Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream / FGES


  • Introduction
  • Requirements
  • FGES Points Grid
  • Processing Time
  • Fees


The Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is an economic immigration program for qualified foreign educated graduates from outside of Canada who want to launch start-up enterprises and innovative businesses in Alberta.


  • Minimum of 6 months full-time work experience that can be a combination of actively managing or owning the business or equivalent.
  • Completion of a degree from a post-secondary institution outside of Canada with an ECA.
  • A business plan with projected financials. Refer to the Business Plan Guidelines.
  • Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 5 for each English language skill, official test results must be less than two years old at the time of EOI submission.
  • Must have a minimum of 34% ownership if the business is located in an urban centre or a minimum of 51% ownership if located in regional area outside Calgary and Edmonton Census Metropolitan Areas.
  • A minimum level of investment from candidate’s (or spouse or common-law partner) own equity or from a recognized Canadian financial institution, venture capital, or angel investment firm prior to coming to Alberta. The mandatory minimum investment for an urban centre is $100,000 while the mandatory minimum investment for a regional area is $50,000.
  • Must have a letter of recommendation from an AAIP-approved designated agency.
  • Candidates must demonstrate that they have the funds needed to set up their business and support themselves while they are on a work permit and launching their start-up.

FGES Points Grid

The information provided will be assessed and points will be awarded based on the Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream points grid below. Candidates with the highest-ranking points will be invited to submit a Business Application.

  • EOI
  • Business Plan
  • Pitch Deck
  • Net Worth Worksheet
  • Letter of Recommendation from a Designated Agency
  • Authorization to Collect and Disclose Personal Information for Spouse, Common-Law Partners and Dependents (if applicable)

Processing Time:

The processing time of CIC will be updated weekly, please refer to the latest time announced by CIC.


  • The service fee is charged according to the customer’s situation. If the customer’s situation is more complicated, there may be additional charges (refer to customer evaluation).


Processing Time

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15 Weeks
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12 Weeks
Study Permit Extension 45 Days
Post Graduation Work Permit Made Outside Canada 15 Weeks
Post Graduation Work Permit Made Inside Canada 91 Days
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91 Days
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Express Entry
5 Months
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11 Months
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51 Months
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5 Months
Start-up Visa
37 Months
Spouse/CommonLaw Sponsorship
11 Months
(Grand) Parents Sponsorship
20 Months
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8 Months
PR Card
72 Days
PR Card Renewal
60 Days

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