Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program: A Complete Guide

Are you interested in immigrating to Canada? If so, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program may be the perfect option for you! This program is designed to help immigrants settle in the Atlantic provinces of Canada. This blog post will provide a complete guide to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. We will discuss eligibility requirements, application procedures, and other important information. So, if you are considering applying to this program, read our guide!

What is Atlantic Immigration Program?

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is a Canadian immigration program that helps immigrants settle in the Atlantic provinces of Canada. This Immigration Program is for those skilled workers who want to work and live in 1 of Canada’s 4 Atlantic provinces- Nova Scotia, New Brunswick,Newfoundland and Labrador or Prince Edward Island permanently. The program is designed to help employers in these provinces hire qualified candidates for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally. This program helps increase the region’s population, create a well-educated workforce, and improve employment rates.

AIPP Eligibility

You must get a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada to participate in the program.

Work Experience

  • You must have qualifying work experience unless you graduate from an Atlantic Canada post-secondary institution. 
  • You must meet or exceed the educational requirements and language requirements. 
  • Lastly, you must show financial stability for yourself and your family upon moving to Canada. If you already have a valid working permit and live in Canada, then proof of these things is unnecessary.
  • If you meet all of these criteria, you may begin looking for a job with a designated Atlantic employer. Work experience You must have worked at least 1,560 hours in the previous five years under a NOC skill level of 0, A, B, or C.

If you’re an international graduate, you may not need to fulfil the work experience requirements if:

  • You have a degree, diploma, certificate or trade/apprenticeship certification from a recognized post-secondary institution that took at least two years of study; and 
  • The aforementioned credential is from one of the four Atlantic Provinces in Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland & Labrador); and
  • You were a full-time student throughout your studies; and 
  • You had the proper visa or were permitted to work and/or study while in Canada.

Education Requirement

To be eligible, you must have the following: 

  • A job offer at either the NOC 0 or A skill type/level requires a Canadian one-year post-secondary educational credential or higher (or its equivalent if earned outside of Canada). 
  • A job offer at either the NOC B or C skill level only requires a Canadian high school diploma (or its equivalent if earned outside of Canada).
  • If you studied outside of Canada, to verify that your studies meet or exceed the requirements for your job offer, you need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). Your ECA report cannot be more than five years old when we receive your application.

Language Requirements

You must satisfy the minimum language requirements for your occupation category by the NOC level that applies to your employment offer. This can be either the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC). For NOC C, CLB/NCLC 5 is required.

You must submit your application’s test results from a recognized language testing organization. When you apply, these results must be less than two years old. 

Funds Requirements

You don’t need to show proof of funds if you are already living and working in Canada with a valid work permit. The size of your family determines the amount you’ll require. Anyone you support who isn’t immigrating with you is also included in the term “family.”

List of documents required for the AIPP

  • A valid passport
  • Two recent passport photographs
  • An employment offer letter from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada
  • Proof of language proficiency (designated language testing organizations only)
  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report, if applicable
  • Proof that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada
  • Settlement Plan from the designated employer.
  • A copy of your birth certificate
  • Certificate of Endorsement (which the employer will arrange)
  • If you have a spouse or common-law partner, they must complete a spousal questionnaire and provide proof of their relationship
  • If you have dependent children, they must each have a passport or travel document and copies of their birth certificates
  • Other documents that may be required (e.g. Police certificates, medical examinations, etc.)
List of documents required for the AIPP-infographic

Processing Time of Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is new, and the processing time may vary depending on the number of applications received. However, the estimated processing timeline is 12 months, which may vary.

Costs Involved with Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

  • Application Processing fee $CAN 850 per adult
  • Biometrics fee ($85 CAD) if one applicant, ($ 170 CAD) if two applicants or more.
  • Fees for a Dependent child $230 CAD per child.

This fee must be paid when you submit your application and is non-refundable.

The right of permanent residence fee ($515CAD) per adult can either be paid while submitting an application or after receiving the requirement.

How to Immigrate through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

If you want to participate in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program,

  • Your employer must get designated and then have their positions endorsed by the province.
  • After an employer’s positions are endorsed, they can identify foreign workers who can apply directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residency.
  • After a potential employer has found a qualified candidate that meets their employment needs and program criteria, they will need to offer them the job.
  • The candidate will be connected with a qualified settlement service provider organization for a needs assessment and to create a settlement plan after accepting the position.
  • Employers will also help the new immigrant and their family (if they have one) to achieve the goals in their settlement plan once they come to Canada.
  • Employers who need to fill a position as soon as possible can obtain a short-term work authorization so that the applicant and his family (if accompanying) can come to Canada as soon as possible.
  • The foreign worker is also eligible to receive a temporary work permit while waiting for their permanent residency application results.

AIPP Canada jobs

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is open to foreign workers who have a job offer from a designated employer in one of the four Atlantic Provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island.

Jobs that are eligible under the program include:

  • Skilled worker
  • Semi-skilled worker
  • International graduate
  • High skilled worker
  • Low skilled worker

To be eligible for the program, you must meet the requirements of both the federal government and the province where you will live and work.

List of designated employers, jobs portals, govt websites where people can find AIPP designated employers and their contact information:

ISA Global Can Help You Move to Atlantic Canada

The Atlantic Immigration Program is a great opportunity for those who are looking to relocate to Atlantic Canada. The program has many benefits, including the ability to obtain a work permit and permanent residency status. If you are interested in immigrating through the AIPP, familiarize yourself with the requirements and procedures. With careful planning and preparation, you can make the process as smooth and successful as possible.

If you need help with the AIPP or other Canadian immigration programs, We Can Help!

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  • We have a team of knowledgeable and experienced consultants who can assist you with every step of the process, from start to finish.
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