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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- application quality (completeness, eligibility, outdated application information or documents)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.
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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