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Alberta is situated in the country’s southeastern region and rests atop the rich agricultural plains of the plateauing Rocky Mountains.

Alberta is one of Canada’s most powerful provincial economies attracting newcomers from all over Canada and the rest of the world. Stretching for miles and miles with barely any peaks and valleys, its flat, uninterrupted topography and predictable temperate climate have made it an ideal breadbasket for Canada’s domestic mark and the world.

It is known for its fossil energy, agriculture, forestry, education, tourism, hospitality, and manufacturing industry, providing jobs in Canada for thousands of people.

Moreover, it has also made Alberta one of the more populated provinces of Western Canada, as evidenced by the primate cities of Edmonton and Calgary propping up the province financially, commercially, and industrially.

All of these advantages have made it a prime destination for internal and external immigration flowing into Canada.

Should you wish to immigrate to Alberta but are unsure which immigration visa programs are right for you, here is a comprehensive outline of the streams and programs of Alberta’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP).

What is the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)?

Much like the Express Entry system, the AAIP offers a fast-track application processing period of as few as six months. Its new online portal data capturing system is responsible for faster processing times as it allows for the swiftest verification procedure of the information submitted by prospective applicants.

If you possess the right experience and training, you can fill in-demand job posts in Alberta through the AAIP then you can use the AAIP to assist you in filling in job posts of in-demand jobs in Alberta.

If you successfully apply to the AAIP, you will be eligible for a provincial nomination. Qualifying to apply for a PNP requires submitting the following verifiable documents.

  • Federal Checks
  • Security Checks
  • Biometrics
  • Police Clearance
  • Medical Certificate

AAIP Streams for Immigrants With Job Offers

Provincial nominations allow you to apply for and receive permanent residency status for your spouse, children, and other dependent members of your family.

Should you be fortunate enough to have obtained a job offer in Alberta already, you can apply to the following AAIP streams.

Alberta Express Entry System

Alberta can nominate a limited number of candidates from the Express Entry pool for this program.

Strong familial ties to Alberta or having an in-demand skill set will increase your chances of receiving a Notification of Interest (NOI). An NOI permits you to apply for a provincial nomination.

If you’re an international graduate who has studied and graduated from a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI), you can also apply for a provincial nomination.

PNP Streams for Immigrants Wanting to Start a Business in Alberta

Do you have an innovative business idea that will greatly benefit Alberta? If so, these are the best ways to move to Alberta to start a business.

Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

International Post-graduate work permit holders with the equivalent of six months’ work experience or a certified qualification from a DLI in Alberta can start or purchase a business in Alberta.

You must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply to this stream.

  • Express Entry Profile:
    • Not needed
  • Connection to Alberta:
    • Must have a full-time degree or diploma from a Canadian tertiary institution or be a holder of a PGWP
  • Job Offer:
    • A job offer is not needed
  • Language Proficiency:
    • Language proficiency be at a CLB/NCLC 7 or higher
  • Level of Education:
    • Have a post-secondary education certificate (diploma/certificate) or copy of an ECA
  • Age:
    • Not needed
  • Work Experience:
    • Work experience of at least six months managing and owning a business.
  • Income/Settlement Funds:
    • Settlement funds as proof of financial self-sufficiency are not necessary
  • Business Establishment:
    • You must own a minimum of 34% of a business in Alberta that is either new or still existent.
  • Average Processing Time:
    • This will take at least 4 to 6 months via the online portal or 15 to 19 months through traditional documented means

Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

If you reside outside of Canada and are a foreign graduate wanting to launch a start-up in Alberta, the Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is great at facilitating this process. You must submit a letter of recommendation from a designated third-party agency with your Expression of Interest to Alberta.

Why Move to Alberta Using one of its PNP Streams

Alberta is a major destination for Canada’s immigrants. This is because Alberta is::

  • Home to a huge portion of Canada’s agriculture industry
  • Close to well-regulated capital markets in Edmonton and Calgary
  • Expansive landscapes with lots of natural wonders and
  • A full and satisfying lifestyle offered by the exceedingly liveable, diverse, and multicultural cities of Edmonton and Calgary



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