Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Introduced in 2017, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a program designed to aid the employers who belong to Atlantic Canada to recruit overseas skilled workers interested in migrating to Atlantic Canada for the long term to live and work as economically establish themselves in this Canadian region. This program is also for international students who want to stay back and reside in Atlantic Canada after graduation.

Because of its success in Canada Immigration, the government has decided to make this pilot a permanent program for immigration aspirants who want to come and settle in Canada and their families. It will continue to be in a flagship regional economic immigration program that complements every province's provincial nominee programs. 

This allows the provinces to fulfil skills shortages in the labour market by recruiting foreign nationals for jobs that cannot be filled locally. Workers can be hired under three categories:

  • Atlantic High-Skilled Program
  • Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
  • Atlantic International Graduate Program

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is a unique gateway to Canadian Immigration that allows the skilled immigrants and international graduates to attain the canada permanent residence in the Atlantic Province of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Benefits of Migrating to Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

  • The Atlantic provinces have stable local economies that need to be sustained by immigrant intake.
  • The processing time for a visa application under the AIPP is the same as the Express Entry Program.
  • The unemployment rate in these regions is gradually improving. In addition, the cost of living in Atlantic Canada is lower in comparison to more populated provinces.
  • A candidate under this program can apply for a temporary work permit, and begin working in Canada while their Canada PR visa application is still being processed.
  • These provinces have job vacancies in a broad range of industries. Thus, migrants with varied professional interests can explore opportunities in Atlantic Canada.

Eligibility Requirements to Apply for Atlantic Immigration Pilot

There are a total of 3 programs under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. The standard eligibility requirements to get through these programs to get a Canada PR visa are mainly related to English language proficiency, educational qualifications, and adequate work experience. Also, you should carry sufficient funds to support yourself as your family members when you arrive in Canada.

Atlantic International Graduate Program
  • Hold a degree, diploma, or another credential from an institution that is publically-funded in the province of Atlanta.
  • Have resided in the Atlantic province for a minimum of 16 months in the two years before getting the degree, diploma, or credential.
  • Take a test to display fluency in the English or French language.
  • There is no requirement for work experience for international graduates who are hired via Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
  • You must have a job offer made using the Offer of Employment to a Foreign National [IMM 5650] (PDF, 1.55 MB) form.
  • This job must be full-time, Non-seasonal, and under skill type/level 0, A, B, or C under the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  • This job should provide you employment for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Also, the employer should have a Confirmation of Designation from the (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island) provinces.
Atlantic High-Skilled Program
  • Should have worked in management, professional or technical/skilled job for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Holds a high school diploma from Canada or an educational degree which is equivalent to the same.
  • Take language fluency test.
  • Proof of funds to showcase sustenance.
Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
  • Have worked in a job that needs you to have high school education and job-specific training for a minimum of 1 year to get a Canada Permanent Residency Visa.
  • The exact requirements as mentioned above for the Atlantic High-Skilled Program.
Processing time and fees of Atlantic Immigration Pilot

IRCC typically aims to process 80 percent of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot programs within six months, similar to the Express Entry selection system. But that said, AIPP applications will be separately processed from that of Express Entry applications. This program operates based on first-come, first-served. The total amount of processing fee ($825) and right of permanent residence fee ($500) is calculated to be $1,325. An application for AIPP without the right to residence is priced at $825.

Documents Required for Atlantic Immigration Pilot
  • Language test results after taking the test and send the results along with your Canada PR visa application. It should be done even if you have studied in Canada.
  • If you have studied in Canada, you need to have with you an Educational Credential Assessment report. This document is easier to receive when you are in your home country.
  • Every program has its set of documents you need to submit.
  • After you apply, you need to submit fingerprints and a photo (biometrics).
  • Referral letter from a provincial authority.
  • Photocopies of passport pages that include passport number, dates of issue and expiry, name and date of birth, stamp made by the Canadian authorities on the latest entry into Canada as well as any marked page.
  • Photocopies of your travel or identity document like (citizenship certificates, birth certificate, alien registration cards, etc.
  • Photocopy of your existing immigration document.
  • Photocopy, if applicable, of your Marriage License or Certificate.
  • The employer must send you the Offer of Employment number to attach to your work permit application form.
  • Proof of work experience in the form of (letter of employment, pay stubs, etc.
  • For the Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled program, your work experience should be at Skill level C of the NOC matrix.

Who is Eligible for the Atlantic Pilot Program?

To relocate to Canada through this Pilot, a candidate must:
  • Be a recent graduate from a publicly funded institution in Atlantic Canada, or a skilled worker who meets the relevant program requirements. Under each category, the requirements related to skill level, educational qualifications, language proficiency, and work experience (if applicable) are different.
  • Be living abroad or temporarily residing in Canada.
  • Receive a valid job offer from a designated employer in one of the four Atlantic provinces.
Showcase the ability to support themselves and accompanying dependents while settling in Canada.

Eligibility requirements for the Aipp program

  • The Job Offer: Required to obtain a valid job offer for at least one year from an employer in one of the four Atlantic Provinces under the National Occupational Classification NOC type 0, A or, B or C.
  • Work Experience: Must demonstrate their work experience for at least one year within the last three years in a managerial, professional, or technical/trades position.
  • Education: Secondary or post-secondary, diploma or degree with Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to prove that the level of education.
  • Language Ability: Applicants must prove language ability either English or French equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4.

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