Alberta Has New Processing Fee, Will Not Meet Federal Nomination Allocation

Alberta immigration department has announced it will not meet its federal nomination allocation for 2020 as part of its post-pandemic economic recovery program.

Alberta’s COVID-19 economic recovery program means the province will not meet its federal government nomination allocation for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).

The province says it will roll out a maximum of 4,000 nominations via the AINP, more than a third down on the allocations of 6,250.

As of the 1st of October, Alberta has already sent out 3,720 nominations.

There are 1,525 Alberta Opportunity Stream applications still awaiting assessment and also 125 Expression of Interest application in the Alberta Express Entry pool.

New Online Portal and $500 Processing Fee

Meanwhile, the Alberta immigration department has also announced a new online application portal for all applicants except those applying via the Self-Employed Farmer Stream.

Alberta Express Entry candidates requires authorizations from the AINP to access the portal.

Candidates lodging applications through the portal have to pay a non-refundable $500 processing fee, required whether or not a certificate is issued.

“The AINP portal was created to make the application for candidates easy,” the AINP said.

“Candidates can get tips on how to enter data, a customized list of documents required and can save a draft application to complete at a later date.

“The system carry out an initial assessment on eligibility, and ensures that people who clearly do not meet basic requirements do not waste time and money lodging an application.”

Alberta Express Entry and Alberta Opportunity Stream candidates who submitted applications by mail prior to October 1st don’t have to pay the processing fee.

Applicants to the Self-Employed Farmer program who lodged applications by mail before Oct. 1 also don’t have to pay the processing fee. Applications mailed after October, 1st must pay the fee.

New Post-Decision Services Fee

A new fee for post-decision services has also been launched under the AINP.

Services include requests for nomination extensions, reconsideration, and letter of support requests.

Post-decision services request must now be mailed, with those received on or after October 1st subject to a $100 fee.

“The fee covers the cost of processing your requests and is needed even if it is determined you are not qualified to have your decision reconsidered,” the AINP said.

“Refunds will only be provided for request for reconsideration where the original decisions to decline an application is overturned.”

Application Updates

Applicants, including those who originally applied through the mail, must now lodge application updates by email. Updates may include:

  • Corrections or updates to information or document.
  • Updates to employment status, contact information, immigration status, family composition.
  • Update to the use of a representative.
  • Application withdrawal.