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The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program:
Everything You Need to Know (AIPP)


Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program 2021

The Atlantic region of Canada consists of four provinces - Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) provides an immigration route for skilled immigrants to live as permanent residents in these Atlantic provinces of Canada.

Know about the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)

AIPP is an immigrant-driven immigration program for employers in Atlantic Canada to recruit skilled candidates for what they have not been able to find locally. To live in Atlantic Canada as a PR, you must be a skilled worker funded by a government-funded educational institution in Atlantic Canada or a skilled worker capable of meeting the minimum requirements of the program.

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



Atlantic Immigration Program - What are the requirements for AIPP?

There are three programs under AIPP through which you will be able to apply for PR. You may be eligible for multiple programs, but you must apply through one of the programs. You must show proof of your education, language skills and work experience requirements and be eligible for sufficient funding to support yourself and the family members accompanying you for the three immigration programs.

The minimum requirements for the three immigration programs under AIPP are as follows:

About the Atlantic International Graduate Program

  • Must have diploma, a degree, or other certificate from a publicly funded institution in Atlantic
  • Live in the Atlantic for at least 16 months in the last two years before receiving your degree, diploma, or certificate
  • Language test to show your proficiency in both English or French and get a minimum CLB Level 4
  • Show that you can support yourself and your family to move to Canada
  • Letter of approval

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

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Atlantic High-Skilled Program

  • Have worked in a professional, management, or technical / skilled job for a minimum of one year
  • Get at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent
  • Test a language to show your proficiency in English or French and get minimum CLB Level 4
  • Prove that you can support yourself and your family by moving to Canada
  • Letter of approval

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

  • Worked in a job that required a high school education or job-specific training for a minimum of one year
  • Get at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent
  • Demonstrating your proficiency in English or French requires a language test that will help you achieve a minimum CLB Level 4.
  • Prove that you can support yourself and your family by moving to Canada
  • Letter of approval

You can visit Canada's official immigration website for details of all requirements.

Know the step by step process for AIPP

To apply for a Canada PR visa through AIPP, you only need to follow three simple steps:

Step 1 – Nominated Employer: Once an employer in Atlantic Canada becomes a nominated employer in this province, they are able to find a suitable candidate. Who meets the minimum requirements of AIPP and offers them jobs.

Step 2 – Approval:The employer will help you contact a settlement service provider.
They will help the candidate for preparing a settlement plan. The employer completes the application for provincial approval with the settlement plan. The province will review the application and send you a letter of approval.

Step 3 – Apply for a PR Visa: You must submit an application for a PR visa to the IRCC, along with a letter of approval and all necessary documents. If the application is successful, you will be able to live in Canada as a permanent resident with your family members.

How do you get a job offer for the Atlantic Immigration Program?

If you are considering participating in this immigration program, you must get a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada.

When a nominated employer offers a job to a candidate, they will provide the candidate with an offer of employment in a foreign national form. You must confirm this:

  • Employment requirements must be met in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  • Eligibility for the Employer's Choice Program - High Skilled, Intermediate-Skilled or International Graduate Program.
  • Sign the employment offer in a foreign national form and keep a copy with you. You will need to work with a service provider for your settlement plan and your PR application.

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

If you are able to meet the requirements of any one program under this IIPP, you are eligible to apply for a temporary work permit.

To get a TWP, you must:

  • Receive a job offer from a nominated employer
  • A referral letter to the province of Atlantic where you will work

You will be able to work in Canada during the process of applying for a Canada PR visa with a temporary work permit. A TWP:

  • For AIPP only
  • Valid for one year
  • Only allow you to work for the employer who offered you the job

You must apply for a PR visa within 90 days of submitting an application for a temporary work permit.

What are the documents required for AIPP?

You will need to prepare all of these documents when you apply for a PR visa:

  • Identity documents (such as valid passport)
  • Evaluation of an Educational Certificate (ECA) to ensure a Canadian High School Diploma or Canadian equivalent of your education
  • Language Test Results (IELTS or TEF)
  • Proof of funding
  • Job letter
  • Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) and Medical Certificate
  • Certificate of approval
  • Valid settlement plan

What are the other ways to travel to Atlantic Canada?

And through another immigration program - the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), the Atlantic Provinces of Canada are able to select potential immigrants with the skills set and work experience required living in the province as permanent residents.

This PNP’s express entry allows candidates to apply for provincial nominations. If you apply for a Canada PR visa through the Express Entry Program and get a provincial nomination, it will give you 600 CRS points, which is enough to get an ITA.

Below is a list of Atlantic Canada PNP programs:

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