Atlantic International Graduate Program – Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)

Introduced in 2017 by the Federal government, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a pathway to permanent residence that targets skilled foreign workers and international graduates who want to work and live in one of Canada’s Atlantic Provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.

An eligible candidate under this pilot must be either a recent graduate of a publicly funded institution in Atlantic Canada or a skilled worker who meets the program requirements.

This is an employer-driven program designed to help employers in Atlantic Canada hire qualified candidates for jobs they have been unable to fill locally. Principal applicants arriving to Canada under this pilot must have a job offer from a designated employer and an individualized settlement plan for themselves and their family.

However, a sub-category under this program is the International Graduate one where work experience is not required for its candidates. yet, employers must meet specific criteria .

To be eligible under this stream, the candidate must meet specific criteria as follows:

  • Education: have a 2-year degree, diploma or other credential from a recognized publicly funded institution in an Atlantic province where the candidate maintained a full-time status for the entire duration of the studies.
  • Residence in Canada: have lived in an Atlantic province for at least 16 months in the 2 years before getting your degree, diploma or credential.
  • Language proficiency: take a language test in English or French. Results must be valid and meeting the required level.
  • Financial support: the candidate must show that he can support himself and his family when they come to Canada

Interested in knowing more about this stream? Kindly refer to the Government of Canada website here.

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