Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP): A Step-by-Step Complete Guide

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    Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP): A Step-by-Step Complete Guide


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    The Atlantic Immigration Program allows skilled workers with their accompanying family members to move permanently in the Atlantic region.

    Unlike express entry, the Atlantic Immigration Program has no CRS scoring system. Instead, this program works on a "first come, first served" basis.

    Great News! Federal government plans to welcome 500,000 immigrants per year by 2025!

    Here is a Step-By-Step Guide with all the information you will need to immigrate to Canada through the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP). It will cover the following:

    What is Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)?
    Which Canadian provinces are participating in the AIP?
    What are the Designated Employers participating in the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)?
    What are the AIP sub-programs I can apply under?
    Do I need a Job Offer to be considered under the AIP?
    What are the Job Offer requirements to be valid for AIP?
    What is an LMIA and do I need an LMIA to be considered under the AIP?
    What are the basic documents I need to submit along with my AIP application?
    What are the AIP Eligibility Requirements?
    Can I apply for a Temporary Work Permit while waiting for my PR result?
    How much do I need to pay for my AIP application?
    What are some recruitment events to help me get a Job Offer?
    What is the step-by-step process to apply through the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)?
    Atlantic Immigration Program: Designated Employers and How to Apply (FREE eBook)
    What are some tips in order to land a Canadian Job?


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    What is Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)?

    The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) allows Canadian employers to hire foreign worker and international graduates who wish to immigrate to Atlantic Canada.

    Its main goal is to help local employers recruit and keep talented workers from anywhere in the world. This will help the population grow and solve the province's ever-growing labour shortage.



    Which Canadian provinces are participating in the AIP?


    You can work and move to the following provinces permanently through the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP).

    Nova Scotia

    New Brunswick

    Newfoundland and Labrador

    Prince Edward Island


    What are the Designated Employers participating in the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)?


    You need a valid job offer from one of the AIP designated employers. You can directly apply to each of these employers' Job Vacancies through the links below.

    Nova Scotia Designated Employers and Job Vacancies

    New Brunswick Designated Employers and Job Vacancies

    Newfoundland and Labrador Designated Employers and Job Vacancies

    Prince Edward Island Designated Employers and Job Vacancies



    What are the AIP sub-programs I can apply under one of these sub-programs?

    • Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)

    • Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)

    • Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)



    The Atlantic High-Skilled Program is designed for skilled employees who have managerial, professional, or technical/skilled employment experience and job offers of at least one year.

    The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program is for those who have been offered permanent positions that require a high school diploma and/or job-specific training.

    The Atlantic International Graduate Program is designed for applicants with a degree, certificate, or equivalent certification from a publicly funded institution in an Atlantic province and a job offer for at least one year but no work experience.


    Do I need a Job Offer to be considered under the AIP?


    Yes. A valid job offer from an AIP designated employer is required in order to be eligible to apply through the AIP.

    You can find the list of Designated employers below.

    Nova Scotia Designated Employers and Job Vacancies

    New Brunswick Designated Employers and Job Vacancies

    Newfoundland and Labrador Designated Employers and Job Vacancies

    Prince Edward Island Designated Employers and Job Vacancies



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    What are the Job Offer requirements to be valid for AIP?


    For Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP), your job offer must be:

     

    • from a designated employer in one of the four Atlantic provinces who is on the list (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador)

    • full-time and and indeterminate job

    • non-seasonal

    • for a job in the National Occupational Classification that requires skill levels 0, A, B, or C

    • supported by a provincial certificate of endorsement from an atlantic province



    For Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP), your job offer must be:

    • from a designated employer in one of the four Atlantic provinces who is on the list (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador)

    • full-time job for at least a year

    • non-seasonal

    • for a job in the National Occupational Classification that requires skill levels 0, A, B

    • supported by a provincial certificate of endorsement from an atlantic province


    For Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP), your job offer must be:

    • from a designated employer in one of the four Atlantic provinces who is on the list (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador)

    • full-time job for at least a year

    • non-seasonal

    • for a job in the National Occupational Classification that requires skill levels 0, A, B or C

    • supported by a provincial certificate of endorsement from an atlantic province




    What is an LMIA and do I need an LMIA to be considered under the AIP?

