How to apply for Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

Overview

Is job offer required for Alberta PNP?

All applicants should have a job offer letter for full-time and/or permanent employment from an Alberta employer. All applicants are required to possess the basic work experience as required by the employer to qualify for immigration nomination.

NOTE: You may only have one Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) application in process at any time. Do not re-apply if you already submitted an application under the Employer-Driven Stream or Strategic Recruitment Stream postmarked on or before June 14, 2018. You must withdraw your first application before you can submit a new application.

You may only have one Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) application in process at any time. Do not re-apply if you already submitted an application under the Employer-Driven Stream or Strategic Recruitment Stream postmarked on or before June 14, 2018. You must withdraw your first application before you can submit a new application.

How to withdraw an application in process

To request the withdrawal of an application, send a letter by registered mail or courier to:

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
Government of Alberta
Suite 940, ATB Place North Tower
10025 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 1S6

Include your AINP file number in this letter.

The AINP must confirm that your application has been withdrawn before a new application can be submitted.

Exception for Alberta Express Entry Stream applicants: If you have been asked to submit an application under the Alberta Express Entry Stream, but already have an existing AINP application under another stream, you may submit your written request to withdraw your existing application with your Alberta Express Entry Stream application. Your written request must include your existing AINP file number.

Alberta Opportunity Stream

How to apply

Step 1. Read the 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 alberta.ca/AINP.

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 submitting an application 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 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 AINP selection criteria

You must meet all selection criteria.

Your application will be declined if you do not meet the criteria.

Step 3. Review the language testing requirements


To apply under the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS), you must submit official test results showing that you meet minimum language standards in English or French.

Your test results cannot be more than 2 years old at the time of application.

You must provide official test results from one of the following programs:

  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) General Test (English)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) General Training Test (English)
  • TEF (Test d’évaluation de français) (French)
  • TCF (Test de connaissance du français) (French)

The following resources can help you to better understand your current level of language skills or find training to help you improve:

  • Edmonton: Language Assessment, Referral, and Counselling Centre (LARCC)
  • Calgary: Immigrant Language and Vocational Assessment – Referral Centre (ILVARC)
  • Southern Alberta: Southern Alberta Language Assessment Services (SALAS)
  • Medicine Hat: Karen Ziemann Consultants (call 403-527-5062)

Step 4. Download the Document Checklist and complete the required forms

Use the Alberta Opportunity Stream document checklist (PDF, 178 KB) to complete the application.

You must complete the following original forms with original signatures:

AINP 010 Alberta Opportunity Stream Application Form (PDF, 207 KB)

  • The AINP 010 Alberta Opportunity Stream Application Form includes Use of Representative information
  • Use this helpful hints document (PDF, 358 KB) to assist you in filling out the AINP 010 form.

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 5. Mail the application

Make a copy of your application.

Send your original complete application by registered mail or courier to:

Alberta Opportunity Stream
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
Government of Alberta
Suite 940, ATB Place North Tower
10025 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 1S6

Applications by email or fax are not accepted.

After you apply

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 immigration.info@gov.ab.ca.

Notification of application

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. Your original application will not be returned to you. The AINP will not transfer documents from your original application to any application you submit in the future.

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.

To check whether the AINP received your application before a notification email is sent, you must send your application by registered mail or courier and track its delivery.

Keep your application information up to date

Submit information that is requested by an AINP officer in the format requested by the officer. The only other information you should submit is documents showing changes to your contact information or employment, work permit status or family situation.

You must maintain temporary resident status and a valid work permit with the federal government.

You must update the AINP with:

  • renewed work permit(s), including evidence of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or evidence of LMIA exemption
  • documents that show changes to your address, email and telephone number
  • documents that show changes to your employment or family situation

Use these forms to notify the AINP of updates to your contact information or employment or family situation.

You must provide your AINP file number to submit additional information or documents. This file number is included in your confirmation email.

The AINP does not provide confirmation when it receives additional information.

To get confirmation, you must send any documentation or updated information by registered mail or courier and track the delivery.

Application assessment

An AINP officer will contact you by email or phone if information is needed to assess your application and will tell you how to send the information.

Decision on 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 application is declined, read the reasons given. You may be eligible to submit a request for reconsideration.

Alberta Express Entry Stream

Is AINP eligible for federal express entryYes. Candidates nominated by the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) from the federal express entry pool receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

How to apply

Step 1. Receive a request from the AINP to apply to this stream.

If the AINP does not ask you to submit an application, you are not eligible for consideration under this stream.

Step 2. Read the 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 alberta.ca/AINP.

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 submitting an application 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 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 3. Review the Alberta Express Entry Stream Assessment criteria

Alberta Express Entry Stream Assessment criteria differs from the Notification of Interest factors. You must meet all assessment criteria.

The AINP does not guarantee that all complete applications received by the AINP will be assessed or that all candidates who meet the assessment criteria will be issued a nomination. Review the declaration in the Alberta Express Entry Stream form and the online AINP Terms and Conditions for complete information (Step 2, above). Submission of an application or nomination by the AINP does not guarantee you will be issued a permanent resident visa.

Step 4. Review the Document Checklist and complete the required forms

Use the Alberta Express Entry Stream document checklist and application form you received from the AINP by email to complete the application. The required forms are set out in the document checklist.

The Alberta Express Entry Stream application form and document checklist are not available online. The AINP provides these documents by email to candidates.

