Atlantic Immigration Pilot

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs Updates

IRCC updated the instructions for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs (AIPP). The pilot programs target foreign nationals with job offers in the Atlantic region. Of course, in order to apply, candidates need to receive an endorsement by an Atlantic province, meet minimum education, work experience, and language proficiency requirements.

Changes Under AIPP

According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), if an applicant currently has an AIPP permanent residence application in processing and changes employers, they must do the following:

  1. inform the province
  2. obtain a modified endorsement certificate
  3. request a letter of support from the province
  4. also, request that the province amend the original endorsement to reflect the new employer and the effective date of the change of employer
  5. ask the province to issue a new letter of support for a new work permit
  6. inform IRCC through the web form, and upload the modified endorsement certificate and the new letter of support from the province through the web form
  7. apply for a new work permit with a designated AIPP employer (if applicable)

In addition, if you have a change in your situation, for example, loss of employment, change of address, change of family composition, or any changes that could affect your eligibility for the program, you must immediately inform IRCC in writing using the web form.

About the Atlantic Immigration Pilot:

The AIP ( launched in 2017) helps employers in Atlantic Canada hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada. It also helps international graduates who want to stay in one of Canada’s 4 Atlantic Provinces. The provinces are Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

Image: A map of Canada with the Atlantic provinces highlighted on the Eastern coast.

In general, to immigrate to Atlantic Canada through the pilot, you must be:

  • a recent graduate of a publicly funded institution in Atlantic Canada
  • a skilled worker who meets the program requirements. Please be aware that you can be living abroad or already be in Canada temporarily.

In addition, you must receive a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada to participate in the pilot.

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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot has 3 programs:

1. Atlantic International Graduate Program: This program is for immigrants who have lived and studied in one of the Atlantic provinces. To qualify you must:

– have lived in an Atlantic province for at least 16 months in the 2 years before getting your credential. Of course, your degree/diploma must be from a publicly funded institution in an Atlantic province;
– meet the education and language requirements;
– show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family in Canada.

2. Atlantic High-skilled Program: This program focuses (in general) on immigrants who have:

– worked in management, professional, or a technical/skilled job for at least a year;
– have at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent education;
– you also need to take a language test in English or French;
– you can support yourself and your family when they come to Canada.

3. Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program:  To apply for this program, you must:

– have worked in a job that requires a high school education and/or job-specific training for at least a year;
– have at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent education;
– take a language test in English or French and show you can support yourself and your family in Canada.

It is important to note that the employer must also meet certain requirements. Also, international graduates hired through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, don’t need work experience.

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