FAQ

General questions

How long will it take for the AINP to assess my application? If I am approved by the AINP, how long does it take CIC to assess my application in the second step?

How do I obtain a status update?
Visit our processing times page for more information.

My address changed. How can I let AINP know?
Fill out a Contact Information Form and fax it to the AINP.

Is there a fee for submitting my application to the AINP?
No. There are no fees required to apply to the AINP. However, if you are issued a nomination, you will be required to submit processing fees to Citizenship and Immigration Canada along with your federal application forms. For more information about fees, visit CIC's Application Fees webpage.

Do I need to include photos, police certificates and medical clearances when applying to the AINP?
No, the AINP does not require these documents.

What is a certified true copy? Do I have to certify my documents? Who can certify my documents?
Certified copies are notarized copies. Documents can be certified (notarized) by a lawyer or notary public or commissioner of oaths. This person will copy, stamp and sign a document to indicate that it is a true copy of the original. Review the document checklist for the category you are applying under; the checklist will indicate whether or not a certified copy is required for a specific document.

Can my family members accompany me to Canada?
Yes. Your spouse or common-law partner and dependent children can be included as accompanying dependants on your application for permanent residence that you send to CIC once you are a Provincial Nominee. This is subject to approval by CIC.

I have been nominated. What do I do next?
Visit the after you are nominated section of the website to guide you through the next steps of submitting your application to CIC as a Provincial Nominee.

Do I need to use an immigration consultant or lawyer to complete my application?
No. You do not need an immigration consultant or lawyer to complete your application. The AINP application forms were designed for applicants to complete on their own. If you do hire a representative to complete your application, it will not receive special attention or be processed faster than other applications.

The AINP will only release information to someone who is an authorized immigration representative.

Can I still apply to the AINP if I already have an application for permanent residence through one of the other CIC classes in process?
Yes. The decision to apply to both programs is up to you. However, depending on the processing status of your previous application, there may or may not be an advantage to applying to both programs.

Will the Strategic Recruitment Stream ever be expanded, scaled back, or cancelled?
The Strategic Recruitment Stream is for occupations that are in demand in Alberta. This stream is adjusted according to changes in Alberta's labour market.

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Alberta Work Experience Category

Questions about application status

FAQs that were posted while the Alberta Work Experience Category was accepting applications can be found in the reference materials on the Expired AINP streams, categories and initiatives page.

I am a semi-skilled worker. I submitted my application for the Alberta Work Experience Category. I included proof of registration for language testing with my application. When and how do I send the AINP my official test results?
The AINP will notify you of your file number after your application has been received and accepted for processing. This may take up to 30 days. Once you have your AINP file number, you may fax a copy of your official test results to the AINP at 780-427-6560; be sure to include your AINP file number and your name on your fax. The AINP will contact you directly if any further information is required for your application.

Please note: To be eligible for this category, you must have taken an eligible language test and met the required language test scores on or before November 28, 2013. In addition, your application must have been postmarked or dropped off in-person at the AINP office on or before November 28, 2013.

My family is living in the Philippines and has been affected by the typhoon. I applied under the Alberta Work Experience Category, which ended after November 28, 2013. My application was postmarked or dropped in person on or before November 28, 2013. There were documents on the Alberta Work Experience Category checklist that my family members needed to sign or fill out that I did not include with my application. What happens now?
When your application is processed by the AINP, the AINP will contact you to talk about the documents you were not able to provide from your family members. Be sure to check your email and phone for messages from the AINP.

Compulsory and Optional Trades Category

Questions about obtaining an Alberta Qualification Certificate

How do I find out if my trade is designated as a Compulsory or Optional Trade in Alberta?
Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) has a list of Compulsory and Optional Certificate Trades (PDF) available on their website.

How do I obtain my Alberta Qualification Certificate from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training?

What is the cost to apply? How much work experience in my trade do I need to apply?
You can find all the information about the application costs and the amount of work experience in your trade that you need to demonstrate in the Qualification Certificate - Work Experience Application Guide from AIT and on the AIT website.

Questions about obtaining an Interprovincial Standards Red Seal

How do I find out if my trade is designated as a Compulsory or Optional Trade in Alberta?
Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) has a list of Compulsory and Optional Certificate Trades (PDF) available on their website.

How do I obtain an Interprovincial Standards Red Seal in my trade?

  • Visit Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training's (AIT's) website. AIT provides instructions on how to apply if you have an Alberta trade certificate or recognized trade certificate from outside Alberta.
  • To qualify for a Red Seal, you must hold a valid certificate in a trade or occupation that participates in the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program, submit the correct application form (and fee), and successfully pass the Red Seal exam.

Questions about Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Recognized Trade Certificates

Applicants with an AIT Recognized Trade Certificate in a designated trade or occupation are eligible to apply to the AINP. These recognized certificates ensure you can work in Alberta without further training or examination. For more information on AIT Recognized Trade Certificates and to access a tool to help you determine if your certificate qualifies as an AIT Recognized Trade Certificate, visit AIT’s website.

