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The Government of Alberta has introduced a temporary transition period that it says will help specified student applicants adapt to its new List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials.

The list is part of the new Alberta Opportunity Stream unveiled on June 14 and determines which credential programs at Alberta post-secondary institutions are approved for applicants holding a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) says the purpose of the list is to help international students find out whether their education and work experience is "well-matched with current skill shortages in Alberta."

Under the transition period, international students who are admitted before October 1, 2018, to one-year entry-level certificate programs and post-graduate certificate and diploma programs that are not on the list now will still be considered for the Alberta Opportunity Stream as long as they meet all other requirements.

Students who are admitted on or after October 1, 2018, to a program that is not on the list will not be eligible to apply to the AINP with a Post-Graduation Work Permit. However, they can still apply to the Alberta Opportunity Stream if they are able to secure a Labour Market Impact Assessment-based work permit.

All applicants to the Alberta Opportunity Stream are required to meet residency status and work permit, language, education, work experience (in an occupation that is not part of the ineligible occupations list); and income level requirements.

To consult the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials, consult this dedicated page

To learn more about the Alberta Opportunity Stream, click here.

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