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Alberta PNP Continues to Accept & Process applications

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 07, May 2020

visas default image The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has confirmed that it will continue to accept and process the applications despite the disarray caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the province has imposed some temporary changes in view of Covid-19. This year Alberta- a key province in western Canada, has opened 8 draws of AINP- Express Entry Stream to issue total 1,207 invitations to apply for provincial nomination. This has been one of the most active PNP streams this year and one of the best pathways to get permanent residency in the maple leaf country.

Alberta Accepting applications with some temporary changes

In the year 2019, Alberta issued 6,000 nomination certificates. However, the target for the issuance of nominations is not revealed as of now. However, one thing is certain that AINP will continue to accept and verify the applications in the queue and issue nominations in 2020. At now, nearly 1,700 applications are waiting assessment for eligibility. In view of Covid-19 outbreak, the AINP has introduced some temporary changes.

Also read- Alberta PNP- program, process and requirements

Temporary changes in AINP as of April 29, 2020

The candidates who sent their application on or before April 29, 2020, are considered the candidates.

Regarding Submitting of applications

The province will accept copies for all document types, and the copies of signatures on forms from both new and present candidates, including:
  • copies of applicant, spouse/common-law partner, dependant and representative signatures on application and request forms
  • copies of educational transcripts for Post-Graduation Work Permit holders
The AINP may confirm the validity of signatures and transcripts by other sources, including phone and email. The AINP will only accept applications by mail. It will not accept electronic applications.

New Candidates

New applicants may submit an incomplete application only if they:
  • fulfil all Selection parameters for respective AINP stream, but are missing some documents to show they fulfil criteria due to COVID-19
  • include a written explanation as to why the document(s) cannot be obtained
  • provide proof they have asked for the document(s) from the individual or organization who will issue the document or evidence the issuing body is not issuing documents due to COVID-19, and
  • for the Alberta Opportunity Stream, include either valid language test results or evidence of registration for a language testing session on or before October 29, 2020, or
  • for the Alberta Express Entry Stream, they contain valid language test results and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)(if applicable)
New applications, not fulfilling the mentioned requirements will be declined. If a present applicant cannot provide documents due to COVID-19, they need to provide:
  • a written explanation as to why the document(s) cannot be obtained, and
  • proof they have requested the document(s) from the individual or organization who will issue them or evidence the issuing body is not issuing documents due to COVID-19

Application Assessment

Find below the different scenarios of the application assessment under the current circumstances:

  • The cases where the application is either incomplete due to COVID-19 or the AINP program officer cannot verify information or documentation, Alberta will temporarily hold new applications for 60 calendar days from date of mailing and current applications for 60 calendar days from date of assessment. The AINP shall advise by an email, when an application is put on hold.
  • After 45 days, AINP will decide if an extra 60 calendar day hold needs to be applied in any such case or not. Alberta will advise the applicant by email regarding the status of such application by each 60 calendar day mark.
  • The longest AINP will hold an application is for the six months. After six months, AINP (Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program) will make a verdict on the application as per the information available and applicant's situation at that time.
  • Applicants need to suggest the province of any changes to their employment, address, email, phone number or family status while their application is in process for AINP. The detail or information regarding change in employment needs to be emailed to the AINP program officer handing the application or mailed to the AINP.
  • No information to be mailed without an AINP file number. All applicants should analyse official website for present information on sustaining their status to live and work in the province of Alberta, Canada.

Selection Parameters and Application Assessment

Alberta Express Entry Stream

Alberta will continue to hold the periodic selection draws, invite and nominate the selected candidates under the Alberta PNP- Express Entry Stream. However, at this particular juncture, the candidates living and working in the province of Alberta will be considered for a nomination certificate.

The below parameters needs to be fulfilled to get a nomination:

  • Alberta employer needs to be registered by or under an act of the legislature of a province, territory, or the Parliament of Canada and functioning as a business that has an recognized production capability, plant or place of business in the province
  • The candidate needs to be presently working in Alberta
    • Individuals working in a location that meets the criteria of social distancing (i.e. work from home), must be eligible for nomination, as long as they fulfil all other parameters
    • However, people who serve the employer by telecommuting from a virtual location outside Alberta are not eligible
  • The applicants must have a work permit authorizing them to work in their present occupation in the province of Alberta
  • The work needs to be:
    • paid
    • full-time, defined as a minimum of 30 hours/week
    • for wages and benefits that meet provincial minimum wage and must meet or exceed the requirements set out in a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), or if LMIA exempt, meet or exceed the lowest starting wage for that occupation across all industries in Alberta.
    • In an eligible occupation. Ineligible occupations at this time include occupations on the:
      • Government of Canada's list of high-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta (also known as the Refusal to Process a Labour Market Impact Assessment list), or
      • the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list
    • The following candidates are not eligible:
      • Individuals with a job offer for part-time, casual or seasonal employment, regardless of their current working hours
      • independent contractors, business owners or temporary agency workers, including individuals listed as Directors, Shareholders or Agents of the Alberta employer on the Corporate Registry System (CORES)
The present Alberta Express Entry Stream applicants, who are experiencing any of the below situations will have their applications put on hold for 60 calendar days to allow them time to become eligible for a nomination:
  • applicants who were working in Alberta before the COVID-19 pandemic, but who are presently not working full-time (part-time or unemployed)
  • applicants working in a regulated occupation in Alberta, but who cannot meet licensure/registration requirements
At now, the Alberta Express Entry Stream applications, where there is no recent history of job in Alberta will not be processed until further notice. This also includes new applications from applicants, who received a NOI (Notification of Interest) letter before or after April 29, 2020, as well as applications where an AINP program officer had already started verifying the application for eligibility.

Applications on hold

For all cases, even those applications put on hold, in case applicant's federal Express Entry profile expires, AINP will close the application and the applicant will need to be re-selected by the province in order to qualify for consideration under this stream.

After nomination

The Alberta PNP is coordinating with IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) on the impact of COVID-19 on the permanent residence process. Meanwhile, take a note of the following points:
  • Nominees need to suggest AINP of any changes in their Job circumstances, address, e-mail, phone number or family status after nomination. Once an application for PR is submitted, you need to continue to suggest AINP and the IRCC of any changes.
  • Information about a change in job need to be emailed to the AINP program officer, who is handing the application or mailed to the AINP along with an AINP file number. Applicant need to use the IRCC web form to inform IRCC of any changes.
  • Nominees whose job circumstance changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be given 60 calendar days to fulfil job criteria in order to maintain their nomination. Nominees who relocated to another province or territory will have their nomination withdrawn. Alberta continue to issue nomination extensions and/or 204(c) Letters of Support to nominees, who fulfil the parameters for these post-nomination supports.
Now, if you want to confirm the latest AINP or PNP updates to apply Canadian PR visa this year, you may contact Visas Avenue Immigration Expert on Toll Free Number- 78-18-000-777 for trusted advice, assistance and support or you may fill the free assessment form here to get a call back from the expert.


Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

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