Eligibility criteria for intermediate-skilled workers – Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot has 3 programs:

  • High-Skilled Program
  • Intermediate-Skilled Program
  • International Graduate Program

To apply for the Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program, you must:

  1. Find out if you're eligible
  2. Get a job offer
  3. Submit your application

1. Find out if you’re eligible

Work experience

In the last 3 years, you must have worked at least 1,560 hours. This is how many hours you would have worked in 1 year if you worked 30 hours per week.

Here is how to calculate your hours:

  • Count hours worked in part-time and full-time jobs.
  • The hours must be in one occupation, but they can be with different employers.
  • You must have been paid for these hours. Volunteering or unpaid internships don’t count.
  • Don’t count hours when you were self-employed.
  • These working hours can be inside or outside Canada.
  • The hours must have been accumulated over a period of at least 12 months.

You can use your work experience to qualify for the intermediate-skilled worker program in 2 different ways.

Option 1

You have work experience at National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level C.

NOC skill level C is a type of job that usually requires a secondary (high school) education and/or job-specific training, such as:

  • industrial butchers
  • long-haul truck drivers
  • food and beverage servers

Option 2

You have work experience:

  • as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC skill level A 3012), or
  • as a licensed practical nurse (NOC skill level B 3233)


  • you have one of the following job offers:
    • a nurse’s aide, orderly or patient services associate (NOC skill level C 3413), or
    • a home support worker (NOC skill level C 4412)


You must have one of the following:

  • a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree
  • a foreign degree, diploma, or certificate equal to a Canadian credential. You need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a recognized organization to show your credential is valid and equal to a Canadian credential. If you already have an ECA report, it must be less than 5 years old when we receive your permanent resident application.


You must take one of the language tests we approve. It will show you can communicate in English or French well enough to live and work in Canada.

Learn about language testing for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

If you have taken one of the approved tests, you can send those results if they:

  • are less than 2 years old and
  • show you meet the level the program requires

Proof of funds

You need to have enough money to support yourself and your family when you get to Canada. The amount you need depends on the size of your family. The size of your family includes anyone you support who isn’t immigrating with you.

Learn how much money you should have when you arrive in Canada.

If you’re already living and working in Canada with a valid work permit, you don’t need to show proof.

2. Get a job offer

You must have a job offer that meets all of these requirements:

  • The job offer was made using the Offer of Employment to a Foreign National [IMM5650] (PDF, 817.97 KB) form.
  • The employer has been designated as an employer taking part in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot by the Atlantic province (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island) where you’ll be working. They must have a Confirmation of Designation from the province.
  • The job must be full-time, meaning you’ll work at least 30 paid hours per week.
  • The job must be non-seasonal. In general, this means you have consistent and regularly scheduled paid employment throughout the year.
  • The job is skill type/level 0, A, B or C under the NOC.
  • Your employment is permanent, that is there is no set end date.

You must meet employment requirements for the job you are offered. You can find these requirements in the National Occupational Classification (NOC). The job doesn’t need to be in the same NOC as other jobs you’ve had.

3. Submit your application

When you and the employer have completed all the steps, you can submit your application.

To save time, start filling in your permanent resident application before all of the steps are completed. Gather the documents that go with your application as soon as you can.

Application for the Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

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