Hire through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot: temporary work permit (optional)

Optional: referral letter for temporary work permit

Candidates who meet the requirements to apply for permanent resident status may be eligible to apply for a temporary work permit.

This permit lets the candidate begin work while their permanent resident application is being processed.

The permit:

  • is only for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot
  • is valid for 1 year
  • only lets the candidate work for you

The candidate must send their permanent resident application within 90 days of submitting the temporary work permit application.

In order for the candidate to apply for a work permit, you must request a Referral Letter from the provincial government when you apply for endorsement. When the candidate applies for a temporary work permit, they must include the Referral Letter with their application, and you must complete some more steps.

Getting a temporary work permit doesn’t guarantee we’ll approve the permanent resident application.

Starting May 1, 2019, candidates applying for a temporary work permit will need to show that they meet the requirements for:

The requirements are specific to the stream the worker is being hired under. Work experience is only required for the Intermediate-skilled and High-skilled Programs in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

Learn how candidates for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot can apply for a temporary work permit.

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