The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) Program resumed accepting new applications for work permits on August 17. Indeed, good news for skilled foreigners who consider immigration to Canada despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada inform that paper-based applications will be processed until September 1, 2020.
As a matter of fact, the AIP is a great immigration opportunity for foreigners who can secure a job offer in one of the Canadian Atlantic provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.
To apply for a work permit, potential applicants must get an employment offer in the Atlantic province with a referral letter from the province. Then, after the approval, they will have 90 days to submit a PR application.
These are principal requirements that allow for a one-year employer-specific work permit. Besides, there’re many advantages to Canadian immigration programs. One of them is an opportunity to come to Canada with a spouse or common-law partner. Therefore, approved candidates under the AIP can bring with them their close relatives. Furthermore, Canadian employers don’t have to provide a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) via this immigration pathway.
The AIP procedure
After a candidate accepts a job offer, the employer, together with a settlement service provider organization, connects with the candidate. This step is necessary to work out a settlement plan based on the candidate’s needs. On their side, employers also commit to contributing to the long-term integration of newly arrived immigrants.
Note, foreign applicants have to complete employer-specific applications online and not at a port entry. Once the temporary work permit is submitted and approved, applicants will have 90 days to submit a permanent residence application.
Both foreign workers and international students can qualify for the AIP. This is possible because it offers three streams: the Atlantic High-Skilled Program, the Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program, and the Atlantic International Graduate Program.
Skilled workers are required to have at least one year of work experience related to their job offer. On the other hand, international students are exempt from the same requirement, although their job offer must be full-time for at least one year. All occupations in the AIP are outlined in categories under 0, A, B, or C.
An additional requirement is proof of language proficiency, that is, English or French language level 4 that corresponds to a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB). Plus, test results shouldn’t be older than two years.
The Atlantic Immigration Program will run until December 31, 2021. This pilot program was launched in 2017 and intended to help more than 7,000 foreigners immigrate to Canada. Since that, the program has been a significant factor contributing to the fulfillment of the Canadian immigration objectives. As announced in his mandate letter, Minister Marco Mendicino will make the AIP a permanent immigration program.