If you are a holder of a current and valid H1-B, H1-B1, H1-C or E-3 visa, you may be eligible to qualify for Canadian
Permanent Residence through the Strategic Recruitment Stream - U.S. Visa Holder Category.
Will program be scaled back or cancelled given current economic situation? Are there any quotas?
There is no doubt that the economy continues to slow down, in Alberta and around the world. Alberta is in a better position than
most places to ride out the storm. The Strategic Recruitment Stream - U.S. Visa Holder Category is part of the Government of
Alberta’s long-term immigration strategy to keep the Alberta economy strong well into the future.
What is the work experience requirement? I have over one year of experience when I finished my education. I
just got my H1B visa. Do I have to wait for a year?
The requirement is that you have one year’s experience working on an H1-B U.S. Visa (or other approved categories – H1-B1,
H1-C or E-3).
I heard that Government of Canada is going to cancel the Regional Occupations Under Pressure list, will this
impact the Strategic Recruitment Stream – U.S. Visa Holder Category?
The Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) has developed an AINP Occupations Under Pressure List for the Strategic
Recruitment Stream – U.S. Visa Holder Category. Your current occupation in the U.S. must be on this list. To view this list visit:
I don’t see my job title on the Regional Occupations Under Pressure list, am I eligible?
We do not assess your application by your job title, but rather by your job description. To determine whether a Candidate’s
occupation is under pressure in Alberta, a Candidate should first reference the National Occupational Classification (NOC)
website to determine the four digit NOC code that best matches their current job description. The Candidate should then consult
the AINP Occupations Under Pressure List for the Strategic Re