Alberta announces higher nomination intake for 2018

The province of Alberta has announced that its maximum Provincial Nominee Program allotment for 2018 is 5,600 nominations.

The allotment of 5,600 nominations for year 2018 has seen an increase of 100 nominations as compared to the last year’s 2017 Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)’s allotment of 5,500.

The federal government announced a multi-year immigration plan on November 1, 2017 which includes an increased Provincial Nominee Program target of 55,000 for 2018, eight per cent higher than that of year 2017’s target of 51,000 which result the province of Alberta receive a slight higher allotment in 2018.

The new immigration streams expected this year, including one aligned with Express Entry in year 2018

The AINP is currently divided into three immigration streams, the Strategic Recruitment Stream, Employer-Driven Stream and the Self-Employed Farmer Stream.

In 2018, the Strategic Recruitment Stream and the Employer-Driven Stream and their sub-categories are compressed into one stream, the Alberta Opportunity Stream.

Alberta is also expected to introduce a second stream aligned with the federal Express Entry pool in 2018.

The Alberta Express Entry Stream will allow the AINP to nominate  a limited number of candidates in Express Entry pool, which includes candidates from the federal government’s 3 economic immigration classes — the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

According to the AINP, the following 10 National Occupational Classification codes make up more than half of applications for provincial nomination certificates.

  • 6311 – Food Service Supervisors
  • 6211 – Retail Sales Supervisors
  • 7511 – Transport Truck Drivers
  • 6315 – Cleaning Supervisors
  • 7284 – Plasterers, Drywall Installers and Finishers and Lathers
  • 1241 – Administrative assistants
  • 0631 – Restaurant and Food Services Managers
  • 0621 – Retail and Wholesale Trade Managers
  • 6421 – Retail Salespersons
  • 1221 – Administrative Officers

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