a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 in the language proficiency test

    However, on January 01, 2020, minimum CLB level of 5 in each language skill including speaking, writing, listening and reading will be mandatory for NOC 0, A or B.

    • A minimum level of education required at the time of applying is a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent
    • He/she must have at least full-time work experience of 12 months in the ‘current occupation’ in the province within the last 18 months; or,
    • He/she must have at least full-time work experience of 24 months in the ‘current occupation’ in and/or outside Canada within the last 30 months

    Alberta Express Entry Stream:

    • An applicant must have a profile in Express Entry pool
    • He/she must be ready to settle permanently in Alberta
    • He/she must be working in an occupation which is in demand by Alberta’s employer
    • He/she must score at least a CRS score of 300

    The following requirements are not mandatory; however, they can increase the chances of selection for the nomination of the profile

    • A valid job offer from Alberta employer
    • Graduate degree from a reputed Alberta’s post-secondary institution with a valid Alberta job offer
    • Connection in Alberta such as parent, child, brother and/or sister who is living in Alberta as a permanent resident or citizen

    Self-employed Farmer Stream:

    • An applicant must have farm management skills with proof of education and work experience in farming
    • He/she must have at least amount of $ 500,000 (in Canadian Dollars) to invest in primary farming in the province
    • He/she must be a holder of a minimum net worth of $ 500,000 (in Canadian dollars)

    Documents required for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP):

    At the time of applying for any stream of Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP, a candidate and his/her employer need to be equipped with the following list of documents

    • All Alberta Employers and their respective candidate have to submit the Employer-Driven Application for a Skilled Occupation (AINP 005) form
    • Applicants have to submit Employer-Driven Application form (AINP 003) for nomination
    • CIC forms
    • Valid CIC Work permit
    • Copy of valid passport and other travel itineraries
    • Copy of Educational certificates such as degree, diploma, and certificates
    • Official letters mentioning all work-related details
    • Scorecard of Language proficiency test
    • Proof of civil status like birth certificate
    • Education Credential Assessment (ECA) report, if education is acquired outside Canada

    High Demand Occupations In Alberta

    NOC CodeNOC Skill levelOccupation
    04220School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
    04230Managers in social, community and correctional services
    04320Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
    06510Escort agency managers, massage parlor managers
    4031ASecondary school teachers
    4032AElementary school and kindergarten teachers
    4154AProfessional occupations in religion
    5121AAuthors and writers
    5133AMusicians and singers
    5135AActors and comedians
    5136APainters, sculptors and other visual artists
    1227BCourt officers and justices of the peace
    3223BDental laboratory assistants/bench workers
    4214BEarly childhood educators who do not have certification through Alberta Children’s Services – Child Care Staff Certification Office or who have been certified as child development assistant (formerly Level 1)
    4216BOther instructors
    4217BOther religious occupations
    5232BOther performers, not elsewhere classified
    5244BArtisans and craftsperson
    6232BReal estate agents and salespersons
    4411CHome child care providers
    4412CHome support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
    4413CElementary and secondary school teacher assistants
    6533CCasino occupations
    6564COther personal service occupations
    7513CTaxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
    8442CTrappers and hunters
    6623DOther sales related occupations
    6722DOperators and attendants in amusement, recreation, and sport
    6742DOther service support occupations, not elsewhere classified
    8611DHarvesting laborers
    8612DLandscaping and grounds maintenance laborers
    8613DAquaculture and marine harvest laborers
    8614DMine laborers

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    Alberta Express Entry Stream

    Express Entry candidates who receive a Notification of Interest letter from Alberta can apply to the Alberta Express Entry Stream to live and work in Canada permanently. Alberta nominates a limited number of qualified candidates from the Express Entry pool. The candidate who typically receives a letter of interest from the province is the one who can show strong ties to Alberta, such as relevant work experience or a full-time job offer from an employer in the province.

