US H1B holders have a new and exciting opportunity to benefit from a new Canadian Permanent Residency Program.
Alberta Canada officially announced, in Jan 2009, that it had approved a Fast Track Program designed for U.S H1B workers to gain Landed Immigrant Status to Canada. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) allows H1B workers who are currently employed in a H1B position that is listed as an occupation of high pressure can qualify for the Permanent residency with NO job offer or employer requirement.
Qualification Requirements for this program, an H1B worker must meet the following basic criteria:
1. Applicant must demonstrate a clear ability and intention to live permanently in Alberta
2. Applicant must be currently working in the United States and possess a valid visa in one of the following temporary skilled worker visa categories: H1-B, H1-B1, H-1C, E-3 at the time the AINP makes a final decision on the application
3. Applicant must have a minimum of one year of work experience in the United States in one of the qualifying visa categories listed above
4. Applicant must have an occupation on the AINP Occupations Under pressure List. (Download AINP List)
The Application Process consists of two independent applications. Initially, the application for the AINP will be filed with the Province of Alberta. The processing time is currently approx 6 months. Upon approval from Alberta, the application will be filed Federally with an approval of the Landed Immigrant Status currently takes approx 6 months. The entire process form commencement until Permanent Residency under this "Fast Track" program is taking less than one year.