Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS)

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The Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is available for temporary foreign workers who are already working full-time in Alberta and have a full-time employment offer from an Alberta employer in a qualified occupation. Candidates must have a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or one of the accepted LMIA exemption work permits in order to be considered. Candidates must also meet other minimum eligibility requirements, such as residency and type of work permit issued, occupation type, language skills, educational achievement, job offer in Alberta, and employment history.

Eligibility Criteria

At the time of sending or submitting the application to the AINP online site, and at the time the AINP examines the application, the applicant must have a valid temporary resident status in Canada, for a qualifying occupation, not implied status, automatic extension of status, or restoration status.

One of the following conditions must be met for a valid work permit:

A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

A worker’s LMIA exemption is granted for one of the reasons listed below (as determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)):

Agreements on International Trade,

Within a corporation, employees are transferred.,

International Experience Canada,

Mobilité Francophone, or

An open work permit issued by IRCC to:

Vulnerable workers who have proved that they are being abused or are at risk of being abused while working in Canada, including those who qualify for the Vulnerable Workers Open Work Permit (VWOWP) exemption, or

The family members of a vulnerable worker under the VWOWP exemption

A graduate of an Alberta post-secondary institution (Advanced Education publicly supported) holding a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), who also meet particular vocation, education, and work experience requirements.

Language Requirements

In order to submit an AOS application, an applicant must achieve a minimum language exam score in English or French.

National Occupational Classification (NOC)Skill LevelRequired Canadian Benchmark (CLB) Test ScoreRequired Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) Test Score
NOC 0, A or BMin. CLB 5 in each moduleMin. NCLC 5 in each module
NOC C or DMin. CLB 4 in each moduleMin. NCLC 4 in each module

Education Requirements

Effective from January 1, 2021, the applicant must have completed a minimum of high school education comparable to the education standards of Alberta at the time of submitting the application.

An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Report issued by one of the designated bodies by IRCC is required for considering the highest level of education.

For Post-Graduation Work Permit holders, credential must be issued by an Alberta Advanced Education publicly funded post-secondary institution, and:
If the candidate began his Alberta credential program prior to April 1, 2019, his certificate must be one of the Alberta Advanced Education recognized credentials listed below:

Certificate or post-diploma certificate or post-baccalaureate certificate (minimum 1 year in length)
Diploma program (minimum 2 years in length)
Undergraduate bachelor’s degree
Graduate level degree
Graduate level certificate
Graduate level diploma

If the candidate began his Alberta credential program on or after April 1, 2019, his certificate must be one of the Alberta Advanced Education recognized credentials listed below:

Post-diploma certificate or post-baccalaureate certificate (minimum 1 year in length)
Diploma program (minimum 2 years in length)
Undergraduate bachelor’s degree
Graduate level degree
Graduate level certificate
Graduate level diploma

Work Experience Requirements

At the time of mailing or submitting the application through the AINP’s online portal, the applicant must meet one of the following conditions:

A minimum of 12 months full-time job experience in your present occupation during the last 18 months in Alberta, or

Within the last 30 months, a minimum of 24 months of full-time work experience in your present occupation in Canada or abroad, or both — this work experience can be a combination of experience earned in Alberta, Canada (outside Alberta), or abroad.

For Post-Graduation Work Permit holders a minimum of 6 months full-time work experience in present occupation in Alberta during the last 18 months is necessary.

List of Ineligible Occupations
NOC Code (2016)NOC Skill LevelOccupation Title
04220School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
04230Managers in social, community and correctional services
04320Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
0651*0Escort agency managers, massage parlour managers
4031ASecondary school teachers
4032AElementary school and kindergarten teachers
4154AProfessional occupations in religion
5121AAuthors and writers
5133AMusicians and singers
5135AActors and comedians
5136APainters, sculptors and other visual artists
1227BCourt officers and justices of the peace
3223*BDental laboratory assistants/bench workers
4214*BEarly childhood educators who do not have certification through Alberta Children's Services – Child Care Staff Certification Office or who have been certified as Level 1 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Assistant)
4216BOther instructors
4217BOther religious occupations
5232BOther performers, not elsewhere classified
5244BArtisans and craftspersons
6232BReal estate agents and salespersons
4411CHome child care providers
4412CHome support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
4413CElementary and secondary school teacher assistants
6533CCasino occupations
6564COther personal service occupations
7513CTaxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
8442CTrappers and hunters
6623DOther sales related occupations
6722DOperators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport
6742DOther service support occupations, not elsewhere classified
8611DHarvesting labourers
8612DLandscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
8613DAquaculture and marine harvest labourers
8614DMine labourers

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