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Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS)

1. Residency status and work permit requirements:

  • Hold a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), or a LMIA exemption;
  • Or, hold a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), your credential must be issued by an Alberta Advanced Education approved Alberta public and private post-secondary institution and must be Alberta Advanced Education approved credentials;

2. Occupation requirements:

  • Closed work permit holders, current positions must match previous work experience;
  • PGWP holders, occupation must be related to your field of study in Alberta;
  • Position must be occupations under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, C and D are eligible under the AINP;
  • PGWP holder’s occupation is can not on the Government of Canada’s list of high-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta;

3. Language requirements:

  • Minimum of CLB 4 for each English or French language skill;
  • NOC code 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates), the minimum language requirement is CLB of 7 for each English or French language skill;
  • As of January 1, 2020, NOC 0, A, B occupation: minimum of CLB 5 for each English or French language skill; NOC C or D occupation, there are no planned changes to language requirements;

4. Education requirements:

  • Completed a minimum of high school education in your country of origin; Starting January 1, 2021, all candidates except Post-Graduation Work Permit holders must have completed a minimum of high school equivalent to Alberta standards;

5. Work Experience requirements:

  • A minimum of 12 months full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months; or
  • A minimum of 24 months of full-time work experience in your current occupation in Canada and/or abroad within the last 30 months. This work experience can be a combination of experience gained in Alberta, in Canada (outside Alberta) and/or abroad;
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit holders require a minimum of 6 months full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months;
  • There is an exception to this rule if you are a Post-Graduation Work Permit holder: the paid co-op work term was full-time (minimum 30 hours per week);
  • the work experience is directly related to your current occupation;
  • the work experience was all gained in Alberta;