COVID-19 response

The AINP continues to accept and process applications, 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.

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

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

You must also update the AINP of any changes to your use of a representative.

To update the AINP, send an email with your AINP file number to the AINP officer who sent you your nomination advising of the change. This applies to all candidates, including those who submitted an application by mail on or before October 1, 2020.

Use these forms to notify the AINP of these updates:

You will receive an automated email response indicating your email is received. The AINP will update its internal system with changes, but changes to your online application will not be reflected in the portal.

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

Extending 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 letter of support per nominee A second 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. Previously nominees with a qualifying Alberta job whose permit expired within 6 months of the date of AINP nomination received a letter with their nomination.
  • All nominees must complete and submit a Request for 204C Letter of Support form.
  • All requests for a 204(c) Letter of Support emailed on or after October 1, 2020 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, 521 KB) and gather the required documents.

When submitting your request you must attach these digital documents:

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

Step 2. Pay the fee

All Requests for a 204(c) Letter of Support emailed on or after October 1, 2020 are subject to a service fee of $100. Requests emailed before October 1, 2020 do not require a fee.

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: myalberta.eservices@gov.ab.ca

Step 3. Submit your request

Email your completed form, with supporting documents and a copy of your fee payment receipt to lbr.pnpoffice@gov.ab.ca.

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

If you have questions about the program, submit an email using the Opportunity Alberta Feedback form.