AAIP Updates: New Alberta PNP Guidelines for 2024

June 10, 2024 | xpath.global

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) manages its annual nomination allocation to prioritize economic needs across sectors, making updates to program streams crucial for 2024. To streamline incredible demand and processing times, AAIP adopted new guidelines for the Alberta Opportunity Stream, Rural Renewal Stream, and Accelerated Tech Pathway, aligning with the Tourism and Hospitality Stream approach.

Each month, a targeted number of applications will be accepted into the AAIP pool for processing, offering multiple opportunities to apply throughout the year while optimizing processing times and the limited number of provincial nomination certificates available. Key details like acceptance dates, application targets, processing estimates, and other AAIP updates are regularly posted for prospective applicants.

Overview of AAIP Streams and Pathways

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) manages various streams and pathways to address economic priorities across sectors. In 2024, AAIP received 9,750 nominations, distributed across different streams and pathways.

Summary of Worker Streams

The worker streams include the Alberta Opportunity Stream, Express Entry Stream, Dedicated Healthcare Pathways, Accelerated Tech Pathway, Rural Renewal Stream, and Tourism and Hospitality Stream. The nomination statistics for 2024 are as follows:

 

Stream/Pathway2024 Nominations Issued2024 Total Estimated Nominations Allocated
Alberta Opportunity Stream2,2455,393
Express Entry Stream(https://www.alberta.ca/aaip-processing-times-and-inventory)1,775
Dedicated Healthcare Pathways(https://www.alberta.ca/aaip-processing-times-and-inventory)(https://www.alberta.ca/aaip-processing-times-and-inventory)
Accelerated Tech Pathway(https://www.alberta.ca/aaip-processing-times-and-inventory)1,047
Rural Renewal Stream(https://www.alberta.ca/aaip-processing-times-and-inventory)1,900
Tourism and Hospitality Stream(https://www.alberta.ca/aaip-processing-times-and-inventory)(https://www.alberta.ca/aaip-processing-times-and-inventory)

 

The AAIP also manages entrepreneur streams, including the Rural Entrepreneur Stream. In 2024, only 3 nominations were issued under the Entrepreneur Streams, with a total estimated allocation of 22 nominations.

New Guidelines for Specific Streams/Pathways

Effective June 11, 2024, AAIP has adopted new guidelines for the Alberta Opportunity Stream, Rural Renewal Stream, and Accelerated Tech Pathway, similar to those used in the Tourism and Hospitality Stream for the remainder of 2024.

Alberta Opportunity Stream Updates

The Alberta Opportunity Stream will resume accepting applications on June 11, under new guidelines. Applications will be accepted on 7 dates for the remainder of 2024, one per month. Each month, a specific number of applications will be accepted. When that target is reached, no further applications will be accepted until the next date. The target is subject to change.

Rural Renewal Stream Updates

The Rural Renewal Stream has also adopted the new guidelines. Application acceptance dates, targets, estimates, and processing times are posted on the AAIP website and are subject to change.

 

DateRural Renewal Stream Target
June 11(https://www.alberta.ca/aaip-processing-times-and-inventory)
July 9(https://www.alberta.ca/aaip-processing-times-and-inventory)
August 13145
September 10160
October 8145
November 5160
December 10145

Accelerated Tech Pathway Updates

The Accelerated Tech Pathway has adopted the new approach, with applications accepted monthly on set dates when targets are not reached.

 

DateAccelerated Tech Pathway Target
June 1130
July 950
August 1350
September 1050
October 850
November 550
December 1050

Processing Times and Application Statistics

The following details provide an overview of the processing times, application statistics, and other relevant information for the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) as of May 29, 2024:

Nominations Issued and Available

In 2024, AAIP received a total nomination allocation of 9,750 from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). As of May 29, 2024, AAIP had issued 4,337 nominations across various streams and pathways, leaving a remaining allocation of 5,413 nominations for the rest of the year.

Conclusion

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) has implemented significant updates to streamline the immigration process and address economic priorities across various sectors in the province. The new guidelines, adopted for the Alberta Opportunity Stream, Rural Renewal Stream, Accelerated Tech Pathway, and Tourism and Hospitality Stream, aim to optimize processing times and efficiently manage the limited number of provincial nomination certificates available.

With a targeted approach to accepting applications on specific dates throughout the year, AAIP aims to provide multiple opportunities for prospective immigrants while ensuring a balanced allocation of nominations across different streams and pathways. The detailed information on processing times, application volumes, and acceptance targets will help applicants better navigate the immigration process and make informed decisions aligned with Alberta’s labor market demands.

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