Work Permit Canada For Ainp Nomination
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Within the last couple of years, many temporary foreign workers (TFWs) have applied for nomination under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), which is Alberta’s provincial nominee program. Provincial nominee programs (PNPs) are special immigration programs established pursuant to federal-provincial agreements. Under the PNP system, a province can nominate a certain number of applicants for permanent residence each year.

Currently in Alberta there is a backlog of applications for AINP nomination. Under the agreement with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Alberta government can nominate 5500 applicants a year. The existing number of applications sitting in the queue likely exceeds the Alberta quota for two full years. As such, AINP applicants can expect on average to wait a long time for nomination.

This does not, however, mean that it is necessarily a bad idea to apply for nomination under AINP. For one thing, there is no government application fee to apply for provincial nomination. (There is an application fee to apply for permanent residence through CIC once an applicant has received a provincial nomination, but at least at the provincial nomination stage applicants don’t have to pay the provincial government anything.) In many cases, AINP may be the only viable option for would-be immigrants. For example, for TFWs in Alberta who have so-called semi-skilled jobs (NOC C jobs), AINP is likely the only economic immigration option available.

AINP may in fact be a good option for recent foreign graduates who have post-graduate work permits that are valid for 2 to 3 more years. These former international students may be able to ride out the long waiting period that may be expected for a typical AINP application. It should also be noted that not all waiting periods are the same under AINP. If for example, you apply under AINP as a doctor or engineer, your waiting time will likely be significantly less than if you apply as a line cook or retail sales supervisor. For highly skilled workers, the waiting time for nomination may even be a few months or less.

That being said, there is one thing you have to keep in mind when applying under AINP. AINP requires you to have a valid work permit at the time of nomination. If you no longer have a valid work permit when AINP wishes to nominate you, your application for nomination will be denied. In other words, if the likelihood of having a valid work permit at the time AINP can expected to nominate you is slim to none, you should consider exploring other immigration streams and forget about applying under AINP.


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