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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program- AIPP

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program- AIPP

In 2016, the Minister of Canada Immigration came into a meeting with the Provincial Premiers of four Provinces, namely Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador. They discussed about areas that are facing severe shortage of workforce and designed solutions to overcome it. In 2017, the Government of Canada took the initiative to announce a new immigration program for the Atlantic regions of Canada.. To meet the growing need of skilled workforce in these provinces, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program was introduced.

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The Atlantic Immigration Pilot program aimed at bringing skilled talent to the nation at a faster pace and on the basis of the employer demand. Professionals who intend to live in the four provinces are chosen by employers, offered with job on meeting parameters and followed by permanent residency status.  During the initial year of its launch, the AIPP program was mere a pilot program, with a target of only 2000 applications. On meeting a huge success by the end of the year, the Government of Canada announced that the program shall be open for the next three years.

  1. To meet the demographic challenges and shortage of skilled workforce, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program was introduced by the government of Canada in collaboration with provincial governments of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador.

    The Atlantic Immigration pilot program works through an employer-preference selection system. This means if you want to settle in any of these four provinces by obtaining permanent resident visa through AIPP, you must initially apply for relevant jobs and be chosen by employers. Only upon receiving a valid job offer letter from the employer of specific Atlantic province, you will be allowed to proceed with the visa application formalities.

    The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has been divided into three categories. You can apply for any of the below category programs (which best suit your occupation criteria)

    Atlantic High Skilled Program: You can apply for PR through this program if you have completed your high school education and an employment offer (contract of 1 year full-time work) from an employer of the Atlantic province. The offer must be for occupation listed under NOC Skill Type/Level 0,A, or B, from an employer of the Atlantic province.

    Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program: You can apply for this program if you have high school education and a 1 year full time job offer from an employer of the Atlantic province, in an occupation listed under NOC Level 0, A, B, or C.

    Atlantic International Graduate Program: You must be an international student with 1 year employment contract from an employer of the Atlantic province. The offer must be in any occupation listed under NOC Skill type/level 0,A,B or C.

  2. You must meet the following prerequisites to apply for PR through Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program:

    • Age above 18 years
    • Minimum high school (for international graduate program at least post-secondary diploma from a public funded institute of Atlantic region)
    • Minimum 1 year work experience

    Work experience is not required if you are applying for the international graduate program

    • Good Language Skills (proven by IELTS CLB 4 in English or French)
    • Job offer from Atlantic Province employer (full-time 1 year contract)
    • Letter of Endorsement
    • Educational Credential Assessment

  3. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is different from the other immigration programs of Canada. This program is ideal for you if you are stuck in the Express Entry with low CRS, or have less work experience or are unable to reach the CLB level for other programs.

    • You are eligible even if you have secondary school qualification/occupation specific training
    • You can also apply if your occupation is featured in NOC Level C category (which otherwise is not accepted by other programs)
    • You can apply if your English Language (IELTS score) is as low as CLB 4

    • Canadian permanent residency status
    • Unrestricted rights to travel (multiple entry)
    • Social security and benefits

  4. Job Application: The first step to Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is to get an employment offer letter from an employed based in any four provinces, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador. This offer letter must hold a contract validity of 1 year.

    For this you can start applying for jobs through recruitment portals of Canada, LinkedIn connections, hiring groups, classifieds etc. To help you in this aspect, we offer specialized job search service to the applicants of AIPP. Resume is modified as per acceptance standards of Canada and then job marketing is done on profile. Assistance is given in interview preparation and after formalities.

    Offer Letter: Employers who feel that your profile best suits their requirement select you and offer employment letter. Based on this letter, you can proceed with the formalities of visa.

    Visa Application: Permanent Residence visa application with relevant documents must be submitted to Canada on proving sufficient funds, good health, moral character and job confirmation.

  5. To settle in the Atlantic provinces of Canada, you need to show specific funds to the Canadian Government. This will prove that you are financially sound to live and settle in Canada with your family.

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    Note: This money cannot be borrowed by other person. You will need this amount to carry your living in Canada.

    • Counseling & Guidance
    • Evaluation
    • Customized Orientation & document checklist
    • Education Credential Assessment assistance
    • Resume Writing Service
    • Cover Letter Preparation
    • Job Search Assistance
    • Interview Preparation Assistance
    • Visa Process & Documentation
    • After Landing Assistance

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Under the Skilled Trades Worker category, the following family members may be included in an application:

  • Spouse or common law partner
  • Dependent child/children


The FSTW visas are generally processed in 6-12 months. The selection pattern solely depends upon the frequency of draws and ranking of the applicant in the pool.


In order to apply for a FSTW visa, the applicant must a qualifying job offer or a certificate of trades from the selected province. This certificate is called the certificate of qualification and symbolizes the candidates trade skills are recognized and accepted.

Note: We are a visa service provider & not any placement agency. We do not deal in any kind of direct placements/jobs but assistance only.

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