Alberta Simplifies Process for Graduates in the Alberta Opportunity Stream

December 06, 2019
Authorities in Alberta have eased the process for graduates intending to apply to its Immigrant Nominee Program.

The Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials were eliminated in the province.

Alberta Simplifies Process for Graduates in the Alberta Opportunity Stream

This change was announced on Nov 29th, 2019, and has an effect on the provincial graduates who began the post-diploma or the post-baccalaureate certificate besides the undergraduate diploma after April 1, 2019. Before this, graduates had to complete the course appearing on the list for qualifying. Now, these changes specify that completing a specific study program is not required. The occupation of a candidate has to relate to the field of study.

As well, the post-baccalaureate and post-diploma certificate holders have to show that the previous field of studying abroad was relevant to the occupation.

The Alberta Opportunity Stream Requirements

All interested candidates have to meet many requirements to qualify in Alberta Opportunity Stream. All candidates have to meet these requirements at the time of submitting the application and while the application is assessed.

Requirements for Residency and Work Permit

All the Eligible candidates have to possess the status of valid temporary residents authorizing them to work.

The work permit has to be based on:

A Positive LMIA

Or the LMIA exemption through global trade agreements transferred employees in inter-company, Mobilité Francophone or International Experience Canada

Post-Graduate Work Permit

The candidates have to work in the eligible occupations,

The candidates who are not eligible are:

• Refugees or persons under appeal or undergoing removal;

• Temporary residents that live outside of Alberta;

• Temporary residents having the implied/ restoration status

PG Work Permit holders have to meet extra requirements:

• Their present occupation has to be relevant to the study field in Alberta.

• Issuing of Alberta credential must be from the approved institution:

• Certificate or PG certificate of one year

• Diploma program of two years

• Bachelor’s degree

• Graduate degree, diploma or certificate

The Alberta credential program starting on April 1, 2019, completing a post-baccalaureate certificate or one-year post-diploma certificate and the occupation must be relevant to earlier post-secondary field of study.

Occupation Requirements

• The qualifying norm is working in eligible Alberta occupation

• Nearly all occupations in NOC skill levels 0, A, B, C and D have eligibility in AINP

Language Requirements

• While applying, provide test results that show CLB level 4 in all language skills for English or French NCLC, for many NOC codes.

• Applicants in NOC code 3413 (Nurse Aides, associates of patient service and orderlies) have to provide a test score of CLB/NCLC level 7 in all language skills for English or French

• From January 1st 2020, language requirements will touch CLB/NCLC level 5 for aspirants in NOC 0, A and B.

Educational Requirements

Completing high school education in the country of origin

From January 1st, 2021, candidates have to complete the high school equal to Alberta standards

Requirements in Work Experience

• 12 months of full-time work experience in present occupation in the past 18 months; or

• 24 months of full-time work experience in present occupation in Canada or abroad in the past 30 months

• The Post-Graduation Work-Permit holders, need six months full-time work experience in present occupation in the past 18 months and it must be in a job related to studies for a provincially approved credential in the approved institutions

Additional Requirements:

• Having the necessary license, registration or work certification in present Alberta occupation

• The bona fide job offer (full-time) from local employers for working in present job in Alberta

• The job offer needs signing by candidates and Alberta employers offering:

Paid work (Continuous),

• Full-time work, of 30 hours per week for 12 months,

• Working in present occupation, and

• Working for eligible AINP job for which they have the relevant work permit

These people are not eligible:

• Part-time employees,

• Business owners, Independent contractors, or temporary workers in an agency, or

• Employees working in Alberta in a zone for non-commercial or industrial operations,

• Employees not working on provincial premises working in virtual locations or through telecommuting from outside locations

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