AINP – Processing and inventory
Use this information to estimate processing times for Alberta AINP applications and determine which streams are accepting applications.
Nomination certificate limits
The following numbers are accurate as of January 28, 2019.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sets the number of nominations the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) can issue each year.
The AINP has issued all 5,600 certificates for 2018.
The number of nominations the AINP can issue for 2019 is not yet available. The AINP will continue to assess applications in the queue and issue nominations in January 2019.
Approximately 1,700 applications await assessment for eligibility.
Information on application volumes and processing is available to help you determine the status of your application.
The AINP does not provide status updates.
Application volumes and processing
Approximate volumes and assessment dates for each AINP stream/category are provided below.
“Assessing” means an AINP officer has been assigned a file to make an assessment and decision on eligibility.
Applications received after the date stated below have not yet been assigned to an officer for assessment.
The most common factors considered in AINP application processing include:
- application quality (completeness, eligibility, outdated application information/documents)
- labour market information
- volume of applications received
- the date the application was received
Read the AINP terms and conditions for more information on AINP application processing.
Alberta Opportunity Stream
|AINP Stream/Category/Industry||Number of Applications in the queue (approximate)||The AINP is assessing applications received before (approximate)|
|Alberta Opportunity Stream||Over 575||October 19, 2018|
The AINP is no longer accepting applications under this stream.
|Category/Industry||Number of applications in the queue (approximate)||The AINP is assessing applications before (approximate)|
|Food and beverage processing industry||Less than 10||May 2, 2018|
|Food services industry (Pilot project)||All applications under this category have been assessed and received a decision|
|Hotel and lodging industry||All applications under this category have been assessed and received a decision|
|International graduate category||Over 700||March 12, 2018|
|Long-haul trucking industry||All applications under this category have been assessed and received a decision|
|Manufacturing industry||All applications under this category have been assessed and received a decision|
|Skilled worker category||Over 125||June 14, 2018|
Strategic Recruitment Stream
The AINP is no longer accepting application under this stream.
|Category/Industry||Number of applications in the queue (approximate)||The AINP is assessing applications received between (approximate)|
|Compulsory and optional trades category||All applications under this category have been assessed and received a decision|
|Engineering occupations category||All applications under this category have been assessed and received a decision|
|Post-graduate worker category||Over 200||May 4, 2018|
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 not available.
Application volumes by occupation
If you applied to the AINP under the International Graduate Category or Skilled Worker Category under one of the following occupations, your application will take longer to process as these applications make up over half of the AINP’s application inventory:
6311 – Food service supervisors
7511 – Transport truck drivers
6211 – Retail sales supervisors
6322 – Cooks
1241 – Administrative assistants
6421 – Retail salespersons
6315 – Cleaning supervisors
0631 – Restaurant and food service managers
0621 – Retail and wholesale trade managers
1311 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
Alberta Express Entry Stream Selection Draws
The AINP regularly reviews available candidates in the federal Express Entry pool. Based on available profile information in the portal, the AINP draws to select candidates from the pool, inviting them to submit a completed application to the AINP. Information on Alberta Express Entry Stream Notification of Interest factors is included on the AINP – Selection Criteria page.
Information on draws will typically be posted approximately one month after the date of draw.
|Date of draw||Number of Notification of Interest (NOI) Letters sent||CRS score of lowest ranked candidate who received a NOI letter|
|July 6, 2018||155||302|
|July 26, 2018||67||302|
|August 23, 2018||24||312|
|September 14, 2018||152||301|
|October 10, 2018||47||319|
|October 16, 2018||94||304|
|November 6, 2018||57||302|
Information on selection draws for 2019 will be updated once the number of nominations the AINP can issue for 2019 is available
For details of AINP requirements see Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)