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.

Before you apply

Before you apply for the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) you need to be aware of your eligibility and the application process. Note, you may only have one Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) application in process at any time across all AINP streams. If you have an existing application and want to apply to the AOS, you may withdraw your existing application.

How to withdraw an application in process

If you choose to request the withdrawal of an application you must submit a request to the AINP.

The AINP must confirm your application has been withdrawn before a new application can be submitted.

The application fee for the withdrawn application will not be refunded.

How you submit a request to withdraw an application will depend on how you applied to the AINP.

Online application using AINP portal

As of June 9, 2021, candidates who submitted their application online using the AINP portal must submit their request to withdraw an application using the AINP portal.

Complete the online request

AINP portal maintenance

Due to scheduled maintenance, you may experience difficulties using the Alberta Immigrant Nominee System on Wednesday June 23, 2021 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • 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 withdraw.
  • 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. If you are eligible to withdraw the application, a blue 'Withdraw Application' button will be available above the application number.
  • Click on the blue 'Withdraw Application' 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 the 'Check Existing Requests' page to retrieve the draft request to continue.
  • Read the information provided on submitting a withdrawal. Once an application is withdrawn, it cannot be re-activated. Enter your reason for requesting the withdrawal of the application, and click on 'Submit Request' button.

The AINP will review your request and notify you by email after the review is completed.

Paper application submitted by mail

Email your request with your AINP file number and reason for withdrawal to [email protected].

How to apply for the AOS

Step 1. Read the terms and conditions

AINP Terms and Conditions

The availability of AINP streams and categories is dependent upon application volumes and labour market needs. The AINP reserves the right to close application intake for any AINP stream or category at any time, without prior notice. Further, the AINP may decline to consider applications to closed or suspended streams or categories, regardless of when the applications were submitted. The criteria for the AINP are routinely evaluated and may be subject to change at any time and without notice. Changes to the AINP, including notice of suspension or closure of its streams and categories and criteria changes, are available at AINP – Updates.

The AINP is not obligated to assess/process any applications submitted. Applications to the AINP are treated as an expression of interest, and as such, will be processed according to quality of the application (completeness, eligibility), labour market information, occupational supply and demand forecasting, AINP application volumes or any other factors at the AINP’s discretion. By applying to the AINP you acknowledge and agree that your application may not be processed in the order received, or at all. Further, the decision to assess or process any particular application, and the outcome of any such assessment / processing, is at the AINP’s sole discretion.

Program criteria are eligibility minimums, and meeting program criteria does not guarantee that a candidate’s application will be assessed, processed, or granted. The AINP may choose to assess applications with the most current criteria irrespective of the date of submission of an application.

Candidates must have a strong likelihood of becoming economically established in Alberta and the AINP reserves the right to decline applications if the AINP is of the opinion that the candidate may not economically establish in Alberta.

Step 2. Review the eligibility criteria

You must meet all Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) eligibility criteria.

Your application will be declined if you do not meet the criteria.

You will need to demonstrate that you meet eligibility criteria in your application. Some documentation, such as language testing results, may take time to get.

Step 3. Complete your application online

The AINP will only accept AOS applications online as of October 1, 2020. AOS applications mailed to the AINP will be declined and a new application must be submitted using the online portal.

For your online application to be accepted for processing by the AINP, you must complete 2 steps:

  • complete and submit the online application, and
  • pay the application fee

Using the AINP online portal

AINP portal maintenance

Due to scheduled maintenance, you may experience difficulties using the Alberta Immigrant Nominee System on Wednesday June 23, 2021 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

AINP online portal

The AINP portal is only for candidates. You are responsible for your AINP online portal account. Portal access is not available for third party representatives and family members.

You must have a basic MyAlberta Digital ID (MADI) account to access the portal. A MADI account is a free online identity for accessing Government of Alberta services online.

  • Instructions on how to create a MADI account are in the portal and on the MADI website. You may also use an existing basic or verified MADI account.

The email address used to set up your MADI account is the email address that the AINP will use to correspond with you. If you need to change your email address for corresponding with the AINP, you must update your MADI account.

You should not share your MADI account with others, including family members and third-party representatives, as your information or documents could be modified without your knowledge or consent. You are responsible for the information provided to the AINP for your application. Incorrect or fraudulent information could result in your application being declined and you could be banned from applying to the AINP for a period of time.

Complete the online application

You can save a draft application to complete later.

You must complete section A (Contact Information) before a draft of your application is saved.

You can see all of your applications on the My Applications page in the portal.

Tips for using the AINP portal

Before you start entering your application information in the portal, read the AINP Portal Helpful Hints (PDF, 101 KB) for tips on filling out your online application.

