A new immigration pathway for qualified international graduates from outside Canada is now open to Expressions of Interest from eligible candidates.
The Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream was launched on January 27, 2021, and the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is accepting applications, a spokesperson for Alberta’s Minister of Labour and Immigration confirmed in an email to CIC News.
In order to be eligible for the Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream (FGSVS), candidates must have graduated from a post-secondary institution outside of Canada within the last 2 years and have an educational credential equivalent to a Canadian degree.
Among other criteria candidates must also have:
An Expression of Interest (EOI) is not an application but rather a means for interested candidates to let the AINP know that they wish to be considered for a provincial nomination for permanent residence under a given immigration stream.
Candidates are invited to submit their EOI by accessing the AINP Portal. They will be asked to answer a series of questions online that pertain to their education, work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors. Profiles will then be given a ranking score based on the FGSVS points grid and a set number of highest-scoring candidates will be invited to submit a Business Application.
The AINP says it does not have a set quota for applications and that it also “reserves the right to limit application intake and provincial nominations under this stream.”
In addition to the new stream launched over the past days, the AINP offers two other streams for entrepreneurs interested in buying or starting a business in Alberta :
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