December 4, 2018 – Alberta immigration has moved to give more time to international students and institutions to adjust to new Alberta Opportunity Stream requirements.
Those enrolled before this date in programs not on the approved list still qualify for the stream provided they meet other requirements.
After this date, PGWP holders will only be considered if their course is on the list.
However, they can still apply to the Alberta Opportunity Stream with a work permit backed by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment. They may also qualify for Alberta immigration through Alberta Express Entry.
A provincial statement said: “The Alberta government is extending the transition period for the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials to allow students and post-secondary institutions further time to adjust.”
How Do I Qualify For The Alberta Opportunity Stream?
To qualify for the Alberta Opportunity Stream, you must:
- Be working in an eligible occupation in Alberta.
- Have valid temporary resident status in Canada that authorizes you to work.
- Have Canadian Language Benchmark 4 in English or or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens 4 in French in all disciplines for the majority of NOC codes. Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) require CLB 7.
- Have completed minimum high school in your country of origin.
- Have minimum of 12 months full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months, OR minimum of 24 months of full-time work experience in your current occupation in Canada and/or abroad within the last 30 months. PGWP candidates need 6 months of full-time work experience in Alberta within the last 18 months.
How Do I Qualify For Alberta Express Entry?
- The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows the province to nominate a limited number of qualified applicants from the federal Express Entry System.
- Qualified candidates will be selected directly from the Express Entry pool by the AINP. Candidates must receive an invitation to apply before they submit an application.
- The stream is aimed at candidates with strong ties to Alberta who help boost the economy and increase diversity. International graduates will also be invited.
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Interested candidates: Find out whether you qualify to Canada by completing our free on-line evaluation. We will provide you with our evaluation within 1-2 business days.
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