The Government of Alberta opens up Two New Immigration Streams to increase the economic growth of the province by creating new jobs, opening new businesses and attracting investment.

The first stream is the International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream which is specific for International graduates from an Alberta University or College who are interested in launching business ventures and start ups in Alberta.

The first step to becoming a permanent resident under this stream is to submit an Expression of Interest (also known as EOI).

The next step is to receive an Invitation to access the AINP portal and initiate the process and if application is successful, obtain a Canadian Permanent Residence Visa.

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Moving on to the second stream is the Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream. Details about this stream will be revealed later this year. For now, let’s focus on the first stream.

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream (also known as the IGEIS) allows Alberta to nominate qualified international graduates from Alberta post-secondary institutions who want to establish or operate a business in Alberta to apply for permanent residence.

Let’s find out the Eligibility Criteria for this stream.

Work Experience – you must have a minimum of 6 months of full-time work experience that can be a combination of actively managing or owning the business or equivalencies. For instance, experience with a business incubator or business accelerator, or completion of entrepreneurship program courses.

Education – you must have completed at least two years of full-time education in the province of Alberta, resulting in a degree or diploma from a designated post-secondary institution in Alberta. Completion of program of study must result in for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

Work Permit – you must have a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) valid for at least 2 years by the time you submit your Expression of Interest (EOI).

Language – you must have a minimum CLB level of 7 for each one of the following: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Note that your test results must be less than 2 years old at the time your EOI is submitted.

Business Establishment – you must establish a new business or buy an existing business in Alberta with a minimum 34% ownership. The proposed business type must not be on the list of ineligible businesses.


Meanwhile, feel free to watch the video below as well to learn how to Immigrate to Canada under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program.

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