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Alberta Immigration Launches Two New Immigration Pathways

International graduates from Alberta post-secondaries will benefit from two new immigration pathways to immigrate to Canada.

The Alberta Immigration department is introducing two new immigration pathways to encourage international graduates to start businesses in Alberta province that will create new high-paying jobs and help diversify the economy.

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream is commencing on October 26. This new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is for fresh international student graduates from Alberta post-secondary schools. The new immigration program operates on an Expression of Interest system, which is now open for submissions.

Candidates who lodge an Expression of Interest will be evaluated by the immigration department and given points. The highest-ranking candidates will receive an invitation to submit a Business Application.

Only candidates who receive the invitations, or Request, to apply will be able to access the AINP portal and begin the process. Receiving a Request is not a guarantee that applicants will get Canadian immigration.

Alberta will also launch the Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream in Jan. 2021. This program is for international student graduates from top United States universities and colleges, who want to start a business and live in Alberta communities. More details on this new immigration stream will be available later this year.

Eligibility Requirements for the International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream

International student graduates from an Alberta post-secondary institution must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to be considered for the International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream.

They must be immigrating to Alberta province to start a new business or buy an existing business, and have at least thirty-four (34) percent ownership of the company. The proposed business type mustn’t be on Alberta’s list of ineligible businesses.

Applicants need a minimum of six months of full-time work experience, which can be a combination of actively owning or managing the business, according to the AINP webpage. This could also include an equivalent amount of experience with a business accelerator, business incubator, or entrepreneurship program courses.

They also need at least two years of full-time education in Alberta province, with a diploma or degree from an approved post-secondary institution in Alberta. They must also have a Post-Graduation Work Permit that is valid for at least two years at the time their Expression of Interest is submitted.

Qualified candidates also need a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of seven (7) in all proficiencies in either French or English.

There are also a number of factors that boost candidates’ chances of receiving a Request.

The business should have an economic benefit to Alberta people through investment, job creation, and developed intellectual property among others.

Candidates ages twenty-one (21) to forty-two (49) years old also have an advantage.

If the candidate their common-law partner or spouse or have immediate family living full-time in Alberta, it will also boost their chances.

Common-law partners or spouses may contribute to a candidate’s application if they have at least one year of full-time work experience in Alberta province or at least two years of full-time study at an Albertan post-secondary institution. яндекс

If they do not have Alberta experience, it will also help their application if they have a minimum CLB of at least five in French or English in all language abilities.