Atlantic Immigration

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is a pathway for skilled foreign workers to get permanent residency in the Atlantic provinces. The program was introduced in 2017 to provide skilled workers get access to a lot of work opportunities in four Atlantic provinces, including Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.

At Dastur Immigration Services, we help skilled workers to find a quicker, easier, and smoother way to Canadian permanent residence through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP).

Atlantic Immigration

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) Requirements

Our immigration specialists understand that Canadian permanent residence application may seem like a complicated process to you. Our experts are here to help you navigate through the AIPP application process. To make it easier, here are the requirements that you need to have in order to apply under the AIPP program:

  • At least 12-month full-time work experience within the past three years. Foreign or in-Canada legal work experience is also acceptable.
  • A Canadian high school diploma or the foreign equivalent.
  • Must have Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 in either English or French.
  • Proof of funds that demonstrate you can support yourself and your family members when settling in Canada.
  • Full time and a non-seasonal job offer for a one-year contract or longer from a designated employer in an Atlantic province.


Programs under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot

1.  Atlantic High-Skilled Program

This program is perfect for candidates with management, professional or technical/skilled job experience. The program requirements include a foreign degree, diploma, or certificate or Canadian equivalent. You need to score at least a level 4 in the Canadian Language Benchmark exam and show proof of funds. You must have worked for at least one year within the last three years at skill type/level 0, A, or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). You also need a job offer from a designated employer in an Atlantic province. You can identify if you qualify for this program by completing our self-assessment online. We will provide you with our evaluation within 1-2 business days.

2.  Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

Eligible foreign workers can apply for Canadian permanent residence through the Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program if they have a job offer that requires a high school education and/or job-specific training. The job offer must be from a designated employer for a permanent position under the skill level 0, A, B, or C of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). The candidate must also demonstrate proof of funds, achieve Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4, and a minimum of at least 12-months of full-time, work experience. Contact our immigration specialists to know if you qualify under this program.

3.  Atlantic International Graduate Program

This program under the AIPP is a unique opportunity for international candidates who have a degree, diploma or other certificates from a publicly funded institution in an Atlantic province. You can apply for permanent Canadian residence without first having to obtain work experience. However, you need to obtain a job offer from a designated employer for a duration of at least 12-months under the skill level 0, A, B, or C of National Occupational Classification. You must have lived in an Atlantic province for at least 16 months in the 2 years of study. You need to take a language test and score Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4. Finally, you need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family when settling in Canada.

4.  Settlement Plan and Provincial Endorsement

Candidates applying through the AIPP program require a Settlement Plan. The plan should include the resources you need to meet your and your family’s specific needs once you come to Canada and settle in here. It also includes the places where you can go to the community to get help. At Dastur Immigration Services, we help you prepare the Settlement Plan so you can submit it along with your application.

All three AIPP programs require Provincial Endorsement. Candidates should not submit a permanent residence application until they receive a Certificate of Endorsement. Our immigration experts will help you understand how and where to get this certificate quickly.

Contact Us for an Immigration Assessment

Discover your Canadian immigration options with Dastur Immigration Services! Complete our self-assessment today and our immigration specialist will contact you to discuss how we can help you apply for Canadian permanent residence through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.

Frequently Ask Questions

National Occupational Classification (NOC) assigns a skill level and skill type to occupations. The NOC Skill Level identifies occupations by the amount and type of education and training. The NOC Skill Type identifies the industry of the occupation. Here are the ten skill types that you need to know before submitting your application under the AIPP program:

0 – Management occupations

1 – Business, finance, and administration occupations

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

3 – Health occupations

4 – Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

6 – Sales and service occupations

7 – Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

8 – Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations

9 – Occupations in manufacturing and utilities

There are four skill levels:

A – Jobs that usually require university education

B – Jobs that usually require college education or apprenticeship training

C – Jobs that usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training

D – Jobs that usually require on-the-job training

Our immigration specialists will work with you to help you identify the correct NOC skill level and type during the application process to increase your chances of getting accepted by provinces and designated employers.

Canadian immigration programs require candidates to demonstrate a certain level of proficiency in English or French or both. Language tests are evaluated by using the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels. There are two approved language tests accepted for proving English language proficiency including International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP). Tests are French language proficiency are Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) and Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada). There are 10 CLB Levels. The more you score, the more points you will receive in the ranking system for immigration purposes.

In order to hire foreign nationals through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, employers need to apply to be officially designated and then apply directly to the province stating they want to hire foreign nationals in the province where their business is located. Designated employers also need to provide settlement support to skilled foreign workers if they hire through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. You can contact our experts to know the exact procedure to hire foreign workers through the AIPP program.

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