COVID-19 response

The AINP continues to accept and process applications and Expressions of Interest (EOIs), with temporary adjustments to some application and assessment processes.

Find out how the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program is responding to COVID-19.

Applying for permanent residence

Step 1. Accept your AINP nomination

You have 30 days to accept the nomination in your online federal Express Entry (EE) profile. You must accept your nomination in the federal 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 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) can issue a permanent resident visa.

Alberta Express Entry Stream nominees cannot extend their nomination.

Step 2. Review your nomination certificate

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.

You cannot extend your Alberta Express Entry Stream nomination.

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 certificate. Contact the AINP officer who issued your nomination if you find mistakes on your nomination. Keep the electronic copy of your nomination for your personal records.

You may be asked by IRCC to provide your nomination to renew your work permit.

Step 3: Receive an invitation to apply

If you are invited to apply for permanent residence, you will receive an Invitation to Apply letter from IRCC in your online federal EE account. This letter will tell you the next steps in the process.

You will have 60 days after receiving the Invitation to Apply to submit your application for permanent residence online.

Step 4. Apply online for permanent residence

Fill out an online Express Entry application, upload your supporting documents, and pay the  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.

After you apply for permanent residence

IRCC will determine if your application for permanent residence 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.

Medical exams for you and your family members must be ready at the time you apply to IRCC for permanent residence. For more information on the requirements for medical exams visit IRCC’s website.

Change of information

How you update the AINP of changes will depend on how you applied to the AINP, as well as what kind of information you are updating.

Online application using AINP portal

If you are updating your contact information, excluding your email address, follow the instructions in the next section.

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

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

Forms to notify the AINP of updates

Updating your contact information (excluding email address)

As of June 9, 2021, nominees who submitted their application online using the AINP portal must submit requests to update their contact information, excluding their email address, using the AINP portal.

Complete the online request

  • Log into the AINP portal
  • On the AINP portal main page, click on 'Create New Request'.
  • Find the AINP application number for the application that you want to update existing contact 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. You can update contact information for all active or nominated applications.
  • Click on the blue 'Update Contact Information' 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. The contact information the AINP currently has for you is provided. Only update the information that is no longer correct. Do not delete any existing information that is correct. Include only your contact information. Do not provide anyone else’s information, including that of your third party representative.
  • Click on 'Submit Request' button.

We will make the changes to your contact information in our internal system. Contact information changes will only be reflected in the 'Update Contact Information' section in the portal. Changes to your contact 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.

Paper application submitted by mail

If you need to make updates to your application after you are nominated you must email the updated information or change request, along with your AINP file number, to the AINP officer who sent you your nomination. Ensure you attach all relevant documents.

You must keep track of the requests you send to the AINP. The AINP will update its internal system with changes.

Forms to notify the AINP of updates

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

Extend your work permit

All AINP 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 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:

  1. Include a copy of your AINP 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 AINP to renew your work permit.

You must submit a request to be considered for a 204(c) Letter of Support. The AINP 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 AINP 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.

As of October 1, 2020, the AINP process for issuing and applying for a 204(c) Letter of Support has changed and a fee must be paid:

  • A 204(c) Letter of Support will no longer be issued at the time of nomination. Before October 1, 2020, all nominees with a qualifying Alberta job whose work permit expired within 6 months of the date of AINP nomination received a letter with their nomination.
  • To request a 204(c) Letter of Support, all nominees must complete and submit a Request for 204(c) Letter of Support form. 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 request a 204(c) Letter of Support

Step 1. Submit your request

Complete the Request for 204(c) Letter of Support form (PDF, 566 KB) and gather the required documents.

When submitting your request you must attach these digital documents:

  • 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
  • scanned copy of your most recent work permit or other status document
  • if your nomination is expired, proof you have submitted an application for permanent residence to IRCC (proof of payment, copy of courier slip)
  •  scanned copy of a request that IRCC has sent you asking for a 204(c) Letter (if applicable)
  • updated Use of Representative form (if applicable)
  • copy of your eServices fee payment receipt (if applicable) (see next step)

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 AINP Request for a 204(c) Letter of Support fee is non-refundable once a request has been submitted to the AINP. Refund requests for 204(c) Letter of Support fees will not be considered. The fee covers the cost of processing of your request and is required whether a 204(c) Letter of Support is issued or not.

Online payment

Pay online by debit or credit card at MyAlberta eServices.

Make a copy of your fee payment receipt.

For any online fee payment issues, contact the Service Alberta Contact Centre at:

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

Step 3. Submit your request

Email your completed form, with supporting documents and a copy of your fee payment receipt to [email protected].

If you do not include a copy of your fee payment receipt, you will have 10 business days to provide proof of payment. If proof of payment is not received in 10 business days, your request will be cancelled.

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

An automated email will be sent acknowledging receipt of the request.

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.

Your form 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

  • 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'.

Contact

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