AINP Processing and Inventory

This page was last updated on December 5, 2017.

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. Read this page to find out how the AINP processes applications and the approximate number of applications currently in the queue by category and industry.

Nomination certificate maximums for 2017

The AINP is authorized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to issue a maximum of 5,500 nomination certificates for the 2017 calendar year.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has issued all 5,500 certificates for 2017. The AINP will continue to assess applications in the queue; however, no further certificates will be issued until January 2018.

As of  December 4, 2017:

Nomination certificates issued in 2017

Applications awaiting assessment to
determine eligibility for nomination


Over 3,050

AINP application processing

AINP applications are processed and assessed based on

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

Note: Each application is assessed individually and some take longer to process than others.

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)

Category/Industry Approximate number of applications in the queue The AINP is processing applications received between approximately
Food and Beverage Processing Industry Less than 10 On November 28, 2017
Foodservices Industry (Pilot Project) Less than 10 On November 17, 2017
Hotel & Lodging Industry Less than 10 November 9, 2017, and November 16, 2017
International Graduate Category Over 1,250 June 21, 2017, and October 11 2017
Long-Haul Trucking Industry Less than 10 November 8, 2017, and November 16, 2017
Manufacturing Industry Less than 10 On November 17, 2017
Skilled Worker Category Over 1,250 June 14, 2017, and October 11, 2017

Strategic Recruitment Stream (SRS)

Category/Industry Approximate number of applications in the queue The AINP is processing applications received between approximately
Compulsory & Optional Trades Category Less than 10 On November 22, 2017
Engineering Occupations Category Over 10 On November 21, 2017
Post-Graduate Worker Category Over 450 October 30, 2017, and November 16, 2017

*Any applications received before the posted dates are already being assessed by an AINP officer.

Self-Employed Farmer Stream

The AINP works closely with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF) to assess the eligibility of applicants under this stream. Processing times are therefore not applicable.

AINP application volumes by occupation

The 10 National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes and occupations below make up over half of the AINP’s applications. Due to the volume of applications, if you applied to the AINP under one of these occupations, your application will take longer to process.

  • 6311 – Food Service Supervisors
  • 6211 – Retail Sales Supervisors
  • 7511 – Transport Truck Drivers
  • 6315 – Cleaning Supervisors
  • 7284 – Plasterers, Drywall Installers and Finishers and Lathers
  • 1241 – Administrative assistants
  • 0631 – Restaurant and Food Services Managers
  • 0621 – Retail and Wholesale Trade Managers
  • 6421 – Retail Salespersons
  • 8252 – Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

Due to a large volume of applications in the International Graduate Category and Skilled Worker Category, applications under these two categories will take longer to process.

AINP confirmation of receipt of applications

The AINP will confirm either by a letter or email that your application has been received. The letter or email will also include your file number.

It may take up to a few months to receive your letter or email. If you used an immigration representative to submit your application, the letter or email with your file number will only be sent to your representative.

If you want to know sooner if the AINP received your application, send your application by registered mail or by courier. This lets you track the delivery on your application.

Keeping your AINP application up to date

Sending additional documents or information to the AINP

You may only send in any additional documents or information to the AINP once you have an AINP file number. This file number is included in your confirmation email or confirmation letter.

Submit only information that is either requested by an AINP officer or that is relevant to your application. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • documents that show any changes to your address and telephone number
  • documents that show any changes to your employment or family situation
  • renewed work permits

Go to the Application Forms (‘Other AINP Forms’) section to find out how to notify the AINP of updates.

Keeping your work permit valid

You must have a valid work permit and valid temporary resident status to remain eligible for the AINP. It is extremely important that you do not let your work permit and temporary resident status expire while you wait for your AINP application to be assessed. You are responsible for maintaining your status to work in Canada. The processes to renew your work permit and temporary resident status are separate from your AINP application.

AINP Terms & Conditions

Review AINP terms and conditions before applying.