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Alberta Launches 2 New Immigration Pathways for Foreign Graduates

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Alberta Launches 2 New Immigration Pathways for Foreign Graduates

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is launching two new immigration pathways to permanent residency that encourage international graduates to invest in the local economy, open businesses in Alberta that create new high-paying jobs for Albertans in the tech sector and help diversify the local economy. AINP also announced is also temporarily limiting the number and types of jobs available for Temporary Foreign Workers to help local Albertans who have lost employment during the COVID crisis. AINP is an economic immigration program that nominates people for permanent residence in Alberta.

Canada's Provincial Nominee Program, or PNP, encourages applications for Permanent Residence from people with skilled abilities, education and work experience that will contribute to the Canadian economy. PNP allows territorial and provincial governments to select immigrants based on the specific economic needs of that territory or province.

International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream

Beginning October 26, 2020, recent international graduates from Alberta’s universities and colleges who want to stay permanently in Alberta can launch a business venture or start-up in Alberta by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the new International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream (IGEIS).

AINP has announced IGEIS eligibility criteria and a self-assessment tool for applicants to the point-based program.Applications for IGEIS are currently being accepted through AINP's online portal.

  • There is no fee for submitting an EOI.
  • Tou have 60 days to complete and submit the required documents through the AINP portal.
  • AINP will score your EOI within 30 days of submission.

Candidates with the highest number of points may be invited to submit a Business Application including required forms, supporting documents and pay a $3,500 non-refundable fee.

Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa

Alberta wants to attract highly skilled foreign workers who graduated from United States universities to move to Canada, launch a business and become permanent residents. In January 2021, Alberta will launch the Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream to attract talented international graduates from top U.S. universities and colleges to start businesses and settle in Alberta communities. This is the first PNP program that specifically targets graduates of U.S. universities and colleges.

More information on the Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream will be available later this year.

Temporary Changes to Alberta's Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Alberta has announced the province will be temporarily limiting the number and types of jobs available to new TFWs as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan for the COVID-19 crisis. 475 occupational categories will be removed and added to the “refusal to process list” to create more than 1,350 available jobs for unemployed Albertans.

Why Expats Choose Alberta

Calgary was named the most livable city in North America in 2019. Alberta continues to be the top choice for immigrants who move to Canada. Immigrants are thriving in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, says research by Sandeep Agrawal, an urban planning professor at the University of Alberta, "whose research shows Edmonton and Calgary provided better economic opportunities to immigrants than other parts of the country."

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Ackah Business Immigration Law Is Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta

Are you a foreign graduate who wants to move to Canada? Do you need assistance with your AINP application? Ackah Law has offices in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. If you want to move to Canada, we provide our clients with the best possible service and expertise in Canadian and U.S. Immigration Law.


Contact Ackah Law today at (403) 452-9515 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly to find out if you are qualified to move to Canada.

Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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