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.

As of October 1, 2020, the AINP is charging fees for all post-nomination requests for services. Processes for requesting services have changed. Read about the new fees and processes in the extend your work permit and extend your nomination sections below.

Overview

Once you are nominated for the Alberta Opportunity Stream, there are several things to consider:

  • You must apply for permanent residence within 6 months.
    • The AINP may extend your nomination. See information below on extending nominations.
  • You must keep the AINP and the federal government updated on changes to your personal circumstances.
  • You must maintain your status to live and work in Alberta while your application for permanent residence is in process. See information below on options for extending your work permit.

Apply for permanent residence

Step 1. Review your nomination package

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.

Read everything in the package carefully. Contact the program officer who issued your nomination if you find mistakes on your nomination.

Make a copy of your nomination for your personal records.

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

Step 2: Get your permanent residence application ready

After you get your AINP nomination, you must 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 it expires. You may qualify to have your AINP nomination extended. A $100 fee applies for all requests for nomination extensions emailed on or after October 1, 2020.

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.

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 3: 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

After you apply for permanent residence, 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, employment, or your family status or your 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 with 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 applied by mail on or before October 1, 2020.

Forms to notify the AINP of updates

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You will receive an automated email response indicating your email is received. The AINP will update its internal paper file or online application system with changes. 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.

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 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 applied 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.’

Extend your nomination

All requests for a nomination extension emailed on or after October 1, 2020 are subject to a service fee of $100. Information on how to pay the fee is provided below.

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.

To be considered for an extension request:

  • 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.
  • You must continue to meet all of the conditions that were in place at the time your original nomination was issued by the AINP.
  • Full fee payment must be received. Requests will not be processed until full payment is received.

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. Prepare required documents

Download and fill in the Request for a Nomination Extension form (PDF, 311 KB) and gather the required documents

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

Step 2. Pay the fee

All requests for a nomination extension 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.

Fee conditions

The request for a nomination extension fee is non-refundable once a request has been submitted to the AINP. Refund requests for a request for a nomination extension fee will not be considered. The fee covers the cost of processing of your request and is required whether a nomination extension 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 Request for a Nomination Extension 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 request an extension

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

Your form and supporting documents will be reviewed. It will take 30 days to respond to your request. You will receive an email notifying you if the request meets the conditions required for a nomination extension to be issued.

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

Contact

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