The Government of Alberta announced late last week that the
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program ("AINP") is pausing its
application intake, effective immediately. The AINP is an economic
immigration program whereby the Government of Alberta nominates
qualified applicants for Canadian permanent residence. The AINP
will not be accepting new applications until January 27, 2016.
Alberta advises that this measure is being taken in order to
address a backlog of approximately 9,000 applications awaiting
assessment and record-high processing times. Applicants currently
in the queue will be unaffected, other than an anticipated
improvement in timely processing. All foreign nationals who planned
to apply to the AINP in order to permanently remain in Canada will
no longer be able to do so until the pause is lifted. The decision
will most heavily impact foreign workers employed in low-skilled
occupations. Alberta workers in this category typically have no
option outside of the AINP to qualify for permanent residence. For
those foreign workers nearing the end of their four year cumulative
duration, this means that they may have to leave Canada when their
temporary permits expire. For others, it means they will have to
work with their employer in order to apply to Service Canada and/or
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for authorizations to
extend their temporary status until the pause is lifted by
Foreign workers in high-skilled occupations who qualify for one
of the federal economic immigration programs such as the Canadian
Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program or Federal Skilled
Trades Program, may instead apply for Canadian permanent residence
through Express Entry, an application management system implemented
by CIC in January 2015.
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