    AOS Ineligible Occupations and a few more positions listed below are NOT eligible under the Alberta Express Entry Stream:

    Ineligible Occupations in Alberta
    NOC CodeIneligible Positions
    0121Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
    0124Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
    0211Engineering managers
    0212Architecture and science managers
    0213Computer and information systems managers
    0601Corporate sales managers
    NOC CodeIneligible Positions
    1212Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
    1225Purchasing agents and officers
    NOC CodeIneligible Positions
    2113Geoscientists and oceanographers
    2131Civil engineers
    2133Electrical and electronic engineers
    2234Construction estimators
    2252Industrial designers
    NOC CodeIneligible Positions
    7201Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
    7203Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
    7241Electricians (except industrial and power system)
    7242Industrial electricians
    7322Motor vehicle body repairers
    7371Crane operators (except all terrain crane operators)

    High Demand Occupations in Alberta, Canada

    While most occupations are eligible under the AINP (see ineligible occupations above), there are some occupations that are in higher demand in the province, and workers with skills and qualifications in these occupations will stand a greater chance of living and working in Canada.

    High demand occupations in Alberta are the following:

    Eligible In-demand Occupations List
    Managerial occupations
    NOC CodeEligible Positions
    NOC 0113Purchasing managers
    NOC 0621Retail and wholesale trade managers
    NOC 0822Managers in horticulture


     Business, finance and administration occupations
    NOC CodeEligible Positions
    NOC 1313Insurance underwriters


     Natural and Applied Sciences and Related Occupations
    NOC CodeEligible Positions
    NOC 2121Biologists and related scientists
    NOC 2171Information systems analysts and consultants
    NOC 2173Software engineers and designers
    NOC 2283Information systems testing technicians


     Health Occupations
    NOC CodeEligible Positions
    NOC 3112General practitioners and family physicians
    NOC 3113Dentists
    NOC 3122Chiropractors
    NOC 3216Medical sonographers
    NOC 3231Opticians
    NOC 3236Massage therapists
    NOC 3414Other assisting occupations in support of health services


     Occupation in Social Science, Education, Government Service, and Religion
    NOC CodeEligible Positions
    NOC 4011University professors and lecturers
    NOC 4412Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations


     Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation, and Sport
    NOC CodeEligible Positions
    NOC 5241Graphic designers and illustrators


     Sales and Service Occupations
    NOC CodeEligible Positions
    NOC 6311Food service supervisors
    NOC 6312Executive housekeepers
    NOC 6321Chefs
    NOC 6341Hairstylists and barbers
    NOC 6512Bartenders


     Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators and Related Occupations
    NOC CodeEligible Positions
    NOC 7204Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
    NOC 7244Electrical power line and cable workers
    NOC 7272Cabinetmakers
    NOC 7281Bricklayers
    NOC 7282Concrete finishers
    NOC 7283Tilesetters
    NOC 7284Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
    NOC 7291Roofers and shinglers
    NOC 7292Glaziers
    NOC 7302Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
    NOC 7313Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
    NOC 7321Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
    NOC 7511Transport truck drivers


     Occupations Unique to Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities
    NOC CodeEligible Positions
    NOC 9536Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators

    Alberta PNP Points Calculator

    Newly launched Express Entry stream of Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is largely popular among the skilled professionals planning to live and work in Alberta, Canada on a permanent basis.

    Since Express Entry stream of AINP is aligned with the federal Express Entry System, it doesn’t have the separate point calculator.

    The applicants who meet the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) points criteria of 67 points out of 100 and meets the other basic criteria of AINP- Express entry stream qualifies to apply in the stream. This point system has six selection factors, i.e. age, education, work experience, language ability (English/French), Adaptability and Arranged Employment. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) access the express entry pool and notifies the suitable express entry candidates, to apply in AINP Express entry stream. Find below the AINP Points calculator 2019 based on Federal Skilled worker category points table.

    AINP Immigration PNP Points calculator

    Selection factorsPoints Allocated
    EducationMaximum 25 points
    Ability in English and/or FrenchMaximum 28 points
    Work experienceMaximum 15 points
    AgeMaximum 12 points
    Arranged employment in AlbertaMaximum 10 points
    AdaptabilityMaximum 10 points
    TotalMaximum 100 points
    Passing marks:67 Points












    Find below the six selection factors of the Federal skilled worker category and points an applicant can get based on his level of proficiency in a particular factor. This point system is applicable to Federal Skilled Worker Category of Express Entry System as well as to the Express Entry aligned streams of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) of Canada.

    Educational Qualification

    Education is a key factor in the FSW point’s grid and hence an applicant can score highly to boost his/her chances of selection.

