What’s New In Alberta PNP
Alberta PNP also continues to grow in popularity. There have been increases in the target number of positions to be processed and in the number of PNP officers to deal with the increase in applications. There are new forms and new increased and expanded categories.
It should be noted previous versions of application forms will be accepted until April 1, 2008, at which time Alberta PNP reserves the right to request applicants complete the new forms. Alberta PNP welcomes any questions about the new forms. You can contact them at the Immigration Information Hotline: Within Alberta: 1-877-427-6419; Outside Alberta: 1-780-427-6419. You can also contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. The website is: www.alberta-canada.com/immigration/immigrate/pnp.html.
Alberta currently has the following streams and sub-categories:
- Employer driven stream
-Skilled Worker Category
-International graduate category
-Semi-skilled worker category
- Food and beverage processing industry
-Hotel and lodging industry
-Food and beverage servers and room attendants
-Front desk agent/clerk
- Trucking industry
- Self-employed farmer stream
A new focus of the Alberta PNP will be on applications from international graduate students who are being offered permanent full-time employment from Alberta companies. The international graduate must have obtained a diploma, degree or graduate level credential from a public post-secondary institution in Alberta or Canada or from a private institution authorized to grant degrees in Alberta.
Another new focus is Alberta PNP’s increased interest in occupations that do not require university post-secondary education. Alberta PNP now includes jobs in manufacturing, food and beverage processing (including bakery workers, industrial butchers, meat cutter, meat and poultry production workers), tourism and trucking.
Alberta Skilled Worker PNP
Alberta PNP has a skilled worker program and no business PNP program.
Under Alberta PNP the eligible immigrant, is a worker with the appropriate education, training and experience and a valid job offer from an approved Alberta employer. Also eligible are temporary workers already in positions with Alberta companies.
Three Alberta provincial ministries (Economic Development, Innovation and Science, and Agriculture, Food and Rural Development) will have ministry sector specialists meet with industry associations, groups of employers or individual employers to develop an “Occupation Business Case.” This business case will justify the need to hire non-Canadians and access the Alberta PNP to meet the employer’s occupational needs.
After the Occupation Business Case has been prepared the sector specialist will present the Occupation Business Case to Alberta PNP for assessment and decision. Alberta’s PNP will advise the ministry and the employer of the decision and the number of PNs allocated for the specific occupation.
The employer should begin recruitment to fill occupation requirements and identify PN candidates after having received approval from Alberta PNP. Upon completion of the recruitment, the employer should present the PN candidates to Alberta PNP for assessment and nomination. PN candidates will be assessed not only on how they would meet the occupational needs and requirements of the employer but also on the basis of their (and family’s) ability to settle, adapt and contribute to the social and economic fabric of Alberta.
Alberta PNP will only consider those PN candidates with a pre-approved occupation and employer. An Alberta Provincial Nominee Certificate will be issued on behalf of successful candidates to a Canadian High Commission, Embassy or Consulate for immigrant visa processing. Alberta PN candidates will be required to meet all Federal statutory requirements before an immigration visa is issued. Alberta PNP is a useful option for industry associations, groups of employers, individual employers and potential immigrants and non-Canadian employees. The processing time for a successful Alberta PNP application is fast. The Alberta PNP review part takes 4-8 weeks. The Federal portion takes 6-8 months.
Work Visas Under Alberta PNP
Alberta issues a similar letter to the relevant CIC post after the applicant has been “nominated” stating the person is nominated and eligible for a work visa.
Brian Edward Tadayoshi Tsuji
Canadian Immigration Lawyer
2800 Park Place
666 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6C 2Z7
Tel:(604) 643-6496 Fax:(604) 605-3596