Atlantic Immigration Program

Step by Step Guide on How to Apply For Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

Step by Step Guide on How to Apply For Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

Canada welcomes applications for permanent residence from individuals with skills, education, and work experience that will benefit the Canadian economy.

The Atlantic Immigration Program is a route to permanent residence for qualified foreign workers and international graduates of Canadian universities who wish to reside and work in one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador. You can find a step- by- step guide on how to apply for Atlantic Immigration Program AIP in this post.

Atlantic Immigration Program

This employer-driven program was created to assist firms in Atlantic Canada in finding skilled applicants for positions they have been unable to fill locally.  To be able to apply for the program, you must have a Canada-authorized job offer from an Atlantic Canada-authorized employer who has been designated through the program. An employer becomes selected after applying to AIP.

Requirements For Atlantic Immigration Program

You must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible for the Atlantic Immigration Program:

  1. Unless you are an international graduate from an Atlantic Canada-recognized post-secondary institution who meets or exceeds the educational criteria, you must have qualifying job experience.
  2. Satisfy or surpass the language requirements
  3. Demonstrate that you will be able to support yourself and your family once you arrive in Canada.
  4. You don’t have to provide documentation if you already have a work permit that allows you to live and work in Canada.

If you are in compliance with all of these conditions, you can begin seeking for employment with an Atlantic employer.

Requirement For Skilled Worker

To fulfill the requirements for work experience, you must have put in at least 1,560 hours of employment during the previous five years.

To calculate your hours:

  • Only count paid time spent at part-time and full-time jobs that were accrued over at least a 12-month period, as volunteering and self-employment do not count as paid time.
  • Count the number of hours worked in and outside of Canada. To work as a temporary resident in Canada, you would have to possess the necessary papers.
  • As long as the hours worked don’t go over what was permitted, work experience gained while in school is considered.

This work need to fall within one of these National Occupational classifications (NOC) 2021 Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) categories.

  • TEER 0 (management jobs such as restaurant managers or mine managers) 
  • TEER 1 (professional jobs that usually need a degree from a university, such as doctors, dentists, or architects)
  • TEER 2 (technical jobs and skilled trades requiring at least two years of college or apprenticeship, or occupations with supervisory or safety responsibilities such as police officers and firefighters)
  • TEER 3 (technical jobs and skilled trades requiring less than two years of college or apprenticeship; or more than six months of on-the-job training)
  • TEER 4 (intermediate jobs typically requiring a high school diploma and several weeks of job-specific training, such as long-haul truck drivers, industrial butchers, or servers of food and beverages)

Your work experience must also include:

  • The activities described in your NOC
  • Most of the primary responsibilities of your NOC

Requirements For International Graduates

If you are an international graduate, you do not need to meet the work experience criteria since; 

  • You have a degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship certification that required at least two years of study which is from one of the four Atlantic Provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador).
  • You must have been a full-time student for the entirety of your studies and have lived in one of the following provinces; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Labrador, or Prince Edward Island for at least 16 months in the two years prior to graduating from your program.
  • You had the visa or permit required to work, study or get training while you were in Canada.

For Educational Requirements

You need one of the following:

  1. If you have a job offer in the NOC 2021 TEER 0 or 1 category, you must have a Canadian post-secondary degree or equivalent from outside Canada or one that is at least one year long.
  2. A Canadian high school diploma or equivalent obtained outside Canada is required if you have a job offer in the NOC 2021 TEER 2, 3, or 4 categories.
  3. To verify that your studies are on par with or beyond the level of education required for your job offer, you must have an educational credential assessment (ECA) if you studied outside of Canada. The date we receive your application must be less than five years from the date of your ECA report.

Seek For a Job

To be able to apply for AIP program, you must seek for a job offer that meets the following requirements;

  • The offered position must be full-time.
  • The position must not be seasonal. Generally speaking, this denotes that you work continuously and on a regular basis for pay all year round.
  • For NOC 2021 TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 category job offers, the employer must be offering you a job that will last at least a year from the time you become a permanent resident.
  • The firm must be providing you permanent with work, which means there is no specified end date, for NOC 2021 TEER 4 category job offers.
  • The employment offer must not come from a company where you (the applicant) or your spouse or common-law partners are a majority owner.

If an employer offers you a position, request a copy of their Confirmation of Designation or, if they haven’t already, inform them of the Atlantic Immigration Program and suggest them to think about applying for designation.

Documents Required

To prevent delays when you apply for your permanent residency in Atlantic Canada, you should start preparing your documentation as soon as you receive a job offer from an employer who has been designated with AIP. Here are the document you need to get ready before you submit your application;

Language Test

A language exam is required, and the results must be submitted with your application. Even if you studied in Canada, you must complete this.

Evaluation of Educational Credentials

You require an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report if you studied abroad. This report compares your educational attainment to that of Canadian students.

Proof of Funds

You need to bring enough cash with you to Canada to support your family and yourself. Find out how much cash you need to bring with you to Canada. You don’t have to provide evidence of finances if you are already residing and working in Canada on a valid work permit.

Other Documents

You also need to submit other paperwork with your application. Make sure you have all the required documentation by using the checklist in the application guide.

Settlement Plan

Once a designated employer extends you a job offer, you must obtain a settlement plan. You and your family will benefit from a settlement plan as you settle into your new residence in Atlantic Canada. It will give you access to helpful contacts and services that will make you feel at home in your new neighborhood.

Obtain your Certificate of Endorsement

Following the approval of your settlement plan, the province must approve your job offer. This procedure will be managed by your employer. Await confirmation from the employer that your offer has been accepted before submitting your application for permanent residence.

How to Apply for the Atlantic Immigration Program

You must sign in or create an account on the Permanent Residence Online Application Portal to apply online. If you need accommodations, such as those for a disability, and are unable to submit online, you can request an alternative format for the application (paper, braille or large print).

Where applicable, you must complete and sign online digital forms as well as PDF forms. Additionally, the offer of employment form needs to be completed by your employer, printed, signed by hand, made into a copy, and sent to you. The Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008) must be completed online before submission.

Submit the Application

You can submit your application for processing now that it has been prepared. In order to facilitate the application’s processing as rapidly as possible:

Answer all questions truthfully, digitally sign your application (enter your full name exactly as it appears on your passport), attach your receipt for the processing fee, and upload all necessary supporting documents. You will then receive aconfirmation of submission, which you should keep for your records.

Confirmation of Permanent Residence

If your application is approved, you will be issued a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and, if you’re from a country that needs a visa, a permanent resident visa. Your photo and personal details are both included in your COPR.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does Atlantic immigration Program Take?

For qualified candidates, obtaining permanent residency through the AIPP takes about six months. With an AIPP processing period of six months, which is comparable to the Express Entry System’s processing time, the IRCC hopes to complete 80% of the applications.

Can We Apply AIPP Online?

As the Canadian immigration service now accepts online applications, AIP can now be applied for.

How do I Get an AIPP Job Offer?

You must submit an application for employment with Atlantic Canadian companies that AIP has identified in order to be considered for a job offer. Each province provides a list of employers who are permitted to hire foreign nationals under the AIP.

Is Atlantic Program Permanent?

Yes, the Atlantic Immigration Program offers permanent residence.


If you are interested in applying for the Atlantic Immigration program, I hope this article serves as a checklist of what you will need to complete. Although the immigration process is complicated and time-consuming, this post will guide you how to apply for AIP quickly and correctly

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

eleven − four =