Alberta Opportunity Stream (AINP)

Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS)

AOS helps in applying for permanent residence. You can apply if you are a foreign national working in Alberta. Or are a foreign student who completed his/her/its studies from Alberta.

Who can apply?

People looking at applying for AINP under AOS must meet the following:

  1. Work permit needs and residence status
  2. Have a valid study level
  3. Show valid work experience
  4. Prove language skills

Foreign students with a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP).

AOS is good for students who have completed studies in Alberta and are working with a valid Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). The government urges such skilled people to make the best use of this stream. They are always on the lookout for someone who can benefit the province’s labour market and growth needs.

To apply foreign students need to have:

  1. Min 6 months of work experience in Alberta in a job related to their field of study.
  2. Meet basic language needs.

Please note that foreign students who studied in provinces other than Alberta, cannot apply for AOS with PGWP. However, they can apply if they have a different type of work permit.

Work permit needs and residence status

Applicants applying in AOS need to:

  1. Have an approved and confirmed work permit. Work permit for an Alberta approved job is as per:
    1. A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) that is positive.
    2. IRCC exempts LMIA workers covered by:
      1. Foreign Trade Agreements
      2. Transfer of workers in a company
      3. International Experience Canada worker
      4. Mobilite’ Francophone
    3. A PGWP exemption under LMIA. A student must have:
      1. Completed studies from Alberta college/university.
      2. In a job related to his, her, or its field of study in Alberta.
  1. Have required residence status that allows them to work (temporary foreign worker) in Canada.
    1. One can not apply in AOS if they are:
      1. Refugees or people involved in a federal claim, appeal or removal process.
      2. Temporary residents living in a province other than Alberta.
      3. Foreign nationals living and working without a required resident status.

Study level terms

  1. Completed min of high school studies in the country of origin.
  2. PGWP applicant must have:
    1. Credentials issued by Alberta govt approved college/university.
    2. Required Alberta Credential
      1. if you were attending before April 1, 2019. Your approved credential should be:
        1. Post-bachelor’s certificate or post-diploma certificate or certificate (1 year minimum)
        2. Diploma program (2 years minimum)
        3. Undergraduate bachelor’s degree
        4. Graduate-level degree
        5. Graduate-level certificate
        6. Graduate-level diploma
      2. If you were attending on or after April 1, 2019. Your approved credential should be:
        1. Post-bachelor’s diploma or Post-diploma certificate (1 year minimum)
        2. Diploma Program (2 years minimum)
        3. Undergraduate bachelor’s degree
        4. Graduate-level degree
        5. Graduate-level certificate
        6. Graduate-level diploma

Valid work experience

At the time of applying for Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS), you must have ‘current employment’. Current employment refers to the job, the applicant is working in, at the time of applying for AOS.

Work experience terms:

  1. You should have a full-time current job with min 12 months of work experience. This experience should be within 18 months in Alberta or;
  2. You should have a full-time current job with min 24 months of work experience. This experience should be within the last 30 months in Canada and or a foreign country. You can also have:
    1. A mix of Alberta (or within Canada) and/or foreign country work experience.
  3. PGWP holder must have the following work experience:
    1. A Full-time job for a minimum of 30 hours a week.
    2. Your job should match your listed ‘current employment’.
    3. You should have IRCC approval and have valid temporary resident status.
    4. You should complete conditions for PGWP work experience as a part of a study program at an Alberta post-secondary institute:
      1. You should have full-time paid co-op work (30 hours minimum per week).
      2. You should have work experience related to a current job under PGWP.
      3. You should have work experience obtained in Alberta. 

Job offer terms:

When applying for AOS you should have a job offer in your ‘current employment’ from an Alberta employer. The job offer should be for a full-time job. Also, you should have complete paperwork (licence, registration or certificate) needed to work in Alberta or Canada.

Your job offer must include:

  1. 30 hours per week for 12 months (regular, full-time and paid work) in an acceptable AINP occupation.
  2. Duly signed by both employee and employer;
  3. Job offer for 12 months or more;
  4. Your Job offer must be a part of the listed ‘current occupation’;
  5. Offer for AINP occupation with a valid work permit requirement.
  6. AOS will not consider your job offer terms for:
    1. Part-time, seasonal, temporary job (work hours not counted at all);
    2. Independent business owners, agency workers, contractors. And people (directors, shareholders, or agents) listed on the Corporate Registry System (CORES);
    3. Employees working in non-commercial or industrial areas or businesses (like a business from home) in Alberta.
    4. Employees who are not present and working in Alberta.

Language skills

People applying for AOS need to show that they have basic language skills. You need to get a min grade in language test (CLB/NCLC). You give a test in English/French for each of its skills. You need to score in Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking skills.

 

You need to attach your test score with your AINP profile for one of the tests:

  1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test
  2. Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) test
  3. Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF)
  4. Test d’évaluation de Français (TEF)

 

National Occupational Skill Level (NOC) Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC)
Working in skill level – 0, A, or B English – Minimum 5 grade for each language skill. French – Minimum 5 grade for each language skill.
Working in skill level – C or D English – Minimum 4 grade for each language skill. French – Minimum 4 grade for each language skill.

           

Note: Workers from NOC code 3413 (Nurse assistant, non-medical helper, patient helpers) need min. 7 (English/French) grade for each skill.