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.

On November 16, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRRC) and all provincial nominee programs, including the AAIP, will be adopting the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. Full details on the NOC 2021 version are available on the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) website. Review IRCC’s Find your NOC tool to understand how your occupation may be impacted by this change. AAIP will post information on how NOC 2021 will affect our program in the coming weeks.

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System maintenance for the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program portal occurs Fridays from 11 pm to Sundays at 7 pm. If you experience technical issues during these times, try again later. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Overview

Once you are nominated under the Rural Renewal Stream, there are several things to consider:

  • You must apply for permanent residence within 6 months.
    • The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) may extend your nomination. Read the information below on how to extend your nomination.
  • You must keep the AAIP and the federal government updated on changes to your personal circumstances.
  • You must maintain your status to live and work in Alberta while your application for permanent residence is in process. See information below on options for extending your work permit.
  • The AAIP may withdraw your nomination at any time if you no longer meet the conditions of nomination or if you provided false or misleading information in your AINP application.

Apply for permanent residence

To obtain permanent residence status, you must apply for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) with your AAIP nomination certificate and supporting documents. You must:

  • ensure you maintain your legal status in Canada (if applicable)

IRCC completes a review of your application for permanent residence including health, security, and criminal reviews. IRCC may request any additional information that it deems appropriate at any time during the application process. IRCC is responsible for assessing each nominee’s eligibility for permanent residence.

Step 1. Review your nomination package

Your AAIP nomination certificate will be sent to you by email. If you have an authorized representative, they will be copied on the same email.

Read everything in the package carefully. Contact the program officer who assessed your application if you find mistakes on your nomination. If a program officer did not contact you during the assessment of your application, email [email protected] with details on the errors in your nomination certificate.

Make a copy of your nomination for your personal records.

IRCC requires you to provide a copy of this nomination certificate with your application for permanent residence. You may also be asked to provide a copy of this nomination certificate to renew your work permit.

Step 2: Get your permanent residence application ready

After you get your AAIP nomination, you must apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as soon as possible. Your nomination is only valid for 6 months; you must apply to IRCC before it expires.

You may qualify to have your AAIP nomination extended. A $100 fee applies for all requests for nomination extensions.

The sooner you apply for permanent residence, the sooner you can get an Acknowledgement of Receipt of your application from IRCC, and your IRCC file number. Your Acknowledgement of Receipt and IRCC file number are very important if you need to extend your work permit.

Visit the IRCC website to get all the information you need to apply for permanent residence.

IRCC will return your application if it is incomplete or you have not paid the required fees.

Step 3: Submit your application online

Apply online to submit your application for permanent residence.

Applications received by mail after September 23, 2022 will be returned.

After you apply

When you apply online, you will receive immediate confirmation from IRCC that you have successfully submitted your application.

You can check the status of your IRCC application online using your file number.

The AAIP does not have any information about your IRCC application and cannot provide status updates.

Medical, criminal and security checks

You and your family must pass medical, criminal and security checks to receive permanent residence.

Do not have a medical check until IRCC asks you to get one. Instructions on how to take the medical examination will be sent to you after you submit your application to IRCC.

Your AAIP Nomination does not mean that you will receive permanent residence. Only IRCC can issue a permanent resident visa.

Change of information

If there are changes to the following information while IRCC is processing your permanent residence application, you must contact both the AAIP and IRCC:

  • address, email, or phone number
  • family status
  • employment changes and new work permits
  • immigration status
  • use of representative

IRCC will tell you how to contact them with any changes after receiving your application for permanent residence.

How you update the AAIP of changes will depend on what kind of information you are updating.

Online application using AAIP portal

All updates of your contact information (except email address), employment and family information and changes to your representative must be completed in the portal. Withdrawals must also be completed in the portal.

If you need to change your email address for corresponding with the AAIP, you must update your MADI account.

