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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)

A viable pathway to work & settle in Canadian Maritime provinces

New Brunswick | Newfoundland & Labrador | Prince Edward Island | Nova Scotia

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is one of the fast-track Canadian immigration programs that allow employers in Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces to hire foreign skilled workers for jobs they are unable to fill locally.

Canada admitted 1,060 new permanent residents through the AIPP in the first half of 2020. The Federal government and its provincial government partners aim to welcome more than 7,000 newcomers and their families to the Atlantic Canada region by 2021 through the Pilot.

Features of the Pilot

  • The pilot helps employers in Atlantic Canada hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada.
  • AIPP has two programs for skilled workers: Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP) and Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)
  • Launched in 2017 for an initial three-year pilot run; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) extended the pilot till December 2021 to maintain the program’s momentum.
  • All prime candidates arriving in Canada under the AIPP must have a job offer from a designated employer along with an individualized settlement plan for themselves and their family.
  • Once a designated employer finds a candidate who meets their employment needs and the program criteria, that employer will need to first offer them a job.

Note: A major advantage of the AIPP is that designated employers are not required to go through the process of obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for jobs endorsed under the pilot program.

  • Once the candidate has accepted the job, the employer will connect the candidate with a designated settlement service provider organization for a needs assessment and to develop a settlement plan.
  • Then the employer needs to submit an endorsement application to the province. The province must endorse Employers’ job offer before the candidate can apply for permanent resident status.
  • One of the most interesting aspects of the AIPP is the fact that applicant’s immediate family (Spouse/Dependent children) can come to Canada with him. Even intermediate-skilled spouses of principal applicants can apply for an open work permit.

Estimated processing time: 12 to 18 months approx.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Candidate Requirements Employer Designation
In order to obtain this work permit, candidates will need:

  • a valid job offer from a designated employer;
  • a letter from the province; and
  • a commitment to apply for permanent residence within 90 days of the temporary work permit application.
All employers who want to hire skilled immigrants under the pilot program need to apply to the province(s) to receive designation.

 

Candidates need an individualized settlement plan for themselves and their family. Employers with locations in multiple provinces require a separate designation for each province.
Minimum 12 years of education is mandatory.
The principal applicant also needs to hold an Educational Credential Assessment
Employers also required giving an assurance to support the newcomer and his/her family as they start their new life in Atlantic Canada.
 
Valid language test results (IELTS, CELPIP, TEF) that are at least equal to a language level 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC)

Listening – 4.5
Reading – 3.5
Writing- 4.0
Speaking – 4.0

 
Work Experience – Minimum 1 year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) work experience In the last 3 years in an occupation related to job offer is  required  

 To complete their application, the selected applicant will need to include:

  • provincial confirmation of endorsement letter
  • A completed Offer of Employment form
  • Proof of work experience, such as a resume or letters from previous employers.
  • Any other necessary requirements for immigrating to Canada, including fee payment, medical exams, police certificates and proof of settlement funds, if required

 WWICS Services Process

  1. Assistance in applying and obtaining an ECA report from a designated organization
  2. Initiate Applicant for clearing Language Test Results
  3. Resume formatting as per Canadian Standards
  4. Arranging Interviews by Marketing Resume in 4 Atlantic Provinces as per available positions online
  5. Offer Letter upon Selection by Designated Employer upon Employer’s discretion
  6. Getting Endorsement from the Employer
  7. Initiate Settlement Plan
  8. Assistance in PR / Work Perm it Application preparation and submission
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