The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) will be introducing changes to its Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) between 2019 and 2021. The following table provides a summary of these upcoming changes:

Alberta Opportunity Stream criteria  Effective April 1, 2019 Effective January 1,2020 Effective January 1, 2021
Residency/Work permit status requirements No change No change No change
Occupation requirements  No change No change  No change
Language proficiency requirements  CLB/NCLC 4 CLB/NCLC 5 (for NOC 0, A and B occupations) No change
Education requirements (for all applicants except Post-Graduation Work Permit Holders) Minimum High School in applicant's country of Origin Minimum High School in applicant's country of Origin Minimum High School equivalent to Alberta standard
Education requirements (for Post-Graduation Work Permit Holders only)

Change in eligible Alberta post-secondary certificates/diplomas.

If a potential applicant is admitted and enrolled in an Alberta program on or after April 1, 2019, he or she must have a post-graduate certificate or diploma on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials.

No change to other eligible credentials (degrees and graduate level certificates/diplomas)

Change in eligible Alberta post-secondary certificates/diplomas.

If a potential applicant is admitted and enrolled in an Alberta program on or after April 1, 2019, he or she must have a post-graduate certificate or diploma on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials.

No change to other eligible credentials (degrees and graduate level certificates/diplomas)

Change in eligible Alberta post-secondary certificates/diplomas.

If a potential applicant is admitted and enrolled in an Alberta program on or after April 1, 2019, he or she must have post-graduate-certificate or diploma on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials.

No change to other eligible credentials (degrees and graduate level certificates/diplomas)

Work experience requirements  (all applicants except Post-Graduation Work Permit Holders) No change  No change No change
Work experience requirements  (Post-Graduation Work Permit Holders only) Eligible post-graduate certificate holders must show occupation/work experience is related to their prior post-secondary field of study outside Canada. Eligible post-graduate certificate holders must show occupation/work experience is related to their prior post-secondary field of study outside Canada. Eligible post-graduate certificate holders must show occupation/work experience is related to their prior post-secondary field of study outside Canada.