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

You may only have one Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) application in process at any time.

How to withdraw an application in process

If you decide to request the withdrawal of an application, email your request with your AINP file number to [email protected].

The AINP must confirm that your application has been withdrawn before you can submit a new application. The AINP will send you an email advising when your application has been withdrawn.

If an application is withdrawn, the application fee will not be refunded.

Application steps

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, and/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 / 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. 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

Review the eligibility criteria for the Self-Employed Farmer Stream and the AINP Terms and Conditions (Step 1, above) before submitting an application.

The AINP does not guarantee that all complete application received will be assessed, or that all candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will be issued a nomination. Review the AINP Terms and Conditions for complete information (see Step 1 above). Submission of an application or nomination by the AINP does not guarantee you will be issued a permanent resident visa.

Before you consider applying to this stream, you are strongly encouraged to review the following AINP Business Plan (Guidelines) (PDF, 633 KB) to assist you with preparing your business plan.

Step 3. Download the checklist and complete the forms

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Download and use the AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream Document Checklist (PDF, 76 KB) to complete your application. The checklist lists all the forms required for your application.

You must complete the following original forms with original signatures:

You must complete and provide copies of the following Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) forms:

The following IRCC forms must be completed by you, your spouse/common-law partner and any dependents over the age of 18:

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

Step 4. Pay the application fee

All AINP applications mailed on or after October 1, 2020 are subject to a fee of $500.

There is no fee for applications mailed before October 1, 2020.

The AINP defines the ‘mailing date’ as follows:

  • If sent by registered mail, the mailing date is the date when Canada Post accepts the item.
  • 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.

Fee conditions

The AINP application fee is non-refundable once an application has been submitted. 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.

You may only have one AINP entrepreneur application in process at any time. Each AINP application requires a separate application fee and will not be refunded.

Online payment

Pay your fee online by debit or credit card at MyAlberta eServices.

You must include a copy of your fee payment receipt in your application. If you do not, you will have 10 business days to provide proof of payment. If proof of payment is not received in 10 business days, your application will be declined.

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

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

Step 5. Mail your application to the AINP

Ensure your application includes your fee payment document.

Keep a copy of your application for your records.

Send your original complete application package, including your fee payment receipt, by registered mail or courier to:

Self-Employed Farmer Stream
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
Government of Alberta
Suite 940, ATB Place North Tower
10025 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  Canada T5J 1S6

Applications by email or fax are not accepted.

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:

Toll free: 1-877-427-6419 
Email: [email protected]

You will receive an email from the AINP confirming that your file has been received. This will include your AINP file number.

If you used an immigration representative to submit your application, your file number will be emailed to you and a copy will be sent to your representative.

You can also track the delivery of your application if you sent it by 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 required change.

You must update the AINP if you wish to:

  • correct or update information or documents in your application
  • provide required updates on your contact information (address, email address or phone number) or changes to your family status
  • update your use of a representative
  • request your application be withdrawn

For requests to change information or update documents in your application, send an email with your file number advising of the change that is needed, and attach relevant documents.

Forms to notify the AINP of updates

You will receive an automated email response indicating your email was received. You must keep track of the requests you send to the AINP. The AINP will update your paper application.

Application assessment

Only complete applications will be accepted for assessment. If your application is incomplete, the application will be declined and you will be required to submit a new application and pay the required fees.

The AINP Program Officer will evaluate your application using the Self-Employed Farmer Stream Eligibility Criteria. The AINP will forward your business plan to Alberta Agriculture & Forestry for review. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will determine if the proposed business plans is feasible, viable and meet the needs of Alberta’s agriculture industry. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will provide the AINP with written feedback on the proposed business plan. The AINP Program Officer will contact you if further clarification is required.

If more information is needed

An AINP Program Officer will contact you by email or phone if 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.

If the AINP Program Officer requires further clarification, the AINP may request an interview with you. The interview may be conducted through web-based video conferencing. During the interview, you must be able to respond to the questions as well as demonstrate how your proposed business plan meets SEF requirements.

Decision on your application

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 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 the file, you may be eligible to submit a request for reconsideration.

All requests for reconsideration that are 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.

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 you are 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.

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 at:

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

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

Contact

If you have questions about the AINP Self-Employed Farmer Stream, submit an email to [email protected].