International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream (IGEIS)


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

Eligible Criteria
  • Education: Have completed at least two years of full-time education in Alberta, resulting in a degree or diploma from a designated post-secondary institution in Alberta. Completion of program of study must result in a Post-Graduation Work Permit. See the list of designated post-secondary institutions in Alberta.
  • Work Permit:  Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) valid for at least 2 years at the time of your Expression of Interest (EOI) submission.
  • Language: Minimum CLB level of 7 for each English Skill or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) of 7 for each French language skill.
  • Business Establishment: Business partners must be Canadian Citizen or Permanent Residents; Must establish a new business or buy an existing business in Alberta with a minimum 34% ownership. The proposed business type must not be on the list of ineligible businesses.
  • 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.
  • You have an active nomination which has not expired and/or is eligible for extension under another AINP stream. Candidates are only eligible for one AINP Nomination Certificate.
  • You have been issued a letter on a previous AINP application that stated you are not eligible to re-apply to the AINP for a specified period of time. If you apply during the specified period, it will be declined.
  • You have had a removal order issued against you by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or Canada Border Services Agency. The AINP does not intervene in the federal refugee claim, appeal or removal process.
  • You are a foreign national living or working in Canada with no valid temporary resident status.
  • Your business is on the list of ineligible businesses
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