What is the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)?

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), formerly the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, is an economic immigration program that nominates people for permanent residence in Alberta. Nominees must have skills to fill job shortages or be planning to buy or start a business in Alberta. They must also be able to provide for their families. The program is run by the governments of Alberta and Canada.

If you are nominated through the program, you may apply for permanent residence status together with your spouse or common-law partner, and dependent children.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) manages applications for permanent residence. The federal government also makes final decisions on these applications.

At Axis Immigration, our professional immigration consultancy in Edmonton can help you with everything from eligibility requirements, application process and supporting documents to apply for the AAIP. For more information, please contact us or give us a call at 780-200-2755.

Streams for Workers

The AAIP has three streams for foreign workers who are living and working in Alberta or plan to live and work here.


Alberta Opportunity Stream

Qualified candidates who live and work in Alberta and have a job offer from an Alberta employer can apply for an AAIP nomination.  


Alberta Express Entry Stream

Qualified candidates with an Express Entry profile may be invited by AAIP to apply for nomination for permanent residence. Tech workers can qualify for expedited processing under the Accelerated Tech Pathway. 


Rural Renewal Stream

Qualified candidates who have a job offer from an Alberta employer to work in a designated rural Alberta community can apply for an AAIP nomination.

Streams for Entrepreneurs

The AAIP has four streams for entrepreneurs who plan to live in Alberta and buy or start a business in the province.


Rural Entrepreneur Stream

Entrepreneurs who want to start a business or buy an existing business in a rural Alberta community can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).


Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

International graduates of approved Alberta post-secondary institutions who want to start a business or buy an existing business can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).


Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

Foreign graduates from outside of Canada can apply for permanent residence.



Farm Stream

Experienced farmers who plan to buy or start a farm in Alberta can apply for permanent residence.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program without a job offer letter?

Absolutely, it is possible. If you are a foreign national and you wish to reside and work in Alberta, you have the opportunity to apply through either the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) or the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP). Among the different channels available under the AINP or AAIP, the Express Entry stream in Alberta does not necessitate applicants to possess a job offer. In order to receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from Alberta through this particular stream, applicants must establish an Express Entry profile and express their desire to settle in Alberta on a permanent basis.

What is the processing time for the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program?

The processing time for AAIP applications can vary and is influenced by several factors. These factors include labor market conditions, the number of applications received, and the date of submission. Once an applicant meets the eligibility criteria and receives approval from Alberta authorities, they will be issued a certificate of nomination. The overall timeline for the entire process typically ranges from 4 to 6 months, although this timeframe may differ from one individual’s profile to another.

What documents are required for the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program?

Alberta offers several immigration programs that allow skilled workers to apply for and obtain Canadian Permanent Residence visas. For the Alberta Nominee Program, there is a list of general documents that applicants are typically required to submit. These documents may include:

  • Valid passport
  • Fully completed and signed application form
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Education Documents
  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
  • Language Proficiency Skill Report (For English – IELTS/CELPIP and for French – TCF/TEF)
  • Employment letter
  • Statement of Earnings
  • Proof of funds
  • Work permit (if applicable)
  • Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Job offer Letter (if applicable)
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