Alberta continues to accept applications considering COVID-19

Alberta still accepting applications

It’s good news for those looking up to Canada immigration that Alberta will keep on accepting applications for immigration and processing them. The AINP (Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program) has brought to fore new temporary measures owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the new measures, AINP will accept copies of all mandatory documents supposed to come with the application. This includes copies of signatures on forms. AINP will verify the documents and signatures for authenticity via email or phone call. This is a positive step in immigration Canada.

Applicants may now be permitted to submit incomplete applications provided they meet requirements like:

  • They have applied after April 29, 2020
  • They have met every selection criterion for their AINP stream
  • They have included an explanation in writing as to why their application is incomplete
  • They have provided evidence for having requested the document, if not that the party who issues the document is not operational due to COVID-19
  • If they are applying for the Alberta Opportunity Stream, they have included language test results, if not proof that they have signed up for a language test on or before 29th October 2020
  • If they are giving an application to join the Canada Express Entry Stream, they have included valid language results and an ECA (Educational Credential Assessment).

Applicants who have applied on April 29, 2020, or before but cannot produce documents must also:

  • Include an explanation in writing as to the reason for their being unable to submit the mandatory documents
  • Give evidence that they have requested the document, if not that the issuing party isn’t operational because of COVID-19

Incomplete applications will be held for 60 days by Alberta from the date of mailing.

After 45 days, it will be determined whether the application will be held for an extended period of another 60 days. Such revaluations will go on for not more than 6 months.

At this point, they will decide a course of action based on the available information.

The Alberta Express Entry Stream

Alberta will continue with its Canada immigration draws and provincial nominations as usual under the Alberta Express Entry Stream. The COVID-19 situation won’t stop the process.

Currently, only candidates living and working in Alberta will have a chance at the nomination.

To get a nomination, candidates must be eligible meeting requirements namely:

  • being currently at work in Alberta (even if working from home)
  • have a work permit that authorizes to work in the current job
  • have a full-time job with pay that meets the provincial minimum wage and exceed LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment) requirements
  • they must not work in ineligible occupations. These include jobs in the high-wage and low-wage occupations of the government’s list in the Alberta province, and the ineligible occupations list of Alberta Opportunity Stream

The applications of candidates will be on hold for 60 days if

  • They were working full time prior to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • They were working in a regulated job and cannot meet requirements for licensure

Applications of candidates with no recent job history in the province, won’t be processed until further notice.

Alberta Opportunity Stream

Candidates working from home because of the social distancing rules of the government may still be fit for nomination under the Alberta Opportunity Stream.

Candidates performing just some of the duties at the job may still have the eligibility for nomination. This is as long as they wish to go back to the regular job duties they perform after the pandemic ends.

Those whose employment situation has changed due to COVID-19 will have their application held for 60 days. This is to let them meet the prescribed criteria. The candidates included in this case may be:

  • The unemployed
  • Those working in an ineligible occupation
  • Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) holders working in an occupation different from their area of study, or
  • Those working in a different occupation


All nominees should report and advise of any changes in the following details to the AINP and IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada), even after nomination:

  • Employment
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Family status

If a nominee’s employment status changes due to the COVID-19, such nominee will be granted 60 days to meet their employment criteria again so that they can keep their nomination. If a nominee moves to another province, his/her nomination will get terminated.

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