Prioritizing applications for Ukrainians

Temporary processing measures are now in place for the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) for Ukrainian nationals who apply to the program. Find out how the AAIP is responding to the crisis in Ukraine.

Nomination certificate limits

The following numbers are accurate as of January 31, 2023.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sets the limits for nominations the AAIP can issue each year. IRCC provided 6,500 nomination certificates to Alberta for 2022.

The AAIP has issued all of the IRCC nomination certificates for 2022. The AAIP will continue to assess applications in the queue, however, no further certificates will be issued until January 2023.

Application volumes and processing

Information on application volumes and processing is available to help you determine the status of your application.

The AAIP does not provide status updates.

Approximate volumes and assessment dates for each AAIP stream are provided below.

'Assessing' means an AAIP officer has been assigned a file to make an assessment and decision on eligibility.

The most common factors considered in AAIP application processing include:

  • application quality (completeness, eligibility, outdated application information or documents)
  • volume of applications received
  • the date the application was received
  • strategic priorities, informed by labour market and economic development information
  • the number of nomination certificates remaining for the year

Read the AAIP terms and conditions for each stream, for more information on AAIP application processing.

Streams for workers

AAIP Stream Number of applications in the queue (approximate) The AAIP is assessing applications received before (approximate)
Alberta Opportunity Stream Approximately 1642 November 14, 2022

Applications received after this date have not yet been assigned to an officer for assessment.

Alberta Express Entry Stream Approximately 342 These applications are treated as an Expression of Interest and are not reviewed based on date of submission.

Accelerated Tech Pathway applications are priority processed.

Rural Renewal Stream Not available due to low application volumes. Not available due to low application volumes.

Application volumes by occupation

The AAIP has a high volume of applications in worker streams in the following occupations. These submissions may take longer to process.

  • 62020 – Food service supervisors
  • 62010 – Retail sales supervisors
  • 63200 – Cooks
  • 21231 – Software engineers and designers
  • 13110 – Administrative assistants
  • 42202 – Early childhood educators and assistants
  • 73300 – Transport truck drivers
  • 12200 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
  • 60030 – Restaurant and food service managers
  • 21222 – Information systems specialists

Express Entry draws

The AAIP regularly reviews available candidates in the federal Express Entry pool. Based on available profile information in the portal, the AAIP draws to select candidates from the pool, inviting them to submit a completed application to the AAIP. Information on Alberta Express Entry Stream Notification of Interest factors is included on the Eligibility page.

Past draws

Information on draws will typically be posted approximately one month after the date of draw.

Date of draw Number of Notification of Interest letters sent Comprehensive Ranking System score (CRS) of lowest ranked candidate who received a Notification of Interest letter
January 23, 2023 154 385
January 19, 2023 46 324
December 8, 2022 129 305
July 29, 2022 120 473
June 16, 2022 150 306
May 19, 2022 100 382
April 14, 2022 250 356
March 22, 2022 350 325
March 8, 2022 350 318
February 1, 2022 400 340
January 18, 2022 350 346
January 5, 2022 250 327
December 14, 2021 150 351
November 24, 2021 100 350
November 9, 2021 200 343
October 26, 2021 248 300
October 12, 2021 293 300
September 30, 2021 275 300
September 21, 2021 450 300
September 14, 2021 385 300
September 7, 2021 500 300
August 30, 2021 400 301
August 23, 2021 450 300
August 10, 2021 396 300

Streams for entrepreneurs

Due to the low volume of applications, processing times are not available for these streams:

  • Farm Stream – the AAIP works closely with Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation to assess the eligibility of applicants under this stream
  • Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
  • Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
  • Rural Entrepreneur Stream


Connect with us if you have questions about the program:
Contact the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program

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