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.

Overview

Once you are nominated for the International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration 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 how to extend your nomination.
  • 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

To obtain permanent residence status, you must apply for Permanent Residence to IRCC with your AINP nomination certificate and supporting documents. You must:

  • ensure you maintain your legal status in Canada
  • have a valid work permit when you submit your application, and are waiting for IRCC to process your permanent residence application

IRCC completes a review of your application for permanent residence including health, security and criminal reviews. IRCC may request any additional information that it deems appropriate at any time during the application process, such as your Business Performance Agreement.

IRCC is responsible for assessing each nominee’s eligibility for permanent residence. The AINP is not responsible for IRCC’s decision to approve or refuse an application for permanent residence and or to issue a Confirmation of 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.

The sooner you apply for permanent residence, the sooner you can get an Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR) of your application from IRCC, and an IRCC file number. Your AOR 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

Send your application by registered mail or courier service to make sure it is received by the CIO.

Regular Mail

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Provincial Nominee Program
Centralized Intake Office
PO Box 1450
Sydney, Nova Scotia  B1P 6K5
Canada

Registered Mail or Courier

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Provincial Nominee Program
Centralized Intake Office
49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, Nova Scotia  B1P 5Z2
Canada

Do not send your application to any other visa office.

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 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
  • immigration status
  • use of 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.

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Forms to notify the AINP of updates

You will receive an automated email response indicating your email is received. The AINP will update its file with your 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 2 ways that AINP nominees can apply to IRCC for a work permit renewal.

The AINP recommends that you first explore option 1.

Option 1

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:

  • IRCC file number
  • Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR)
  • 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 2 (only recommended if option 1 is not possible)

205(a) Letter of Support

If Option 1 is not available to you, you may be eligible to receive a 205(a) Letter of Support from the AINP to renew your work permit.

You must submit a request to be considered for a 205(a) Letter of Support. The AINP will review your request and determine if a letter can be issued.

There is no guarantee a 205(a) 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 205(a) Letter of Support.

The AINP process for issuing and applying for a 205(a) Letter of Support includes:

  • All nominees must complete and submit a Request for 205(a) Letter of Support form.
  • All requests for a 205(a) Letter of Support emailed on or after September 30, 2020 are subject to a service fee of $100.
    • Exception: Nominees who have a written request from IRCC for a 205(a) Letter of Support do not need to pay the service fee.
  • Requests will not be processed until full payment is received.

How to submit a request for a 205(a) Letter of Support

Step 1. Submit your request

Note: 205(a) Letter of Support form will be posted on this website at a later date. The information provided below is for information only.

Complete the Request for 205(a) Letter of Support form and gather the required documents.

When submitting your request, you must attach scanned copies of the following:

  • proof that you have applied for permanent residence to IRCC (proof of payment, copy of courier slip)
  • your current work permit or other status document
  • a request that IRCC has sent you asking for a 205(a) Letter (if applicable)

Step 2. Pay the fee

All requests for a 205(a) Letter of Support are subject to a service fee of $100 except for nominees who have a written request from IRCC for a 205(a) Letter of Support.

Fee conditions

The request for a 205(a) Letter of Support fee is non-refundable once a request has been submitted to the AINP. Refund requests for 205(a) Letter of Support fee will not be considered. The fee covers the cost of processing of your request and is required whether a 205(a) Letter of Support is issued or not.

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 at:

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

Step 3. Submit your request

Email your completed Request for 205(a) Letter of Support 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 205(a) Letter of Support

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

If you receive a written request from IRCC for a 205(a) 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 205(a) 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 205(a) Letter of Support to be issued.

Applying for a new work permit with a 205(a) Letter of Support

To apply for a new work permit:

  • include a copy of your AINP nomination and your 205(a) 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
  • use the IRCC Employer Portal to submit an offer of employment and pay the Employer Compliance Fee before applying for a work permit

Extend your nomination

All requests for a nomination extension emailed 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, AINP will review your reasons for needing an extension.

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, 318 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 are subject to a service fee of $100.

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 eservices.alberta.ca.

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 Request for a Nomination Extension 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 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.

Forms and documents

Contact

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