Ministerial Instructions 23 (MI23): Atlantic Immigration Pilot

Effective March 6, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship’s (IRCC) twenty third set of Ministerial Instructions (MI23) introduced the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot consists of three programs designed to provide workers with permanent residency and facilitate their integration into the region with employer support. Eligible skilled immigrants and international graduate students with a job offer from a designated employer in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador and an endorsement from the province, can apply for permanent residence. The Pilot will run for three years until December 31, 2019.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is created under section 14.1 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which allows the Minister to issue instructions to create economic immigration programs that are limited to a duration of five years.

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