Canada is a country with a strong and developing economy. There is always a shortage of skilled workers. Canadian provinces and territories have their needs when it comes to immigration. So the Federal government introduced different programs. One of them is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP). It allows the four Atlantic provinces to hire skilled, educated workers from all around the world.
In this article, we will explain what an AIPP program is, who is eligible for it, how to apply for it, FAQs, and more.
What is Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program?
Canadian provinces have their own and regulation for immigration programs. The Quebec province has Quebec selected worker program. The Canada Provincial Nominee Program also allows other provinces to hire skilled workers they need.
The four Canadian Atlantic provinces can attract the workforce they need through Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. The four Canadian Atlantic provinces are as follows:
- New Newfoundland and Labrador
- New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot has no point-based system like many immigration policies. Yet, applicants must have a job offer in Canada. It has other requirements they have to comply with.
What is a Designated Employer?
One of the key requirements for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is to have a job offer. The employer offering you the job must be a designated employer. The designation means the company has the authorization to hire international skilled workers.
For most Canadian immigration programs, the employer must achieve a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The LMIA is not necessary for the AIPP. A Designation certificate suffices but is mandatory.
Who is Eligible for Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program?
Each type of Canada visa has some common requirements. To be eligible for a Canada visa, applicants must meet the common requirements. However, the requirement to be eligible for Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program are as follows:
1. Language Fluency
Applicants must provide a language proficiency certificate to be eligible for AIPP. Two languages that are common in Canada are French and English.
Test d’Évaluation du Français (TEF)
TCF pour le Canada
Please note that the least required score is the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4:
2. Proof to have enough funds
You must have enough funds to cover your expenses in Canada before you start to work. It includes you and the family members accompany you.
3. Job offer
Atlantic Immigration Pilot has no point system used in other Canada immigration programs. But having a job offer is one of the essential requirements. The job offer has to fulfill a few requirements as follows:
- The job offer must be a full-time one.
- There is no need for Labour Market Impact Assessment; however, the employer must Confirmation of Designation from the Atlantic provinces.
- Applicants can not take seasonal work.
- The job offer must be in level 0, A, B, or C.
4. Police certificate
You must provide a clean record certificate from the police in your home country. If you have stayed in another country for longer than six months, you must provide a certificate from that country.
Subcategories for Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
You should know that there are subcategories for Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. The requirements for each subcategory is different:
Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)
To be eligible for AIGP, you have to fulfill the following requirements:
- You must have lived in one of the Atlantic provinces for two years before receiving your educational diploma.
- Comply with all the educational requirements set by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada IRCC.
- Provide a language test to prove proficiency in English/French.
- Have enough money to pay your initial expenses in Canada. Please note that if you are working in Canada under a valid work permit, you don’t need to provide this item.
The AIGP eligibility criteria do not include work experience.
If you have studied in Canada under a scholarship that obliged you to leave after graduation, you won’t become eligible for AIGP.
Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)
The following requirements are mandatory for AHSP:
- You must have achieved one-year full-time work experience in the last three years:
- It must have been in your skilled field.
- having work experience with different employers is not an issue.
- Your work experience could be in and outside of Canada.
- The job must have been paid, not voluntary, or apprenticeship.
- Have a level 4 CLB.
- You must have one of the following language certificates. The
- a high-school diploma
- post-secondary certificate or degree
- If your educational certificate is from outside of Canada, you have to get it evaluated through Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).
Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)
The requirements to be eligible for an AISP is as follows:
- Applicants must at least hold a high school diploma achieved in Canada. If not, the equivalent one will suffice.
- One year of work experience in your skilled field is also mandatory.
- The work experience must have been at NOC skill level C. This category often requires a secondary education or special training.
- You must hold a level 4 CLB to prove your proficiency in the English/French.
- Have enough funds to support your expenses.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program Jobs
The required jobs for Atlantic immigration pilot program must be at NOC skill level C. A few examples of jobs that come in this category are as follows:
- industrial butchers
- long-haul truck drivers
- food and beverage servers
Application Process for Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
You have to follow the following procedures to apply for an Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program:
1. Figure out if you are eligible
The first step in the application process for AIPP is to determine whether you are eligible. You can find the eligibility criteria in the sections above. Please note that AIPP has three subcategories. You may not be eligible for all of them.
2. Get a job offer
Once you know you are eligible for AIPP, you have to get a job offer. As we mentioned earlier, the Canadian employer doesn’t have to hold LMIA. However, he/she must have Confirmation of Designation. The Canadian employer’s company/organization must meet the following requirements:
- Have been working in the Atlantic province for at least two years.
- Cooperate with a settlement service organization to help candidates get settled in Canada.
- Being reliable and trustworthy.
The Confirmation of Designation also includes that no Canadian citizen or national can perform the job. The employer could not find anyone for the required job.
4. Find a settlement plan
When you receive a job offer from a Canadian employer, you should prepare to settle in Canada. At this stage, you have to find a settlement provider organization in the province you want to live in. The organization helps you with your settlement plan.
Please note that your employer can also be of great help in this phase.
5. Endorsing the job offer
When you arranged your settlement in Canada, your job offer must get endorsed. Your future employer must complete this stage for you. He/she must apply to the provincial authorities to do. The officials will issue a Certificate of Endorsement for you. Please remember that you have to include this certificate in your application.
6. Gathering the required documents
Once everything with your job offer gets approved, you have to apply for permanent residence. To do so, you must submit some requirements to the authorities. The required documents to apply for Permanent Residence are as follows:
- Personal documents, including:
- Marriage certificate
- Divorce certificate
- Birth certificates.
- Death certificate for a former spouse or law partner.
- Photo according to the requirements set by IRCC.
- Confirmation of Provincial Endorsement.
- Certificated for language proficiency.
- Proof to have enough funds.
- In case you are living in Canada, proof to have a valid residence permit.
- Clean record certificate. If you have lived in other countries for longer than six months, you must provide a certificate from that country too.
Please remember that the Canadian authorities might ask for extra documents.
7. Submitting application
On the final stage, you should submit the requirements to the Canadian authorities. You must do it through a Canadian embassy or consulate. The authorities will inform you which one. They will also notify you when to submit your Biometrics.
When the work permit got issued, you can move to Canada.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program Fees
The processing fee for Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is $825. You also have to apply for permanent residence. The fee for the Right of Permanent Residence is C$500.
Let’s sum up…
In this blog, we explained all you need to know about Canada Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.
We have covered what the AIPP is, who is eligible for it, application process, requirements, FAQs, and more.
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