The International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream (IGEIS) allows international foreign graduate students work permit holders with at least 6 months of work experience and a qualification from a university or college in Alberta to start or buy an existing business in Alberta, Canada.
In short, 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.
Education: You must complete at least 2 years of full-time education.
Work Permit: You must have Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) and that must be for 2 years at least.
Language: Must have a CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) minimum level of 7 for each language skill or you must have Niveaux de compétence Linguistique canadiens (NCLC) of 7 for each French language skill: reading, speaking, listening, and writing.
Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General Test
Test d'évaluation de français (TEF) Canada
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Training Test
Test de connaissance du français (TCF) Canada
Also, make sure to check out the federal guideline on NCLC or CLB equivalency for each of the tests.
You must have 6 months of minimum full-time work experienced which can be a combination of owning or managing the business.
Work experience can be obtained:
After or before completing Alberta education
Within Canada or outside Canada
You must meet minimum work experience at the time of submitting EOI.
Please note: 2 years of full-time Alberta education and 6 months of work experience are needed at the time of EOI submission.
21 to 49 years
You or your common-law partner or spouse, have one or more of the following relatives living full-time in Alberta: Mother, Father, Step-Mother, Step-Father, Child, Sister, Step-Child, Step-Sister, Brother, Step-Brother.
Can provide economic benefits to Alberta through:
Developed intellectual property
Business location (for example, rural)
Partnership or support from business incubator/accelerator, venture capital, or angel investor
Your spouse or common-law partner has at least one of the following:
At least 1 year of continuous full-time employment in Alberta
Completed at least 2 years of full-time study at a post-secondary institution in Alberta
A minimum level CLB 5 in English or NCLC 5 in French in all 4 language abilities (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking)