Rising Popularity of Canada's Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

by Mansi Sahai Published on 10/Aug/2022
Canada's Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

Since its launch, Canada’s Atlantic Immigration Program has been consistently growing and has become one of the most promising Canada immigration options. 

Under the AIP, foreign skilled workers are nominated and their applications are fast-tracked via the provincial immigration process in Atlantic regions of Canada, including:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick

About Canada's AIP

Under AIP, Canada allows skilled applicants with job offers to apply for permanent residency while working in any of the four Atlantic region in Canada. Owing to the immense success of AIP, the program has transitioned into a PR program in early 2022. 

Since then, the Atlantic provinces have been actively filling immigration quotas under AIP and welcomes over 6,000 newcomers annually.

To qualify for AIP as a skilled worker, you must have a prior job offer in hand from an employer who is designated via AIP program. 

Additionally, an applicant must meet other eligibility requirement for work experience, education and language proficiency, which varies based on the stream via which you are applying.

For receiving a job offer, applicant must apply for job opportunities with AIP designated employers located in Atlantic Canada. Each Atlantic province releases a list of employers allowed to recruit skilled foreign nationals via the AIP.

With an employment offer in hand from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada, applicants qualify to start their process, which includes:

  • Collaborating during an endorsement phase with their employer
  • Creating a settlement package describing the personalized settlement services the applicant will get upon arriving in Canada

With a provincial approval, the applicant will get a nomination certificate and be able to apply for Canadian permanent residence visa with IRCC. Also, an applicant can start working in Canada on a valid work permit while waiting for their PR application to be processed.

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