ALBERTA Advantage Immigration Program
AAIP is an economic immigration program that nominates individuals for permanent residence in Alberta.
The AAIP has different streams for both foreign nationals who are living and working in Alberta as well as entrepreneurs wanting to establish or purchase a business in Alberta.
AAIP nominees must have the skills and abilities to fill labour shortages or contribute to the economy through the ownership and operation of an Alberta business. Both the Government of Alberta and the federal government administer the program. If an individual is nominated through the AAIP, they may apply for permanent residence status together with their spouse or common-law partner and dependent children. Program nominees must also meet medical, criminal and security federal checks to be eligible for permanent residency.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) makes the final decisions on all permanent residence applications.
Streams for workers
The AAIP has 3 streams for foreign workers who are living and working in Alberta, or plan to live and work here:
Streams for entrepreneurs
The AAIP has 4 streams for entrepreneurs who plan to live in Alberta and buy or start a business in the province:
Entrepreneurs who want to start a business or buy an existing business in a rural Alberta community can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).
International graduates of approved Alberta post-secondary institutions who want to start a business or buy an existing business can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).
Experienced farmers who plan to buy or start a farm in Alberta can apply for permanent residence.
Foreign graduates from outside of Canada can apply for permanent residence.