A Guide to AAIP Alberta Opportunity Stream

The Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) offers a pathway to provincial nomination for skilled professionals and post-graduates in Alberta.


If you are a full-time employee in Alberta, seeking permanent residency in Canada, the Alberta Opportunity Stream is precisely what you should ask for. The Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is a part of the Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of Alberta. It is a beautiful opportunity for working professionals who seek a Canadian permanent residency.

Alberta Opportunity Stream is also a great opportunity for international students who have finished their studies at an approved Alberta post-secondary institution and if they are employed in Alberta on a post-graduate work Permit.

AAIP Opportunity Stream Eligibility Requirements

You do not need an Express Entry profile for the Alberta Opportunity stream but there are certain eligibility requirements you need to fulfil to be eligible for this program.

  • Having a valid job offer from an Alberta employer in an eligible occupation.
  • Demonstrating work experience in an eligible profession related to the job offer.
  • Meeting the minimum language and education requirements.
  • Having legal temporary resident status in Canada at the time of application.
  • Expressing the intent to live and work in Alberta permanently.

Job Offer

You must have a valid work permit (not implied status or restoration status) based on one of the following scenarios:

  • A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
  • A valid LMIA exemption (including International Experience Canada)
  • A Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holder must meet additional criteria:
  • The applicant’s occupation must be related to their field of study in Alberta

Work Experience

You must have full-time employment from an eligible occupation in Alberta. Your employment should also match your previous work experience. If you are a post-graduate student, your Post Graduation Work Permit must hold an occupation that matches your field of study in Alberta.

To continue working in your present occupation, you must have an authentic full-time job offer from your current Alberta employer. You and your employer must sign the employment offer, which must offer continuous, full-time, paid work in your present occupation in Alberta.

For work experience, you must meet one of the three criteria listed below:

You must have a minimum of 12 months of full-time work experience in your present job in Alberta in your last 18 months’ stay in the province.
If you are in Alberta as a temporary resident for 30 years, you must have at least 24 months of full-time work experience.
If you are a post-graduate student, you need a minimum of 6 months of full-time work experience in your present occupation in Alberta during the last 18 months for post-graduate work Permit holders. This occupation must be relevant to their education in Alberta.

Language Proficiency

Language proficiency is an imperative condition for this program, as it assesses your ability to communicate and work in English or French, which are the official languages of Canada. Here are some critical points regarding language proficiency for the Alberta Opportunity Stream program:

  • Typically, you must show legitimate language test results to verify your ability in English or French. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for English and the Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) for French are the two most widely acknowledged language tests.
  • You must show your language proficiency in either English or French, equivalent to the Canadian Language Benchmark of level 5.
  • Language test results typically have a limited validity period (e.g., two years).
  • If you fall under NOC Skill Levels 0, A, or B, you need CLB 5.
  • If you fall under NOC Skill Levels C or D, you will only require CLB 4.
  • If you fall under NOC Code 3413 (nurses’ aides, orderlies, and patient service associates), you must achieve a minimum language test score of CLB 7 for each English or French language skill.


When applying for the AOS, you must have a Canadian high school diploma or the equivalent in your nation of origin. The highest level of international education must be confirmed by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from an IRCC-recognized organization, which validates your education.

If you have a Canadian degree, diploma, or certificate from a recognized Canadian post-secondary, technical college, or secondary institution, you do not need an ECA. ECAs are also not necessary if you have work experience in a compulsory or optional trade that qualifies you for the AAIP and hold a valid Alberta Qualification Certificate or trade certificate recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

If you have a Post-Graduation Work Permit and wish to apply for the AOS, you must meet the requirements for graduation for an Alberta Advanced Education-approved credential issued by an Alberta Advanced Education-approved post-secondary institution in the province.

How to Apply for AAIP Opportunity Stream?

  • New applications are always open for the Alberta Opportunity Stream.
  • You first carefully check your eligibility criteria and apply at any time. All applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All documentation must be prepared in hard copy and mailed to the AINP office in a single envelope.
  • If your application is approved by the province, Alberta will tell you about your provincial nomination. AINP will mail an official nomination package to you.
  • You have six months to file a federal application or Canadian permanent residence after getting a provincial nomination.

How ELAAR can help you?

Prospective immigrants who wish to immigrate to Alberta through any of the AAIP programs mentioned above should contact our experts. We have a team of exceptional Licensed Immigration Consultants who understand the AAIP requirements. They can assess your AAIP profile and optimize your application. Make your journey to Canada easier under the guidance of the experts at Elaar Immigration by contacting us today.

FAQs: Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)

These are some frequently asked questions about the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program.

What are the processing times for Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)?

Under the AAIP programs, the processing time of each stream varies. Submissions submitted using the AIP web portal take 4 to 6 months on average, while paper applications take 15 to 19 months on average.

How much is Alberta PNP application fee?

Applicants for the Alberta PNP must pay a $500 processing fee, which is non-refundable and must be paid at the time of application submission. This amount has nothing to do with whether or not the application receives a nomination.

Do I need job offer for AAIP?

Most of the AAIP Streams require a job offer except the Express Entry Pathway. To understand your options better, get in touch with ELAAR’s experienced immigration consultants.

Which documents are required for Alberta Express Entry program?

A list of all documents required for AAIP Streams. The requirements may vary with the stream you’re applying for. Get in touch with our experts to learn more.

  • Valid passports
  • Work permit(s)
  • Language assessment(s)
  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
  • Education
  • AIT-recognized trade certificate
  • Licensing, registration, and certification (excluding trade certificates)
  • Alberta job offer(s) or employment contract
  • Employment reference letter(s)
  • Alberta relative(s) (if applicable)
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