2024 AAIP: Updates on Processing Times and Application Levels

In this guide, our experts at Immigration Nation explore the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), detailing its processing times and application levels. The AAIP is a crucial pathway for skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and graduates aiming to establish their lives in Alberta. This blog provides a comprehensive overview of the AAIP, highlights new policies introduced, and offers insights into current processing times and application levels. As immigration consultants, we understand the importance of up-to-date information and aim to ensure your application process is smooth.

What is The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program( AAIP)?

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) is designed to attract skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and graduates to Alberta, addressing the province’s labor market needs and contributing to its economic growth. The program supports Alberta’s economic development by offering pathways to permanent residency for individuals with the skills and qualifications required in various sectors.

The AAIP includes several streams for applicants, such as:

  • the Alberta Opportunity Stream
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream
  •  Entrepreneur Streams.

 Each stream targets different immigrant categories, from skilled workers to international graduates and entrepreneurs. By aligning the immigration process with Alberta’s economic priorities, the AAIP ensures the province meets its labor market demands while providing immigrants opportunities to thrive in a prosperous environment.

New AAIP Policies

The AAIP has introduced several new policies to enhance the program’s efficiency and effectiveness. These policies streamline the application process and ensure Alberta attracts and retains the best talent. Key new policies include:

  • Increased Nomination Allocations: The AAIP received 9,750 nominations in 2024 to accommodate more applicants and address labor shortages in critical sectors.
  • Enhanced Criteria for Entrepreneur Streams: New criteria identify and select entrepreneurs who can significantly contribute to Alberta’s economic growth.
  • Improved Processing Times: Efforts to reduce application processing times ensure quicker turnaround and more efficient handling.


Processing Times and Application Levels

Nominations Issued and Available

As of May 29, 2024, the following data details the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) updates, processing times, and application levels.

AAIP Updates

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sets nomination limits for all provincial nominee programs. In 2024, AAIP received 9,750 nominations. Below is a summary of the 2024 nominations issued and total nominations available per stream.

Table 1: 2024 AAIP Nominations

Stream / Pathway2024 Nominations Issued2024 Total Estimated Nominations Allocated
Alberta Opportunity Stream2,2455,393
Express Entry Stream9831,775
Dedicated Healthcare Pathways228320
Accelerated Tech Pathway5361,047
Priority Sector Draws and Other Initiatives116231
Family Connection and Occupation in Demand103177
Rural Renewal Stream9711,900
Tourism and Hospitality Stream135660
Entrepreneur Streams (Foreign Graduate, Graduate, Rural, and Farm Streams combined)322
Grand Total4,3379,750

Application Volumes and Processing

The following data is accurate as of May 29, 2024:

Table 2: Application Breakdown

StreamUnprocessed ApplicationsCurrently Assessing Applications Received On or Before
Alberta Opportunity Stream3,659October 26, 2023
Alberta Express Entry Stream1,036Dedicated Healthcare Pathway: May 13, 2024<br>All Other Pathways/Initiatives: January 20, 2024
Rural Renewal Stream1,826December 20, 2023
Tourism and Hospitality Stream All applications received before June 11, 2024 have been assessed.
Totals  6,521  

Processing times and volumes for the Entrepreneur Streams depend on the expression of interest stage and business application or business performance agreement. It typically takes up to four months to assess both an expression of interest and business application. To check the status of your expression of interest or application, visit the AAIP portal.

Application Dates

Application Acceptance Dates and Targets

Effective June 11, 2024, AAIP has adopted new guidelines for the Alberta Opportunity Stream, Rural Renewal Stream, and Accelerated Tech Pathway, similar to those used in the Tourism and Hospitality Stream for the remainder of 2024.

Table 3: Application Targets by Date

Stream / Pathway11-Jun9-Jul13-Aug10-Sep8-Oct5-Nov10-Dec
Alberta Opportunity Stream430444430444430444430
Express Entry Stream30505050505050
Accelerated Tech Pathway*30505050505050
Rural Renewal Stream145160145160145160145
Tourism and Hospitality Stream130143130143130143130
Entrepreneur Streams (Foreign Graduate, Graduate, Rural and Farm Streams)Business applications are being accepted currently, as timing for nomination eligibility varies, based on when requirements have been met
Approximate Monthly Application Target Totals735797755797755797755


Table 4: List of Past Draws

Date of DrawNumber of Notification of Interest Letters SentDraw ParametersCRS Score of Lowest Ranked Candidate Who Received a Notification of Interest Letter
May 1, 202440Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above305
April 17, 202449Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above305
March 19, 202441Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above304
March 5, 202434Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above303
February 20, 202433Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above311
February 6, 202444Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above302
February 1, 202480Priority sector – Construction occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500382
January 30, 202422Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above312
January 16, 202422Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above312
January 11, 202444  Priority sector – Agriculture occupation with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300-500 312
January 2, 202442Dedicated Healthcare Pathway with Alberta job offer, CRS score 300 and above309

Conclusion

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) continues to be a significant pathway for skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and graduates aiming to establish their lives in Alberta. The recent updates and policies introduced in 2024 are designed to enhance the efficiency of the program, making it easier for applicants to navigate the process and contribute to Alberta’s economic growth. Understanding the processing times, application levels, and new guidelines is essential for prospective applicants to plan their immigration journey effectively.

At Immigration Nation, our team of experts is committed to providing you with the necessary support and advice to ensure your application is successful. If you seek further guidance with your application process, please feel free to contact us at Immigration Nation, where our team of experts will ensure your application is prepared for success!

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