Alberta puts two immigration programs on hold

Province focusing on those currently working in province and with job offers in high-demand occupations

In response to current job market conditions, Alberta is no longer accepting applications for two immigration programs.

“Our focus needs to be on jobs for Albertans and Canadians first,” said Minister of Employment and Immigration Thomas Lukaszuk. “We will continue to process applications for people who have the skills our growing economy needs.”

Effective immediately, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) will not accept new applications in the family stream and the U.S. visa holder category. This change is temporary until further notice.

The family stream and the U.S. visa holder category were added to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program in 2008. Both programs were very successful and resulted in a large number of applications.

In 2010, the federal government has limited the number of people Alberta can nominate for permanent residence to 5,000. With limited numbers, Alberta's focus will be on nominating people who currently work in permanent jobs and those who have job offers in the province's high-demand occupations.

Alberta will continue to accept immigration applications in the following areas:

• skilled workers

• semi-skilled workers in certain occupations

• international students

• compulsory trades

• engineering occupations

• self-employed farmers.

For more information about the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, visit Alberta's official immigration website.

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