Always use the ‘Save’, ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ buttons to move through the application.

Do not use the browser navigation arrow or the navigation menu on the left-hand side of the Portal.

To save a section, you must fill in all required fields and have no error messages.

An error message will appear at the top of the screen if the information you entered does not meet format requirements. The information must be entered correctly before you can proceed to the next section. Place your cursor over the text box to receive tips on how to fill out the information.

An error message will appear if the data entered indicates you do not meet program eligibility. You will not be able to proceed further in the application if the portal indicates you do not meet criteria.

If you make a change in some sections, you may be required to update a previous section you completed.

You must re-sign sections L (Candidate Declaration) through O (Representative Information) if you make changes in sections A (Candidate Information) to K (Alternate Contact).

PDF form issues

Fillable forms do not open properly on some mobile devices and web browsers. To fill in and save forms:

  1. Click on the PDF link to save it on your computer.
  2. Launch Adobe Reader.
  3. Open the PDF from within Adobe Reader. You can now fill and save your form.

Submit your documents

The portal will give you a personalized list of documents you need to upload based on the information you entered. Details on what information must be included for each document are included in the Alberta Opportunity Stream document checklist (PDF, 116 KB). Review the document checklist carefully before uploading your documents.

Your list of documents may include one or more of the following forms:

There are limits on the size and type of documents you can upload and on what you can name your files. Details on these limits are set out in Section P Document Checklist in the portal.

Finish your online application

Once you have uploaded and reviewed your application for completeness and accuracy you will submit the application in the portal. A file number will be provided to you in the portal and will also be listed on the MyApplications page.

You will then need to complete one more final step before your application is accepted for processing by the AINP – You must pay the application fee.

Step 4. Pay your application fee

Fee conditions

An application fee of $500 applies to all online applications.

The AINP application fee is non-refundable once an application has been submitted to the AINP. Refund requests for application fees will not be considered. The application fee covers the cost of processing your application and is required whether a nomination certificate is issued or not. There is no guarantee you will be issued a nomination certificate.

Each AINP application requires a separate application fee and the fee will not be refunded.

How to pay your fee

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 within 24 hours of submitting your complete application in the portal. The $500 fee must be paid online using a single credit or debit card.

If you do not pay your fee within 24 hours of submitting your application, your application will be cancelled. Cancelled applications cannot be reinstated and a new application must be created and submitted.

Check the Web Application status of your application on the MyApplications page to confirm if your application fee has been paid. The Web Application status is different than the Processing status which is also provided on the MyApplications page.

Your application has not been accepted for processing by the AINP and your fee has not been paid if the Web Application status of your application is 'Payment Pending' on the MyApplications page.

Your application has been accepted for processing by the AINP if the Web Application status of your application on the MyApplications page in the portal is 'Submitted'. You will also have an email from eServices with your fee payment receipt.

After you apply

Notification of application

Emails from the AINP will always come from an @gov.ab.ca account. The Alberta Government does not use email accounts such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc. If you receive a suspicious email, contact your local police and report the incident to the AINP by email at [email protected].

If you applied online using the AINP portal

Your AINP file number is available on the MyApplications page of the online portal.

If you mailed your application on or before October 1, 2020

If your application was complete you received an email confirming that your file had been received and accepted for processing. This included your AINP file number.

If your application was incomplete, you received an email stating that your file was not accepted for processing and a list of the documents/information missing from your application was provided. You need to submit a new, complete application using the online portal. Your original application will not be returned to you.

If you used an immigration representative to submit your application, your file notification email was sent to you and a copy was also sent to your representative.

Update your information

Keep your application information up to date while you wait for your application to be assessed and while it is being assessed by an AINP officer.

You must update the AINP if you wish to:

  • correct or update information or documents in your paper or online application
  • provide required updates on your employment status, contact information (address, email address or phone number) or changes to your family status
  • provide updated or renewed work permit(s), including evidence of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or evidence of LMIA exemption; you must maintain temporary resident status and a valid work permit with the federal government
  • update your use of a representative
  • request your application be withdrawn

How you notify 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 withdrawing your application or 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 to [email protected], along with your AINP file number. You must advise of the update or change that is required and attach relevant documents. You will receive an automated email response indicating your email is received. Please 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

Withdrawing an application or updating your contact information (excluding email address)

Complete the online request

AINP portal maintenance

Due to scheduled maintenance, you may experience difficulties using the Alberta Immigrant Nominee System on Wednesday June 23, 2021 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • 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 withdraw or 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.
  • Click on the blue 'Withdraw Application' or '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 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 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.

