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Alberta International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream
About the ProgramThe International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream (IGEIS) allows Alberta to nominate qualified international graduates from Alberta post-secondary institutions who want to establish or operate a business in Alberta to apply for permanent residence.
Eligibility criteria


Have completed at least two years of full-time education, resulting in a degree or diploma from an Alberta Advanced Education publicly funded post-secondary institution. Must be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

Work Permit

Have a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) valid for at least 2 years at the time of your Expression of Interest (EOI) submission.


Have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7 for each English language skill or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) of 7 for each French language skill: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Business EstablishmentMust establish a new business or buy an existing business in Alberta with a minimum 34% ownership.
Work Experience

Have a minimum of 6 months of full-time work experience that can be a combination of actively managing or owning the business or equivalencies. Equivalencies include experience with a business incubator or business accelerator, or completion of entrepreneurship program courses.

Work experience can be acquired:

  • From outside Canada or within Canada
  • Before or after completing Alberta education Candidates must meet minimum work experience requirement at the time of submitting their expression of interest.

Alberta education credential used to meet both education and work experience criteria must cover the minimum required duration for both education and work experience.

Economic benefit:

Can provide economic benefit to Alberta through:

  • job creation
  • economic sector
  • business location (for example, rural)
  • business succession
  • investment
  • developed intellectual property
  • partnership or support from business incubator/accelerator, venture capital or angel investor

21 to 49 years


Your spouse or common-law partner has at least one of the following:

  • at least 1 year of continuous full-time employment in Alberta
  • completed at least 2 years of full-time study at a post-secondary institution in Alberta
  • a minimum level CLB 5 in English or NCLC 5 in French in all 4 language abilities (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking)

Alberta relative

You, or your spouse or common-law partner, have one or more of the following relatives living full-time in Alberta: father, step-father, mother, step-mother, child, step-child, sister, step-sister, brother, step-brother

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