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Alberta Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream

Launched on Jan. 27, 2021, the Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream (FGSVS) is the latest pathway introduced to attract foreign talent into Canada. Even if you graduated outside of Canada, you may now apply to this new economic class program in which Alberta nominates talented and qualified foreign educated graduates for permanent residence upon launching start-up enterprises and innovative businesses in the province.

Only candidates who graduated from a post-secondary institution outside Canada in the last two years are eligible for FGSVS. Your educational credential must be equal to a Canadian degree as proven by an educational assessment (ECA).

Other eligibility criteria include:

  • a minimum of six months of full-time work experience in business ownership/management or business incubator/accelerator

  • a business plan with financial forecasts