Canada | PR visa | PNP – Recent changes in Alberta Immigration Nomination Program.

All applications for Alberta Provincial Nominee Program under various categories can be submitted online using the new AINP portal with effect from October 1, 2020. Self- employed Farmer Stream candidates are excluded from submitted applications online. However, in order to access the portal, Express entry stream candidates must receive authorization from AINP.

The AINP portal has been designed to make it easier for applicants to apply. Applicants receive tips on how to enter data, a customized list of documents and they are able to save a draft of the application for completion at a later date. The system carries out an initial eligibility review which guarantees that applicants who obviously do not fit the minimum requirements do not lose time and resources filing an application.

Fees for Application

Applications submitted on or after October 1, 2020, using the AINP online portal are subject to a processing fee of $500. If an application has been submitted, the application fee is non-refundable. The fee covers the cost of processing the application and requires whether or not a certificate of nomination has been issued.

Opportunity and Express Entry streams of Alberta

Candidates who have submitted an application by mail to Alberta Opportunity Stream and Express Entry Stream on or before 1 October 2020 do not have to pay the processing fee.

Self-Employed Farmer Stream

The process for applying to Self-Employed Farmer Stream has improved with the implementation of an application fee. The registration fee would not have to be paid by candidates applying to this stream by mail on or before October 1, 2020. The fee must be charged for applications mailed after October 1, 2020.

 Post-decision services

 It is now essential to email all requests for post-decision services.      

A fee for post-decision programs, including requests for reconsideration, extensions of nomination, and nominee requests for 204(c) Letters of Support, is now being charged by the AINP. Fees must be paid online.  

With effect from October 1, 2020, a processing fee of $100 is applicable to requests for services including requests for reconsideration, nomination extensions, and nominee requests for 204(c) Letters of Support.

The nominee has to request for 204(c) Letters of Support since it is no longer be issued along with a Nomination. However, the service fee would not need to be paid for nominees who have a written request from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a 204(c) Letter of Support.

The fee covers the expense of processing the application.  Refunds will only be issued on applicants on reconsideration if the initial decision to refuse an application is revoked. Other service fees are Non-refundable.

Application updates can now be submitted by email

All applicants can submit their application updates by email, including those that applied by mail. This involves the AINP being told about:

  • Corrections or changes to data or records in an application.
  • Application withdrawal
  • Employment status updates, immigrant status updates, change in contact information, or family composition.
  • Updates on the use of a representative

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