Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program- AIPP

1. What is Atlantic immigration pilot program?

Canada has taken an initiative for a smoother process for professionals with a low qualifying score. In this view, the Canadian Government introduced the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. This program is for the foreign workers who wish to live and work in Atlantic regions of Canada including

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

The government has announced that through Canada AIPP over 2000 eligible professionals will be invited for Canada PR. This immigration program has come into effect since March 2017 and will be open till 2021.

2. What are the benefits of Canada AIPP in 2019?

  • Live, work and settle in Atlantic region of Canada.
  • Fast-track visa process
  • Ideal for candidates with less CRS
  • Simple and easy non-express entry application procedure
  • Less IELTS score accepted


3. Why Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is introduced?

There is a severe shortage of skilled immigrants in the Atlantic regions. To meet the skills gap at a faster pace, the Canadian Government has decided to invite skilled professionals on AIPP

The Government of Canada is increasing the number of skilled immigrants and their family members. They obtain permanent residence through the AIPP this year.

Admissions targets through the AIPP are set at 2,000 for 2019 and 4,000 for 2020. Canada’s Minister of Immigration and immigration refugees, Ahmed Hussen, announced the increase after a meeting. This meeting includes the provincial government of Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces.

The 3 major categories have been designed for various applicants. The applicants eligible for any of the following categories get a chance to apply for PR through the AIPP:

Atlantic High Skilled Program:

This program category is for foreign nationals who have completed their high school education. They should also hold an employment offer in “national occupational classification” Skill Level 0, A, or B.

Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program:

This program is for workers who have a one-year full-time employment offer. The employment should be in NOC level 0, A, B or C from any employer of the Atlantic provinces and at least high school education.

Atlantic International Graduate Program:

The programme is for international student graduates. The student should have one year’s full-time employment in NOC skill level 0, A, B or C.

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4. What is the eligibility requirements to apply for AIPP?

ParametersRequirement for Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled ProgramRequirement for Atlantic High-Skilled ProgramRequirement for Atlantic International Graduate Program
Job offer Candidates need a full-time job offer in the NOC list 0, A or B level from any Atlantic province employer organization.Candidates need a full-time job offer in NOC 0, A, B, or C level from any Atlantic province employer.Candidates need a full time 1 year’s job offer in NOC 0, A, B or C level from any Atlantic province employer.
Work Experience Min. 1 yr relevant overseas work experience. Not required
QualificationMin. High School At least post-secondary diploma (2 yrs.) from a funded institution of the Atlantic region.
English language Skills CLB 4 in IELTS English or French.
Validation Letter of Endorsement

*international applicants need to get their education accessed through Educational Credential Assessment.

5. How is AIPP different from the other Canada Permanent residency programs?

  • Secondary Education is accepted: Through the AIPP, Canada accepts secondary education. It also accepts occupation-specific training. The training should relate to the required education criteria for the program.
  • NOC level C category is accepted: Skilled workers who hold work experience in any occupation of the NOC Level C are also accepted. In the Express Entry Programs, this provision is not accepted.
  • Language skill need is low: A candidate who doesn’t higher IELTS score for Canada PR is accepted. CLB4 is the least criteria for English language skills for AIPP.

Thus, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is an excellent immigration opportunity. This programme helps applicants who are unable to receive their ITA through Canada Express Entry or get a work permit.

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6. Where is the Atlantic region in Canada?

The Atlantic region is located on the east coast of Canada.

7. How many Canadian provinces are in the Atlantic region?

There are four provinces which are part of the Atlantic Region are:

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


8. Is it necessary to have a job offer for immigration through AIPP?

Yes, it is mandatory for you to have to an offer letter from the employer from the Atlantic region. Yet, the advantage is that the designated employers are not required to apply for “Labour market impact assessment” or “LMIA”. LMIA is one of the reasons employer otherwise don’t provide work permits in 2019.

9. What is the processing time for an Atlantic immigration pilot visa?

There is no set processing time for AIPP process. The programme success is based on obtaining the offer letter from the designated employer of the Atlantic Region. Yet, once you are able to get employment, the processing time by citizenship Canada is 6months.

10. What are the requirements the designated employer has to meet before issuing an offer letter to foreign nationals?

  • The Employer has to prove that they were unable to hire locally.
  • To become designated, the employer has to show the business in good standing.
  • Intent to work with a service provider organization on settlement service and retention.
  • Commit to working a settlement plan with the foreign workers.


11. If I plan to migrate here, then later on after a few years if I want to move to any other province, is that possible?

Yes, AIPP or other Provincial Nominee Program is “plan B” for potential immigrants. Once you gain a year’s full-time employment, you will be able to have a better chance of obtaining a Canadian permanent residence.



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