AINP processing times

Please note that Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) processing times are subject to change without notice. The information here regarding processing times is the most recent. These changes are effective as of June 5, 2014. Visit our website regularly for updates to the AINP and to processing times.

  • The AINP is authorized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to issue a maximum of 5,500 nomination certificates during the 2014 calendar year.
  • As of the end of May, the AINP has issued close to half of its maximum nomination certificates for 2014.
  • You may continue to submit applications to the streams and categories currently accepting applications.
    It may take between 8 and 12 months (from the date an application was received) for the AINP to complete assessments for any applications received since November 26, 2013.
  • Once the AINP reaches the maximum nomination certificates it can issue in 2014, further certificates can be issued only in 2015.
  • Submitting an application to the AINP does not guarantee a nomination. Program officers carefully review eligibility.
  • You may have only one active AINP application in process; multiple AINP applications for multiple categories will not be accepted. 

We know that foreign workers face many challenges when planning for permanent residence. However, there are more people interested in the AINP than there are nomination certificates available. This can lead to delays in processing times. We appreciate your patience.

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.