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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs

The pilot, launched in 2017, helps employers in Atlantic Canada hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada and international graduates who want to stay in Atlantic Canada after they graduate. Due to its success, the government has committed to making this pilot a permanent program.

There are 3 programs

Atlantic International Graduate Program

If you’ve lived and studied in one of the Atlantic provinces, you may be eligible to apply for the Atlantic International Graduate Program.

Eligibility

Education

You must meet all these requirements:

  •   You must have at least a 2-year degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship credential from a recognized publicly funded institution in an Atlantic province.
  •   You must have been a full-time student for the entire duration of your studies.
  •   You graduated from this institution in the 24 months before we receive your permanent resident application.
  •   You lived in the Atlantic province of the institution granting the education credential for at least 16 months within the 24 month period before the credential was granted.
  •   You had the visa or permit you needed to work, study or train in Canada.

Your study or training program can’t be either:

  •   English or French second-language courses for more than half the length of the program
  •   Distance learning undertaken for more than half the length of the program

You can’t apply if you had a scholarship or fellowship requiring you to return to your home country after you graduate.


Language

You must get results that are at least equal to a language level 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC). This applies to all 4 abilities:

  •   Writing
  •   Reading
  •   Listening
  •   Speaking

Work experience

This program doesn’t require work experience.


Proof of Funds

You need to have enough money to support yourself and your family when you get to Canada. The amount you need depends on the size of your family. The size of your family also includes anyone you support who isn’t immigrating with you.

Check the table below:

Number of family members (including those you support that are not immigration with you) Funds required (in Canadian dollars)
1 $3,303
2 $4,112
3 $5,055
4 $6,138
5 $6,962
6 $7,852
7 $8,742
For each additional family member $890


Job offer

You must have a job offer that meets all these requirements:

  •   The Job offer must be under skill type/level NOC 0, A, B or C.
  •   The Job offer must be full time for 1 year and non -seasonal from a designated employer in an Atlantic Province (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island).
  •   The job offer must be supported by a Provincial certificate of Endorsement which shows:
    •   the job offer is genuine
    •   a needs assessment has been completed
    •   a settlement plan in place for the applicant and family
  •   Applicants must prove that they meet education, training and qualifications listed on the NOC.
  •   No need to meet Canadian licensing requirements in the case of regulated occupations

For this program , the employer needs to meet the following requirements:

  •   Designated by their PNP official in order to have the job offer endorsed by the province.
  •   Prove that they attempted to hire locally, though an LMIA is not needed.
  •   Establish an partnership with an immigrant service provider organization for settlement support
  •   Provide ongoing reports of staff hired through AIPP, including position, wages, hours, settlement support provided

Submit your application

When you and the employer have completed all the steps, you can submit your permanent residence application.

If the applicant has job offer and a referral letter, they can apply for a 1- year LMIA- exempt work permit if their employer requires staff before the applicant receives Permanent residency.

Atlantic High-Skilled Program

To qualify under this stream, an applicant must have a job offer from a Designated Employer for a duration of at 12-months for a position under NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B. In addition to a job offer, applicants in this stream must meet the following criteria:

Education

A Canadian high school diploma, or the foreign equivalent.

Work Experience

A minimum of at least 12-months of full-time, skilled work experience (or the equivalent amount in part-time) in NOC 0, A, B in the last 3 years.

Work experience gained during studies counts if the work hours did not exceed 20 hours per week during school and 40 hours per week during school breaks.

Language Proficiency

A minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 on an approved test in either English or French.

Proof of Funds

You need to have enough money to support yourself and your family when you get to Canada. The amount you need depends on the size of your family. The size of your family also includes anyone you support who isn’t immigrating with you.

Check the table below:

Number of family members (including those you support that are not immigration with you) Funds required (in Canadian dollars)
1 $3,303
2 $4,112
3 $5,055
4 $6,138
5 $6,962
6 $7,852
7 $8,742
For each additional family member $890


Job offer

You must have a job offer that meets all these requirements:

  •   The Job offer must be under skill type/level NOC 0, A, B
  •   The Job offer must be full time for 1 year and non -seasonal from a designated employer in an Atlantic Province (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island).
  •   The job offer must be supported by a Provincial certificate of Endorsement which shows:
    •   the job offer is genuine
    •   a needs assessment has been completed
    •   a settlement plan in place for the applicant and family
  •   Applicants must prove that they meet education, training and qualifications listed on the NOC.
  •   No need to meet Canadian licensing requirements in the case of regulated occupations

For this program , the employer needs to meet the following requirements:

  •   Designated by their PNP official in order to have the job offer endorsed by the province.
  •   Prove that they attempted to hire locally, though an LMIA is not needed.
  •   Establish an partnership with an immigrant service provider organization for settlement support
  •   Provide ongoing reports of staff hired through AIPP, including position, wages, hours, settlement support provided

Submit your application

When you and the employer have completed all the steps, you can submit your permanent residence application.

If the applicant has job offer and a referral letter, they can apply for a 1- year LMIA- exempt work permit if their employer requires staff before the applicant receives Permanent residency.

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

To qualify under this stream, an applicant must have a job offer from a Designated Employer for a permanent position under National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, B, or C. In addition to a job offer, applicants in this stream must meet the following criteria:

Work Experience

A minimum of at least 12-months of full-time, work experience (or the equivalent amount in part-time) at NOC level C or as a nurse(NOC 3012/3233) in the last 3 years.

Work experience gained during studies counts as long as the work hours did not exceed 20 hours per week during school and 40 hours per week during school breaks.

Education

A Canadian high school diploma, or the foreign equivalent.

Language Proficiency

A minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 on an approved test in either English or French.

Proof of Funds

You need to have enough money to support yourself and your family when you get to Canada. The amount you need depends on the size of your family. The size of your family also includes anyone you support who isn’t immigrating with you.

Check the table below:

Number of family members (including those you support that are not immigration with you) Funds required (in Canadian dollars)
1 $3,303
2 $4,112
3 $5,055
4 $6,138
5 $6,962
6 $7,852
7 $8,742
For each additional family member $890


Job offer

You must have a job offer that meets all these requirements:

  •   The Job offer must be under skill type/level NOC 0, A, B ,C | NOC 3413/4412 for nursing work experience.
  •   The Job offer must be full time indeterminate and non -seasonal from a designated employer in an Atlantic Province (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island).
  •   The job offer must be supported by a Provincial certificate of Endorsement which shows:
    •   the job offer is genuine
    •   a needs assessment has been completed
    •   a settlement plan in place for the applicant and family
  •   Applicants must prove that they meet education, training and qualifications listed on the NOC.
  •   No need to meet Canadian licensing requirements in the case of regulated occupations.

For this program , the employer needs to meet the following requirements:

  •   Designated by their PNP official in order to have the job offer endorsed by the province.
  •   Prove that they attempted to hire locally, though an LMIA is not needed.
  •   Establish an partnership with an immigrant service provider organization for settlement support
  •   Provide ongoing reports of staff hired through AIPP, including position, wages, hours, settlement support provided

Submit your application

When you and the employer have completed all the steps, you can submit your permanent residence application.

If the applicant has job offer and a referral letter, they can apply for a 1- year LMIA- exempt work permit if their employer requires staff before the applicant receives Permanent residency.





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