AINP processing times

AINP processing times have been updated as of September 10, 2014.

Processing times are estimates only and subject to change without notice.

The processing times below are the most accurate source of information regarding the status of your application.

Processing times have increased as the AINP received a large volume of applications near the end of 2013, and continues to receive a high volume of applications.

The AINP is authorized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to issue a maximum of 5,500 certificates of nomination for the 2014 calendar year.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has issued all 5,500 certificates for the year 2014. No further certificates will be issued until January 2015. See the related News Release for more information.

Reminder:
You must maintain a valid work permit throughout the AINP application and assessment process. Only applicants under the Strategic Recruitment Stream Engineering Occupations Category are exempt from this requirement. If you are unable to provide the AINP with a valid work permit or implied status based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or LMIA exemption at the time of assessment, your application will be declined. Please see the FAQ section for further information.

Approximate AINP processing times for a complete application

Employer Driven Stream - Skilled Worker and International Graduate Categories

Estimated processing time if your application was received by the AINP:

  • On or before December 31, 2013: at least 13 - 15 months from the date your application was received
  • Between January and April 2014 (inclusive): at least 15 - 18 months from the date your application was received
  • Between May and August 2014 (inclusive): at least 18 - 24 months from the date your application was received
  • September 1, 2014 and after: at least 25 months from the date your application was received

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Employer-Driven Stream - Semi-Skilled Worker Category

Food and Beverage Processing Industry 

Estimated processing time if your application was received by the AINP:

  • On or before June 20, 2014: at least 12 - 14 months from the date your application was received
  • Between July and August 2014 (inclusive): at least 14 - 18 months from the date your application was received
  • September 1, 2014 and after: at least 19 months from the date your application was received

Foodservices Industry (Pilot Project)

Estimated processing time if your application was received by the AINP:

  • On or before November 26, 2013: at least 12 - 14 months from the date your application was received
  • November 27, 2013 and after: at least 25 months from the date your application was received

Hotel and Lodging Industry

Estimated processing time if your application was received by the AINP:

  • On or before December 31, 2013: at least 12 - 14 months from the date your application was received
  • Between January and August 2014 (inclusive): at least 13 - 16 months from the date your application was received
  • September 1, 2014 and after: at least 17 months from the date your application was received

Manufacturing Industry

Estimated processing time if your application was received by the AINP:

  • On or before June 30, 2014: at least 12 - 14 months from the date your application was received
  • Between July and August 2014 (inclusive): at least 14 - 17 months from the date your application was received
  • September 1, 2014 and after: at least 18 months from the date your application was received

Trucking Industry

Estimated processing time if your application was received by the AINP:

  • On or before August 31, 2014: at least 12 - 14 months from the date your application was received
  • September 1, 2014 and after: at least 15 months from the date your application was received

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Strategic Recruitment Stream

Engineering Occupations Category / Compulsory and Optional Trades Category / Post-Graduate Worker Category

Estimated processing time if your application was received by the AINP:

  • On or before August 31, 2014: at least 12 - 14 months from the date your application was received
  • September 1, 2014 and after: at least 14 months from the date your application was received

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Alberta Work Experience Category

(Note: The AINP is no longer accepting applications under the Alberta Work Experience Category.)

Estimated processing time:

  • At least 15 months from the date your application was received

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Self-Employer Farmer Stream

As the AINP works closely with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development to assess the eligibility of applicants under the Self-Employed Farmer Stream, AINP processing times are not applicable.


FAQs for AINP processing times

Why do AINP processing times vary?
The AINP does not receive an equal number of applications for each category; therefore, processing times and dates for each category vary. There are also different criteria for each stream and category and some criteria take longer to assess. In addition, some of the required information that applicants supply in their application takes longer to verify than others.

What happens after I send my application?
Once the AINP receives and accepts your application, you will receive an email (or letter if you did not provide an email address) confirming that your file has been received along with your file number. It may take up to a few months to receive your email or letter so please be patient. If you used an immigration representative to submit your application, your file number will only be sent to your representative. It is highly recommended that you send your application by registered mail or courier so that you can track and confirm delivery. The AINP cannot confirm receipt of an application or additional information. Do not send any additional documents or information to the AINP until you receive a file number.

How can I check my application status?
Please check the AINP processing times page regularly for current processing times. The AINP does not respond to status enquiries.

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Note: 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. Changes to the AINP, including notice of suspension or closure of its streams and categories are available on the AINP news page and/or the AINP application forms page.

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 an applicant’s application will be assessed, processed, or granted.