Skilled Migration Visa AIPP

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)


AIPP is an employer-driven immigration program designed to help the employers in Atlantic Canada to hire skilled candidates that they have not been able to find locally.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a fast-track immigration program that allows employers in Canada's four Atlantic provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island — to hire foreign nationals for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally.

The program was initiated in 2017 for immigrants and their families to work and settle in Canada. It is a highly successful program where updating and adjustments had been made from time to time to include changes as per the market requirement. The Atlantic immigration pilot program provinces have therefore agreed to extend the program till 2021. Experts opine that the Canadian federal government aims to offer job opportunities to as many as 7,000 immigrants through AIPP by 2021.

About the AIPP

The AIPP is mutually beneficial platform that supports both immigrants and Canadian employers seeking young skilled workers and professionals to run industries and manufacturing units efficiently. Every year Canadian employers assess several applications of immigrant seekers and recruit them based on qualification, work experience and demand of Labour markets.

The AIPP focus five areas where job opportunities and growth is plenty. These sectors are trade and investment; entrepreneurship and innovation; skill-based industries; real estate and infrastructure development; and growth based units having environmental centric norms and compliance mechanisms.

There is no points system under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, and the program operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

The AIPP has two sub-programs for skilled workers and one sub-program for international student graduates

·         Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP):  

This is meant for skilled workers who have completed the high school education and have got one year fulltime job offer in NOC skill type/level “O” (management jobs), NOC skill type/level “A” (professional jobs) or NOC skill type/level “B” (technical jobs and skilled trades) from any of the Atlantic Provinces.


·         Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP):

This program is for those applicants who have got one year full time job offer in NOC skill type/level O, A, B or C (job that usually requires a secondary education and/or job-specific training) from any of the Atlantic Province.       

These two programs attract a large number of professionals and skilled     workers to work and settle in Atlantic province.

·         Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP):

This program helps international students in Canada or those who have secured degree from recognized Canadian institutes to secure Canada Permanent Residence without having relevant work experience.

The work experience, education, and job offer required will depend on whether the individual is applying as a worker or as an international student graduate. The other requirements are the same for both.


Below table shows key Eligibility Requirements of AIPP

Eligibility Parameters

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)

Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)

Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

Job offer from a designated employer

Full time

Full time

Full time


One-year contract

One-year contract

NOC 0, A, B or C

NOC 0, A or B

NOC 0, A, B or C

Skilled work experience

One year in occupation related to job offer



Completion of at least high school

Two-year post-secondary diploma from a publicly funded learning institution in the Atlantic region, obtained within the 12 months before the submission of the application for permanent residence.

Educational Credential Assessment or Canadian credential is required


Level 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in English or in French

Provincial endorsement

Letter of endorsement


The documents required for the AIPP

·       Identity documents (like a valid passport)

·       Language Test result (IELTS or TEF)

·       Canadian High School diploma or an Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA) to  confirm  Canadian equivalency of your education

·       Proof of funds

·       Letters of employment

·       Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) & Medical Certificate

·       Certificate of Endorsement

·       A valid settlement plan

All these documents ready when you submit your application for PR Visa

Processing time for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

AIPP Canada program processing time will depend on two things majorly - The labor demand in the region and the credentials of the applicant who wishes to relocate. However, since the program is all about meeting the employer's need for a competent and skilled worker, the program aims to help the applicants move to Canada as quickly as possible so that they can contribute to the region's economic welfare. Thus, the AIPP Canada program processing time is one of the fastest.

Other ways to immigrate to Atlantic Canada

The Atlantic provinces have already been active in immigration over recent years, principally through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Through these programs, the provinces have been able to welcome a wide range of skilled workers, graduates who have studied in Canada, and business immigrants such as entrepreneurs.

Since 2015, each Atlantic province has created at least one PNP stream aligned with the federal Express Entry system, allowing candidates in the Express Entry pool who are also eligible to immigrate through one of these streams to submit an application to immigrate to the given province.

Currently, the Atlantic PNP options include:

·        Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

·        New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

·        Newfoundland And Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)

·        Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)


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