A Step-by-Step Guide to Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Buy or start a farm business in Canada and get permanent residence through the Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream under the AAIP.

Alberta’s AAIP Farm Stream is for entrepreneurs with the financial resources and farm management skills to start a new farm in Alberta or buy an existing one to obtain Canada PR by investment. Candidates must submit their application to the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) for review and a planned business plan.

The Alberta Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Economic Development will engage with the AAIP to ensure that the business plan is realistic and viable and fits the needs of Alberta’s agriculture industry. Candidates must meet the following criteria when their application is mailed to the AAIP and when the AAIP assesses their application to be eligible for Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream.

Who is eligible for Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream?

Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream eligibility requirements are as follows:

Farm Management Skills

Applicants must demonstrate they possess the skills to manage a farm. They can provide this proof in the form of:

  • Financial documents relating to their current farm business.
  • Documents describing their farm-related work experience, training, and education.
  • A comprehensive business plan that describes the farm they intend to establish or purchase in the province.
  • Proof of financial assistance from a Canadian financial institution.

Proof of Financial Resources

  • Applicants must invest a minimum of $500,000 CAD if the farm business.
  • They must demonstrate they have a net worth of at least $500,000 CAD using supporting documents.

Investment Plan

Applicants must describe their investment plans in a comprehensive business plan and submit it along with their application with the AAIP.

Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream: Application Process

The application process for the Alberta’s Self-Employed Farmer Stream is as follows:

Stage 1

  • Research & Preparation
  • Application Submission
  • Application Assessment

Stage 2

  • Nomination
  • Applying for Permanent Residence
  • After Applying for Permanent Residence

Stage One

1. Research & Preparation

Foreign farmers must first check their eligibility for the AAIP Farmer Stream by reviewing the requirements mentioned above. They must then download the required documents for their application

2. Registration

  • Applicants must then pay the $500 CAD application fees online at MyAlberta eServices using a credit card or debit card.
  • Applicants must provide the fee payment receipt with their application.
  • Applicants can then mail their applications to the AAIP.

3. Application

The AAIP will then assess the foreign farmer’s application. They may request additional information before making their decision.

Stage Two

4. Nomination

If the AAIP approves the application, they will send the applicant a Provincial Nomination package via email. This package will include information on how the nominee can apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

5. Applying for Permanent Residence

Nominees must complete their permanent residence application and submit it as quickly as possible. Their nomination is valid for only 6 months, so they must apply before it expires.

Nominees must also gather and submit supporting documents along with their application. This includes a copy of the AAIP nomination, police certificates, and proof of fee payment.

6. After Applying for Permanent Residence

Once the nominee has submitted their application for permanent residence, IRCC will ask them to complete criminal, medical, and security checks. Applicants will then need to wait for IRCC to make their final decision.

How ELAAR can help you?

Prospective Farm Owners/Operators who wish to apply for the AAIP Farm Stream should get in touch with us. Our team of Regulated Immigration Consultants is familiar with Alberta PNP Farm Stream and can help optimize your application and improve your chances of receiving a provincial nomination. Start your entrepreneurial journey in Alberta with Elaar Immigration.

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