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Atlantic Immigration Program

The Atlantic Immigration Program is one of the most exciting options to immigrate to Canada, secure a valid job offer and have a work permit to integrate easily into a new culture. The AIP focuses on skilled workers or international students who want to settle in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.

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Atlantic Immigration Program

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The Atlantic Immigration Program allows employers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island to hire skilled foreigners to fill local needs and support them to get PR status.

NOVA SCOTIA
NOVA SCOTIA

Nova Scotia is the most popular of the four Atlantic Provinces. Its capital city is Halifax.

NEW BRUNSWICK
NEW BRUNSWICK

New Brunswick is the only province with French and English as official languages.Its capital city is Fredericton.

NEW FOUNDLAND & LABRADOR
NEW FOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

It is the country’s easternmost province. Its capital city is St Johns.

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

It is the smallest province in terms of land area. Its capital city is Charlottetown.

AIP
Atlantic Immigration Program
Atlantic Immigration program is a fast-track immigration program to allow employers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island to hire foreign people for jobs they haven’t fit with local talent. This program helps to skill gaps at every province’s needs by supporting foreign nationals for permanent residency.

Atlantic Immigration Program

This program focuses on skilled workers or international students who want to immigrate and live in Atlantic Canada after graduating. It was launched to fill the needs of local employers, and now it is a permanent immigration program.

How to apply and requirements

To obtain this work permit, candidates will need:

Job offer
Letter from the province
Language test
Educational Credentials Report ( if you studied outside Canada)
Proof of funds
Application guide of each program (documents and forms)
Settlement plan

Requirements of education, work experience and job offer depend on each province or whether the applicant is a skilled worker or an international student.

There are three programs you can apply to

Job Offer: From a Designated Employer, non-seasonal, for at least 12 months and with NOC A, B o 0.

Education in Atlantic Canada: Post-secondary diploma of at least two years in one of the Atlantic Provinces or full-time student in Canada for a minimum of two years. Lived in any Atlantic Province for at least 16 months and have a legal temporary resident status.

Language Ability: Minimum CLB4 in English or French.

Proof of funds: Must show you have enough money to support you and your family after landing in Canada, unless you are working in Canada under a valid work permit.

Provincial Endorsement: An Atlantic province must endorse you to apply. This letter and the application for PR should be submitted to IRCC.

Job Offer: From a Designated Employer, non-seasonal, for at least 12 months and with NOC A, B, C o 0.

Confirmation of the settlement plan

Work Experience: For at least one year within the last three years. This work experience must be in one occupation (work with different employers is allowed), paid work (volunteer work, unpaid internships do not count), and in a NOC C level occupation.

Education:  Canadian secondary or post-secondary certificate or a completed foreign educational credential

Language Ability: Minimum CLB 4 in English or French.

Proof of funds: Must show that you have enough money to support you and your family after landing in Canada unless you are working in Canada under a valid work permit.

Provincial Endorsement: An Atlantic province must endorse you to apply.

Job Offer: From a Designated Employer, non-seasonal, for at least 12 months and with NOC A, B o 0.

Work Experience: For at least one year within the last three years. The work experience must be paid work (volunteer work, unpaid internships do not count) and at a managerial position.

Education: Canadian secondary or post-secondary certificate, or a completed foreign educational credential.

Language Ability: Minimum CLB4 in English or French.

Proof of funds: Must show that you have enough money to support you and your family after landing in Canada unless you are working in Canada under a valid work permit.

Provincial Endorsement: An Atlantic province must endorse you to apply.

Employers requirements

If an employer wants to hire skilled foreign workers under the Atlantic Immigration Program, the first step is receiving an Employer Designation. To do it, employers must meet some requirements and commit to supporting newcomers and their families settling in Canada. This program doesn’t  require a Labour Market Impact Assessment ( LMIA) .

Once the employer finds the candidate, he must send the job offer and connect the candidate with a designated settlement service provider organization to create the settlement plan.

Employer Designation

Employer Designation and settlement service providers are different for each Atlantic province. Employers with locations in multiple regions will require a separate designation for each.

There are some similar documents required for all cases:

Job offer.
Settlement plan for each adult family member.
Endorsement application.

When the Province approves the application, they send the candidate an endorsement letter that must be included in the application.

How can employers apply?

