Atlantic Immigration Pilot Programs: Other situations

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Only the principal applicant must be named in the endorsement. If the applicant’s family composition changes during processing, the applicant must inform IRCC by writing to the processing office where they submitted their application, but there is no need for a new or amended endorsement. For more information, see OP2, section 7.7: adding a family member during processing.

Changing immigration category

An applicant who has applied in another category, and who is subsequently endorsed by an Atlantic province, must submit a new application under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot programs. In such a case, the following applies:

  • If the initial application has not been placed into processing and the applicant wishes to withdraw the application, the processing fee can be refunded;
  • If the initial application has been placed into processing, no refund is possible;
  • If the applicant does not wish to withdraw the initial application, processing on both applications may continue, but only one permanent resident visa can be issued to an applicant. For concerns relating to the applicant’s intent to reside in the province that endorsed them see Ability to become economically established and intent to reside in the endorsing Atlantic province.
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