Paper application submitted by mail

If you need to make updates to your application after it is submitted, you must email the updated information or change request to [email protected]. You must advise of the update or change that is required, include your AINP file number and attach relevant documents.

If you are requesting a withdrawal of your application, you must advise of your reason for withdrawal.

Forms to notify the AINP of updates

You will receive an automated email response indicating your email is received. You must keep track of the requests you send to the AINP. The AINP will update its internal system with changes.

More information needed

An AINP program officer will contact you by email or phone if more information is needed to assess your application. You must submit this information in the format requested by the program officer to their government email address.

The only other information you should send to your assigned program officer is documents showing changes to your contact information, employment, work permit status or family situation.

Decision on your application

You will receive a decision on your application by email. If you identified an immigration representative to act on your behalf for your application, the decision email will be sent to you and copied to your representative.

Approved applications

If your application is approved, you will become a Provincial Nominee and get a nomination package by email. Make sure you read all documents in the package.

The information in the package will tell you and your dependants how to apply for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Learn more about what to do after you are nominated.

Declined applications

If your AINP application is declined, you will be notified by email. If you identified an immigration representative to act on your behalf for your application, the decision email will be sent to you and copied to your representative.

Request for reconsideration

If your application is declined, read the reasons for decline. If you can demonstrate an error was made in assessing your application you may be eligible to submit a request for reconsideration.

As of May 3, 2021, candidates who submitted their application online using the AINP portal must submit their request for reconsideration using the AINP portal.

All requests for reconsideration are subject to a service fee of $100. Information on how to pay the fee is provided below.

You may only submit one request for reconsideration per application.

Requests will not be processed until full payment is received.

Eligibility

You may submit a request for reconsideration on the decision of your AINP application only if you meet the following criteria.

A request for reconsideration must:

  • be directly related to the reason(s) stated in the decision letter
  • demonstrate that an error was made in applying program criteria to the application
  • be submitted by:
    • the applicant named on the decision letter
    • a representative of the applicant
  • be submitted within 30 calendar days of the date the decision letter was issued

A request for reconsideration cannot be used:

  • to ask for an exemption or exception to program criteria
  • as an opportunity to submit new evidence or re-state the evidence submitted in the application
  • if unsatisfied with the final decision or a component of the final decision
  • to request Humanitarian and Compassionate consideration

Submit a request for reconsideration

How you submit a request for reconsideration will depend on how you applied to the AINP.

As of May 3, 2021, candidates who submitted their application online using the AINP portal must submit their request for reconsideration using the AINP portal.

Online application using AINP portal

AINP portal maintenance

Due to scheduled maintenance, you may experience difficulties using the Alberta Immigrant Nominee System on Wednesday June 23, 2021 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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 that you want to submit a request for reconsideration. Only applications with a status of 'Declined' or 'Withdrawn' are eligible for reconsideration.
  • Once you click on the application number, you will be directed to a pagewith detailed information. You can only see request options that are available to you for this application. If you are eligible to submit a request for reconsideration for the application, a blue 'Request for Reconsideration' button will be available above the application number.
  • Click on the blue 'Request for Reconsideration' 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 the Check Existing Requests page to retrieve the draft request to continue.
  • Complete the online declaration and upload supporting document(s), if applicable, and click on 'Submit Request' button.
  • Next you must pay the fee.

Step 2. Pay the fee

All requests for reconsideration are subject to a service fee of $100.

Fee conditions

The AINP request for reconsideration fee will automatically be refunded only if the original decision on your application is overturned. Other refunds for requests for reconsideration fees will not be considered.

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. Complete the form

Download and fill out the Request for Reconsideration form (PDF, 535 KB).

Step 2. Pay the fee

All requests for reconsideration are subject to a service fee of $100.

Fee conditions

The AINP request for reconsideration fee will automatically be refunded by the AINP only if the original decision on your application is overturned. Other refunds for requests for reconsideration fees will not be considered.

Online Payment

Pay online by debit or credit card at eservices.alberta.ca.

Make a copy of your fee payment receipt.

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

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

Step 3. Submit your request

Email your completed Request for Reconsideration 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 with your request, 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 reconsideration

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.

The form or online information you submitted will be reviewed and if the request meets the conditions required, an AINP program officer who was not involved in the original decision will conduct a review of the decision on your application.

There is no guarantee that a request for reconsideration will result in your application being re-assessed.

An email with the decision on your request for reconsideration will be issued within 30 calendar days of the date the request was received.

If you do not meet the conditions listed above to request reconsideration, you may wish to review the AINP website for information and updates to AINP criteria, to determine if you meet the eligibility criteria to re-apply.

Contact

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