Alberta's Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) has introduced the Strategic Recruitment Stream, which can fast-track the issuance of Canadian permanent resident visas to applicants currently residing in the United States on temporary work visas, with a focus on those who have H-1B status.
With the addition of the Strategic Recruitment Stream, the provincial government is recognizing that a foreign worker who has a U.S. temporary work visa and work experience working in the United States, should be able to integrate into the Alberta workforce. Therefore, there is no requirement for the applicant to have a full-time permanent job offer from an Alberta employer before applying under the PNP.
In order to be eligible for this program, an applicant must be currently employed in the United States on an H-1B visa and have been working there for at least one year. The U.S. experience must also be gained in an occupation listed on Alberta's Regional Occupations Under Pressure list.