    No. An LMIA is not required. This is one of the benefits of applying through the Atlantic Immigration Program.

    An LMIA is a document that a Canadian employer might need to get before hiring an international candidate. It shows that the employer couldn't find the right candidate in Canada and had to hire workers from outside the country instead.

    You can also find employers that offer NO LMIA jobs at:

    No LMIA Jobs in Canada




    What are the basic documents I need to submit along with my AIP application?




    What are the AIP Eligibility Requirements?


    To be eligible for the AIP, you must meet the following requirements:


    1. Educational Requirements


    You must have a one-year post-secondary educational degree or higher, or the equivalent outside of Canada, if your offer is at the TEER 0 or A skill level.

    You must have a Canadian high school diploma, or the equivalent outside of Canada, if your job offer is at the TEER B or C skill level.

    Click here to find your NOC Skill Level



    2. Language Requirements


    A Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) level of 5 is required for TEER 0, A, and B job offers.

    A CLB or NCLC level of 4 is required for TEER C job offers.


    3. Work Experience


    You must have worked at least 1,560 hours in the last five years. Only labour hours that are paid are counted. Volunteer and unpaid hours are not included. Hours worked as a self-employed individual are not counted.

    You can log your hours worked both in Canada and abroad. You must be legally allowed to work in Canada as a temporary resident.

    You can include work experience you got while you were in school, as long as the number of hours worked meets the requirements of your study permit.

    Your work experience must be at the following skill levels on the National Occupational Classification (NOC). 

    • TEER 0 or 1: A Canadian post-secondary education certificate of one year or more, or the equivalent from another country.

    • TEER 2, 3, or 4: High school diploma from Canada or the equivalent from outside Canada.


    Here is a Step-By-Step Guide on how to obtain your ECA report if you are from outside Canada.

     


    Note! Your work experience must contain the actions listed in your NOC's description, as well as the majority of your NOC's principal responsibilities.

    Click here to get your Free Reference Letter Template


    If you are an International students who completed your studies in Canada, you are exempt from the work experience requirements as long as:

    • you have a degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship certification from a recognised post-secondary institution in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador or Prince Edward Island

    • you were a full-time student throughout your studies

    • you had a visa or authorization to work, study, or train in Canada

    • you lived in one of the Atlantic provinces for at least 16 months during the previous year



    4.  Settlement Funds

    You must demonstrate that you have sufficient settlement funds. If you already have a valid work permit and are living and working in Canada, you do not need to present evidence of settlement funds.


    Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) Proof of Funds

    Proof of Funds - Number of family members


    $3,303 - 1

    $4,112 - 2

    $5,055 - 3

    $6,138 - 4

    $6,962 - 5

    $7,852 - 6 

    $8,742 - 7 or more

    $890 - Each additional family member    


    Can I apply for a Temporary Work Permit while waiting for my PR result?

    Yes. You may be eligible for a temporary work permit if you meet the requirements for permanent residency. You may work in the atlantic region while your permanent residency application is being processed.

    Your temporary work permit:

    • is valid for 1 year

    • only allows you to work for the employer that hired you

    • is solely applicable to the Atlantic Immigration Program


    You will need the following items to for your work permit application (for first-time applicants):

    • a job offer number

    • your letter of recommendation from the province in the Atlantic where you'll be working

    • a signed IMM 0156 form

    • language test results (e.g., IELTS/CELPIP report)

    • educational credentials (e.g., ECA Report)

    • proof of work experience (Click here to get your sample template)




    How long will it take for my AIP application to be processed?


    The processing time for an Atlantic Immigration Pilot application is: within 12 months

    Click here to find out more about processing times



    How much do I need to pay for my AIP application?


