The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program added having relatives in the province to its candidate selection criteria on 18th January
Applicants in the Express Entry pool with immediate family members living in Canada as permanent residents or citizens can benefit from an additional selection factor for their application. This applies to close family such as parents, children, brothers and sisters. This can further give candidates a better chance of receiving a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the Alberta Express Entry stream, and further be invited to apply for permanent residence. It is important to note that eligibility is based on the information candidates submit to their profile in the Federal Express Entry Pool.
To help new immigrants settle in Alberta successfully, Alberta believes these immediate family ties are essential.
A key aspect of this program update is that none of the selection criteria for any of the AAIP streams have changed, and this only impacts the Alberta Express Entry stream. This selection criteria was added without impacting existing selection criteria (such as having a job offer from an Albertan company, being a graduate of an Albertan post-secondary institution, etc.).
Deputy Minister of Trade, Immigration and Multiculturalism in Alberta, Rajan Sawhney, said, “This is not a family reunification plan.” The Alberta Express Entry stream now has the option of allocating 25% of its NOIs to individuals with immediate family ties to Alberta and experience in high-demand occupations required by the province.
The AAIP serves as a means to help employers address labour shortages in Alberta. In December 2022, the province added almost 41,000 new jobs, most of them in the private sector. There are also many job vacancies in Alberta, with nearly 100,000 currently, and a further predicted shortage of over 33,000 workers by 2025 across a wide range of occupations and sectors. These are key reasons behind the push for more newcomers in the province.
Alberta gets 6,500 nomination certificates each year and it’s expected that 815 of those will be used for the new stream in 2023.
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