The AINP now has an expanded Strategic Recruitment Stream. This stream is split into three sub-categories: the Compulsory Trades Category, the Engineering Occupations Category, and the U.S. Visa Holder Category.
The Compulsory Trades Category is available for eligible foreign nationals who have completed the Qualifications Certificate Program with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. The applicant must show that they are either working for an Alberta employer in their trade or have worked in the past two years with an Alberta employer in their trade.
The Engineering Occupations Category may be available to applicants who have education and training as an engineer, designer or drafter. The applicant must currently be working in Alberta or have worked within the last two years in Alberta for an established Alberta Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company and/or an Alberta company that is a member of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta.
For the U.S. Visa Holder Category, an applicant must be currently employed in the United States on an H-1B, H-1C (a work visa for nurses) or E-3 (a work visa available to Australian citizens) visa and must have been working there for at least one year. The U.S. experience must be gained in an occupation listed in the AINP's Occupations Under Pressure List. This list will be revised from time to time as Alberta's labour market and needs change.