Eligibility criteria for international graduates – Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot has 3 programs:

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

If you’ve lived and studied in one of the Atlantic provinces, you may be eligible to apply under the Atlantic International Graduate Program.

To apply for the Atlantic International Graduate 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

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 in Canada

Work experience

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 one of the Atlantic provinces for at least 16 months in the 2 years before getting your degree, diploma or educational credential.
  • 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 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.

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 Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

If you took one of the approved tests, 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 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 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 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 International Graduate Program

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