COVID-19 Updates: Protecting Albertans from the Omicron variant.
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.
October 26, 2020
The Government of Alberta is launching two new immigration pathways to encourage international graduates to open businesses here in Alberta that will create new high-paying jobs for Albertans and help diversify the economy.
Starting October 26, 2020, recent international graduates from Alberta’s universities and colleges interested in launching business ventures and start-ups in Alberta can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) under to the new International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream. In January, Alberta will also launch the Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream to attract talented international graduates from top U.S. universities and colleges to start businesses and settle in Alberta communities.
Details on the International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream are available now. Information on the Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream will be posted to the AINP website later this year.
October 1, 2020
New AINP online portal
Starting October 1, 2020, all candidates (except Self-Employed Farmer Stream candidates) can apply online using the AINP portal. Alberta Express Entry Stream candidates must receive authorization from the AINP to access the portal.
The AINP portal was designed to make the application for candidates easy. Candidates receive tips on how to enter data, a customized list of documents and can save a draft application to complete at a later date. The system does an initial assessment on eligibility, and ensures that candidates who clearly do not meet basic criteria do not waste time and money submitting an application.
Check out the new AINP Portal.
All applications submitted using the AINP online portal on or after October 1, 2020 are subject to a $500 processing fee. The application fee is non-refundable once an application has been submitted. The fee covers the cost of processing the application and is required whether a nomination certificate is issued or not.
Alberta Opportunity and Express Entry streams
Self-Employed Farmer Stream
The introduction of an application fee has changed the process for applying to the Self-Employed Farmer Stream. Candidates submitting to this stream by mail on or before October 1, 2020 do not have to pay the processing fee. Applications mailed after October 1, 2020 must pay the fee.
All requests for post-decision services must now be emailed.
The AINP is now charging a fee for post-decision services, including requests for reconsideration, nomination extensions and nominee requests for 204(c) Letters of Support. All fees are paid online.
Requests for services emailed on or after October 1, 2020, including requests for reconsideration, nomination extensions and nominee requests for 204(c) Letters of Support, are subject to a $100 service fee.
204(c) Letters of Support will no longer be issued with a nomination and must be requested by the nominee. Nominees who have a written request from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a 204(c) Letter of Support do not need to pay the service fee.
The fee covers the cost of processing your request and is required even if it is determined you are not eligible to have your decision reconsidered or that you are not eligible to receive a nomination extension or 204(c) Letter of Support. Refunds will only be provided for requests for reconsideration where the original decision to decline an application is overturned. All other service fees are non-refundable.
For more information on application and post-decision services fees, see the 'Eligibility', 'How to apply' and 'After you are nominated' sections for each AINP stream.
Changes to COVID-19 measures
We have made some changes to several of our temporary COVID-19 application and processing adjustments. For more information, see AINP – Changes due to COVID-19.
Application updates now submitted by email
All candidates, including those who applied by mail, will send their application updates by email. This includes informing the AINP about:
- corrections or updates to information or documents in an application
- updates to employment status, immigration status, contact information, family composition
- updates to use of a third party representative
- application withdrawal
For more information, see the 'How to apply' and 'After you are nominated' sections for each AINP stream.
April 29, 2020
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.
March 13, 2020
Temporary foreign workers who have been issued an open work permit by the federal government because they are experiencing abuse or at risk of abuse in their employment situation may be eligible to apply to the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS). These vulnerable workers must also meet all other AOS criteria to be nominated. Updated criteria is available on the Alberta Opportunity Stream – Eligibility page.
For more information, contact the AINP.
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