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Atlantic Immigration Pilot to become permanent in 2022


The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is a popular pathway for immigration to the four Atlantic provinces of Canada, which are Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. The Pilot Program was launched by the Government of Canada in 2017, with an aim to help the employers in Atlantic Canada to hire foreign workers for vacancies they cannot fill locally. The Program has been a huge success and benefited international graduates and foreign skilled workers in a significant manner. The Pilot Program will end on December 31, 2021. However, considering the success of the Program, the Canadian government has decided to make it permanent. It is expected that the new permanent Atlantic Immigration Program will be launched on March 5th, 2022.pnp-finder

Provinces stop receiving AIPP applications

As of December 31, 2021, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot is closing, and provincial endorsements will no longer be issued. If you have a valid provincial certificate of endorsement, you can still apply for permanent residence under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot until March 5, 2022. The pilot will be replaced with a new program, with details to come.

The province of New Brunswick has informed that the designation of the employers, currently designated under the Program will expire on December 31. The province will no longer be accepting applications for employer designation. Current designated employers endorsing candidates through the AIPP will be allowed to do so, only until November 21. The Province of Nova Scotia has also stopped receiving invitations under the AIPP.

Eligibility requirements for Current AIPP

To be eligible to migrate to Canada under the AIPP, you need to meet certain eligibility requirements. Either you must be a recent graduate from one of the publicly funded institutions of Atlantic Canada or a skilled worker who meets the program requirements. You must also receive a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada.

The current AIPP has three programs under it, which are:

Atlantic International Graduate Program

This program is for international graduates who have obtained a degree, diploma or other educational credential from a publicly funded institution in an Atlantic province. The candidate must also have lived in an Atlantic province for at least 16 months in the two years before obtaining their degree, diploma or other credential. However, it is not necessary for the international graduates to have work experience to be eligible.

Atlantic High-Skilled Program

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program is for those candidates who have worked in a management, professional or technical/skilled job for at least a year. They should have a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent education.

Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program

The candidate must have worked in a job that requires a high school education and/or job-specific training for at least a year. The minimum educational qualification required is a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent education.

For all these programs, the candidates must have taken a language test and prove that they have enough funds to support themselves and their dependents to settle in Canada. In the case of skilled worker programs, employers must also meet certain requirements.

With Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program becoming permanent, it is expected that skilled workers will be able to move to the Atlantic Provinces and explore the numerous opportunities that await them there.

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