Starting August 17th 2020, IRCC will begin accepting online AIP work permit applications while paper application will be accepted until September 1st, 2020. The AIPP is in place until December 31, 2021.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) is a suite of 3 federal programs, established by Ministerial Instructions, effective March 6, 2017. The goal of this pilot project is to attract and retain skilled immigrants in Atlantic Canada by testing innovative approaches to permanent immigration.
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Foreign nationals who receive a job offer from an employer and a referral letter, issued by one of the Atlantic provinces, may be eligible to apply for a 1-year Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)-exempt employer-specific work permit, under paragraph 204(c) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR). The referral letter is issued once the province has:
– received the needs assessment and settlement plan as well as the job offer, provided by the employer
– confirmed receipt of a commitment by the applicant to submit an eligible permanent residence application within 90 days from the submission of the work permit application
– ensured that the documents are complete
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To be eligible to apply for a 1-year employer-specific work permit, under the program, foreign nationals must submit an online work permit application. Foreign nationals applying for a work permit under the AIP are not eligible to apply at a port of entry. The application must include the following:
– referral letter, issued by one of the Atlantic provinces, requesting that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issue a work permit
– signed commitment form, Undertaking for an application for a work permit exempted from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) as part of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (PDF, 738.36 KB), indicating the foreign national will apply for permanent residence within 90 days of submitting the work permit application
– an offer of employment number (LMIA exemption number), per section R209.11
– proof of work experience, in support of the occupation sought and education
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Any work permit applications received from May 1, 2019, onwards will be assessed under the new eligibility criteria and must include the following:
The applicant must provide:
– a copy of a language test approved by IRCC that shows the applicant meets the minimum language level of 4 in the Canadian Language Benchmarks in English or the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens in French for each of the 4 language skill areas, and
– the test results must be less than 2 years old on the date of application
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For Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP), the applicant must demonstrate that they meet all of the following minimum education requirements:
– They obtained, as a full-time student, a degree, diploma, certificate or trade or apprenticeship credential following completion of a post-secondary education program of at least 2 years from a recognized publicly funded institution in the 4 Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador).
– That they lived in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador or Prince Edward Island for at least 16 months (cumulative) within the 24-month period before their credential was granted.
– They had valid or legal temporary resident status throughout their stay in Canada and had authorization for any work, study or training they engaged in while in Canada.
Eligible educational credentials
Only certain educational credentials are eligible for the AIGP. An educational credential is not eligible if the credentials were obtained in a study or training program where:
– the study of English or French as a second language was at least half of the program
– distance learning was at least half of the program
– where a scholarship or fellowship stipulated that the recipient return to their home country to apply the knowledge and skills gained
Atlantic High-Skilled and Intermediate-Skilled Programs
Applicants must demonstrate they have either of the following:
– a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree
– a completed foreign credential
In addition to either of the above, the applicant must have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by IRCC.
– The report must show the foreign education is equal to a completed Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree.
– The ECA must be less than 5 years old at the time of the application.
For Atlantic International Graduate Program, applicants do not require any work experience.
For Atlantic High-Skilled and Intermediate-Skilled program, applicants must demonstrate that they have obtained work experience
- For at least 1 year (1,560 hours total / 30 hours per week), non-continuous, full-time or an equal amount in part-time, within the last 3 years
- That was for paid work (volunteer work and unpaid internships do not count)
- In an occupation with the following National Occupational Classification (NOC): for high-skilled program – at skill type 0, or skill levels A, or B; for intermediate-skilled – at skill level C
- That was obtained overseas or obtained in Canada