The Alberta Opportunity Stream is a Provincial Nominee Program, operated by the province of Alberta.

The Alberta Opportunity Stream is for foreign workers who have a full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in an eligible occupation and are already working full-time in Alberta.

Review the eligibility requirements to see if you are eligible to apply:

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Residency, and work permit requirements

  • A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment
  • An LMIA exemption work permit:
    • International Experience Canada
    • Workers transferred to Canada within a company
    • International trade agreements
    • Mobilité Francophone
    • R205(d) for religious work
    • Vulnerable workers including workers under the VWOWP exemption, or
    • A family member of a vulnerable worker under the VWOWP exemption
  • A Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) from an Alberta Advanced Education publicly funded post-secondary institution (must also meet specific occupation, education and work experience requirements)
  • An open work permit issued under one of IRCC’s open work permit public policies:
  • refugee claimants or if you are involved in an appeal or removal process
  • temporary residents living in a different province other than Alberta, or
  • foreign nationals who do not have valid temporary resident status

Occupation requirements

Language requirements

Education requirements

Approved Alberta institutions

Eligible Alberta credentials

Work experience requirements

Eligible work experience

  • Within the past 18 months, you must have worked for at least 12 months full-time in your current job in Alberta.
  • You must have worked full-time in your current occupation for at least 24 months within the last 30 months - this experience can come from a combination of work done in Alberta, Canada (outside of Alberta), or abroad.
  • must have worked full-time for at least 30 hours per week
  • must be for the same occupation as your current occupation
  • must have had temporary resident status if done in Canada or Alberta
  • cannot have been gained while studying in Canada unless you are a PGWP holder who finished paid co-op work terms as a part of your program of study at an Alberta post-secondary institution. To
  • qualify, your work terms must have been:
    • paid and full-time (at least 30 hours per week)
    • for work experience directly related to your current occupation, and
    • for work experience, all gained within Alberta
  • must have the required licensing or certification to work in your current occupation within Alberta if required.
  • for compulsory trades in Alberta, you must have a valid Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Trade (AIT) trade certificate.
  • childcare workers, you must have valid certification as a Level 2 Early Childhood Educator or Level 3 Early Childhood Educator.

Eligible job offers

  • continuous, and paid work
  • full-time work (at least 30 hours per week)
  • work in your current occupation
  • employment for a minimum of 12 months
  • wages and benefits that meet the provinces minimum wage and:
  • work for an eligible Alberta Advantage Immigration Program occupation that meets AAIP work permit requirements

Application fees

How to apply

Here is a list of the steps required to get Permanent Residence through the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS), so that you have a better understanding of the process.

Apply via the AAIP portal by completing the online application and uploading all required documentation.

​Apply for permanent residence to the federal government (IRCC) within 6 months of receiving the nomination via the PR portal and include the nomination from the AAIP along with the application and all required documentation.

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