Potential applicants must determine which of the categories they belong to:

• Skilled Worker

• Express Entry Skilled Worker

• International Graduate

Then the applicant needs to download and complete all required provincial and federal forms for their category.
Scan the required supporting documentation (Birth Certificates, Diplomas, Passports etc).
Upload all forms and documentation to the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism. Below is a brief overview of the categories.

Benefits of the Atlantic Program

The applicant arrives with a job offer.
The Labour Market Impact Assessment process is not needed.
Newcomers and their families will have a Settlement Plan. It includes language training, housing, education and child care.
There are Canadian job opportunities for all levels in different economic sectors, such as food, customer services or administrative services.
Pathway to get the Permanent Residence faster than other programs.

Atlantic Immigration program - Nova Scotia

The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) is a federal immigration program that allows designated employers to hire skilled foreign workers and international graduates to fulfill labour needs.

It is an employer-driven program that aims to support the local market and the community in Nova Scotia.

If you want to immigrate to Nova Scotia, it is one of the most exciting programs since it doesn’t require foreign workers to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to obtain a valid job offer.

After all, through the Atlantic Immigration program in Nova Scotia, qualified candidates and their close family members can become Canadian permanent residents.

Eligibility - Atlantic Immigration Program Nova Scotia

Since the Atlantic Immigration Program is an employer-driven program that aims to support the economy of Nova Scotia, employers must be first authorized and get a designation. After that, employers can have their positions endorsed by the Province of Nova Scotia.

After the employer’s positions are endorsed, the selected international worker can receive the job offer and apply directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent status. Also, the foreign worker can obtain a temporary work permit while waiting for permanent residency.

The application under the Atlantic Immigration Program should be online.

Atlantic Immigration Program Nova Scotia - Process

To be designated, the employer must:

  • Own a business running in good standing
  • Provide information on labour needs
  • Work with a service provider organization on settlement and retention of the foreign worker.

 

Once the employer is designated, he/she can hire skilled workers and international students who graduated from a post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada.

 

It is essential to know that the Atlantic Immigration Program in Nova Scotia doesn’t match candidates with jobs. Therefore, employers should find a candidate on their own.

 

About the designation

To make a job offer and hire a foreign candidate, the employer must first become designated by Nova Scotia.

 

After receiving the designation, the employer can hire candidates under the Atlantic Immigration Program.

To obtain the designation, an employer must:

  • be in a good situation and satisfy employment standards
  • have been in continuous operation under the same management for at least 2 years in one Atlantic province. OR show continuous operation in another province.
  • work with a settlement service provider organization to help candidates with settlement services
  • If necessary, take the free intercultural training.

Apply to become designated in Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, there is no cost to become a designated employer. Even though each Province has its requirements, provinces are in charge of designating employers.

To obtain a nomination:

  • Employers only need to apply once to be designated. It is not necessary to apply for each candidate.
  • Employers can be designated even before you find a candidate.
  • The designation must be in the Province where the candidate will be working.
  • You can’t hire a candidate under the Atlantic Immigration Program if the candidate won’t be working in an Atlantic province.

After approval, employers will receive a Confirmation of Designation from Nova scotia.

To have an endorsed position, an employer must:

  • Prove that efforts to hire local talent have been unsuccessful
  • Recruit an international worker
  • Have a valid job offer
  • Provide a customized settlement plan co-signed by the foreign worker
  • Complete required onboarding training and. Also, intercultural training if required.

 

 

Candidate requirements- Atlantic Immigration program Nova Scotia

Candidates must include specific documents with their permanent residence application. Therefore, it is better to have these documents ready before making the job offer. Those documents are:

  • Language test results to prove your skills in English or French: The requirements are based on the skill level of your job offer.

-CLB/NCLC 5 for a job offer in skill level NOC 0, A and B

-CLB/NCLC 4 for a job offer in skill level NOC C

  • Educational credential assessment report if your studies were outside Canada.
  • Proof of your work experience. Except if you are an international student who graduated from a recognized institution in Atlantic Canada.
  • Proof you have enough money to support yourself and your family.
Job offer requirements

A valid job offer under the Atlantic Immigration Program should be:

  • full time
  • non-seasonal
  • valid for at least 1 year from the time the candidate becomes a permanent resident. If it is for a job position NOC 0, A, or B level job
  • it should be a permanent position if it is for a NOC C level job
  • The work experience of the foreign worker should meet the requirements for the position unless it is an international student who has graduated from an institution in Atlantic Canada.
Educational Requirements for Foreign Workers
  • It will depend on your job offer in Nova Scotia. For example:
  • If you have a job offer at a skill type NOC 0 or A, you must have a Canadian one-year post-secondary educational credential or higher, or the equivalent outside Canada.
  • If you have a job offer at the NOC B or C skill level, you must have a Canadian high school diploma or the equivalent outside Canada.

