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Atlantic Immigration Pilot
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot operates as a partnership between Canada’s federal government and the four provinces in the region:
It is an employer-led pilot that aims to bring candidates to the region to fill positions for which Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not available.
To hire through the AIP, employers do not need a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Instead, they must meet requirements to become designated to make job offers.
Three programs operate under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which target different types of candidates.
1) Atlantic High-Skilled Program
The Atlantic High-Skilled Program is aimed at skilled workers with management, professional or technical/skilled job experience. There are also other requirements. The job offer must last for at least one year.
2) Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program is aimed at candidates for jobs requiring a high school education and/or job-specific training. There are also other requirements. The job offer must be permanent.
3) Atlantic International Graduate Program
The Atlantic International Graduate Program is aimed at candidates who have a degree, diploma or other credential from a publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province. Work experience is not required. The job offer must last for at least one year.
Optional Temporary Work Permit
Certain candidates can apply for a temporary work permit before sending their permanent resident application. This allows them to start work while their application for permanent residence is processed.
Candidates through all three Atlantic Immigration Pilot programs require a Settlement Plan after receiving an offer of employment.
The Settlement Plan is designed to help you settle in Canada by highlighting resources specific to you and your family’s needs. You will also find where you can go to the community to get help.
Candidates make the Settlement Plan with a settlement service provider, available both inside and outside Canada.
Each job offer made through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot requires provincial endorsement.
The application for endorsement is handled by the employer after the candidate has their Settlement Plan.
Candidates should not submit a permanent residence application until they receive a Certificate of Endorsement. This should be submitted with the application.
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