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Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS)

Alberta Opportunity Stream

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  • P.N.P: Provincial Nominee Programs
  • C.E: Canadian Experience
  • E.D: Employer-driven
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Currently Paused

On February 15, 2024, the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) temporarily paused Alberta Opportunity Stream application intake until further notice.

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SUMMARY

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

The Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is for foreign nationals working in Alberta and have a full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in an eligible occupation to become permanent residents.

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MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

The following requirements must be met if you are applying to Alberta Opportunity Stream:

1- Residency Status and Work Permit

You must have a valid work permit for an eligible occupation. The work permit can be based on one of the following:
  • A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (➨immilib.com/LMIA)
  • An LMIA exemption based on one of the following:
    • International Trade Agreements
    • Workers transferred within a company
    • International Experience Canada
    • Mobilité Francophone
    • An open work permit to vulnerable workers or their family members
  • A Post-Graduation Work Permit (➨Page) by a graduate of an Alberta Advanced Education publicly funded post-secondary institution.

2- Occupation Requirements

At the time of your application and at the time the AAIP assesses your application, you must:

  • work in an eligible occupation in Alberta.
  • work in an occupation that matches your previous work experience
  • only for Post-Graduate Work Permit holders, work in an occupation related to your field of study in Alberta

Most occupations under National Occupational Classification (NOC) (➨Appendix 1) are eligible under the AAIP.

The following occupations are not eligible:

NOC Code Occupation TEER
00010 Legislators 0
40021 School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education 0
40030 Managers in social, community and correctional services 0
40041 Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers 0
60040 Escort agency managers, message parlour managers (other managers in customer and personal services are eligible) 0
41100 Judges 1
41220 Secondary school teachers 1
41221 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers 1
51111 Authors and writers (except technical) 1
51122 Musicians and singers 1
42200 Justices of the peace (Paralegal and other related occupations are eligible) 2
42202 Early childhood educators who do not have certification through Alberta Children's Services – Child Care Staff Certification Office or who have been certified as Level 1 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Assistant) 2
43100 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants 3
43109 Other instructors 3
53121 Actors, comedians and circus performers 3
53122 Painters, sculptors and other visual artists 3
53124 Artisans and craftspersons 3
53200 Athletes 3
63101 Real estate agents and salespersons 3
33100 Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants 3
44100 Home child care providers 4
44101 Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations 4
64321 Casino workers 4
55109 Other performers 5
65109 Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport 5
65211 Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport 5
65229 Other support occupations in personal services 5
65329 Other service support occupations, not elsewhere classified 5
75200 Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs 5
85101 Harvesting labourers 5
85102 Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers 5
85104 Trappers and hunters 5
85110 Mine labourers 5
85121 Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers 5

3- Job Offer Requirement

At the time of your application and at the time the AAIP assesses your application for nomination, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer or employment contract from an Alberta employer to work in your current occupation in Alberta. Your job offer must be continuous, paid, full-time (at least 30 hours per week), for at least 12 months and for an occupation for which you have a work permit.

4- Work Experience

At the time of your application you must have either:
  • a minimum of twelve (12) months full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last eighteen (18) months; or
  • a minimum of twenty four (24) months of full-time work experience in your current occupation in Canada and/or abroad within the last thirty (30) months
Post-Graduation Work Permit holders require a minimum of 6 months full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months. This occupation must be related to your field of study in Alberta.

5- Language Ability

If you are working in a NOC TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3 occupation, you must have taken an approved test results and have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 5 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5).

If you are working in a NOC TEER 4 or 5 occupation, you must have taken an approved test results and have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 4 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5).

6- Education

You must have minimum high school diploma equivalent to Alberta standards (except post-graduate work permit holders).
A Post-Graduation Work Permit holder applying for the AOS must meet the requirements for graduation for an approved credential issued by an Alberta Advanced Education-approved post-secondary institution in the province.

7- Licensing

All applicants, including Post-Graduation Work Permit holders, must meet the following licensing, registration and certification requirements:
  • You must have the required licensing, registration or certification to work in your current occupation in Alberta at the time your application is submitted and at the time the AINP assesses your application for nomination.
  • If you are working in a compulsory trade in Alberta you must have a valid Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Trade (AIT) recognized trade certificate.
  • If you are working as childcare worker, you must have valid certification as a child development worker or child development supervisor.

8- Ineligibility

You are not eligible to apply under the Alberta Opportunity Stream if:
  • You are a temporary resident living or working in a province or territory of Canada other than Alberta.
  • You are a refugee claimant in Canada, a failed refugee claimant, had a removal order, are prohibited from entering or being in Canada, do not have status in Canada or are living illegally in your country of residence.

Ready to take the next step towards your Canadian immigration journey? Fill out the form below and embark on your path to new opportunities.

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WHAT STEPS SHOULD YOU TAKE?

Step 1: Work and Job Offer in Alberta

In order to be qualified under the Alberta Opportunity Stream and submit your application, you must be working legally in Alberta in an eligible occupation. You must also have a full-time job offer from an Alberta employer to work in your current occupation in Alberta.

As a foreign worker in Canada, you first need to find an employer and secure the job for yourself. The criteria for your job in Alberta are explained in “Minimum Requirements”.

Step 2: Submit Application to AAIP

If you have all the above requirements, you may submit your application using the AAIP online portal (➨ immilib.com/AOS-Apply).  

If your application is complete, you will receive an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This will include your AAIP file number.

An AAIP officer will contact you by email or phone if information is needed to assess your application and will tell you how to send the information.

You will receive a decision on your application by email. If your application is approved, you will become a Provincial Nominee and get a nomination package by email.
AAIP Application
Submit Online Application:
immilib.com/AOS-Apply
Official Program Guide:
immilib.com/AOS-Guide
AAIP Application Fee:  
$500
Processing Time:
immilib.com/AB-PT
Document Checklist:
immilib.com/AOS-Doc
Contact:
780-6382843, 780-6447534
[email protected]

Step 3: Apply for Permanent Residence

If you are nominated by the Province of Alberta, then your next step is to submit a complete application for a permanent resident visa within six (6) months (➨Page).

You must submit your application using the IRCC Permanent Residence Portal (PR Portal) (➨ immilib.com/PR-Portal). 

If your application is complete, you will receive a letter or an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This letter is called the Acknowledge of Receipt (AOR) and will include your IRCC file number.

Once you have received your acknowledgement of receipt, you can create an online account and link your application to it. By creating an account, you will be able to receive email updates and a more detailed case status.

Apply for a Temporary Work Permit
If you have an employer in Canada and your current work permit will expire within 180 days (approximately six months), at the time of nomination, AINP may include a work permit support letter in your nomination package. This letter permits you to apply for a work permit from the federal government without the need for an LMIA.

If you are in Canada on a valid work permit and your PR application is not finalized, you may be able to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) (➨Page). This will let you to stay and continue working on a valid work permit until your PR application is finalized.

You may apply for BOWP only if your PR application is approved in principle meaning you have passed the eligibility stage and still have to pass the medical, security and background checks.

Step 4: Landing in Canada

If your application is approved, you will be asked to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven't already done so. You will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and if you are from a country that requires a visa you will also be issued a permanent resident visa.

You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry. This is referred to as ‘landing in Canada' (➨Page).

You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one (1) year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as the Canada Immigration Visa is received.

Ready to take the next step towards your Canadian immigration journey? Fill out the form below and embark on your path to new opportunities.

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