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Alberta Opportunity Stream – Making it easier to apply

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November 6, 2018

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By Pradyuman Jhala

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The new changes introduced by the authorities in Alberta has been designed to make it easier for people to apply to the Alberta Immigration Nominee Program. The aim is to make sure that Alberta can continue to fill job shortages with qualified candidates when there are no people in the province of Alberta or Canadians available to do the work.

Two important changes that have surfaced and been introduced to the Alberta Opportunity Stream are:

(i) The removal of its minimum income requirement, and

(ii) An update on its minimum language requirements.

The removal of the minimum income requirement will apply to all applications submitted on or after June 14, 2018, which is the day the new Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) began accepting applications.

The other change concerns minimum language requirements, which has been adjusted for both candidates working in a field that is rated skill level C or D under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) and those working in an occupation with a NOC skill level rating of 0, A or B.

The AINP announced that the minimum language requirement for those working in NOC C or D jobs will remain at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 4 and will not increase to CLB 5. As to candidates working in occupations that are rated NOC 0, A or B, the minimum language requirement will remain at CLB 4 until January 1, 2020, at which point it will increase to CLB 5.

Scope of the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS): The AOS is for eligible foreign nationals who are working in Alberta or international graduates who have completed their studies at an approved post-secondary institution in Alberta.

Wages of the Applicants: The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) have also issued the statement that it will continue to check whether candidates are being paid the provincial minimum wage and whether the wage respects the minimum for their occupation as established in their Labour Market Impact Assessment or on the province’s Alis website.

The above characteristics of the Program are encouraging, and the opportunity offered under it can be welcomed by the qualified candidates.

The first step towards the application for the Alberta Immigration Nominee Program is to assess your eligibility. SPS Canada offers you free online immigration eligibility assessment form that you can fill right from the comfort of your home to know your eligibility.

It may seem applying under PNP is an easy and uncomplicated process but if you need legal assistance for the matters concerning Immigration or Migration, SPS Canada is pleased to help. We are a bunch of regulated immigration consultants who are well-versed in every aspect of immigration to Canada and can offer you tailored services. In addition, most of our staff members are immigrants themselves. They understand what potential problems may suddenly crop up just when you think everything is going smooth. Their personal experiences can guide you towards a better position.


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