Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Alberta announced details of their newest immigration program for tech professionals on January 13, 2022. The Accelerated Tech Pathway will allow Alberta to provide a fast track to permanent residence for skilled tech professionals interested in settling in the province.
To apply under Alberta’s new immigration program, tech professionals must have a job offer with an Albertan employer or are currently working for an Albertan employer in one of 37 select occupations. The pathway will provide prioritized application processing for tech workers. If required, Alberta will also provide successful nominees with a letter of support to apply for a Canadian work permit.
“Alberta’s technology sector continues to see record growth and a corresponding demand for highly skilled professionals. This accelerated immigration pathway will help attract the best and the brightest talent from across the globe to Alberta to meet this growing demand. It will also ensure Alberta continues to be a top destination for tech investment, which helps diversify our economy.” said Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation.
According to the Government of Alberta’s recent announcement, the new tech pathway could allow skilled tech professionals to gain permanent residence status in as little as six months.
Alberta has been building a reputation as an international tech hub. In the past few years, the number of tech companies in Alberta has more than doubled, going from 1,200 in 2018 to 3,000 today.
Alberta’s newest immigration program is designed to retain and attract economic immigrants from around the world. “This is meant to help economic immigrants, whether they’re in Canada…or whether they’re not even in Canada yet, be able to come here to become a tech professional,” said Tyler Shandro, Minister of Labour and Immigration.
This pathway is designed to help diversify Alberta’s economy as part of the province’s recovery plan. According to Shandro, Canada’s current federal programs make it harder for Alberta to recruit skilled tech professionals than any other province due to historic structures and policies in place. Thanks to Alberta’s new program, this will no longer be the case. Irfhan Rawji, CEO of MobSquad, says that the new program will “take Alberta from one of the hardest places to bring skilled professionals in Canada to the easiest place in the country to bring skilled professionals”
The Accelerated Tech Pathway will operate through the Express Entry stream of Alberta’s Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). In order to apply, candidates must meet the following criteria:
Eligible occupations under the Accelerated Tech Pathway include:
|0013||Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services|
|0112||Human resources managers|
|0131||Telecommunication carriers managers|
|0212||Architecture and science managers|
|0213||Computer and information systems managers|
|0512||Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts|
|0601||Corporate sales managers|
|1123||Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations|
|1121||Human resources professionals|
|1223||Human resources and recruitment officers|
|2133||Electrical and electronics engineers|
|2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)|
|2161||Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators|
|2173||Software engineers and designers|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers|
|2175||Web designers and developers|
|2221||Biological technologists and technicians|
|2232||Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians|
|2233||Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians|
|2241||Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians|
|2253||Drafting technologists and technicians|
|2281||Computer network technicians|
|2282||User support technicians|
|2283||Information systems testing technicians|
|3211||Medical laboratory technologists|
|3212||Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants|
|3219||Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)|
|4163||Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants|
|5131||Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations|
|5241||Graphic designers and illustrators|
|7241||Electricians (except industrial and power system)|
|7246||Telecommunications installation and repair workers|
Eligible candidates must submit details of their Express Entry profile, job offer, and employer to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). Alberta will then assess the information provided and invite eligible candidates to apply for provincial nomination.
Since Alberta’s new immigration program is aligned with the Express Entry system, successful nominees will receive the nomination on their Express Entry profile. Candidates have 30 days to accept the nomination on their Express Entry profile. Once the nomination is accepted, an additional 600 CRS points will appear on a nominee’s profile. These additional points essentially guarantee that the candidate will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence in a federal Express Entry draw.
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