Questions about the AINP

I obtained trade certification in a different Canadian province. Can I apply to the Compulsory and Optional Trades Category if I do not have an Alberta Qualification Certificate?
Yes. You can apply if you have a valid trade certificate from a different Canadian province that is recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) in a Compulsory and Optional Certificate Trade (PDF) in Alberta.  A list of eligible AIT Recognized Trade Certificates is available AIT’s website. Recognized trade credentials in designated trades and occupations are issued by recognized regulatory authorities. A recognized regulatory authority can be another province or territory, the Department of National Defence – Canada (DND), or a credential-issuing authority from outside the country. Recognized Trade Certificates from other provinces cannot be expired at the time of application to the AINP.

What supporting documents do I need to send with my AINP application?
You can find the list of supporting documents in the Document Checklist that goes with the Application Form.

If I do not have an Alberta Qualification Certificate or an AIT Recognized Trade Certificate in my trade, can I just apply under the AINP Employer-Driven Stream?
Requirements for trades are specific. Compulsory and Optional Tradespersons must apply to the Compulsory and Optional Trades Category.

I am a Chef/Cook/Line Cook. Do I need to be certified to qualify for the AINP? 
As you are working in an Optional Trade, you may be eligible to apply to the Compulsory and Optional Trades Category. You must be hold a valid Alberta Qualification Certificate or a valid AIT Recognized Trade Certificate to qualify to apply under this category.

If I have been nominated, can I use my AINP Nomination to go to a port-of entry (the border crossing, the airport, etc.) and get a new work permit?
No. An AINP nomination cannot be used to apply for a work permit at a port of entry (i.e. border crossing, airport, etc.). If you receive an offer of employment in Alberta and you need to change your work permit, contact us for the appropriate procedures to follow.

I can't get an Alberta Qualification Certificate or AIT Recognized Trade Certificate in my trade because I don't have the experience/didn't pass the exam. How can I immigrate to Alberta if I can't go through the AINP?
There are other options that you can explore. If you are in a Compulsory or Optional Trade, there may be federal immigration programs to explore, as an alternative to the AINP. Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for more information.

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Engineering Occupations Category Questions

What supporting documents do I need to send with my application?
You can find the list of supporting documents in the Checklist that goes with the Application Form.

Can I use my AINP Nomination to go to a port-of entry (the border crossing, the airport, etc.) and get a new work permit?
No. An AINP nomination cannot be used to apply for a work permit at a port of entry (i.e. border crossing, airport, etc.). If you receive an offer of employment in Alberta and you need to change your work permit, contact us for the appropriate procedures to follow.

I am an Engineer but my NOC isn't on the list. Can I still apply under this category?
No. Your occupation in Alberta must be on the AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream  Engineering Occupations List to apply under the Strategic Recruitment Stream Engineering Occupations Category. If you are working in Alberta in a NOC code not on the list, you may want to see if you meet the criteria for the AINP Employer-Driven Stream Skilled Worker Category.

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Post-Graduate Worker Category Questions

For information, go to the Post-Graduate Worker Category page.

What is the difference between this category, and the International Graduate Category of the Employer-Driven Stream?
When applying under the International Graduate Category, the candidate must have a permanent and full-time job offer from an Alberta employer. The employer must also complete an application form under the International Graduate Category.

The Post-Graduate Worker Category offers international students who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Alberta, and are working full-time in Alberta for an Alberta employer, the opportunity to apply without an employer.

Questions regarding September 27, 2013 changes to the Post-Graduate Worker Category

I am a foreign student who graduated from a Canadian institution, outside Alberta. Am I eligible to apply under the Post-Graduate Worker Category?
The AINP announced changes to the Post-Graduate Worker Category on September 27, 2013. Under these changes, applicants must have graduated from a program of study from an eligible Alberta post-secondary institution; graduates from Canadian institutions outside Alberta are not eligible to apply under this category.

The AINP is subject to change, as indicated on the AINP website and in the AINP application. It is your responsibility to review the criteria and occupations list before you submit an application.

If you submitted an application that was postmarked or delivered in person:

  • on or before September 27, 2013, your application will be assessed against the criteria in place before September 27, 2013.
  • on or after September 28, 2013, your application will be assessed against the criteria that are currently on the AINP website.

You may still have other AINP options, depending on your circumstances. The AINP is changing only one stream of its overall program and it continues to offer other categories designed to help international graduates from outside Alberta. Information on all available AINP programs is from the AINP website.

I am a foreign student who graduated from a Canadian institution, outside Alberta. I have already sent in an application under the Post-Graduate Worker Category. How do the changes posted September 27, 2013 affect me?
If you submitted an application postmarked or delivered in person:

  • on or before September 27, 2013, your application will be assessed against the criteria in place before September 27, 2013.
  • on or after September 28, 2013, your application will be assessed against the criteria that are currently on the AINP website.

The AINP is subject to change, as indicated on the AINP website and in the AINP application. It is your responsibility to review the criteria and occupations list before you submit an application.

If your application is declined, you may re-apply under another AINP category, if you meet all eligibility criteria. The AINP is changing only one stream of its overall program and it continues to offer other categories designed to help international graduates from outside Alberta. Information on all available AINP programs is from the AINP website.

