One of the best ways to apply for permanent residency in Alberta is to apply through one of the streams under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program.

Alberta is one of the ten provinces of Canada, located in the western part of the country. With a population of over four million people, it is the fourth most populous province in Canada. The capital city of Alberta is Edmonton, which is also the largest city in the province. Alberta is home to a diverse range of landscapes, from the Rocky Mountains in the west to the grasslands of the prairies in the east.

The province is also well known for its oil sands, which are some of the largest deposits of oil in the world. Alberta’s economy is largely based on natural resources, with agriculture, forestry, and oil and gas extraction being major industries. Tourism is also an important contributor to the province’s economy, with visitors coming to admire the natural beauty of Alberta’s parks and mountains.

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (formerly the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program) is an economic immigration program that allows people to be nominated for permanent residence in Alberta. Nominees must have the ability to address labour shortages or be ready to buy or start a company in Alberta. They must also be able to support their families.

If you are nominated for the program, you and your spouse or common-law partner may apply for permanent resident status, as well as any dependent children.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada processes applications for permanent residence once you have you have been nominated by Alberta.

You have 7 options to choose from if you want to immigrate to Alberta:

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program has 3 permanent resident programs for foreign workers
who are employed or planning to reside in Alberta:

Alberta Opportunity Stream

If you’re a qualified candidate who lives and works in Alberta and have a job offer from an employer in Alberta, you can apply for an Alberta Provincial Nominee Program nomination.

Alberta Express Entry Stream

If you have an Express Entry profile and meet the requirements, AAIP may send you an invitation to apply for permanent residence. Tech workers can go through the Accelerated Tech Pathway.

Rural Renewal Stream

Candidates who have a job offer from an Alberta company and wish to work in a designated rural Alberta area can apply for an Alberta Provincial Nominee Program nomination.

The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program has 4 permanent resident streams for foreign entrepreneurs
who want to move to Alberta and either buy or start a business:

Farm Stream

Farmers who have extensive experience and plan to buy or start a farm in Alberta can apply for PR.

Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

International graduates from qualified Alberta post-secondary institutions who want to start a business or buy an existing business can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

Foreign graduates who studied outside of Canada can apply for permanent residency.

Rural Entrepreneur Stream

Entrepreneurs wanting to start a business or purchase an existing business in an eligible rural Alberta community can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Alberta Opportunity Stream

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Alberta Express Entry Stream

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  • have an active profile in the Express Entry pool with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300
    • the primary occupation in your federal Express Entry profile must be an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification
  • meet the criteria of one of the Express Entry immigration programs:
  • indicated you intend to live and work in Alberta permanently in your Express Entry profile
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Rural Renewal Stream

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Farm Stream

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Farm Stream

Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

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Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

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Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

Rural Entrepreneur Stream

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