In today’s blog update, let’s go through Alberta’s latest immigration program for tech workers.
Express Entry applicants who work in tech could be qualified for Alberta’s new expedited immigration program.
Alberta is launching a new fast-track immigration program for tech workers.
The immigration minister of Alberta, Tyler Shandro, declared the Accelerated Tech Pathway on January 13. The province had already started receiving applications to the latest program in December.
To be eligible, tech professionals are required to possess a profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system and be qualified for the Alberta Express Entry Stream.
Even though the Express Entry processing averaged nine months in 2020, the minister stated that tech professionals across Canada and abroad could become permanent residents in as little as six months if they hold a job offer in an in-demand tech industry occupation through this new route.
Shandro further stated that, together with priority application processing, tech professionals will also be given a letter of support from the Government of Alberta if they need a work permit.
According to the Alberta Enterprise Corporation, there are over 3,000 technology companies in the province. Alberta’s tech sector has increased 233% since 2012, according to the 2021 Alberta Technology Deal Flow Study. However, tech companies still encounter hindrances in accessing workers, specifically sales and technical talent.
What Are The Steps To Apply For The Accelerated Tech Pathway?
You must first be qualified for the Alberta Express Entry Stream to be nominated for expedited processing under the Accelerated Tech Pathway. This Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) includes three steps. Let’s now take a look at these steps.
Obtain A Profile In The Express Entry System:
The foremost step is to gain entry into the Express Entry pool of prospects. You must be qualified for one of the following three immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
To apply for the Accelerated Tech Pathway, you must fill out an online form for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). You send information about your Express Entry profile and your tech job in Alberta through the form.
Express Entry applicants must have a job offer or presently work for an Alberta-based company in a suitable occupation to qualify for the tech pathway. The 23 eligible occupations in order of their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code can be found in the links mentioned below in the comments and description box.
- 0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
- 0112 Human resources managers
- 0131 Telecommunication carriers manager
- 0211 Engineering 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
- 2131 Civil engineers
- 2132 Mechanical engineers
- 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
AINP Evaluates Your Eligibility:
The AINP inspects if you satisfy the minimum eligibility criteria for the Alberta Express Entry Stream. The AINP will send you an email inviting you to apply for a provincial nomination if you do qualify. You are not able to apply without this invitation, and you cannot use a nomination through a different AINP stream to apply.
Once you obtain the email invitation from Alberta, you decide if you fulfill the assessment criteria. If the AINP uncovers fraud or misrepresentation in an application, they could ban you from reapplying for up to five years.
Completed applications are sent into a pool of eligible applications. The AINP assesses these applications for a provincial nomination.
If Alberta presents you with a nomination, you have 30 days to accept utilizing your online Express Entry profile. You will then receive 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points in your Express Entry score.
The nomination does not assure that you will become a permanent resident. However, it does boost you to the top of the Express Entry pool. You will be able to apply for permanent residence once the federal government, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), sends you an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in an Express Entry draw.
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