For both cases, if you studied outside Canada, you need to obtain your Educational Credential Assessment to confirm that your studies are equal to or higher than the required.

How does the Atlantic immigration program work?
It helps employers in Nova Scotia to hire skilled foreign workers for jobs they haven’t been filled locally. It is an employer-driven program to support the Atlantic region in Canada. To participate, employers need to get designated before hiring a foreign individual.
Do I need LMIA for the AIP?
No, through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, LMIA is not required.
Is IELTS required for the AIP program?
Candidates applying for a PR visa in Canada via the Atlantic Immigration Program must have a language test result.The requirements are based on the skill level of your job offer CLB/NCLC 5 for a job offer in skill level NOC 0, A and B CLB/NCLC 4 for a job offer in skill level NOC C
What is the age limit for the Atlantic Immigration Program in Nova Scotia?
There is no particular age limit for AIP Canada. Yet, applicants between 18 and 35 years have more chances to immigrate to Nova Scotia under the Atlantic Immigration Program. However, until the age of 50 can apply to get permanent status.
How long does it take to get PR through AIPP?
It takes around 12 months.

Atlantic Immigration Program - New Brunswick

The Atlantic Immigration Program in New Brunswick is one of the most exciting pathways to permanent residency. It targets skilled foreign workers and international graduates from a post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada who desire to settle and work in New Brunswick.

This program helps New Brunswick employers hire qualified candidates for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally. Under the Atlantic Immigration Program, all principal applicants arriving in New Brunswick or any other Atlantic Province will hold a job offer from a designated employer and a settlement plan for them and their families.

A secure job and settlement plan are key to retaining newcomers and helping them to succeed in the region.

Eligibility Criteria

Employers in New Brunswick who face shortages in identified sectors must first become “designated” and have their positions “endorsed” by the Province of New Brunswick to hire a foreign individual.

Being “designated” means you can hire candidates under the Atlantic Immigration Program. The provinces are in charge of designating employers.

Eligible sectors

After the employer obtains its designation and its positions are endorsed, selected foreign workers can directly apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residency.

While waiting for PR, the foreign candidate may receive a temporary work permit to start working as soon as possible.

Eligible sectors under the AIP in New Brunswick
  • Business Service Centers
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality- hotel and full-service restaurants
  • Forestry
  • Information Technology
  • Skilled Trades
  • Public Service
Apply for Designation in New Brunswick

To participate in the Atlantic Immigration Program, the employer must first become designated by New Brunswick.

After that, the employer will be allowed to hire foreign candidates for their business.

To obtain the designation, an employer in New Brunswick must:

  • be in a good situation and satisfy employment standards
  • have been in continuous operation under the same management for at least 2 years in one Atlantic province. OR show continuous operation in another province.
  • Work with a settlement service provider organization to help candidates with settlement services.
  • Take the free intercultural competency training. For this particular step, a New Brunswick workforce attraction officer will inform you if you need to take the training during the intake conversation.

Then, after receiving the designation from New Brunswick, an employer needs:

  • Demonstrate that the efforts to hire permanent residents and Canadian citizens have been unsuccessful
  • Recruit an international worker
  • Provide a valid, full-time, non-seasonal job offer co-signed by the international worker
  • Deliver an individualized settlement plan through one of New Brunswick’s settlement service providers
  • Complete required onboarding training
  • Concluded intercultural competency training. Unless New Brunswick gives an exemption.

Then, to apply for permanent residency, a foreign worker must:

  • Hold a proper endorsement certificate issued by New Brunswick.
  • Foreign workers who need a work permit must have a referral letter issued by New Brunswick.
  • Employers in New Brunswick supporting a work permit application must register in the federal employer portal, submit the job offer and pay a fee.
Educational Requirements for Foreign Workers
  • It will depend on your job offer in New Brunswick. You need to meet the following criteria to qualify for the job position:
  • If you have a job offer at a skill type NOC 0 or A, you must have a Canadian one-year post-secondary educational credential or higher, or the equivalent outside Canada.
  • If you have a job offer at the NOC B or C skill level, you must have a Canadian high school diploma or the equivalent outside Canada.

