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.

The AINP 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.

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.

If you are nominated under the Accelerated Tech Pathway and did not have a valid work permit at the time of nomination, make sure there is a 204(c) Letter of Support in your nomination package. You will use this letter to apply to IRCC for a work permit after you apply for permanent residence. If you had a valid work permit at the time of nomination, you will not receive a 204(c) Letter of Support in your nomination package. You will need to apply and pay for a 204(c) Letter of Support if you need one.

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.

Obtain a work permit

General Alberta Express Entry Stream nominees

If you did not have a valid work permit at the time of nomination, you can request a 204(c) Letter of Support from the AINP if you have a valid job offer to work in Alberta. You can use the 204(c) Letter of Support to apply to IRCC for a work permit.

To request a 204(c) Letter of Support, follow the instructions for Option 4 in the 'Extending your work permit' section below.  You do not have to provide a copy of your most recent immigration status document for Canada if you are not yet here.

Nominees who do not have a valid job offer to work in Alberta are not eligible for a 204(c) Letter of Support.

Accelerated Tech Pathway nominees

If you are nominated under the Accelerated Tech Pathway and did not have a valid work permit at the time of nomination, you received a 204(c) Letter of Support in your nomination package. Use your 204(c) Letter of Support to apply to IRCC for a work permit.

If you were not eligible to receive a 204(c) Letter of Support at the time of nomination, you can request a 204(c) Letter of Support from the AINP if you have a valid job offer to work in Alberta. You can use the 204(c) Letter of Support to apply to IRCC for a work permit.

To request a 204(c) Letter of Support, follow the instructions for Option 4 in the 'Extending your work permit' section below.  You do not have to provide a copy of your most recent immigration status document for Canada if you are not yet here.

Nominees who do not have a valid job offer to work in Alberta are not eligible for a 204(c) Letter of Support.

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 there are changes to the following information while IRCC is processing your permanent residence application, you must contact both the AINP 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 AINP of changes will depend on how you applied to the AINP.

Online application using AINP portal

As of December 7, 2021, 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 AINP, you must update your MADI account.

For all other updates, you must email the updated information, 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 changes you send to the AINP. The AINP will update its internal system with changes.

Forms to notify the AINP of updates

  • A signed Use of Representative form (PDF, 255 KB) must be provided to change your third-party representative for your AINP application

Withdrawing an application or updating your contact information (excluding email address), family information, employment information and representative

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.
    • 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 AINP 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 AINP Use of Representative policy and upload a signed Use of Representative form (PDF, 255 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 AINP 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.

Paper application submitted by mail

If you need to make updates to your application or advise of any changes to your status 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

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 who:

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.

Accelerated Tech Pathway nominees who did not have a valid work permit at the time of nomination do not need to apply for a 204(c) Letter of Support. The 204(c) Letter of Support is issued at the time of nomination.

All other nominees, including Accelerated Tech Pathway nominees who had a valid work permit at the time of nomination, 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 only be issued at the time of nomination to qualifying nominees under the Accelerated Tech Pathway. 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.
  •  All nominees must complete and submit a request for 204(c) Letter of Support. How you submit the request depends on how you applied to the AINP (mail or online application). 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

How you make a request for a 204(c) Letter of Support depends on how you applied to the AINP.

Online application using AINP portal

As of December 7, 2021, all online applicants must submit requests for 204(c) Letters of Support using the AINP portal.

Step 1. 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 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 AINP 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 AINP if the status is 'Submitted'. You will also have an email from eServices with your fee payment receipt.

Paper application submitted by mail

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
  • if you already living or working in Canada, provide a 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

If you emailed your request, an automated email will be sent acknowledging receipt of the request.

You will not receive an email if you submitted your request online using the AINP portal. You can check the online portal for the status of your 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.

The form or 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

  • 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'.

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