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Immigration Canada launch the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

March 2017, 11
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Canada launch the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are now taking applications for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP). The accessible new program to encourage immigrants to the Atlantic Provinces launched on March 6, 2017. It is designed to give a fast route to immigration for both applicants and employers and has lower eligibility criteria than other Canadian schemes.

The AIPP is designed for migration and permanent residency for graduates and workers to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Newfoundland and Labrador. All applicants will need a job offer as part of the eligibility criteria. They can then gain provincial endorsement and apply for permanent residence with Immigration Canada. The AIPP has unique criteria and faster processing times. Its design means that candidates with a job offer, but who may not meet the current criteria for other immigration streams, have a fast route to permanent residency in the selected provinces.

Language requirements are also lower for the AIPP scheme making this more attractive for some. A basic fluency in English or French is essential but only to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4. Applicants must have proof of available settlement funds, the amount of which is determined by the number of family members.

The program is outlined for a three-year duration with processing times to take roughly six months, much alike to the Express Entry stream for skilled workers. Plans are in place to process up to 2000 applications via the AIPP scheme in 2017. The AIPP does not have a point based system and applicants will not need to go through the Express Entry system.

The Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP), the Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP) and Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP) are the three routes which make up the AIPP. The level of education, work experience, skill and a job offer will determine which of the three routes is right for an applicant. Graduates with a job offer will be eligible for the AIGP without work experience.

Atlantic Province employer is heavily involved in the new innovative program for Canada. There is no requirement for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) normally needed by employers hiring a foreign worker. Some variations of employer processes exist between the provinces.  Employers who need to fill a vacancy fast can apply for a temporary work permit for the prospective employee and family as long as a permanent residence application is submitted within 90 days. 

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