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

Program Categories Online On Paper
Canadian visa application processing time
Temporary Resident Visa
97 Days 97 Days
Visitor Record
82 Days 126 Days
Super Visa 94 Days 94 Days
Study Permit Made Outside Canada
10 Weeks 10 Weeks
Study Permit Made Intside Canada
4 Weeks 4 Weeks
Study Permit Extension 131 Days 63 Days
Post Graduation Work Permit Made Outside Canada 11 Weeks 11 Weeks
Post Graduation Work Permit Made Inside Canada 130 Days 17 Days
Briding Open Work Permit
130 Days 17 Days
Canadian immigration application processing time
Express Entry
5 Months 5 Months
Provincial Nominee Program
15 Months 15 Months
Self-employed Immigration
52 Months 52 Months
Federal Skilled Worker Program
5 Months 5 Months
Start-up Visa
37 Months 37 Months
Spouse/CommonLaw Sponsorship
12 Months 12 Months
(Grand) Parents Sponsorship
23 Months 23 Months
Canadian Citizenship/PR Card processing time
16 Months 16 Months
PR Card
66 Days 66 Days
PR Card Renewal
71 Days 71 Days

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