Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)

Overview: Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Conceptualized and brought into action in 2017, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) caters to the employers from the participating provinces of Atlantic Canada to hire foreign nationals who wish to establish stronger roots in the economic development of the maple leaf country. The recruited overseas workers must however convince the AIPP that he/she strongly desires to live and work in one of the Atlantic provinces of Canada for the long term. International students who have completed their graduation in Atlantic Canada may wish to extend their stay through this program.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program consists of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Together these provinces form the Atlantic jurisdiction of Canada.

Just like the Canada PNP pathway, the AIPP program too emphasizes filling the skills gap in the labor market with the talented overseas workforce that isn’t easy to find locally. Based on the requirement for hiring individuals for Canada PR visa, the program is further classified into three categories:

1. Atlantic High Skilled Program

2. Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program

3. Atlantic International Graduate Program

Adding to the success of Canada immigration pathways such as the express entry system, Canada PNP, and now AIPP, the Canadian government has decided to make this immigration pathway permanent for anyone who wishes to migrate to Canada for an indefinite time. By complementing the participating province’s provincial nominee programs, the AIPP will continue as a flagship regional economic immigration program of Canada.

Benefits of Migrating to Canada through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is opening doors for Canadian permanent residence to skilled immigrants who wish to settle in one of its Atlantic provinces.

• Stable economy sustained by frequent intake of skilled immigrants, so you need not worry that the program will shut down once the quota is fulfilled.

• Equivalent processing time as the express entry program.

• The Atlantic Canada provinces share a lower cost of living with minimal unemployment rates as compared to other provinces.

• With an abundance of varied job vacancies, you bet your occupation is well explored in Atlantic Canada.

• You can start working in the province on a temporary work permit even while your AIPP application is being processed.


Eligibility Requirements to Apply for Atlantic Immigration Pilot

As explained earlier the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is categorized into three programs. Though the general eligibility requirement is related to language proficiency (English/French), education, and work experience, we’ll discuss what other eligibility points are needed for you to qualify under those three categories.

Documents needed for completing the procedures are as follows:

1. Atlantic High Skilled Program

• Show sufficient proof of funds to sustain your stay in Canada

• Minimum 1 year of experience in a management or technical profession

• A high school diploma or credentials that are equivalent to the same.

2. Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program

• Minimum 1 year of work experience in an occupation that needs you to have a minimum high school education/job-specific training

• Proof of funds to bear your stay in Canada

3. Atlantic International Graduate Program

• Have a professional degree or other education credentials from an institute/college in one of the participating provinces in Atlantic Canada.

• Should have necessarily stayed in one of the Atlantic provinces during the completion of the degree or other education credentials for a minimum duration of 16 months in the last 2 years.

• Must have a valid job offer from a designated employer in the Atlantic provinces of Canada.

• The offer of employment should be full-time, non-seasonal, and under the skill level O, A, B, or C NOC.

• The offer of employment should be confined for at least a year i.e. the offered job in the Atlantic province must guarantee you employment for 1 year.


What is the processing time and fees of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program?

Being a fast-track visa application process much similar to the Express Entry, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program process a majority of candidature in the first six months when an application is lodged. Though there is a similarity in the processing time of AIPP with the Express Entry system, but applications are processed discretely as AIPP favors on a first-come-first-served basis.

The processing fee for AIPP applications is CAD $ 825 and the permanent residence fee is calculated to be CAD $ 500. Therefore, you’ll be needing CAD $ 1,325 on the whole for a successful application lodge for Canada PR Visa.


Documents Required for Atlantic Immigration Pilot

• Language test scores from a recognized Canadian assessing body.

• Education credential report from WES.

• Biometric verification via fingerprints and photo needs to be submitted.

• Passport photocopies (first and last page along with any visa stamping)

• Offer of employment attached with work permit application form.

• Letter of previous employment (for High Skilled and Intermediate skilled programs)

How I.I.T.M can help you with your AIPP application?

As one of the recognized leading Canada immigration consultants, we provide unparalleled consultancy support to professionals from all walks of life. Our expertise with the owner-operator pathway has helped budding entrepreneurs to realize their Canadian dream. We’re uniquely positioned in the industry with our presence in Canada, to assist you firmly and advise you correctly on several Canadian immigration programs.

Through our established network of licensed professionals, we help to materialize your dream immigration to Canada from India, through our ability to locate suitable businesses for sale in Canada. You can undoubtedly rely on our 25 years of combined industry experience recognized by the Canadian legal community to complete your immigration requirements.

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