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 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.

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