Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Foreign workers and international graduates in Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Immigration

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is operated in partnership between the Canadian Federal Government and 4 Atlantic provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

International graduates have 24 months post-graduation to apply for the AIP.

Healthcare employers are now able to hire internationally trained nurses to work as continuing care and home care support workers in order to fill job vacancies.

The Atlantic Provinces have the authority to focus on in-demand labour market needs through the AIP.

Beginning May 1, 2019, IRCC will require that applicants meet the language, education and work experience requirements of the AIP prior to being approved for a work permit.

Since the launch in March 2017, more than 2,500 candidates have been approved for permanent residence through the pilot.

The AIP targets help employers target candidates who wish to build their lives in the Atlantic region via a process featuring settlement plans and provincial endorsements.

Three programs operate under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which target different types of candidates.

1) Atlantic High-Skilled Program

The Atlantic High-Skilled Program is aimed at skilled workers with management, professional or technical/skilled job experience. There are also other requirements. The job offer must last for at least one year.

2) Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program is aimed at candidates for jobs requiring a high school education and/or job-specific training. There are also other requirements. The job offer must be permanent.

3) Atlantic International Graduate Program

The Atlantic International Graduate Program is aimed at candidates who have a degree, diploma or another credential from a publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province. Work experience is not required. The job offer must last for at least one year.

Optional Temporary Work Permit

Certain candidates can apply for a temporary work permit before sending their permanent resident application. This allows them to start work while their application for permanent residence is processed.

Settlement Plan

Candidates through all three Atlantic Immigration Pilot programs require a Settlement Plan after receiving an offer of employment. The Settlement Plan is designed to help you settle in Canada by highlighting resources specific to you and your family’s needs. You will also find where you can go to the community to get help. Candidates make the Settlement Plan with a settlement service provider, available both inside and outside Canada.

Provincial Nomination

Each job offer made through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot requires a provincial nomination. The application for nomination is handled by the employer after the candidate has their Settlement Plan. Candidates should not submit a PR application until they receive a Certificate of Endorsement.

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