The Atlantic Immigration Pilot
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) program has been created in partnership between the government of Canada and the governments of four Canadian Atlantic provinces:
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
The Pilot focuses on helping Canadian employers in the region to find employees to fill the job openings when no suitable candidates can be found locally. To qualify for the program both employer and a potential employee must meet the requirements. As a result, the candidate gets permanent resident status in Canada.
A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is not needed for Atlantic Immigration Pilot programs
In order to apply to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot the employer must follow these steps:
- Contact local Provincial Immigration Office to express an interest in using the program to fill a full-time job vacancy
- Contact participating settlement service provider
- Commit to prepare the workplace for the potential employee
- Apply to the province to become a designated employer.
- Obtain designation from the province
The employee endorsement process:
- The employer or his recruiter contact participating settlement service provider
- Candidate contacts a settlement service provider organization for needs assessment service resulting in a settlement plan for the potential employee and his family.
- The Settlement service provider provides the potential candidate with a detailed settlement plan based on needs assessment.
- Employment candidate provides the settlement plan to the employer
- Employer completes the provincial endorsement application within a specific program, considering candidate’s work or training experience, and complete with the settlement plan and job offer forwards it to the provincial office for approval
- Province reviews and approves the endorsement application.
- The candidate receives an endorsement letter from the province.
In some cases when the job opening must be filled urgently, candidates may be eligible for a temporary work permit. It still requires a valid job offer, a referral letter from the province, as well as commitment to apply for permanent residence.
Steps for Immigration Application within the Atlantic Immigration Pilot:
- Candidate completes permanent residence application and sends it to Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The application must be supported by the endorsement letter and other required documents.
- On average the application is processed by IRCC within 6 months or less
- The candidate (and their family) come to settle in the province, where the application process took place
- Employer together with the settlement service provider organization support the candidate’s settlement plan.
Listed above are the general steps for the participation in the program for both the employer and the potential employee. However, depending on the skill level necessary to fill the job and the job requirements, both parties can take advantage of more specialized programs.
Immigration programs available within the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)
- Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program (AISP)
- Atlantic High Skilled Program (AHSP)
- Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)
The Benefits of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot for the candidates:
- Guaranteed employment
- Easier approval process
- Clear settlement plan for the potential job candidate and his family