Alberta makes changes to PNP application
Most Immigration programs can now be applied online by Alberta-bound immigrants. Although the province has introduced new fees. Application to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) can be done online from October 1, unless they are for the Self-Employed Farmer Stream. Candidates in the Alberta Express Entry Stream must receive authorization from AINP to access the new portal.
In a media release, the AINP says that the portal was designed to make immigration applications easier. Candidates applying for one of Alberta’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) get tips on how to enter data, a customized list of documents, and they can save a draft to complete their application at another time. The system does an initial assessment on eligibility, ensuring that candidates who do not meet basic criteria do not waste time and money submitting an application.
Here are more of the changes implemented by the AINP:
- Applications submitted to the province using the online portal are subject to a $500 processing fee.
- This fee is non-refundable once an application has been submitted. The fee covers the cost of processing the application and is required whether candidates get a provincial nomination or not.
- Candidates who applied for the Alberta Opportunity Stream or Alberta Express Entry Stream by mail on or before October 1 do not have to pay the fee.
- Self-Employed Farmer Stream applicants who submitted their applications by mail after October 1 must pay the fee.
- The AINP states that all requests for post-decision services must now be emailed.
- Alberta now requires fees for post-decision services such as requests for reconsideration, nomination extensions, and nominee requests for letters of support.
- Requests for services that were sent to the government on or after October 1 are now subject to a $100 service fee.
- Letters of Support will no longer be issued with a nomination and must be requested by the PNP recipient. Provincial nominees who have a written request from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for a letter of support do not have to pay the fee.
- Fees cover the cost of processing requests, and are required even if candidates are not eligible to have their nominations extended, or to receive a letter of support.
- Refunds will only be given for requests for reconsideration where the original rejection is reversed. All other service fees are non-refundable.
For Applications by Mail
Application updates will have to be sent by email, even if candidates applied by mail. Candidates must now send emails to inform the AINP about:
- Corrections or updates to information or documents in an application;
- Updates to employment status, immigration status, contact information, or family composition;
- Updates to use of a third party representative; or
- Application withdrawal.
Incomplete applications will no longer be accepted by AINP. Incomplete applications mailed on or after October 1 or submitted in the online portal will be declined.
All candidates who have lost their job after applying to the AINP, regardless of the date they applied, and all nominees, will have up to six months from the time their application is assessed to find a new job that meets AINP criteria. This employment requirement must be met at the time an application is submitted or mailed. The AINP will send an email when an application is on hold. This change provides more opportunity to meet AINP employment criteria and extends the time to find employment by up to four months for candidates and nominees.
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