Alberta launches new immigration program

Alberta launches new immigration program

The province is already accepting applications.

The province of Alberta has launched a new accelerated immigration program for technical-sector workers. Alberta Immigration Minister Tyler Shandro announced it Jan. 13.

"Under the new program, technicians from across Canada and overseas can become permanent residents in as little as six months if they have a job offer in an in-demand profession," Shandro said.

The provincial government promises priority processing of applications within the flow and permanent residency within six months.

There are currently more than 3,000 technology companies in Alberta. The technology sector has grown 233% since 2012, but companies are still understaffed.

A candidate applying for the Accelerated Technical Program must have a Express Entry profile, that is, meet the requirements of one of the three federal immigration programs, score 300 points in the system and have an offer of employment in the province in one of the eligible professions:

You can apply for immigration on the provincial Alberta website. Successful applicants will be given provincial nominations, which add 600 points to the Express Entry system. In this way, applicants will almost certainly be selected in the next Express Entry selection for provincial program participants and receive permanent residency in Canada.

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