For both cases, if you studied outside Canada, you need to obtain your to confirm that your studies are equal to or higher than the required.

Job offer requirements -AIP in New Brunswick

A valid job offer under the Atlantic Immigration Program should be:

  • full time
  • non-seasonal
  • valid for at least 1 year from the time the candidate becomes a permanent resident. If it is for a job position NOC 0, A, or B level job
  • it should be a permanent position if it is for a NOC C level job
  • The work experience of the foreign worker should meet the requirements for the position unless they are an international student who has graduated from an institution in Atlantic Canada.
How much is the processing fee?
Currently, the processing fee for the AIP is CAD 1,365.
Is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program still open?
The Canadian government first launched the pilot in 2017. But it recently became a permanent program in January 2022.
Is it easy to get PR in New Brunswick?
Receiving PR is more accessible with a provincial nomination since it will boost your Express Entry score, and you will receive an invitation to apply faster.
Do I need a job offer for AIP in New Brunswick?
Yes, the Atlantic Immigration Program requires candidates to have an offer letter from a designated employer in New Brunswick.
What is the age limit for AIP New Brunswick?
There is no particular age limit for AIP in New Brunswick. However, candidates between 18 and 42 years have more chances of receiving an invitation fast.
Does the Atlantic Immigration program in New Brunswick require IELTS?
Yes, candidates applying for a PR visa in Canada through the AIP must have their language test results. -CLB/NCLC 5 for a job offer in skill level NOC 0, A and B -CLB/NCLC 4 for a job offer in skill level NOC C

Atlantic Immigration Program - Newfoundland and Labrador

The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) is a national immigration program to help employers attract and hire skilled international workers and graduates to meet labour demands. It was launched as a pilot program in 2017, but it is now a permanent program due to its success.

The Atlantic Immigration Program designates employers and positions to hire foreign individuals and ensures each has personalized settlement support to start a new successful life in Newfoundland.

Newfoundland and Labrador is working closely with the other Atlantic Provinces and the Government of Canada to ensure the successful development and delivery of the AIP.

The AIP supports Newfoundland and Labrador’s capability to attract and retain a skilled workforce by creating an innovative approach for immigrants. This approach concerns closer coordination between governments, employers, communities, and settlement agencies to enhance immigrant retention.

Then, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador can designate employers to hire foreign skilled individuals through the AIP while supporting eligible applicants with a job offer from a designated employer to get permanent status. Once established, employers can more easily secure qualified immigrants.

To qualify for the Atlantic Immigration Program in Newfoundland, prospects can temporarily live abroad or be in Canada. Yet, they must hold a job offer or be employed by a designated employer before applying.

Atlantic Immigration Program in Newfoundland - Process

Hiring international workers through the Atlantic Immigration Program is a three-step process. The first one is that employers need to be “designated” to ensure the program fits the employer’s needs.

Employers Designation in Newfoundland

As an employer in Newfoundland, to get designated and hire foreign individuals, you must complete the following steps

  • Designation Checklist
  • Designation Application Form
  • Required Recruitment Activities
  • Use of Representative Form

As a second step of the process, employers need to complete the Endorsement of their position before offering it to the international worker. These are the following documents an employer needs to get the approval:

  • Endorsement Checklist
  • Endorsement Application Form
  • Offer of Employment to Foreign National
  • Commitment Form
  • Required Recruitment Activities
  • Representative Form
International Worker Immigration Application
  • To apply for permanent residency through the AIP in Newfoundland and Labrador, foreign workers must:
    • Have a valid endorsement certificate issued by the Province
    • International workers who require a work permit must have a work permit referral letter issued by the Province
How Does it Work the AIP Newfoundland and Labrador?

It is a process where first, interested employers in Newfoundland need to work with a settlement service provider organization to help newcomers integrate into their new community in Newfoundland. In this way, they can settle and help grow the economy.

Under the Atlantic Immigration Program, each principal applicant comes to Newfoundland with a job offer and an individualized settlement plan for themself and their family. This plan helps connect and support their successful integration into the new community.

Then after a designated employer finds a skilled immigrant who meets their employment needs and criteria, they offer the job.

In many cases, a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is needed for immigration purposes. It proves that no Canadian permanent resident or citizen can do the job. However, to help address Newfoundland’s labour market needs, employers do not need to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for jobs offered to international skilled workers under the AIP.

After accepting the job, the employer will connect the skilled immigrant with a designated settlement provider organization to create a settlement plan.

