Alberta launches new immigration stream for qualified international graduates from outside Canada. 


The Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream was launched on January 27, 2021. [Currently accepting applications]


Per AINP: No set quota for applications however province may reserve the right to limit application intake and provincial nominations


  • Minimum of 6 months full-time work experience that can be a combination of actively managing or owning the business or equivalent (equivalencies are work experience with business incubator or business accelerator). 
  • Education  - Completion of a degree from a post-secondary institution outside of Canada 
  • A business plan with projected financials. Refer to the Business Plan Guidelines. 
  • A 10-minute presentation (slides only) that outlines the proposed business venture and focuses on what an investor would want to see. 
  • English Skills-  CLB7 - Minimum 6.0 band  in each module 
  • Must have a minimum of 34% ownership if the business is located in an urban centre or a minimum of 51% ownership if located in regional area outside Calgary and Edmonton Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs). 
  • A minimum level of investment from candidate’s (or spouse or common-law partner) own equity or from a recognized Canadian financial institution, venture capital, or angel investment firm prior to coming to Alberta 
  • Must have a letter of recommendation from an AINP-approved designated agency.


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