Immigration: Provincial Nominee Programs

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows provinces to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in settling in a particular province. Provincial Nomination is an important option for those wishing to apply for permanent residence. Each Canadian province has its own unique Provincial Nominee Program (except for Quebec, which has a different selection system). 

In Alberta, the program is referred to as the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). The AINP program had stopped accepting new applications in late 2015, but fortunately the program is once again accepting new applications. The processing times for AINP applications range from lengthy to reasonably tolerable, depending on the application stream. However, AINP remains a good option for international students, semi-skilled workers, and for those who may lack the English or French language skills to qualify under the federal Express Entry program.