Make sure you complete all the required forms and include all required documents. A complete application package includes all of the required documents listed on the document checklist. If any documents are missing, your application may be returned or declined.

Step 5. Mail the application package

Your application package must be postmarked within 30 days of receiving the email from the AINP requesting you submit an Alberta Express Entry application.

Make a copy of your application package.

Send your original complete application package by registered mail or courier to:

Alberta Express Entry Stream
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
Government of Alberta
Suite 940, ATB Place North Tower
10025 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB Canada T5J 1S6

Applications by email or fax are not accepted.

After you apply

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 877-427-6419 (toll-free) or by email at immigration.info@gov.ab.ca.

Notification of application

If your application package is complete, you will receive a notification email within 60 days of the date the AINP receives your application confirming that your application has been received and accepted for consideration. This will include your AINP file number.

If any documents are missing, your application will not be accepted and will be returned or declined.

If you used an immigration representative to submit your application, your notification email will be sent to you and copied to your representative.

To check whether the AINP received your application before a notification email is sent, you must send your package by registered mail or courier and track its delivery.

Keep your application information up to date

Submit additional information that is requested by an AINP officer in the format requested by the officer.

The only other information you should submit is documents showing changes to your contact information or employment or family situation.

You must update the AINP with:

  • renewed work permit(s) (if applicable)
  • documents that show changes to your address, email and telephone number
  • documents that show changes to your employment or family situation

Use these forms to notify the AINP of changes to your contact information, employment or family situation.

You must provide your AINP file number when submitting additional information or documents. This file number is included in your confirmation email.

The AINP does not provide confirmation when it receives additional information.

To receive confirmation, you must send your additional information or documents by registered mail or courier and track the delivery.

In addition to notifying the AINP of any changes to your contact information, employment or family situation, you must keep your federal Express Entry profile up to date. Updates to your Express Entry profile may impact eligibility. You must make sure that the information in your Express Entry profile stays true and accurate at all times.

Application assessment

There is no guarantee that all complete applications will be assessed or that all candidates who meet the criteria will be issued a nomination.

An AINP officer will contact you by email or phone if additional information is needed to assess your application and will tell you how to send the information.

Your application will only be considered for assessment while your federal Express Entry profile is active. Once your Express Entry profile is no longer available for nomination, you will no longer be eligible under this stream with your current application. The AINP will send an email advising that your application has been closed. If you create a new Express Entry profile, you may be selected in future Alberta Express Entry Stream selection draws.

Decision on AINP applications and applications for permanent residence

If your application is approved, you will receive a nomination certificate through the IRCC Express Entry portal. The AINP will also email you a nomination certificate that you should retain for your records. You may use your nomination to renew your work permit.

You must accept the nomination within 30 days after it is issued through the IRCC Express Entry portal in order to receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence from IRCC.

No nomination extensions will be issued under the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

Once you receive an Invitation to Apply from IRCC, you will have 60 days to submit your Application for Permanent Residence in Canada through the IRCC portal.

IRCC will provide direction on the application for permanent residence process. If IRCC approves your application, you and your dependents will receive a Canadian permanent resident visa from IRCC.

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.

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.

Self-Employed Farmer Stream

How to apply

Step 1. Read the 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 alberta.ca/AINP.

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 submitting an application 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 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. Download the Document Checklist and complete the require forms

Use the AINP Self Employed Farmer Stream Document Checklist (PDF, 103 KB) to complete the 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. Mail the application

Make a copy of your application.

Mail or courier your original, complete application to:

Self-Employed Farmer Stream
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
J.G. O’Donoghue Building
200-7000 113 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 5T6

After you apply

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 immigration.info@gov.ab.ca.

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will assess the application. As part of this assessment, you must attend an in-person interview with representatives of the Alberta Government to determine your eligibility under the AINP.

To check whether the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry received your application you must send your application by registered mail or courier and track its delivery.

If Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is satisfied with your application, they will forward your application to the AINP for assessment.

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.

Keep your application information up to date

Submit information that is requested by an Alberta government officer in the format requested by the officer. The only other information you should submit is:

  • documents that show changes to your address, email and telephone number
  • documents that show changes to your family situation
  • documents that show changes to your financial situation
  • documents that show changes to your business plan or proposal

Use these forms to notify the AINP of updates to your contact information or family situation.

You must provide your AINP file number to submit additional information or documents. This file number is included in your confirmation email.

The AINP does not provide confirmation when it receives additional information.

To get confirmation, you must send any documentation or updated information by registered mail or courier and track the delivery.

Decision on Application

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 application is declined, read the reasons for decline. You may be eligible to submit a request for reconsideration.

Other AINP forms

AINP 008B: Candidate – Use of a Representative (PDF, 88 KB)

  • To let the AINP know about changes to your (candidate) use of a representative for your AINP application.

AINP 008A: Employer – Use of a Representative (PDF, 88 KB) (for applicants to previous Employer-Driven Stream only)

  • To let the AINP know about changes to your (employer) use of a representative for your AINP application

AINP Change of Address and Contact Information Form (PDF, 83 KB)

  • To let the AINP know about changes to your address, email, or phone number after you have applied.

AINP Request to Add/Remove Family Member(s) Form (PDF, 112 KB)

  • To let the AINP know about changes to your family after you have applied. Examples include the birth of a child, marriage or divorce.

Contact

If you need more information, please use the contact form.

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