Is it easy to get PR in Newfoundland?
Processing times for Newfoundland immigration are faster. Most of the time, it takes about six months.
What jobs are in high demand in Newfoundland?
In-demand jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador are: 1.General Help. 2.Warehouse Technician. 3.Overnight Stocker. 4.Chef .
Can I make the application online for Newfoundland and Labrador?
Yes. You can make work permit applications for the Atlantic Immigration program online.
How to get PR in Newfoundland and Labrador?
To be eligible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) and the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP), you must have a full-time offer of employment from a Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) employer. A full-time position means working at least 30 hours per week.
Is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program still open?
The Canadian government first launched the pilot in 2017. But it recently became a permanent program in January 2022.

Atlantic Immigration Program - Prince Edward Island

The Atlantic Immigration Program is an employer-driven program designed to help businesses in Prince Edward Island with their permanent labour shortages by supporting skilled foreign workers and international graduates for permanent residency in Prince Edward Island.

Overall, we could say that the Atlantic Immigration Program is one of the best immigration programs to handle employers’ needs in Atlantic Canada.

To qualify, the first step for interested employers is to obtain a designation of their business. To receive the designation, employers in Prince Edward Island should follow these steps:

  • Wanted to hire full-time, non-seasonal international workers for 30 hours per week.
  • The business should be active under the same management for at least two years in Prince Edward Island and good standing.
  • The employer needs to demonstrate its commitment to maintaining a welcoming workplace.
  • The employer must support the candidate and any accompanying family member with settlement services.
How is the process?

Again, to be eligible to hire a foreigner, you must be a designated employer in Prince Edward Island.

The endorsement application requires a business to:

  • Prove it hasn’t been able to fill the job with someone locally—either a permanent resident or a citizen.
  • Employers under the Atlantic Immigration Program don’t need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
  • Show that the job offer meets the program requirements.
  • Complete the free onboarding training and the intercultural competency training
  • It’s necessary only for the first Endorsement Application.
How can businesses apply for Endorsement in Prince Edward Island?

A Designated Employer can apply for Endorsement by completing the online form. It must be submitted by the Designated Employer and not by the candidate directly.

Do I have to pay a fee?

No, on Prince Edward Island, there are no fees payable to the Province for the endorsement process.

What information should be included in the online application?

When completing an application for the AIP in Prince Edward Island, the following documents are complete and saved as one combined PDF file:

  • Job Offer Form
  • Job Description
  • Proof of recruitment efforts
  • Evidence of the applicant’s prior work experience
  • Copy of language test results, if applicable.
  • Settlement Plan for the principal applicant and each family member
  • Signed copy of the Employee Declaration Form
  • If the prospect is in Canada, a copy of his legal status.

General Requirements under the Atlantic Immigration Program

Work Experience

  • One-year full-time work experience within the past three years: Foreign or in-Canada under legal status.
  • International graduates from an educational institution in an Atlantic province are exempt from the work experience requirement.

Job offer

  • Full time and non-seasonal job offer
  • For a one-year contract if the position is NOC 0, A or B and permanent if NOC C.
  • for a type 0 or Level A or B occupation under NOC
  • from a designated employer in an Atlantic province

Education

  • High school diploma or post-secondary certificate/degree or its Canadian equivalent

Language Proficiency

  •  CLB/NCLC 5 for a job offer in skill level NOC 0, A and B
  •  CLB/NCLC 4 for a job offer in skill level NOC C

Financial Stability

  • Proof of capability to support self and family members in Canada
Is Prince Edward Island an excellent place to live?
Yes, Prince Edward Island is an excellent place for families. The Province has good schools and colleges and even a university. In addition, there are tons of family-friendly activities, especially outdoors and beautiful nature.
Is it easy to get PR in Prince Edward Island?
Under the Atlantic Immigration Program in Prince Edward Island, it takes about 12 months to obtain your permanent residency.
What jobs are in demand on Prince Edward Island?
Eligible job positions in Prince Edward Island are: Industrial Butchers Truck Drivers Food & Beverage Servers Licensed Nursing Assistants General Farm Workers Cleaning Staff Fruit Pickers
Can I apply online to the Atlantic Immigration program in Prince Edward Island?
Yes, applications are online.
Do I need language results to qualify under the AIP?
Yes, the principal applicant needs their language test results. Depending on the stream, it can be CLB 5 or CLB4.
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