Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP): Putting an application into processing

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

IRCC started accepting permanent residence applications under the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) on March 6, 2022.

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Putting an application into processing

Following a positive completeness check, the Centralized Intake Office in Sydney (CIO – Sydney) does the following:

Once an application for the AIP has been assessed as complete under section 10 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), the application is put into processing.

For all AIP applications, the processing office is responsible for

The processing office should carry out normal security screening procedures once the application is put into processing. The office should also issue medical instructions to applicants.

Processing family members

The CIO – Sydney receives and triages all applications submitted under the AIP. The application is transferred to the relevant processing office, where both the principal applicant and all family members (inland or overseas) should be processed.

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