    The cost for applying through the Atlantic Immgration Program (AIP) are as follows:

    • $850 - Application processing fee

    • $515 - Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF)

    • $1,365 - If you include a spouse/partner

    • $230 - for each child you include in the application

    • $85 - Biometrics fees for one person or
      $170 - for a family of more than two



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    What are some recruitment events to help me get a Job Offer?


    New Brunswick organizes recruitment events and job fairs to help Immigrants move to Canada's east coast.

    Interested candidates must register in advance as the slots get full quickly. They will have a chance to be interviewed by New Brunswick employers participating in the event and may get a Job Offer right on the spot.

    Successful applicants during the information session can then apply for Canadian permanent residence through the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) or through any New Brunswick immigration stream (Provincial Nominee Program).

    You can find more information at New Brunswick information session webpage in the link below.

    New Brunswick information session webpage




    What is the step-by-step process to apply through the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)?


    Step 1. Obtain your Educational Credential Assessment report (ECA)

    Watch the video below to learn the step-by-step process of getting your ECA.

     



    Step 2. Obtain your Language Test result (ex. IELTS/CELPIP)

    Book your IELTS exam with British Council

    Book your IELTS exam with IDP

    Book your CELPIP exam



    Step 3. Determine your Skill Level


    Your occupation must fall under the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Types

    • TEER 0 or 1: A Canadian post-secondary education credential of one year or more, or the equivalent from another country

    • TEER 2, 3, or 4: Canadian High School Diploma or the equivalent from outside Canada 


    Click here to find your NOC Skill Level


    Note! If you obtain your credential from outside Canada, you need to provide an ECA report.
    Watch the video below to learn the step-by-step process of getting your ECA.

     

     


    Step 4. Obtain a Job Offer from an AIP designated employer

    Use the links below to look for job openings with each of these AIP designated employers and apply directly to them.

    Nova Scotia Designated Employers and Job Vacancies

    New Brunswick Designated Employers and Job Vacancies

    Newfoundland and Labrador Designated Employers and Job Vacancies

    Prince Edward Island Designated Employers and Job Vacancies



    Learn how to apply for AIP Jobs through the link below:

    Atlantic Immigration Program: Designated Employers and How to Apply (FREE eBook)


    Step 5. Create a Settlement Plan


    Once you accept a job offer, your employer will endorse you to a settlement service provider to develop a settlement plan.

    For example, if you have been endorsed to a settlement service provider like Next Stop Canada, simply go their website and register and also upload your employment contract.

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    Once you are registered, your service provider will be able to provide you your settlement plan and once you get your plan, immediately submit your plan to your employer and then the employer will send the settlement plan with their endorsement application to the province. Once approved, you will get a certificate of endorsement.

    The certificate of endorsement is a requirement for Permanent residence through the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP).


    Step 6. Apply for permanent residence under the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)


    You can now apply through the Atlantic Immigration Program online. Follow the steps below to apply.


    First Step: Sign in or Create an Account

    You must create an online account through the Permanent residence online application portal account


    Second Step: Fill out the Online application forms

    You and any family members must fill out the forms below:

    • Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)

    • Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669)

    • Additional Family Information (IMM 5406)

    • Supplementary Information - Your travels (IMM 5562)

    • Document Checklist (IMM 0155)

    • Economic Classes – Atlantic Immigration Program (IMM 5501)



    Third Step: Pay your fees online

    Check the link below on how to pay your fees.

    Pay the application fees here



    Final Step: Step 4: Submit your application

    Make sure you do the following before submitting your application for Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP):

    • Completely answer all questions

    • Electronically sign your application (type your full name exactly as shown on your passport)

    • Include your processing fee receipt

    • Upload all the supporting documents



    How to apply directly to Jobs from AIP Designated Employers?


    Below is a step-by-step guide to help you apply for Jobs from AIP Designated Employers.


    Atlantic Immigration Program: Designated Employers and How to Apply (FREE eBook)





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