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 nomination section below.

Apply for permanent residence

Step 1. Review your nomination package

Your Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) nomination 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.

Your AINP nomination does not mean that you will receive permanent residence. Only Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) can issue a permanent resident visa.

Step 2: Get your permanent residence application ready

After you get your AINP nomination, you must apply to IRCC as soon as possible. Your nomination is only valid for 6 months; you must apply to IRCC before it expires.

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.

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

Trouble opening or completing PDF forms?

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  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.

For help in filling out IRCC forms, read the IRCC Guide for Provincial Nominees.

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 by registered mail or courier service to:

IRCC Centralized Intake Office – PNP
P.O. Box 1450
Sydney, NS B1P 6K5

Do not send your application to any other visa office. Sending your application by registered mail or courier service will ensure it is received by the Centralized Intake Office (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.

Change of information

If you change your address, email, phone number, or your family status or 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 of any changes to your use of representative.

To update the AINP, send an email with your AINP file number to advising of the change. This applies to all candidates, including those who applied by mail.

Forms to notify the AINP of updates

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

IRCC will tell you how to contact them with any changes after receiving your application for permanent residence.

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 when your original nomination was issued by the AINP.
  • The AINP must receive your full fee payment. They will not process requests until your 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.

How to request an extension

Step 1. Prepare required documents

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

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

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

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

You will receive an automated email 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 an AINP nomination extension, you must follow the steps for applying to IRCC in order to submit your permanent residence application to IRCC.


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