Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

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About the Program

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is started to allow employers of the Atlantic province of Canada to hire foreign skilled workers for jobs that cannot be filled with Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Four Atlantic provinces of Canada – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island are part of this pilot program. It was launched in 2017, to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in these Atlantic provinces.

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This program targeted to welcome more than 7000 skilled workers along with their families by the year 2021 in Atlantic Canada through AIPP. There are 3 programs under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP). These include :

  • Atlantic High-skilled Program
  • Atlantic Intermediate-skilled Program
  • Atlantic International Graduate Program

Basics requirements for AIPP

ConditionAtlantic Intermediate-skilled Program (AISP)Atlantic High-skilled Program (AHSP)Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)
Job Offer from a   designated employerFull time
NOC 0, A, B or C
Full time
NOC 0, A, B or C
Full time
NOC 0, A, B or C
Skilled work experienceOne year in an occupation related to the job offerOne year in an occupation related to the job offerNo work experience required
EducationCompletion of at least high school
Educational Credential Assessment or Canadian credential is required
Completion of at least high school
Educational Credential Assessment or Canadian credential is required
Two-year post-secondary diploma from a publicly funded learning institution in the Atlantic region
LanguageLevel 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark in English or in FrenchLevel 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark in English or in FrenchLevel 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark in English or in French
Provincial endorsementLetter of endorsementLetter of endorsementLetter of endorsement

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Each of the individual programs has its own requirements that have to be met – by the employer as well as the candidate. To provide a job offer under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), the employer must be qualified under the requirement of Canada based designation employers by the government of that particular Atlantic province.

Employer designation

To be a designated employer, interested employers need to apply to the particular province and meet the requirements. If Employers operate in all four Atlantic provinces, they are required to apply separately for each province.

Employers need to meet all program-related requirements and a commitment to support the newcomer and his or her family as they integrate into their new life in Atlantic.

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List of AIPP-designated employers

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The provinces of Nova Scotia and PEI also encourage foreign job seekers to consult their respective employment pages for current job opportunities: Careers Nova Scotia and Work PEI.

How to Apply for Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Time needed: 5 minutes.

Step by Step guide – AIPP

  1. Get the Job offer.

    Check the list of all designated employers. Check their website and vacancies available. Make sure you meet all program requirements and get an offer of employment form a designated employer.

  2. Sign the Offer of Employment to a Foreign National form.

    This form is a requirement to get a settlement plan from a service provider organization and to apply for permanent residency. Always keep a copy of this form for record.

  3. Gather all the documents

    Start collecting all the documents that take time to prepare. For example, IELTS score, Educational Credential Assessment, Proof of funds, and other documents related to the job offer requirements. Make sure to follow official checklist of the documents.

  4. Get your settlement Plan

    You need to get a settlement plan so that it will be easy for you and your family to get accustomed to the local culture and you feel much comfortable, once you are in Canada. If you are already in Canada you can contact the settlement service providers in your region. If you are outside your employer can help you with contacting the services provider. These services are free of cost.

  5. Get your Certificate of Endorsement

    After getting a settlement plan, you need to get a Certificate of Endorsement from your employer. This Certificate of Endorsement is required to submit along with your permanent residency application.

  6. Submit your application for permanent residence

    Choose one of the three programs available and submit your application with all forms and documents required in permanent residency application along with your Settlement Plan and Certificate of Endorsement.

  7. You may need to give your biometrics

    All applicants in the ( Principal applicant and accompanying members) application between 14 and 79 years old need to give biometrics. Pay biometrics fees along with your application fees avoid delays in your application. Check more about biometrics here

  8. Apply for a temporary work permit. (Optional)

    In case a position is to be filled up urgently, a candidate might be eligible for a temporary work permit, provided the candidate meets certain conditions, which include – a commitment to apply for Canada PR, a referral letter from the province, a valid job offer.

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