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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program 2020

The Atlantic region of Canada comprises four provinces – Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) provides an immigration pathway to skilled immigrants to live as a permanent resident in these Atlantic provinces of Canada.

What is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)?

AIPP is an employer-driven immigration program designed to help the employers in Atlantic Canada to hire skilled candidates that they have not been able to find locally.

In order to live in Atlantic Canada as a PR, you must be a recent graduate from a recognized educational institution of Atlantic Canada publicly funded, or a skilled worker who is able to meet the minimum requirements of the program.

You need to have a valid job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada to participate in this pilot program.

What are the requirements for Atlantic Immigration Program – AIPP?

There are three programs under AIPP, through which you can apply for PR.  You may be eligible for more than one program, but you must apply through only one of the programs.

You must show proof of your language proficiency, education, and work experience requirements and must possess enough money to support yourself and the accompanying family members, for all the three immigration programs.

Following are the all minimum requirements of the three immigration programs under the AIPP –

Atlantic International Graduate Program

  • Must have a degree, diploma or other credentials from a publicly funded institution in an Atlantic province
  • Live in Atlantic province for a minimum of 16 months in the past two years before getting your degree, diploma or credential
  • Take a language test to show your proficiency in either English or French language, and get a minimum CLB Level 4
  • Show you can support yourself and your family for your move to Canada
  • Letter of Endorsement

Note: Work experience is not required under this immigration program.


Atlantic High-Skilled Program

  • Have worked in management, professional or technical/skilled job for a minimum of one year
  • Have at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent education
  • Take a language test to show your proficiency in either English or French language, and get a minimum CLB Level 4
  • Show you can support yourself and your family for your move to Canada
  • Letter of Endorsement

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

  • Have worked in a job that requires a high school education and/or job-specific training for a minimum of one year
  • Have at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent education
  • Take a language test to show your proficiency in either English or French language, and get a minimum CLB Level 4
  • Show you can support yourself and your family for your move to Canada
  • Letter of Endorsement

To know all the requirements in detail you can visit the Canadian Official immigration website.

What is the step by step process for AIPP?

To apply for Canada PR Visa through AIPP, you just have to follow three simple steps:

Step 1 – Designated Employer: After an employer in Atlantic Canada becomes a designated employer of the province, they find a suitable candidate who meets the minimum requirements of AIPP and offers them a job.

Step 2 – Endorsement: In this step, the employer will help you to get in touch with a settlement service provider. They will help the candidate to prepare a settlement plan. With the settlement plan, the employer completes the application for provincial endorsement. Province will review the application and will send an endorsement letter to you.

Step 3 – Application for PR Visa: With the endorsement letter and all the required documents, you have to submit your application for PR Visa to the IRCC.  After a successful evaluation of the application, you will be able to move to Canada as a permanent resident with your family members.

How to get a job-offer for Atlantic Immigration Program?

To participate in this immigration program, you must be able to get a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada.

When a designated employer offers you a job, they will provide you with an Offer of Employment to a Foreign National form. You must make sure to:

  • Meet the employment requirements in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  • Qualify for the program the employer selected in the job-offer – High-skilled, Intermediate-skilled or International Graduate Program
  • Sign the Offer of Employment to a Foreign National form and keep a copy with you. You must also work with a service provider organization to work on your settlement plan and for your PR application.

How to get a Temporary Work Permit (TWP) through AIPP?

If you are able to meet the requirements of any one of the programs under the AIPP, then you are eligible to apply for a temporary work permit.

In order to get a TWP, you must:

  • Have a job offer from a designated employer
  • A Referral letter from the Atlantic province where you will be working

With a temporary work permit, you will be able to work in Canada while your application for Canada PR Visa is being processed. A TWP:

  • Is only for AIPP
  • Is valid for a duration of one year
  • Only allows you to work for the employer who offered you the job

You have to submit your application for a PR Visa within 90 days of submitting your application for the temporary work permit.

What are the documents required for the AIPP?

You have to get all these documents ready when you submit your application for PR Visa:

  • Identity documents (like a valid passport)
  • Language Test result (IELTS or TEF)
  • Canadian High School diploma or an Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA) to confirm Canadian equivalency of your education
  • Proof of funds
  • Letters of employment
  • Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) & Medical Certificate
  • Certificate of Endorsement
  • A valid settlement plan

What are the other ways to move to Atlantic Canada?

Through another immigration program – Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), the Atlantic provinces of Canada are able to select potential immigrants with required skill sets and work experience to live in the province as a permanent resident.

These PNP’s also allow the Express Entry candidates to apply for provincial nomination. If you have applied for a Canada PR Visa through Express entry program and get a provincial nomination, it will award you with 600 CRS points, sufficient enough to get an ITA.

Following is the list of Atlantic Canada PNP programs:

  • Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
  • Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
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