Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Moving to Canada is an exciting prospect – especially for skilled workers seeking gainful employment overseas. Aspirants can explore a broad range of pathways to fulfil their immigration purpose. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) offers talented skilled workers and international graduates a unique route to Canadian permanent residence.
This program allows designated employers in Canada’s four Atlantic provinces – namely, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island – to hire qualified foreign skilled workers and international graduates, who wish to permanently live and work in Canada.
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.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program Categories

All the programs are employer-driven and to apply for the program, you need to have a job offer from a designated employer from the Atlantic Province. The Pilot Program is further categorized into three different streams:

  • Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP) – Aims at the foreign skilled workers with at least 1 years’ experience in their field and a permanent job offer.
  • Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP) – Skilled workers can apply for Canadian permanent residence with at least 1-year job offer from an employer in Atlantic Canada having minimum 1 year of work experience.
  • Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP) – Graduate from an Atlantic Canadian post-secondary institution after 2 years of study, and have a job offer for at least 1 year, can apply through this program. There is no work experience requirement.
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.
How Does the AIPP work?

Step 1: An aspirant must accept a valid offer of employment from an employer who is designated by the Atlantic province where the workplace is located.
Step 2: The candidate and accompanying family members must submit a settlement plan to demonstrate a genuine intention to settle in the province.
Step 3: The candidate must obtain a Certificate of Endorsement from the provincial authorities. This process is facilitated by the employer.
Step 4: A complete application for permanent residence – including application forms, supporting documents, and fees (CAD 1,040) – must be submitted to Immigration,                  Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The application is typically processed within six months.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is a lucrative pathway to permanent residence in Canada for intending migrants. The Atlantic provinces provide fertile ground for newcomers to economically establish themselves in Canada, and actively participate in the vibrant cultural landscape.

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