For all other updates, you must email the updated information, along with your file number, to the AAIP officer who sent you your nomination. Ensure you attach all relevant documents. You must keep track of the changes you send to the AAIP. The AAIP will update its internal system with changes.

Forms to notify the AAIP of updates

  • A signed Use of Representative form (PDF, 303 KB) must be provided to change your third-party representative for your AAIP application.

To withdraw an application or update your contact information (excluding email address), family information, employment information and representative:

  • Log into the Alberta Advantage Immigration Portal
  • On the portal main page, click on ‘Create New Request’.
  • Find the AAIP application number for the application that you want to update existing information.
  • Once you click on the application number, you will be directed to a page with detailed information. You can only see request options that are available to you for this application.
    • Withdrawal: If you are eligible to withdraw the application, a blue 'Withdraw Application' button will be available above the application number.
    • Update contact information: You can update contact information for all active or nominated applications.
    • Update employment information: You can update your current employment information for all active or nominated applications. Use this request to provide reference letters, LMIAs, work permits, job offers, employment contracts, pay records, Records of Employment and licensing/certification documents.
    • Update family information: You can update spouse/common-law partner and dependent information for all active and nominated applications.
    • Request change of representative: You can update your representative for all applications, including withdrawn and declined applications.
  • Click on the blue button for the type of request or update you want to submit.
  • Read the information provided on submitting the request and follow the instructions to complete the request.
    • Withdrawal: Once an application is withdrawn, it cannot be re-activated. Enter your reason for requesting the withdrawal of the application.
    • Update contact information: The contact information the AAIP currently has for you is provided. To update your address and/or phone number, replace the existing information with your new information. Only update the information that is no longer correct. Do not delete any information that is still correct. Include only your contact information. Do not provide anyone else’s information, including that of your third party representative.
    • Update employment information: Check off all the changes to employment that apply and upload supporting documents.
    • Update family information: Provide details on the spouse/common-law partner and/or dependent you need to add or remove from the application and upload supporting documents.
    • Request change of representative: If you are removing a representative and representing yourself, fill out the fields as directed in the portal. If you are appointing a representative or changing from one representative to another representative, read the provided AAIP Use of Representative policy and upload a signed Use of Representative form (PDF, 303 KB). Read the instructions in the form to determine which pages must be completed for the change to representative you are requesting.
  • Click on ‘Submit Request’ button.

The AAIP will review your request to withdraw and will notify you by email after the review is completed.

We will make the changes to your contact, family, employment and representative information in our internal system. Changes will only be reflected in the individual requests in the Check Existing Request section in the portal. Changes to your information will not be reflected in the online application.

IRCC will tell you how to contact them with any changes after receiving your application for permanent residence.

Extend your work permit

All AAIP nominees must apply to IRCC for a work permit renewal if their current work permit will expire before their permanent residence application is finalized.

An AAIP nomination is not an automatic work permit renewal. It is very important to not let your work permit expire.

There are 4 ways that AAIP nominees can apply to IRCC for a work permit renewal.

The AAIP recommends that you first explore option 1, 2 or 3.

Option 1

Renew your work permit with a new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from your Alberta employer.

If your Alberta employer has a new LMIA, you can apply to IRCC for a work permit renewal.

Make sure you include a copy of the LMIA.

Option 2

Renew your work permit based on an LMIA exemption as determined by IRCC.

Option 3

Renew your work permit by applying for a Bridging Open Work Permit. This option is available to all AAIP nominees in all streams and categories who have applied for permanent residence to IRCC and who:

Follow these steps when applying for the Bridging Open Work Permit:

  1. Include a copy of your AAIP nomination when you apply.
  2. Include a copy of your Acknowledgement of Receipt from IRCC with your IRCC file number.
  3. Select ‘Open Work Permit’ on the IRCC application form to extend your work permit where it asks ‘What type of work permit are you applying for?’
  4. Pay all fees, including the additional $100 fee for an open work permit.

