AINP - Federal Skilled Worker Backlog Reduction Pilot

If you received a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) about the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Backlog Reduction Pilot this information is for you.

Information about the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

The AINP is an immigration program operated by the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Enterprise and Advanced Education with CIC. Individuals approved by the AINP, together with their spouse/common-law partner and dependent children, can apply for permanent residence through CIC. CIC makes final decisions on all permanent resident applications from Provincial Nominees.

Information about the Pilot

Why you received the letter

  • CIC, in partnership with the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), has a new initiative called the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Backlog Reduction Pilot that could help you get a permanent resident visa earlier.
  • In your Federal Skilled Worker application you indicated you
    • were interested in moving to Alberta
    • work in one of four occupations in need in Alberta:
      • NOC 0211 – Engineering Managers
      • NOC 2131 – Civil Engineers
      • NOC 2132 – Mechanical Engineers
      • NOC 0911 – Manufacturing Managers

What the letter means

  • You may apply to the AINP if you meet the AINP criteria for the pilot; there is no fee to apply to the AINP.
  • If the AINP approves your application, you and your family can apply for permanent residence through CIC as a Provincial Nominee (PN). This will be a new application for permanent residence and you will have to pay the CIC processing fees to apply as a PN. Once CIC accepts your new application for permanent residence as a PN, they will then close your previous FSW application and refund your fees from your FSW application.
  • Your AINP application must arrive at the AINP no later than June 1, 2012. You will be contacted by the AINP with a final decision on your application no later than October 31, 2012.
  • When the FSW Backlog Reduction Pilot was launched by AINP and CIC, you were told that if you chose not to apply to the AINP or were not nominated by the AINP under the FSW Backlog Reduction Pilot, that your application would remain in the FSW backlog queue until it came up for processing.
  • After the launch of this pilot, the Government of Canada announced plans under the Economic Action Plan 2012 to eliminate most applications in the FSW backlog received prior to February 27, 2008. If these plans are approved, applicants may have their original or previous FSW application closed and fees returned.
  • This change means that if you do not apply to the AINP under the FSW Backlog Reduction Pilot, it is possible that your application may not remain in the FSW backlog queue.

What the letter does not mean

  • The AINP will be accepting a limited number of complete applications under this Pilot. The AINP does not guarantee that all complete applications received by the AINP will be assessed or that all applicants who meet the AINP Pilot criteria will be issued a nomination. The AINP will provide a written response by email to all individuals who apply. Submission of an AINP application or nomination by the AINP does not guarantee you will be issued a permanent resident visa.
  • The letter invites you (including your spouse/common-law partner and dependent children) to apply to the AINP. This Pilot is only available to those who are invited directly by CIC.
  • The letter does not mean you have already applied to the AINP. CIC has not given the AINP a copy of your FSW application. If you choose to participate in the Pilot, you must submit an AINP application in order to be considered for Nomination.
  • This letter does not guarantee that CIC will issue you a permanent resident visa.

If you did not receive an invitation letter

  • Only some individuals were chosen by CIC to receive an invitation letter for this pilot.
  • Individuals chosen to receive an invitation letter were those who identified Alberta in their original FSW application as the place they would like to live in Canada, and who were working in the four occupations/NOC codes listed above.
  • If you did not receive an invitation letter to this pilot from CIC, you are not eligible for the pilot.
  • If you apply to the AINP without a copy of your invitation letter for the pilot, your application will be declined.

Pilot Criteria

Criteria you must meet in order to be eligible for the AINP

At the time of application to the AINP, you the Candidate must:

  • Intend to and be able to live and work in Alberta
  • Be between the ages of 24 and 55
  • Meet the following education criteria:
    • You have completed a post-secondary diploma or degree program at least two (2) years in duration at an accredited educational institution, in a field of study directly related to your current employment and work experience:
      • If you are working as a NOC 0211 – Engineering Manager, NOC 2131 – Civil Engineer or NOC 2131 – Mechanical Engineer, a related field of study includes an engineering technology diploma or degree, and
    • You currently meet and/or met the licensing or registration requirements to perform the job duties of your current and previous jobs in the country in which you were performing those job duties (if applicable)

      OR
    • You have a “Letter of No Objection” from the body regulating the engineering profession in Alberta, The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) or be registered with APEGA as a foreign licensee.
  • Be currently performing the job duties of one of the four NOC codes listed below and have a minimum of three (3) years paid, full-time work experience performing duties in this occupation since January 1, 2007
    • NOC 0211 – Engineering Managers
    • NOC 2131 – Civil Engineers
    • NOC 2132 – Mechanical Engineers
    • NOC 0911 – Manufacturing Managers
  • Have achieved:
  • Have accessible funds in a bank or financial institution of:
    • At least CAD $10,000 for the Candidate, and
    • CAD $2,000 for each of the Candidate’s dependants (spouse or common-law partner and child)
    • Joint accounts with your Spouse/Common-law partner (if applicable) in which you are clearly identified as one of the account holders are acceptable.

Meeting these criteria does not guarantee your application will be assessed, or that you will be issued a Nomination letter or a permanent resident visa.

How to apply to the AINP

The AINP is no longer accepting applications under the FSW Backlog Reduction Pilot. All applications had to be received at AINP on or before June 1, 2012. Applications received at the AINP June 2, 2012 or later will not be processed and will be returned to the sender.

For applicants who applied on or before June 1, 2012, the following steps continue to apply to you:

 

1. While you wait for your decision, you must keep the AINP updated on changes to your family status and changes to your contact information.

  • If you have a change in address, email or phone number download the AINP Change of Address and Contact Information form and fax to the AINP at (780) 427-6560.
  • If you have a change in family status download the AINP Request to Add/Remove Family Members form and fax to the AINP at (780) 427-6560.
  • If you have any additional information to provide after you have submitted your application, you can either mail these documents to the address below or fax the information to AINP at (780) 427-6560. Make sure you quote your file number.

            Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
            Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Backlog Reduction Pilot
            Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education
            Suite 940, Telus Plaza North Tower
            10025 Jasper Avenue
            Edmonton, AB Canada T5J 1S6

  • If further information is required by the AINP to process your application, you will be contacted by email. If the AINP sends you a request for additional information, you must provide that information to the AINP before the date specified. If you do not send the additional information requested by the AINP, your file will be declined. You may be asked to provide information to supplement what was requested in the AINP - Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Backlog Reduction Pilot –Document Checklist (PDF).

2. You will be contacted by the AINP with a final decision on your application no later than October 31, 2012.

  • The AINP will send your final decision by email. It is important that you complete your email accurately on the AINP form. Ensure that you check all your email folders often for a response from the AINP.
  • If your AINP application is approved, the AINP will send you a Nomination by email. You then submit a new Application for Permanent Residence in Canada to CIC as a Provincial Nominee. Instructions on how to apply will be included with your Nomination or can be found on our website.
  • If you are nominated, your nomination will be valid for 6 months. You have 6 months to submit your Application for Permanent Residence in Canada to CIC. The AINP will not be granting extensions to nominations under this pilot.

If you have reviewed the information above, including the AINP Document Checklist, instructions and the FAQs, and you still have a question, contact the AINP FSW Backlog Reduction Pilot.