2 New Alberta Immigration Pathways for International Students

Alberta’s Provincial Nominee Program – which nominates foreign nationals for Canadian permanent residence (PR) – has introduced two new categories or ‘streams.’

International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream – Launched on 26th October, this stream of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program requires Alberta graduates to submit an online Expression of Interest (EOI). Based on the EOI information, the highest-scoring applicants will be invited to apply for provincial nomination.

To be eligible for this stream, candidates must:

  • Have a diploma or degree from an approved institution, achieved by pursuing full-time education for at least two years in Alberta.
  • Hold a post-graduate work permit, valid for two or more years when submitting the EOI.
  • Establish or purchase an Alberta business that is not deemed ‘ineligible.’
  • Own at least 34% of that business
  • Have full-time work experience of a minimum of six months in active management or ownership of a business. This may include an equivalent duration of experience with a business accelerator/incubator or entrepreneurship program courses.
  • Score Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or higher in an approved English or French language examination.

Additional pointers:

  • Candidates aged 21-49 years, who can provide economic benefit to Alberta, will be preferred.
  • In case the aspirant or their spouse/partner has immediate family members residing in Alberta, they have a better chance of being nominated for the Canada PR Visa.
  • The applicant’s eligibility is also enhanced if the spouse/partner has
  1. at least one year of work experience in Alberta, or
  2. completed a two-year or longer diploma/degree from an Alberta institution, or
  3. scored CLB 5 or higher in an English/French language test.

Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream – To be launched in January 2021, this stream will allow graduates from top U.S. colleges and universities to commence a business and settle down in Alberta.

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