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.

Selection and notification process

Based on available profile information in the federal Express Entry portal, Alberta may select candidates and send them a Notification of Interest letter in their federal Express Entry profile. Profile information is self-declared by candidates in the federal Express Entry pool.

If you receive a Notification of Interest letter from Alberta and you are interested in being considered for this stream, you must send a copy of the letter along with additional information to the AINP by email within 2 weeks of receiving the letter. Instructions on how to contact the AINP are in the How to apply section.

There is no guarantee that if you meet the selection requirements you will receive a Notification of Interest letter or be asked to apply. Notification of Interest letters and requests to apply are affected by the volume of potential candidates meeting these requirements, the type (occupation or sector) of submissions in AINP processing queues, and the number of available nominations.

You may receive a Notification of Interest letter if you:

  • have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool
  • have stated an interest in immigrating permanently to Alberta
  • are working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification
  • have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300

Factors that increase your chances

Meeting one or more of the following adaptability factors may also increase your likelihood of receiving a Notification of Interest letter:

  • you have an Alberta job offer and/or work experience
  • you are a graduate of a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • you have a parent, child, brother and/or sister who is a permanent resident living in Alberta, or a Canadian citizen living in Alberta

Factors that decrease your chances

If you meet one or more of the following factors, this may decrease your likelihood of receiving a Notification of Interest letter:

Selection draws

Information on Alberta Express Entry Stream selection draws from the federal Express Entry pool and NOIs issued is available on the AINP – Processing times and inventory page.

Assessment criteria

The AINP will advise you by email if you are invited to submit an application. Information on how to submit an application is in the How to apply section.

You will not be invited to apply if:

  • You have an active nomination which has not expired and/or is eligible for extension under another AINP stream. Candidates are only eligible for one AINP nomination certificate.
  • You have been issued a letter on a previous AINP application that stated you are not eligible to re-apply to the AINP for a specified period of time. It is recommended you keep your Express Entry profile up to date so that you remain eligible for consideration under the Alberta Express Entry Stream in the future.

If you are invited to submit an application, you must also meet assessment criteria. You must review the assessment criteria before applying.

Alberta Express Entry Stream criteria applies at the time:

  • your application is submitted in the AINP portal or was submitted before October 1, 2020
  • the AINP assesses your application

The AINP defines the ‘mailing date’ as follows:

  • if sent by registered mail, the mailing date is the date the item is accepted by Canada Post
  • for parcels, the mailing date is the date Canada Post accepts a parcel or the date a courier service picks up the parcel

The AINP may confirm the mailing date with the mail service provider, including online tracking information.

To be considered for nomination you must meet the following criteria at the time your application is mailed (if before October 1, 2020) or submitted in the AINP portal, and at the time your application is assessed. You must:

  • have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool
  • meet the criteria of at least one of the federal immigration programs:
  • intend to and be able to live and work in Alberta
  • be working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification
  • have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300

If you have one or more of the following adaptability factors, this may increase your likelihood of being assessed or nominated:

  • you have an Alberta job offer and/or work experience
  • you are a graduate of a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • you have a parent, child, brother and/or sister who is a permanent resident living in Alberta, or a Canadian citizen living in Alberta

Accuracy of information

When the AINP selects candidates, it expects that information contained in the federal Express Entry portal is accurate. The information and documents you identified in the federal Express Entry portal must be provided to the AINP at the time your Express Entry application package is submitted.

Documents and information provided in the application must confirm the information identified in the federal Express Entry portal at the time that the Notification of Interest was issued. If there are discrepancies between the information in the federal portal and the information the AINP receives, your submission may be declined.

Terms and conditions

The AINP does not guarantee that all complete applications received by the AINP will be assessed, or that all candidates who meet the assessment criteria will be issued a nomination. Review the Terms and Conditions in the How to apply section for complete information. Submission of an application or nomination by the AINP does not guarantee you will be issued a permanent resident visa.

Contact

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