Eligibility criteria for international graduates – Atlantic Immigration Pilot
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) has 3 programs:
- Atlantic High-Skilled Program
- Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
- Atlantic International Graduate Program
If you’ve lived and studied in one of the Atlantic provinces, you may be eligible to apply for the Atlantic International Graduate Program.
To apply for the program, you must:
1. Find out if you’re eligible
To qualify for the, you must:
- have lived in an Atlantic province for at least 16 months in the 2 years before getting your degree, diploma or credential
- meet the education requirements
- take a language test to show you can communicate in English or French
- show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family when you get to Canada
This program doesn’t require work experience.
You must meet all of these requirements:
- You must have at least a 2-year degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship credential from a recognized publicly funded institution in an Atlantic province.
- You must have been a full-time student for the entire duration of your studies.
- You graduated from this institution in the 24 months before we receive your permanent resident application.
- You lived in the Atlantic province of the institution granting the education credential for at least 16 months within the 24‑month period before the credential was granted.
- You had the visa or permit you needed to work, study or train in Canada.
Your study or training program can’t be either:
- English or French second-language courses for more than half the length of the program
- distance learning undertaken for more than half the length of the program
You can’t apply if you had a scholarship or fellowship requiring you to return to your home country after you graduate.
You can accelerate your studies and complete your education credential in less than 2 years. The education credential must still be considered as part of a 2-year program by the educational institution at which it is being offered.
Note: The entire 2-year program education credential must be obtained from 1 single institution and must have been obtained within 24 months of the date on the application for permanent residence.
Education outside Canada
Only your education in Canada is considered. However, if you have education credentials from outside Canada you want to include, you must have your education outside Canada assessed.
Even though you were educated in Canada, you must take one of the language tests we approve. The test shows you can communicate in English or French well enough to live and work in Canada.
Learn about language testing for the AIP.
If you have taken an approved test, you can send those results if they
- are less than 2 years old
- 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 also 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 [IMM 5650] (PDF, 1.55 MB) form.
- The employer has been designated as an employer taking part in the AIP by the Atlantic province where you’ll be working (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island). 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 National Occupational Classification (NOC).
- The employer is offering you a job that will last for at least 1 year.
You must meet employment requirements for the job you are offered. You can find these requirements in the 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 permanent residence application.
To save time, start filling in your application before all of the steps are completed. Gather the documents that go with your application as soon as you can.
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