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Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway: Eligibility, Occupation List, and Process

The Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway is part of the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), which is run by the province of Alberta. It’s a program that helps certain people in the Express Entry system get nominated faster if they have a job offer from a tech company in Alberta.
If you meet the requirements of the Alberta Express Entry stream and the Alberta Accelerated Tech Program, you might be able to get your application processed more quickly.
If you are chosen through the Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway, you’ll get a letter supporting your work permit application. This allows you to apply for a temporary work permit. You’ll also be invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

Job Offer Requirements

For the Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway, the job offer needs to meet specific criteria. It must be for one of the in-demand jobs or with an employer in Alberta in the tech industry.

The job offer or contract should be signed by you and your Alberta employer and include details about your job. It must be full-time, ongoing, and at least 12 months long. The salary must be at or above the provincial minimum wage and any requirements set out in an LMIA if applicable. If you don’t have an LMIA, your wage must be at or above the starting wage for your job in Alberta.
When you create your Express Entry profile, you should also choose the same main NOC as the job offer in Alberta.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway, you need to be eligible under the Alberta Express Entry stream. You should also be working in one of the tech jobs that AAIP says are in demand, or have a job offer from an Alberta employer in an eligible tech industry.

00012 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
10011 Human resources managers
10022 Advertising, marketing and public relations manager
10030 Telecommunication carriers manager
11200 Human resources professionals
11202 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
12101 Human resources and recruitment officers
20010 Engineering managers
20011 Architecture and science managers
20012 Computer and information systems managers
21210 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
21211 Data scientists
21220 Cybersecurity specialists
21221 Business system specialists
21222 Information systems specialists
21233 Web designers
21223 Database analysts and data administrators
21231 Software engineers and designers
21230 Computer systems developers and programmers
21232 Software developers and programmers
21234 Web developers and programmers
21300 Civil engineers
21301 Mechanical engineers
21310 Electrical and electronics engineers
21311 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
22110 Biological technologists and technicians
22212 Drafting technologists and technicians
22220 Computer network and web technicians
22221 User support technicians
22222 Information systems testing technicians
22301 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
22302 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
22310 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
32120 Medical laboratory technologists
32129 Other medical technologists and technicians
33101 Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
41402 Business development officers and market researchers and analysts
50011 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
51120 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
52120 Graphic designers and illustrators
60010 Corporate sales managers
72200 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
72201 Industrial electricians
72205 Telecommunications equipment installation and cable television service technicians

Application Procedure

The Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway is connected to Alberta’s Express Entry stream. To apply, check if you meet the requirements for one of the occupation in demand in Alberta – including the ones mentioned. If you do, start the application process by giving details about your Express Entry profile, job offer, and employer to the AAIP. Alberta will then review the details and invite eligible candidates to apply for nomination.

Applications through the Accelerated Tech Pathway will be processed faster. If you’re nominated, you’ll be invited to accept the provincial nomination on your Express Entry profile. This gives you 600 extra points toward your CRS score, making it more likely to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence through Express Entry.

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