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Alberta launches new fast-track immigration program for tech workers

fast-track immigration program

Alberta has launched a new fast-track immigration program for those who have work experience in technology-related occupations. The Accelerated Tech Pathway, launched on January 13, exclusively targets Express Entry candidates who are eligible under the Alberta Express Entry stream. The province had already started accepting applications for the new program in December.
pnp-finderUnder the Pathway, those candidates who have a job offer from Alberta in an in-demand tech industry occupation can become permanent residents in the province within just six months. Along with priority processing, the candidates will also receive a letter of support from the Government of Alberta if they require a work permit.

Alberta’s technology sectors is growing in a fast pace and in the past few years since 2012, it has witnessed a growth of 233%. The province currently has more than 3000 tech companies, as per the data from the Alberta Enterprise Corporation.

How to apply under Accelerated Tech Pathway

The first and foremost requirement to apply under Accelerated Tech Pathway is to be eligible under the Alberta Express Entry stream. For that, you need to create an Express Entry profile. Then you need to fill out an online form for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program(AINP). In the form, you will have to share information about your Express Entry profile and your tech job in Alberta.

You must already have received a job offer from an Alberta employer or should be working in an Alberta-based company in an eligible occupation. The following occupations are considered to be eligible under this Stream, which are:

Occupation NOC code
Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services


Human resources managers 0112


Telecommunication carriers manager


Engineering managers


Architecture and science managers 0212


Computer and information systems managers 0213
Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts 0512


Corporate sales managers 0601


Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 1123


Human resources professionals


Human resources and recruitment officers


Civil engineers 2131


Mechanical engineers 2132


Electrical and electronics engineers 2133
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 2147


Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries 2161
Information systems analysts and consultants


  Database analysts and data administrators 2172
Software engineers and designers 2173


Computer programmers and interactive media developers 2174


Web designers and developers 2175


Biological technologists and technicians 2221


Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians 2232


Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians 2233
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 2241
Drafting technologists and technicians 2253
Computer network technicians 2281
User support technicians 2282
Information systems testing technicians 2283
Medical laboratory technologists 3211
Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants 3212
Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health) 3219
Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants 4163
Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations 5131
Graphic designers and illustrators 5241
Electricians (except industrial and power system) 7241
Industrial electricians 7242
Telecommunications installation and repair workers 7246


The candidates will not be able to apply directly under this Stream. Instead, they must receive an invitation from Alberta to apply for provincial nomination. Once they submit the application, Alberta will offer them a nomination within 30 days, if found eligible. They will receive 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score points. They will also receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.

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