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Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) – Latest Update

AINP – Processing and inventory

Use this information to estimate processing times for Alberta AINP applications and determine which streams are accepting applications.


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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.


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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.


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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  • application quality (completeness, eligibility, outdated application information/documents)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/IndustryNumber of Applications in the queue (approximate)The AINP is assessing applications received before (approximate)
Alberta Opportunity StreamOver 575October 19, 2018

Employer-Driven Stream

The AINP is no longer accepting applications under this stream.

Category/IndustryNumber of applications in the queue (approximate)The AINP is assessing applications before (approximate)
Food and beverage processing industryLess than 10May 2, 2018
Food services industry (Pilot project)All applications under this category have been assessed and received a decision
Hotel and lodging industryAll applications under this category have been assessed and received a decision
International graduate categoryOver 700March 12, 2018
Long-haul trucking industryAll applications under this category have been assessed and received a decision
Manufacturing industryAll applications under this category have been assessed and received a decision
Skilled worker categoryOver 125June 14, 2018

Strategic Recruitment Stream

The AINP is no longer accepting application under this stream.

Category/IndustryNumber of applications in the queue (approximate)The AINP is assessing applications received between (approximate)
Compulsory and optional trades categoryAll applications under this category have been assessed and received a decision
Engineering occupations categoryAll applications under this category have been assessed and received a decision
Post-graduate worker categoryOver 200May 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.


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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.

Past Draws

Information on draws will typically be posted approximately one month after the date of draw.

Date of drawNumber of Notification of Interest (NOI) Letters sentCRS score of lowest ranked candidate who received a NOI letter
July 6, 2018155302
July 26, 201867302
August 23, 201824312
September 14, 2018152301
October 10, 201847319
October 16, 201894304
November 6, 201857302

Future Draws

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)

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