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Coronavirus Canada Update: AINP Still Processing Applications for Provincial Nomination

Coronavirus Canada Update: AINP Still Processing Applications for Provincial Nomination

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has introduced new temporary measures to tackle the coronavirus, but the immigration applications will be accepted for provincial nomination.

The AINP will now accept copies for all required documents, including copies of signatures on forms. The authenticity of signatures and other documents may need to be confirmed with a phone call or email. Incomplete applications will be accepted if they meet the following requirements:

  • Applied after April 29;
  • Meet all selection criteria for their AINP stream;
  • Include a written explanation as to why their application is incomplete;
  • Provide evidence that they have requested the document, or that the issuing party is not operational due to the coronavirus;
  • If applying for the Alberta Opportunity Stream, they include language test results, or proof that they have registered for a language test on or before October 29, 2020; and
  • If applying for the Alberta Express Entry Stream, they include valid language results and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).

For applicants who have applied before or on April 29, who are not able to provide documents must also:

  • Include a written explanation as to why they are unable to provide the required documents;
  • Provide evidence that they have requested the document, or that the issuing party is not operational due to the coronavirus.

Alberta will keep hold of incomplete applications for 60 calendar days from the date of mailing. After 45 days, a decision will be made on holding the incomplete application for another 60 days, or so on, extending for the maximum six months.

AINP has an “enhanced” stream that allows the province to nominate express entry candidates for provincial nomination. At the moment, only the candidates living and working in the province will be considered for the nomination. Candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • be currently working in Alberta, even if they are working from home;
  • have a work permit authorizing them to work in their current job;
  • have a job that is full-time, paid, meet the provincial minimum wage, exceed Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirements; and they must
  • work in an eligible occupation. Ineligible occupations include those in the government’s high-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta, and the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list.

For the candidates working in the province prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, or working in a regulated occupation who cannot meet license requirements, will have their applications on hold for 60 days.

For the candidates who are working from home, may be eligible for provincial nomination under the AINP’s Alberta Opportunity Stream. If they are performing the job duties, they may be eligible for the nomination as long they will return to their jobs after the pandemic is over. For the candidates who have to change their job due to the virus, will have their application on hold for 60 days to allow them to meet the criteria.

This includes those who are unemployed, working in an ineligible occupation, working in a different occupation or Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) holders who are working in a different occupation than their area of study.

In case there are any changes in the candidate’s employment, address, email, phone number, or family status, even after nomination, they have to notify the AINP and the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

In case the candidate’s occupation status is changed due to the virus, their application will be on hold for 60 days for them to re-adjust their employment criteria to meet the program’s criteria. If the nominee moves to any other province in the country, their nomination will be terminated.

Reference is taken from CIC News

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