Alberta introduced two significant changes to the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS). The changes included removal of its minimum income requirement along with an update to its minimum language requirements.
The Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is for eligible foreign nationals currently working in Alberta or international graduates who have completed their studies at an authorized post-secondary institution in Alberta.
The removal of the minimum income requirement will be applied to applications submitted on or after June 14, 2018, the day new Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) started accepting applications.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) said it will keep checking whether candidates are being paid the provincial minimum wage and whether the wage is in accordance with their occupation as established in their Labour Market Impact Assessment or on the province’s website. The update further reads, “Successful nominees already have jobs when they apply to the program, which helps to show that they can support themselves and their families”.
The other change involves updating minimum language requirements. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has adjusted minimum language requirements for both candidates working in skill level C or D under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) and those working in an occupation with a NOC skill level rating of 0, A or B. As per changes, minimum language requirement for those working in NOC C or D jobs will remain at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 4 and will not increase to CLB 5.
At the time of unveiling the Alberta Opportunity Stream in June, the AINP stated that the minimum language requirement would increase to CLB 5 beginning June 14, 2019. However, this is no longer the case for NOC C or D rated occupations.
While talking about candidates working in occupations rated NOC 0, A or B, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) said the minimum language requirement will continue to be at CLB 4 until January 1, 2020, after that it will increase to CLB 5.
AINP believes that these changes will not only make it easier for people to apply to the program, but will help make sure Alberta can continue to fill job requirements with qualified foreign candidates in case if no Albertans or Canadians available to do the work.