What is the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)?
The Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs and skilled workers to immigrate to Alberta and contribute to the province’s economy. The program offers various streams for different categories of applicants, including rural entrepreneurs, graduate entrepreneurs, experienced farmers, and foreign graduate entrepreneurs. AAIP streams are further categorized on the basis of work and entrepreneurship.
What streams does AAIP offer for foreign workers?
The AAIP offers several streams for foreign workers living or planning to live and work in Alberta.
Alberta Opportunity Stream
The Alberta Opportunity Stream offers a pathway to permanent residency for qualified candidates with a job offer from an Alberta employer who is already established in the province. It’s a great option for those who want to continue living and working in Alberta permanently.
Alberta Express Entry Stream
The Alberta Express Entry Stream is for skilled workers in the federal Express Entry pool who meet the requirements and priorities of the province, offering a pathway to permanent residency in Alberta.
Rural Renewal Stream
The Rural Renewal Stream is for skilled workers with job offers from designated communities in rural Alberta, endorsed by the community. It aims to attract and retain workers for rural economic development.
What streams does AAIP offer for entrepreneurs?
Further, the AAIP has 4 streams for entrepreneurs who want to buy or start a business in Alberta.
Rural Entrepreneur Stream
The Rural Entrepreneur Stream stream is a great option for entrepreneurs who want to establish or acquire a business in a rural community in Alberta. By submitting an Expression of Interest, qualified candidates can potentially obtain a nomination for permanent residency in Alberta.
Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
The Graduate Entrepreneur Stream stream is designed for international graduates of approved post-secondary institutions in Alberta who are interested in starting or buying a business. They can submit an Expression of Interest to be considered for nomination under this stream.
The Farm Stream is open to experienced farmers who intend to establish or purchase a farm in Alberta and who may apply for nomination under this stream.
Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
The Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is for foreign graduates who obtained their degree from a post-secondary institution outside of Canada and wish to launch an innovative business or start-up enterprise. They can collaborate with a designated agency to submit an expression of interest (EOI).
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Who is eligible to apply for the AAIP?
Applicants must have skills to fill job shortages or be planning to buy or start a business in Alberta. They must also be able to provide for their families. Each stream has specific eligibility criteria, such as experience in farming or graduating from an approved Alberta post-secondary institution.
How does the application process work?
Applicants must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the AAIP. If they are invited to apply, they can then submit a complete application for nomination. If nominated, they can then apply for permanent residence to the federal government.
How long does the process take?
The processing times vary depending on the stream and the complexity of the application. Generally, it can take several months to a year or more from the time of submitting an EOI to obtaining permanent residence. For current processing times, please visit here.
Can I apply for the AAIP if I am already in Canada?
Yes, you can apply for the AAIP from within Canada if you meet the eligibility criteria. However, you must have valid immigration status and meet all other requirements of the program.
Can Shory Law help me with my application for the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)?
Yes, we have over 25 years of experience in Canadian immigration law and are based in Alberta, the very province in which the AAIP operates. Our team of leading business immigration lawyers has helped many clients successfully navigate the AAIP. We have a sound understanding of the program’s eligibility criteria, application requirements, and processing times, and we are committed to helping our clients achieve their immigration goals in the most efficient and effective manner possible.