On January 13, the immigration minister of Alberta province, Tyler Shandro, announced a new Accelerated Tech Pathway. Under its Provincial Nominee Program, Alberta is now introducing a new fast-track immigration program for tech workers. Canada Express Entry candidates who work in tech may be its largest beneficiaries.
Alberta had already begun accepting applications to the new program in December. In order to be eligible, tech professionals, on-shore or off-shore, need to have a profile in Canada Express Entry system.
|Under this new pathway, tech professionals, especially Engineers from across Canada and overseas can become permanent residents in as little as six months.
You need to have a job offer in an in-demand tech industry occupation in Alberta
This is a good avenue for Canada Express Entry candidates to receive provincial nominations in a quick time. Since 2012, Alberta’s tech sector has grown 233 per cent, as per the latest Alberta Technology Deal Flow Study. The business climate in Alberta is supportive as more than 3,000 technology companies are flourishing in the province.
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How to Apply for Accelerated Tech Pathway under Alberta Provincial Nominee Program?
The Provincial Nominee Program offers the second-best alternative pathway to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Follow two simple steps to qualify for this new provincial pathway for Canada PR in quick time:
STEP1: Register a profile in Canada Express Entry system
Express Entry is an application database for three federal immigration programs: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program. After qualifying for any one of the programs, you will be able to proceed with Accelerated Tech Pathway from Alberta.
The new pathway under Alberta Provincial Nominee Program requires Express Entry candidates to have a job offer, or be currently working for an Alberta-based company in an eligible occupation. The list of eligible occupations are listed below in order of their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code:
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STEP2: Apply for Canada Immigration
Upon successful completion, your profile enters the nomination pool of eligible candidates to receive provincial nominations. Based on regular nomination draws, Alberta invites selected applications for provincial nominations. You cannot use a nomination under a different AINP stream to apply.
Once invited, you will then get 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points added to your Canada Express Entry score. While the nomination does not guarantee your permanent residency status in Canada, it can boost you to the top of the Express Entry pool.
Based on a fortnightly nomination draw held by the federal department – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) – you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in an Express Entry draw for permanent residency.
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