Option 4 (only recommended if options 1, 2, and 3 are not possible)

204(c) Letter of Support

If Options 1, 2 or 3 are not available to you, you may be eligible to receive a 204(c) Letter of Support from the AAIP to renew your work permit.

The AAIP will review your request and determine if a letter can be issued.

There is no guarantee a 204(c) Letter of Support will be issued.

The AAIP will only issue one 204(c) Letter of Support per nominee. A second 204(c) Letter of Support may be issued to nominees who have a written request from IRCC for a 204(c) Letter of Support.

  • All nominees must complete and submit a request for 204(c) Letter of Support. You cannot submit a request for a 204(c) Letter of Support until you have received a nomination certificate.
  • All requests for a 204(c) Letter of Support are subject to a service fee of $100. Exception: Nominees who have a written request from IRCC for a 204(c) Letter of Support do not need to pay the service fee.
  • Requests will not be processed until full payment is received.

How to submit a request for a 204(c) Letter of Support

Step 1. Complete the online request

  • Log into the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program portal
  • On the AAIP portal main page, click on 'Create New Request'.
  • Find the AAIP application number for the application for which you want to make a request for a 204(c) Letter of Support.
  • Once you click on the application number, you will be directed to a page with detailed information. You can only see request options that are available to you for this application. You can make a request for a 204(c) Letter of Support for applications that have a valid nomination. If you are eligible to submit a request for a 204(c) Letter of Support for the application, a blue 'Request 204(c) Letter of Support' button will be available above the application number.
  • Click on the 'Request 204(c) Letter of Support' button.
  • Next, read the FOIP clause and other important information about completing a request. Check off the box and click on 'Continue'. A draft is automatically saved once you click on the 'Continue' button. If you experience any technical issues or leave the request section while creating the request, you will need to go to the 'Check Existing Requests' page to retrieve the draft request to continue.
  • Read the information provided on submitting the request and follow the instructions to complete the request. Fill out the fields as directed in the portal and upload supporting documents.
  • Click on 'Submit Request' button.
  • Next you must pay the fee.

Step 2. Pay the fee

All requests for a 204(c) Letter of Support are subject to a service fee of $100.

Exception: Nominees who have a written request from IRCC for a 204(c) Letter of Support do not need to pay the service fee.

Fee conditions

The request for a 204(c) Letter of Support fee is non-refundable once a request has been submitted in the AAIP portal. Refund requests for requests for a 204(c) Letter of Support will not be considered. The fee covers the cost of processing your request and is required whether a 204(c) Letter of Support is issued or not. There is no guarantee you will be issued a 204(c) Letter of Support.

Online payment

Instructions on how to pay your fee are available in the portal. For any online fee payment issues, contact the Service Alberta Contact Centre:

Phone: 1-844-643-2788
Email: [email protected]

You will need to pay your fee in full within 24 hours of submitting your request in the portal. If you do not pay your fee within 24 hours of submitting your request, your request will be cancelled. Cancelled requests cannot be reinstated and a new request must be created and submitted.

Check the Request Status of your application on the Check Existing Requests page to confirm if your request fee has been paid. Your fee has not been paid if the status is 'Payment Pending.' Your request has been accepted for processing by the AAIP if the status is 'Submitted'. You will also have an email from eServices with your fee payment receipt.

After you submit a request for a 204(c) Letter of Support

If you receive a written request from IRCC for a 204(c) Letter of Support, AAIP will attempt to respond to your request by the deadline provided by IRCC. For all other requests for a 204(c) Letter of Support, it will take up to 28 days for the AAIP to respond to your request.

Your online information and supporting documents will be reviewed. You will receive an email notifying you if the request meets the conditions required for a 204(c) Letter of Support to be issued.

