Requirements of Alberta Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream (FGES)

Are you a foreign graduate looking to start your own business in Alberta? The Alberta Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream (AFGES) may provide you with the opportunity to immigrate to Alberta while starting your own business.

The AFGES is a provincial immigration program managed by the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). The program is designed to help foreign graduates with professional work experience in Alberta become permanent residents in the province.

To be eligible for the AFGES, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Education: You must have completed a Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma at an institution in Alberta.
  2. Work Experience: You must have at least one year of full-time work experience in Alberta in a job related to your field of study.
  3. Age: You must be between 21 and 45 years of age.
  4. Language: You must have a minimum language proficiency level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in either English or French.
  5. Business Plan: You must submit a business plan which outlines your business idea and how it will create economic benefits in Alberta.
  6. Investment: You must have at least $100,000 in capital available to invest in your business in Alberta.
  7. Entrepreneurial Intent: You must demonstrate a commitment to settle in Alberta as an entrepreneur and create or purchase a business.
  8. Settlement Funds: You must have sufficient funds to settle in Alberta.

Once you have met the requirements of the AFGES, you can submit an application to the AINP. If your application is successful, you will be nominated to apply for permanent residency in Canada.

The AFGES is a great opportunity for foreign graduates to become permanent residents in Canada while starting their own business in Alberta. If you meet the requirements of the program and have a business plan to create economic benefits in the province, you can apply to the AFGES and start the process of becoming a permanent resident of Canada.