International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream

International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream

The 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.

International graduates of Alberta post-secondary institutions can apply for permanent residence.
Level of Education

To be eligible for the International Graduate Immigration Stream, candidates must have completed a minimum two-year degree or diploma from an Alberta Advanced Education publicly funded post-secondary institution. The institution must render the applicant eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit

Work Experience

There is no minimum work experience requirement for this stream. However, a minimum of 6 months of full-time work experience has been indicated as a factor that could increase a candidate’s chances of success under this program. The work experience should have been while actively managing or owning a business or equivalent. An equivalency can include the completion of entrepreneurship program courses or experience with an incubator or business accelerator.
Proof of this may include, but is not limited to:

Work Permit

Eligible candidates must have a valid post-graduate work permit at the time of submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile.

Business Establishment

Candidates must establish a new business or buy an existing business in Alberta with at least 34% ownership.

Eligibility Requirements
Express Entry ProfileNo
Connection to ProvinceYes
Job OfferNo
Language ProficiencyMinimum CLB Level 7 in English or French
Level of EducationMinimum two-year qualifying Alberta credential
Work ExperienceNo
Investment RequirementNo minimum investment required
Work PermitYes