Applying for a new work permit with a 204(c) Letter of Support

To apply for a new work permit:

  • include a copy of your AAIP nomination and your 204(c) Letter of Support
  • include a copy of your Acknowledgement of Receipt from IRCC with your IRCC file number, if your AAIP nomination is no longer valid when you apply
  • confirm if your Alberta employer paid the employer compliance fee of $230 and has submitted an offer of employment through the IRCC Employer Portal

More information on applying to IRCC to renew a work permit with a 204(c) Letter of Support can be found on the IRCC website under the section 'Foreign workers nominated by a province or territory'.

Extend your nomination

All requests for a nomination extension emailed are subject to a service fee of $100. Information on how to pay the fee is provided below.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, IRCC is experiencing delays in receiving permanent residence applications and issuing Acknowledgements of Receipt. If you were impacted by IRCC delays and require a nomination extension more than 6 months after your nomination expiry date, you can submit a request to the AAIP if you applied for permanent residence before your nomination certificate expired. Details on required documentation is provided below.

Your AAIP nomination gives you 6 months to submit your application for permanent residence as a Provincial Nominee to IRCC.

You must apply to IRCC before your nomination expires. If your nomination expires and you request an extension, AAIP will review your reasons for needing an extension.

There is no guarantee that you will be issued an extension.

If you have already been granted an AAIP nomination extension, you will not be granted any further extensions.

To be considered for an extension request:

  • The AAIP must receive your extension request within 6 months of the expiry date of your original Nomination. If more than 6 months have passed since the expiry date of your original Nomination, you are not eligible for an AAIP Nomination extension. Exception: If you applied for permanent residence before your nomination expired and were impacted by IRCC’s COVID-19 processing delays, you can submit a request more than 6 months after your nomination’s expiry date. You must explain your situation in your request and provide proof that you applied for permanent residence before your nomination certificate expired.
  • You must continue to meet all the conditions that were in place at the time your original nomination was issued by the AAIP.
  • Full fee payment must be received. Requests will not be processed until full payment is received.

Extension requests will take up to 30 days to process.

The AAIP will not respond to any inquiries about the status of your nomination extension request.

Request a nomination extension

Step 1. Complete the online request

  • Log into the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program portal
  • On the portal main page, click on 'Create New Request'.
  • Find the AAIP application number for the application that you want to request a nomination extension for. Only applications with a status of 'Certificate Issued” are eligible for a nomination extension.
  • Once you click on the application number, you will be directed to a page with detailed information. You can only see request options that are available to you for this application. If you are eligible to submit a request for a nomination extension, a blue 'Request Nomination Extension' button will be available above the application number.
  • Click on the blue 'Request Nomination Extension' button.
  • Next, read the FOIP clause and other important information about completing a request. Check off the box and click on 'Continue'. A draft is automatically saved once you click on the 'Continue' button. If you experience any technical issues or leave the request section while creating the request, you will need to go to the 'Check Existing Requests' page to retrieve the draft request to continue.
  • Fill out the form, complete the online declaration and upload supporting documents, if applicable, and click on 'Submit Request' button.
  • Next, you must pay the fee.

Step 2. Pay the fee

All requests for nomination extension are subject to a service fee of $100.

Fee conditions

The AAIP request for a nomination extension fee is non-refundable once a request has been submitted to the AAIP. Refund requests for nomination extensions will not be considered. The fee covers the cost of processing of your request and is required whether a nomination extension is issued or not.

Online payment

Instructions on how to pay your fee are available in the portal. For any online fee payment issues, contact the Service Alberta Contact Centre:

Phone: 1-844-643-2788
Email: [email protected]

You will need to pay your fee in full within 24 hours of submitting your request in the portal. If you do not pay your fee within 24 hours of submitting your request, your request will be cancelled. Cancelled requests cannot be reinstated and a new request must be created and submitted.

Check the Request Status of your application on the Check Existing Requests page to confirm if your request fee has been paid. Your fee has not been paid if the status is 'Payment Pending.' Your request has been accepted for processing by the AAIP if the status is 'Submitted'. You will also have an email from eServices with your fee payment receipt.

Contact

Connect with us if you have questions about this program:
Email: [email protected]

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