Alberta expands program to recruit immigrants

Provincial nominee program now allows for family sponsorship
||Last Updated: 07/21/2008

With a shortage of about 40,000 workers, Alberta is expanding its provincial nominee program to allow Canadians to sponsor their relatives from abroad for permanent residence.

Under the program, which has been renamed the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), the province can nominate certain permanent residence applications to be fast-tracked by the federal department, Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Prior to the changes on June 19, applicants have to be sponsored by an employer to be eligible for fast processing. Now, any Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has lived in Alberta for the past two years can nominate a parent, child, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew for provincial nomination.