Alberta is located in western Canada and is known for its agricultural production. It also has vast oil reserves that count for its booming provincial oil industry. Some of the major cities in Alberta are Calgary and Edmonton. It is also bordered on the west by the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
The province of Alberta operates different immigration streams divided primarily into three categories:
• Alberta Opportunity Stream
• Alberta Express Entry
• Alberta Self-Employed Farmer
The province closed down two of its previously existing streams in June 2018, namely:
• Alberta Strategic Recruitment
• Alberta Employer-Driven
This stream was launched in June 2018 and targets foreign nationals already working in Alberta with an official offer of employment from their Alberta employer to continue working full-time in the province. Candidates for this stream must meet a range of eligibility requirements regarding work experience, job offer, language proficiency, and education.
Launched in June of 2018, this stream allows the province to offer provincial nominations to selected candidates who have active profiles in the federal Express Entry system. In this, the province automatically considers profiles in the federal Express Entry pool. While the exact selection criteria are unknown, the province states that it seeks candidates with strong ties to Alberta and who can support regional economic development and diversification. Express Entry candidates receiving a provincial nomination through this stream get 600 points to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score, virtually making it sure that they receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in the subsequent Express Entry draw.
This stream is meant for foreign nationals who have extensive experience owning and operating a farm and who have the financial resources to launch a new farming operation in Alberta. Candidates interested in PR through this stream must consult with the province and need to submit a highly detailed proposal outlining their plan to launch a new agricultural farm in Alberta.