The AINP continues to accept and process applications and Expressions of Interest (EOIs), with temporary adjustments to some application and assessment processes.
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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, email your request with your AINP file number to [email protected].
The AINP must confirm your application has been withdrawn before a new application can be submitted.
The application fee for the withdrawn application will not be refunded.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 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.
Applications by mail, email or fax are not accepted.
- AOS applications mailed on or before October 1, 2020, will be accepted for processing.
- AOS applications mailed after October 1, 2020, 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
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).
Trouble opening or completing PDF forms?
Fillable forms do not open properly on some mobile devices and web browsers. To fill in and save this form:
- Click on the PDF link to save it on your computer.
- Launch Adobe Reader.
- 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:
- Use of Representative form (PDF, 86 KB)
- Authorization to Collect and Disclose Personal Information for Spouse, Common-Law Partners and Dependants (PDF, 192 KB) (this is referred to as Dependants Authorization form in Section P. Document Checklist of the portal)
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
An application fee of $500 applies to all online applications.
A fee does not need to be paid for applications mailed on or before October 1, 2020.
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.
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:
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 Immigrate to Alberta Information Service at 1-877-427-6419 (toll-free) or 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 is complete you will receive an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This will include your AINP file number.
If your application is incomplete, you will receive an email stating that your file has not been accepted for processing and will list the documents/information missing from your application. You will 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 will be sent to you and a copy will also be sent to your representative.
You can also track the delivery of your application if you sent it by registered mail or courier.
Update your information
Keep your application information up to date while you wait for your application to be assessed.
If you need to make changes or updates to your application after it is submitted but before you are contacted by an AINP Program Officer, you must email an application change request to [email protected] advising of the change that is required.
- This applies to all candidates, including those who submitted an application by mail on or before October 1, 2020.
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
For requests to change information or update documents in your paper or online application, send an email with your file number advising of the change that is needed and attaching relevant documents.
Forms to notify the AINP of updates
- AINP Change of Contact and Address Information (PDF, 384 KB)
- Request to Add or Remove Family Member(s) (PDF, 317 KB)
- A signed Use of Representative form (PDF, 86 KB) must be provided to change your third-party representative for your AINP application.
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, but changes to your online application will not be reflected in the portal.
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 used an immigration representative to submit your application, the decision email will be sent to you and copied to your representative.
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.
If your AINP application is declined, you will be notified by email. If you used an immigration representative to submit your application, the 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.
All requests for reconsideration 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.
You may only submit one request for reconsideration per application.
Requests will not be processed until full payment is received.
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
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 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.
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.
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:
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
An automated email will be sent acknowledging receipt of the request.
A response will be issued within 30 calendar days of the date the request was received.
The form 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.
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.
Forms and documents
- AINP Change of Contact and Address Information form (PDF, 384 KB)
- AINP Portal Helpful Hints (PDF, 101 KB)
- Alberta Opportunity Stream document checklist (PDF, 644 KB)
- Authorization to Collect and Disclose Personal Information for Spouse, Common-Law Partners and Dependants (PDF, 192 KB)
- Request for Reconsideration form (PDF, 535 KB)
- Request to Add or Remove Family Member(s) (PDF, 317 KB)
- Use of Representative form (PDF, 86 KB)
If you have questions about the program, submit an email using the Opportunity Alberta Feedback form.