Apply for permanent residence

All nominees except Alberta Express Entry nominees

Information on the permanent residence process for Express Entry nominees is provided below.

Step 1. Receive your AINP Nomination package

Your Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) nomination will be sent to you by email. If you have an authorized representative and/or applied with your employer, your nomination will be sent by email to your representative and/or your employer as well.

Step 2: Review your AINP Nomination package

Read everything in the package carefully. Contact the AINP if you find mistakes on your nomination. Make a copy of your nomination for your personal records.

Step 3: Get your permanent residence application ready

After you get your AINP nomination, 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 your nomination expires.

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.

Use the “PNP” column of the federal document checklist (PDF, 1.8 MB) to prepare the required forms and documents, including:

  • a copy of your AINP nomination
  • your police certificates (if available)
  • payment for the required fees

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If you are waiting for police certificates, you can send your application to IRCC without them. IRCC will ask for them later.

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

Step 4: Mail your application

Mail your application to the IRCC Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.

P.O. Box 1450
Sydney, NS  B1P 6K5
Canada

Do not send your application to any other visa office. Send your application by registered mail or courier service to make sure it is received by the CIO.

After you apply

The CIO will determine if your application is complete. If the CIO accepts your application they will send you a file number and tell you the next steps.

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

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

Change of information

If you change your address, email, phone number, employer, or family status while IRCC is processing your permanent residence application, you must contact both the AINP and IRCC.

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

AINP Change of Information forms are available here.

Alberta Express Entry nominees

Step 1. Receive and accept your AINP nomination in your Express Entry (EE) profile

You have 30 days to accept the nomination in your Express Entry profile.  You must accept your nomination in the portal to be eligible to apply for permanent residence under this stream.

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

Alberta Express Entry Stream nominees cannot extend their nomination.

Step 2.  Receive your AINP nomination certificate by email and review to make sure it is accurate

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

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

Read your nomination. Contact the AINP if you find mistakes on your nomination. Keep the electronic copy of your nomination for your personal records.

Step 3: Receive an invitation to apply from IRCC in your EE profile and follow provided instructions to apply online for permanent residence

If you are invited to apply for permanent residence, you will receive a letter in your online EE account that will tell you the next steps in the process.

Next steps include filling out an online application, uploading supporting documents, and paying application fees.

IRCC will provide a personalized document checklist for you and any dependents so that you will know what documents to include.

The system will not let you submit the application unless you include all the required documents and fee payments and fill out all the mandatory form fields.

IRCC will determine if your application is complete. If IRCC accepts your application they will send you a file number and tell you the next steps.

IRCC will contact you through your online account with any updates or requests for information.

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

The AINP 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.

Change of information

If you change your address, email, phone number, employer, or family status while IRCC is processing your permanent residence application, you must contact both the AINP and IRCC.

AINP Change of Information forms are available here.

Use the IRCC web form if you need to report important changes about your application after submitting your application for permanent residence.

Extend your work permit

All AINP nominees, including Alberta Express Entry nominees must apply to IRCC for a work permit renewal if their current work permit will expire before the permanent residence application is finalized.

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

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

The AINP 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 AINP nominees in all streams and categories who have applied for permanent residence to IRCC and have:

  • an IRCC file number
  • an Acknowledgement of Receipt
  • a current, valid work permit that expires in 4 months or less

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

  • include a copy of your AINP nomination when you apply
  • include a copy of your Acknowledgement of Receipt from IRCC with your IRCC file number
  • 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?"
  • 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 AINP to renew your work permit.

Renew your work permit using a 204(c) Letter of Support issued by the AINP at the time of nomination.

AINP nominees may be issued a 204(c) Letter of Support at the time of nomination if they have a current, valid work permit that expires within 6 months of the date of AINP nomination.

They must also have a genuine full-time, non-seasonal job offer from an Alberta employer and be making a wage that is high enough to attract Canadians.

If you did not receive a 204(c) Letter of Support when you were nominated but now need one to renew your work permit and the other options listed above are not available to you, email the AINP officer who sent your nomination package. The AINP will review your request and determine if a letter can be issued. Your email must include:

  • your full name
  • your AINP File Number
  • an attached scanned copy of a request that IRCC has sent you asking for a 204(c) Letter (if applicable)
  • an attached scanned copy of proof that you have submitted an application for permanent residence to IRCC (proof of payment, copy of courier slip)
  • an attached scanned copy of your current job offer, including:
    • your current job title
    • your current salary
    • the name and contact information of your current Alberta employer
  • an attached scanned copy of your current work permit or other status document

The AINP will only issue one letter of support per nominee.

If you receive a written request from IRCC for a 204(c) Letter of Support, AINP will attempt to respond to your request by the deadline provided by IRCC. It will take 30 to 45 days to respond to your request for a 204(c) Letter of Support.

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

  • include a copy of your AINP 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 AINP 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 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.”

The AINP is temporarily issuing 204(c) Letters of Support due to delays in IRCC issuing Acknowledgement of Receipts and longer than usual AINP processing times. Not all AINP nominees will receive a 204(c) Letter of Support and the AINP may stop issuing these letters at any time.

Extend your nomination

Alberta Express Entry Stream nominees cannot extend their nomination.

Your AINP 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, the reasons why you need an extension will be reviewed by the AINP.

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

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

The AINP 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 AINP Nomination extension.

Your Nomination extension request is subject to all conditions that were in place at the time your original Nomination was issued by the AINP.

Extension requests will take up to 30 days to process. The AINP will not respond to any inquiries about the status of your Nomination extension request.

Request a nomination extension

Step 1: Download and fill out the request form

Request for a Nomination Extension Form (PDF, 123 KB)

Step 2: Gather supporting documents

Provide all letters or emails received from IRCC that state why your application for permanent residence was not accepted by IRCC.

Step 3: Mail the package

Make a copy of the package.

Mail to the AINP at:

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
Government of Alberta
Suite 940 ATB Place North Tower
10025 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta  T5J 1S6

The AINP will not accept incomplete forms or forms without supporting documents.

The AINP does not confirm receipt of documents. If you want to track receipt of your documents, you must send them by registered mail or courier.

If you are issued an AINP extension, you must follow the steps for applying to IRCC in order to submit your application.

Contact

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