On April 24, 2015, two updates were announced with regards to the AINP.
AINP pre-nomination initiative work permit
Alberta applicants that are impacted by the four-year cumulative duration limit may be eligible for a one-time work permit that is both valid for one year and LMIA exempt. In order to be considered for a pre-nomination initiative work permit, an applicant must meet the following criteria:
- have applied to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program before July 1, 2014;
- be in Canada and have a valid work permit that expires in the 2015 calendar year;
- have applied for a pre-nomination “initiative” work permit for work in Alberta with the same employer;
- have a letter to CIC, provided by the Province of Alberta, indicating the Province’s intention to nominate the applicant;
- have created an Express Entry profile if their work experience falls under the NOC Skill level “B”
Applicants will not be considered if they:
- have not applied to the AINP before July 1, 2014;
- have allowed their status expire;
- are applying at the port of entry or visa office.
AINP to no longer accept hand-delivered applications or documents
As of May 1, 2015 applications or documents that are hand delivered to the AINP office will no longer be accepted. The AINP cannot issue any acknowledgements of receipt and therefore encourages senders to send their applications or documents by courier or registered mail to ensure that the materials can be traced. Applicants are also asked to refrain from sending additional documents or information to the AINP until they have received a file number.