    QualificationPoints (25 max)
    Doctoral (PhD) level25 points
    Master s level or professional degree. Occupation-related to the degree must be:

    • NOC 2016 Skill Level A, and • licensed by a provincial regulatory body Also,

    Degree program must be in one of the following academic disciplines:

    Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Optometry, Law,

    Chiropractic Medicine, or Pharmacy.

    23 points
    Two or more post-secondary credentials,

    one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential

    22 points
    Three-year or longer post-secondary credential21 points
    Two-year post-secondary credential19 points
    One-year post-secondary credential15 points
    Secondary school/high school diploma5 points
    Language ProficiencyPoints (24 + 4 max)
    First Official Language
    Speaking / Listening / Reading / WritingIntermediate4 pts/ability
    IELTS 6.0 / 6.0 / 6.0 / 6.0
    Speaking / Listening / Reading / WritingHigh intermediate5 pts/ability
    IELTS 6.5 / 7.5 / 6.5 / 6.5
    Speaking / Listening / Reading / WritingAdvanced6 pts/ability
    IELTS 7.0 / 8.0 / 7.0 / 7.0
    Speaking / Listening / Reading / WritingSpouse/partner s official language (CLB4)5 pts
    IELTS 4.0 / 4.5 / 3.5 / 4.0
    Maximum24 points
    Second Official Language
    Speaking / Listening / Reading / WritingCLB / NCLC 5 in all abilities4 points
    IELTS 5.0 / 5.0 / 4.0 / 5.0
    Maximum4 points
    *Listening, reading, speaking, writing

    Work Experience

    You can earn valuable points based on your work experience obtained

    Work ExperiencePoints (15 max)
    1 year (at least one year of continuous work or 1,560 hours total)9 points
    2-3 years11 points
    4-5 years13 points
    6 years or more15 points
    Age of ApplicantPoints (12 max)
    18 to 3512 points
    3611 points
    3710 points
    389 points
    398 points
    407 points
    416 points
    425 points
    434 points
    443 points
    452 points
    461 point
    47 and over0 points
    Arranged employment in Alberta Province
    The ApplicantPoints:
    Is currently working in Canada on an LMIA-based work permit and his or her work in Canada is considered “skilled” (NOC 0, A, or B level).
    • The work permit is valid when a permanent residency application is made* and
    • The employer has made a permanent, full-time skilled job offer to the applicant.
    *At the time the permanent resident visa is issued, the applicant is expected to still hold a valid work permit.
    Is currently working in Canada on an LMIA-exempt work permit or a work permit issued under a provincial/territorial agreement.
    • The work permit is valid when a permanent residence application is made* and
    • The employer has made a permanent, full-time skilled job offer to the applicant.
    *At the time the permanent resident visa is issued, the applicant is expected to still hold a valid work permit.
    Does not hold a valid work permit and is not authorized to work in Canada.
    • A prospective employer has made a permanent, full-time skilled job offer to the applicant; and
    • The offer of employment has received a positive LMIA
    Holds a valid work permit or is otherwise authorized to work in Canada, but does not fall under one of the two above scenarios.
    • The work permit or authorization is valid when a permanent residence application is made;
    • A prospective employer has made a permanent, full-time skilled job offer to the applicant; and
    • The offer of employment has received a positive LMIA

    Additional Points

    If you are immigrating with your spouse, then your application can get extra points if your spouse scores above CLB 4. You will receive 5 additional adaptability points as a principle applicant.

    Relative in Canada 18 years or over (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, child of a parent, sibling, child of a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or grandchild of a parent, niece or nephew) who is residing in Canada and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.5
    Accompanying spouse/partner’s official language (CLB/NCLC 4)5
    AdaptabilityPoints (10 max)
    PA previous work in Canada (minimum 1 year NOC 0, A, B)10 points
    Previous study in Canada5 points
    Previous study in Canada – accompanying spouse/partner5 points
    Previous work in Canada – accompanying spouse/partner5 points
    Arranged employment in Canada5 points
    Relative in Canada – 18 years or older5 points
    Language ability CLB 4 or above – accompanying spouse/partner (IELTS 4.0/4.5/3.5/4.0)5 points

    In case you need any assistance with regards to calculation of your points on FSW points system or want clarification about your eligibility for Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), you may send us an e-mail at info@ewicsgroup.com.


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