Alberta facilitates the process of immigration opportunities for graduate applicants

The province of Alberta has made the process of provincial immigration programs easier, especially for graduate applicants. The province has removed the list of Alberta Advanced Education Credentials under the Alberta Immigrant Opportunities Program.

These changes, which were announced on November 29, include people who started studying in one of the postgraduate, postgraduate or undergraduate degrees from April 1 onwards. Previously, these graduates had to pass the credit course to qualify. Now, according to these new changes, additional courses will no longer be required to qualify. However, the applicant’s occupation must be compatible with the field of study completed in Alberta. Also, post-diploma and post-baccalaureate holders must show that their previous field of study, which was outside the province, is related to their current job.

Factors required for Alberta immigration opportunities

Applicants are required to prepare several invoices to qualify for the Alberta Opportunities Program. Except for those specified, all necessary items must be prepared and submitted when submitting the application.

Work and residence permit requirements

Eligible applicants must have a valid temporary residence permit to work in Canada.

A valid work permit must include the following:

Assessing the positive effects of the labor market (LMIA)

With the exception of international business agreements, transfers within companies, international experiences of Canadian or French speakers

Graduate work permit holders

Applicants must be employed in an approved occupation

Eligible applicants

Refugees, people whose case is under appeal

Temporary Residents who live outside of Alberta

Holders of temporary residence in the status of extension or renewal

Holders of work permit after graduation should include the following additional items.

Current employment must be relevant to the course of study completed in Alberta

An Alberta credential must be issued by an authorized institution and include the following

Graduated or with a certificate of at least one year

Have a diploma from courses of at least 2 years

A graduate with a bachelor’s degree

Master’s degree, bachelor’s degree, high school diploma

If you applied for the Alberta credential program after April 1, 2019 and have a post-graduate degree of at least one year or a master’s degree, your current job must be related to your previous degree obtained outside of Canada

Job requirements

To qualify for the Alberta Opportunities program, you must be working in an eligible Alberta occupation. Most occupations classified by the Canadian National Employment Authority in classes 0, A, B, C, D are eligible for Alberta immigration.

Unlike some other provinces, Alberta’s immigration program does not give priority to applicants whose jobs are on a special list, instead, the province publishes a list of invalid jobs.

Language requirements

At the time you apply, you will need CLB4 English or NCLC4 French language level for most jobs in the job listings.

Only Nursing Assistant, Hospital Attendant and Patient Services jobs require a minimum CLB7/NCLC language level for all skills in English or French.

From January 1, 2020, applicants in career levels 0, A, B will need to have CLB5/NCLC language level.

Academic requirements

At the time of submitting your application, you must have at least a high school diploma in your country of origin.

As of January 1, 2021, applicants must have completed at least the equivalent of an Alberta standard secondary education.

Work experience requirements

When submitting your application, you must:

Have at least 12 months of full-time work experience in the last 18 months in a current job in Alberta or

At least 24 months of full-time work experience in current employment in Canada or 30 months outside of Canada

* These work records can be a combination of records in Alberta, Canada (outside Alberta) or outside of Canada.

As a post-graduate work permit holder, you must have at least 6 months of full-time work experience:

Last 18 months in current job in Alberta

In a career related to the field of study at an accredited educational institution in Alberta

Other requirements for Alberta immigration opportunities

You must have all certificates, licenses and registrations relevant to current employment in Alberta

You must have a valid job offer from an Alberta employer and be working full-time in that job for the same Alberta employer.

Your job offer must be signed by the employer and include the following:

In return for the payment of wages and be continuous

Full time, 30 hours per week for 12 months

It is mentioned in the current job

Work in a job approved by Alberta Jobs from which you have a work permit

Part-time jobs, regardless of working hours

Independent contractors, business owners or temporary workers

A worker who is employed in Alberta but is not working in an Alberta commercial or industrial area such as home occupations

Workers who are not engaged in an Alberta location such as those who serve the employer in a virtual location or by radio communication from a location outside of Alberta

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