AINP: After you are nominated

If you have received an approval package from the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) containing your nomination documents, this section is for you. If you have an authorized representative you will not receive a nomination package as the nomination letter is sent directly to your representative.

This section will tell you what to do after you are nominated by the AINP.

Apply for your permanent residence to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
While you wait for a decision from CIC
Extending your Nomination

Apply for your permanent residence to CIC


1. Make a copy of your Nomination.

Include the original with your Application for Permanent Residence in Canada when you send your application to the visa office named on your Nomination. Your Nomination is valid for six (6) months. You must apply for Permanent Residence before your Nomination expires or CIC will not accept your application.

2. Review your AINP Nomination.

Read your Nomination carefully and be sure the information on it is current and correct. Notify the AINP if you find mistakes on your Nomination.

3. Update/complete your CIC forms, gather your supporting documents and apply to CIC as soon as possible.

4. Send your application to the CIC visa office named on your Nomination before it expires.

Do not send it to any other visa office. We suggest you send your application by registered mail to make sure it is received by the visa office. Place the AINP sticker provided in your Nomination package on the bottom right-hand corner of your envelope you send to the CIC visa office.

  • Include your original AINP Nomination.
  • Include documents and forms where there is a checkbox under the “P” column of the CIC Visa Office Specific Instructions guide for your visa office.
  • Calculate your fees. The number of family members on your application will affect your total amount. The CIC Visa Office Specific Instructions has a section on how to submit your fees to the visa office. Read it carefully. When you submit your application to CIC, fees must be paid in full, with the right form of payment, or CIC will return your application.
  • You are strongly encouraged to submit police clearances with your application if possible. If you choose to submit to CIC without plice clearances you should include proof that you have applied for them. Visit the CIC website for more information on police clearances.

5. CIC will send you a file number after they receive your application and tell you the next steps.

Once you have a file number, you can check the status of your CIC application online. Do not contact the AINP for status updates on your CIC application. The AINP does not have any information about your CIC application.

6. You and your dependants must pass medical, criminal, and security checks to receive Permanent Residence.

Do not have a medical check until you are requested to do so by CIC. Instructions on how to take the medical examination will be sent to you after you submit your application to the visa office.

Your AINP Nomination does not guarantee that you will receive permanent residence. Only CIC can issue a permanent resident visa.

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While you wait for a decision from CIC

• The AINP cannot provide status updates on your Application for Permanent Residence in Canada. Visit the CIC website to see how long your CIC application may take to process. Look under the visa office where you sent your application. If your application is taking longer than the stated processing times you can contact the Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate for your region.

• If you have a change in address, email or phone number, contact the AINP and the CIC visa office. Download the AINP Change of Address and Contact Information Form and fax to the AINP at (780) 427-6560.

• If you have a change in family status download the AINP Request to Add/Remove Family Member(s) form and fax to the AINP at (780) 427-6560.

• Notify the AINP as soon as you become a Permanent Resident. It is a requirement to notify us once you have become a Permanent Resident in Alberta. Fax us with your date and place of Permanent Residence, with your current contact information to (780) 427-6560.

•After you have become a Permanent Resident the AINP will contact you to complete a brief survey.

While you wait: If you are already living and working in Alberta

• Do not let your work permit expire. You must be prepared to apply for another work permit while CIC is processing your application for Permanent Residence. Find out more about extending your work permit.

• If you have any changes to your job in Alberta, such as being laid-off or working for a new employer contact the AINP immediately.

While you wait: If you are not yet living and working in Alberta

• Do not make arrangements to move to Alberta until you have received your Permanent Resident visa; however, you can start preparing for living in Alberta.

• Search for a job in Alberta if you do not already have one. If you were nominated under the Family Stream or the Strategic Recruitment Stream, visit Working in Alberta for information on searching for a job in Alberta.

• Practice your English. English is the main language used in Alberta. Speaking the language will help you adjust more easily to your new home.

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Extending your Nomination

Your AINP Nomination gives you six (6) months to submit your Application for Permanent Residence as a Provincial Nominee to CIC. You are expected to submit your complete application to CIC before your Nomination expires. If your Nomination expires and you request an extension, the reasons why you need an extension will be reviewed by the AINP. There is no guarantee that you will be issued an extension.

  • If you have already been granted an AINP nomination extension, you will not be granted any further extensions.
  • The AINP must receive your extension request within six months of the expiry date of your original nomination. If more than six months have passed since the expiry date of your original nomination, you are not eligible for an AINP nomination extension.
  • Your nomination extension request is subject to all conditions that were in place at the time your original nomination was issued by the AINP.
  • Extension requests will take up to 30 days to process. The AINP will not respond to any inquiries about the status of your nomination extension request.

To request a nomination extension from the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), complete the Request for a Nomination Extension Form, assemble any supporting documents required, and fax to the AINP at (780) 427-6560. The AINP will not accept incomplete forms or forms without supporting documents. The AINP will not confirm receipt of documents.

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Date Updated: Oct 06, 2011