I am a foreign student who graduated from a Canadian institution outside Alberta. I did not know about the AINP changes to the Post-Graduate Worker Category, as there was no warning on the AINP website and the changes are effective as of September 27, 2013. I have my application ready to submit. Can I still apply?
No, you may not apply.

The AINP is subject to change, as indicated on the AINP website and in the AINP application. It is your responsibility to review the criteria and ineligible occupations list before you submit an application.

You may still have other AINP options, depending on your circumstances. The AINP is changing only one stream of its overall program and it continues to offer other categories designed to help international graduates from outside Alberta. Information on all available AINP programs is from the AINP website.

I am a foreign student who graduated from a Canadian institution outside Alberta. I did not know about the AINP changes to the Post-Graduate Worker Category, as there was no warning on the AINP website and the changes are effective as of September 27, 2013. I have already made arrangements to move to Alberta and/or find a job in Alberta and/or retained an immigration representative. Why were these changes made and can I still apply?
No, you may not apply.

The AINP is subject to change, as indicated on the AINP website and in the AINP application. It is your responsibility to review the criteria and ineligible occupations list before you submit an application.

Due to greater than anticipated interest from international students from outside Alberta, we have had no choice but to adjust the criteria of the Post Graduate Worker category to focus on Alberta graduates only.

You may still have other AINP options, depending on your circumstances. The AINP is changing only one stream of its overall program and it continues to offer other categories designed to help international graduates from outside Alberta. Information on all available AINP programs is from the AINP website.

Questions regarding trades occupations under changes to the Post-Graduate Worker Category

I am an international graduate working in an optional trade. Am I eligible to apply under the International Graduate Category or the Post-Graduate Worker Category?
Optional trades were added to the ineligible occupations list for both categories on September 23, 2013.

The AINP is subject to change, as indicated on the AINP website and in the AINP application. It is your responsibility to review the criteria and ineligible occupations list before you submit an application.

If you submitted a complete application for an optional trade occupation and it was postmarked or delivered in person:

  • on or before September 23, 2013 your application will be accepted for assessment; or
  • on or after September 24, 2013 your application will be declined.

You may still have another AINP option, depending on your circumstances. You may be eligible to apply under the Compulsory and Optional Trades Category.

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U.S. Visa Holder Category Questions

As of April 30, 2013, the Strategic Recruitment Stream U.S. Visa Holder category is permanently closed. Final decisions have been made on all U.S. Visa Holder applications received prior to the suspension of this category on August 23, 2010 and all applicants have been informed. 

I was nominated under the Strategic Recruitment Stream U.S. Visa Holder Category. What happens if I am laid off? Change jobs? My H-1B visa expires? I move? Or I leave the U.S. before I obtain permanent resident status?
You are required to notify the AINP of any changes in your immigration or employment situation or change of address until you obtain permanent residence. You can notify the AINP by fax at 780-427- 6560 or by mail at:

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

I was nominated by the AINP under the U.S. Visa Holder category. Can I work in Alberta while waiting for permanent residence?
You would require a work permit in order to work in Alberta while waiting for permanent residence. The AINP may be able to assist you in obtaining a work permit if you submit proof of a valid full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in a skilled occupation (NOC level 0, A, or B) in a field related to your post-secondary education and current occupation in the U.S.

Proof of a valid job offer is your employment contract or a letter of employment from an Alberta employer offering you a full time job within the Province of Alberta. The job offer must be in a skilled occupation (NOC level 0, A, or B) in a field related to your post-secondary education and current occupation in the U.S. Along with your job offer you must include a detailed job description. The employment contract or letter of employment and your job description must be on the official letterhead of the Alberta employer you will be working for and signed by an authorized representative of the company.

The Alberta Employer must be incorporated or registered by or under an act of the legislature of a province or the Parliament of Canada and operating as a business that has an established production capability, plant, or place of business in Alberta.

Send all relevant documents identified above to the AINP by fax at 780-427-6560, making sure you quote your AINP file number.

Is my spouse eligible to work in Alberta prior to receiving permanent residence?
If you come to work in Alberta on a temporary work permit prior to receiving permanent residence your spouse/common law partner can accompany you and may be eligible for an open work permit. For more information visit the CIC website.

When the permanent resident visa is issued, how long do I have to take up residency? Do I have to leave the U.S. right away?
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will issue a permanent resident visa which has an expiry date. You and your dependants must arrive in Canada before this expiry date.

Does permanent resident status expire? Can I lose my permanent resident status?
Citizenship and Immigration Canada is responsible for granting permanent residence. For information on becoming a permanent resident and maintaining permanent residence status in Canada, visit CIC's Understand permanent resident status webpage.

Can I start my own business once I get my permanent resident status?
Yes, a permanent resident of Canada can own and operate a business. We would encourage you to contact the Business Link for additional information on operating a business in Alberta. Find more information at the Canada Business Services for Entrepreneurs website.

Where should I live? What is the weather like? I want to know about the Alberta economy.
Information on living in Alberta can be found in the living section of this website.

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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.