Atlantic Immigration

Atlantic Immigration Program

AIP or Atlantic Immigration Program can be classified as a special immigration program. It is applicable for the employers of the Atlantic region of Canada namely Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and even Newfoundland and Labrador.

 This program allows employers from these regions to recruit foreign individuals if they are not able to fill any role locally. With this program, designated employers can hire and retain skilled foreign nationals as per their requirements.

How the AIP works?

The Atlantic Immigration Program is a specially designed employer-led program that allows hiring eligible foreign individuals. The best part of this program is that the employers do not need to apply for Labour Market Impact Assessment to the ESDC before hiring the foreign nationals.

However, it must be noted that every candidate coming to Canada under this stream must have a valid job offer from a designated employer under this program along with a settlement plan.

 Once the recruitment process is completed and a job offer letter is provided to the foreign worker, the employer must connect with the recruit to develop a settlement plan for them in Canada. The employers generally connect the recruits with a settlement service agency to assess the situation of the foreign nationals and develop a settlement plan for them.

Furthermore, the employer must also aid the applicant and their family for the long term so that they can have a hassle-free integration into the Canadian way of life.

Eligibility Requirements for AIP:

  • The candidate must have a valid job offer letter from employers
  • They must have one year of prior professional experience.
  • Minimum High school level education as per Canadian standard is required.
  • Endorsement letter from the province.
  • Lastly, the language proficiency of CLB 4 is required in either English or French.

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)

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Designed for immigrants who hold a high-school diploma degree or skills required for specific jobs in the Atlantic provinces of Canada. To be eligible, candidates are required to have a valid job offer, Canadian high-school or post-secondary level education, or equivalent ECA report and at least 1 year of relevant work experience earned within the last three years. Applicants also need to pass (score a minimum of level 4) language proficiency test in English or French, demonstrate proof of financial resources for self and immediate family, and finally a Provincial Endorsement.

Atlantic High Skilled Program (AHSP)

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In order to immigrate to any one of the four Atlantic provinces, eligible candidates can apply through the AHSP. This pathway is designed for foreign skilled workers who can work in the Atlantic provinces and bring economic development. As this is an employer-driven program, a valid job offer is mandatory from a designated employer. A settlement plan and endorsement certificate are also required. Jobs are offered in professional, managerial, technical, and trades position for skilled foreign workers. Language proficiency, proof of funds, proof of education are the additional requirements.

Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

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Launched in 2017, through this pilot program Canada welcomes international students for Permanent Residency in the Atlantic Provinces. Candidates are not required to submit Labour Market Impact Assessment to qualify. There are, however, educational requirements to be eligible. Only study programs approved by Atlantic Canada is valid. Applicant should have been a full-time student for at least two years and have resided in any of the Atlantic provinces for at least 16 months. Valid temporary resident visa and authorization is a must to be eligible. Additional requirements include Language Proficiency and Provincial Endorsement.

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