Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) Application Processing and Inventory

Effective August 27, 2015, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) will not be accepting new applications under any AINP Streams or Categories until January 27, 2016. This temporary pause will help the AINP assess existing applications in the queue and prevent the queue from growing further.

Applications postmarked after August 27, 2015 will be returned. Complete applications postmarked on or before August 27, 2015 will be accepted for processing. AINP staff will continue to assess applications already in the queue.

As previously announced by the federal government, select Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) applicants who applied to the AINP before July 1, 2014, and who will meet their four-year cumulative work permit maximum in 2015 may be eligible to obtain a one-year work permit without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). If you are among select applicants who applied to the AINP before July 1, 2014, in low-wage LMIA-required occupations, your employer may be eligible to receive a low-wage cap exemption when applying for an LMIA. Obtaining a new work permit will allow these AINP applicants to remain eligible for consideration for an AINP nomination. Visit the CIC website for more information.

Unfortunately, not everyone who applied to the AINP before July 1, 2014, will be eligible under this initiative. The AINP is working to contact those that may be eligible under this initiative. The AINP will not respond to inquiries regarding this initiative. If you are eligible to participate, the AINP will contact you directly before your work permit expires. Advise the AINP of any changes to your contact information or employment as soon as possible. This will help to ensure that the AINP is able to contact you.

This page was last updated on November 30, 2015, and will be updated every two weeks.

Please read the important information on this page about

  • how the AINP processes applications and current AINP application inventory
  • things to keep in mind if your application is accepted by the AINP for processing

AINP application processing

AINP applications are processed and assessed based on

  • labour market information
  • volume of applications received
  • the date the application was received

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Nomination certificate maximums for 2015

The AINP is authorized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to issue a maximum of 5,500 nomination certificates for the 2015 calendar year.

As of November 30, 2015, the AINP

  • has issued more than 5,150 nominations so far in 2015
  • has approximately 6,000 applications that need to be assessed to determine if the application is eligible for a nomination

There are many more applicants to the AINP than there are nomination certificates available.

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AINP status updates

This page is the only source for information on AINP application volumes and status. The AINP does not reply to questions or requests for status updates. If you or your immigration representative asks about the status of your application, we will refer you to the information on this page.

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AINP application volumes and status by AINP Stream/Category/Industry

To help you determine the status of your application, refer to the following tables. They provide information on

  • the number of applications in each AINP stream, category and industry
  • the approximate date range of the applications that AINP staff is currently working on

Employer-Driven Stream (EDS)