Alberta has launched a new web portal for immigration and from October 1 onwards, the applicants may apply online for almost all the streams under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). However, this is not applicable to Self-Employed Farmer Stream and the candidates in the Alberta Express Entry stream has to receive authorization from the AINP to access the web portal.
According to the AINP, the portal aims to make it easier for candidates to submit immigration application. The portal offers tips to enter data, provides a customized list of documents and a draft of the application can be saved in the portal to complete later. As the system does an initial assessment of eligibility, those who do not meet the basic criteria won’t have to waste time and energy for submitting application.
Major changes introduced to AINP
Fees for online application
Those who are submitting their application using the online portal has to give a processing fee of $500, which is non-refundable.
Fees for post-decision services
The requests for all post-decision services have to be emailed. Besides, post-decisions services that include requests of reconsideration, extensions of nominations as well as nominee requests for letters of support, now requires fees. The requests for these services, sent on or after October 1 requires a services fee of $100.
Options to update applications by email
For updating applications, the candidates need to send an e-mail to the AINP. This is applicable for:
- Corrections or updates to information or documents provided in an application;
- Updates to employment status, immigration status, contact information, or family composition;
- Updates to use of a third party representative; or
- Withdrawal of the application.
AINP coronavirus measures
Alberta has also introduced certain changes to temporary coronavirus measures:
- Incomplete applications mailed or submitted in the online portal will not be accepted.
- Those candidates who have lost their jobs after applying for Alberta provincial nomination will have six months to find another job that meets the AINP criteria. It means the candidates get more time to find employment, as earlier, the candidates had only 60 days to find a qualifying employment.
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