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New Foreign Tech Worker Immigration Stream for Alberta

By Ella Bergquist January 23, 2022 4 min. read
Accelerated Tech Pathway

The Alberta community has spoken and the government listened. There has been a significant Tech Worker shortage in the Alberta province. In response, The province announced the development of the Accelerated Tech Pathway, which will give highly talented tech workers who wish to live and work in Alberta a fast road to permanent residency.

According to the Alberta Enterprise Corporation, Alberta has over 3,000 technological enterprises. However, IT businesses continue to have difficulty finding people, particularly sales and technical skills.

“Especially within Alberta, like there’s around zero percent unemployment in tech. And that’s really why we need programs, to bring global talent,” said Bronte Valk, the Alberta-based government relations manager for the Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI), who called the new stream “very good news for Alberta scale-up companies.”

Who is Eligible for the Accelerated Tech Pathway

The minimum requirements to be eligible for the Accelerated Tech Pathway:

There are 38 eligible NOC Codes that qualify to apply for the Accelerated Tech Pathway:

NOC CodeOccupation
0013Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
0112Human resources managers
0131Telecommunication carriers manager
0211Engineering managers
0212Architecture and science managers
0213Computer and information systems managers
0512Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
0601Corporate sales managers
1121Human resources professionals
1123Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
1223Human resources and recruitment officers
2131Civil engineers
2132Mechanical engineers
2133Electrical and electronics engineers
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2161Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
2171Information systems analysts and consultant
2172Database analysts and data administrators
2173Software engineers and designers
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175Web designers and developers
2221Biological technologists and technicians
2232Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2233Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2253Drafting technologists and technicians
2281Computer network technicians
2282User support technicians
2283Information systems testing technicians
3211Medical laboratory technologists
3212Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
3219Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
4163Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
5131Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
5241Graphic designers and illustrators
7241Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7242Industrial electricians
7246Telecommunications installation and repair workers

How to Apply for the Accelerated Tech Pathway

The Accelerated Tech Pathway has an application process that can be simplified in three steps:

  1. Create Express Entry Profile
  2. Fill out the Eligibility Form
  3. Apply for the Accelerated Tech Pathway

Create Express Entry Profile

The first stage is to be accepted into the Express Entry candidate pool. Fill out an online form for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program to apply for the Accelerated Tech Pathway (AINP). You transmit information about your Express Entry profile and your tech job in Alberta using this form.

Express Entry applicants must have a job offer or be employed in a qualified occupation for an Alberta-based firm to be eligible for the tech pathway.

Fill out the Eligibility Form

To be considered for the Accelerated Tech Pathway, you must provide your information. If you are qualified to apply through this method, the AINP will evaluate your information and notify you by email. The AINP verifies that you fulfill the Alberta Express Entry Stream’s minimal eligibility requirements. If this is the case, you will get an email from the AINP asking you to apply for a provincial nomination. You will not be able to apply without this invitation, and you will not be able to apply using a nomination from a separate AINP stream.

Apply for the Accelerated Tech Pathway

After you have received an email invite then you will determine if you meet the assessment criteria. If the AINP finds fraud or deception in an application, you may be barred from applying again for up to five years. Completed applications are added to a pool of those who are eligible. These applications for a provincial nomination are reviewed by the AINP.

You have 30 days to accept a nomination from Alberta by utilizing your online Express Entry profile. Your Express Entry score will be increased by 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

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