Be a part of Canadian Work Culture with Atlantic Immigration Program

The Atlantic Immigration Program is a sequel or replacement of the recently launched Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program which was launched by the Canadian Government in 2017 for allowing employers in the four Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia to hire and retain skilled international workers to fill labor shortages in these provinces. The program is focused on continuing the purpose of its predecessor program for boosting population growth, ensuring economic stability, and developing a skilled workforce by encouraging foreign skilled workers and international graduates to permanently settle in Canada. 

Employer Requirements for Atlantic Immigration Program

The program requires employers to be designated by any of the provincial governments of Atlantic provinces where the hired foreign employee would be working. Also, the employer needs to get designated only once in the province in order to identify and recruit foreign workers. However, if the international worker is required to work in any other Atlantic province for the same employer, the latter needs to be designated separately in that province as well.

The employee needs to be fulfilled the following criteria in order to be designated by any province:

  1. Should not violate any terms or rules of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and/or Immigration & Refugee Regulation (IPR).
  2. Should have a good reputation and follow employment standards along with that of occupational health and safety legislation.
  3. Does not intend to hire or recruit foreign candidates for the purpose of outsourcing staff to other businesses or companies.
  4. ​​Has been continuously and actively operating business for at least 2 years in the Atlantic province or show proof of continuous & active business operation in a different Atlantic province through confirmation of approval from the province where application of designation is to be submitted.
  5. Must be willing to work with a settlement service provider in the province to help potential candidates get settlement services in that province.
  6. Should give commitment to undergo onboarding training to be well versed in Canada’s immigration system, Atlantic Immigration program, PR rules & regulations, PR status, and more.
  7. Must be willing to take part in the intercultural competency training unless exempted by the province.
  8. Common Requirements for Employers and Employees

The Atlantic Immigration program requires the below given mandatory fulfilment for both the employer as well as the applicant:

Firstly, the applicant must have a valid job offer and an individualized settlement plan.

Secondly, the employer should assist the candidate in developing a settlement plan by connecting to a designated settlement service provider organization.

Thirdly, the employer must also support the long-term integration plan of the immigrant and his/her family.

Fourthly, for urgent requirements of potential candidates, the employer can file for temporary work permit for the candidates, for which they require the following: valid job offer, provincial letter, and commitment to apply for permanent residence within 90 days of temporary work permit application.

Fifthly, employers with multiple branches in different provinces should receive designation from each province to facilitate hiring of skilled immigrants.

Finally, if the employer finds a potential candidate for the concerned position, the job offers, settlement plan (for the candidate) and an endorsement application should be sent to the province for review. Once the application is approved, the province sends the applicant an endorsement letter included with the immigration application.

Job Offer Requirements

Once the employee has been able to identify potential candidate for filling a given vacant position in its business in any Atlantic province, a job offer must be sent to the candidate which meets the following criteria:

  1. The job offer is for full-time and non-seasonal i.e., consistent and regularly paid employment.
  2. Job offers for NOC 0, A, or B should be for at least a 1 year long job whereas that for NOC C should be permanent without any end date mentioned.
  3. The job offer is not given to the applicant when he or she (or the applicant spouse) is a majority shareholder.
  4. Unless the candidate is an international student, the job offer must be at the same skill level at which the candidate has proven work experience or even higher.

Provincial Endorsement Requirements

The job offer given to the candidate must be supported by a valid endorsement letter from the province which supports its authenticity along with the following confirmations:

  1. The employer has not been able to fill the job vacancy locally.
  2. A settlement plan is available for the applicant and his/her family members.
  3. The employer has completed the free onboarding training and intercultural competency training if required.

Employee Requirements for Atlantic Immigration Program

A foreign worker or international graduate from a designated post-secondary institution in any Atlantic province who is living abroad or already in Canada can apply for permanent residency through the Atlantic Immigration Program provided he or she has a valid job offer from a designated employer in any of the Atlantic provinces.

The candidate must fulfill either of the following criteria to be eligible for the AIP:

Firstly, he or she must have a total experience of at least 1560 hours (30 hours per week) in the last 5 years wherein the total working hours is calculated by considering only authorized paid full-time or part-time work experience.

The work experience must be in an occupation listed under any National Occupational Classification (NOC) skills such as NOC skill level 0, A, B, & C, and should be in accordance with the job requirements & responsibilities mentioned in these NOC descriptions.

Secondly, the candidate should be an international graduate from a recognized designated post-secondary institution in any of the four Atlantic provinces with a full-time degree, diploma, or certificate which took at least 2 years to complete. Also, the candidate must have been residing in that province for at least 16 months continuously during the 2-year study period with a valid work or study permit.

Apart from being a foreign worker with relevant work experience or an international student, the candidate must also fulfill the following educational, language, and financial requirements.

Educational Requirements

The candidate can either have a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent foreign degree for job offer in NOC B or C skill level type occupations or a minimum 1-year Canadian post-secondary degree/certificate or equivalent foreign degree for job offer in NOC 0 or A skill level type occupations. For the equivalent foreign degree, the candidate must have completed foreign educational credentials and get an Educational Credential Assessment to prove the level of education is at par with Canadian standards. Also, the ECA should not be more than 5 years at the time of application. 

The ECA can be done by any authorized organizations like World Education Services, International Credential Assessment Service of Canada, International Qualification Assessment Service, and International Credential Evaluation Service.

Language Requirements

The candidate should have proven language ability in at least a basic level in either English or French, equivalent to CLB/NCLC level 4 for job offer in NOC C occupations or CLB/NCLC 5 for job offer in NOC 0, A, and/or B occupations. The language ability can be proven with any of the below given tests and the test results should be at least two years valid from the date of application of the program.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (General test) 
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) (General test)
  • Test d’evaluation de français (TEF)
  • Test de connaissance du français (TCF Canada)

Financial Requirements

Candidates who are not already living or working in Canada with valid work permits but applying for the AIP must demonstrate enough financial ability to sustain oneself along with any accompanying family members in Canada. The amount required to be shown will vary based on the size of the family as given in below table:

Number of Family Members  Funds Required (CAD) 
Additional family member $890

Settlement Plan 

Potential candidates receiving a valid job offer from any designated employer in any of the Atlantic provinces must work with a settlement service provider to prepare and submit a settlement plan which includes the needs assessment along with a plan for settling in Canada. This has to be submitted to the concerned employer and the provincial government. 

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