Canada AIP Program

AIP Program

The AIP (Atlantic Immigration Pilot) program is an immigration pathway designed to attract skilled workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs to Canada’s Atlantic provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Here are the key details of the AIP program:

  1. Eligibility Criteria:
    • You must have a valid job offer from an employer in one of the participating provinces.
    • The job offer must be for a full-time, non-seasonal position at skill levels 0, A, or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
    • You must have a minimum of one year of work experience related to the job within the past three years.
  2. Designated Employers:
    • Employers must be designated by the respective provincial government to participate in the AIP program.
    • These employers assist in facilitating the immigration process for eligible candidates.
  3. Language Proficiency:
    • You must demonstrate proficiency in English or French through approved language tests such as IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program).
  4. Education Requirements:
    • There are no specific educational requirements for the AIP program, but having relevant education or training can enhance your application.
  5. Settlement Fund:
    • You must show that you have enough funds to support yourself and any family members accompanying you to Canada.
  6. Application Process:
    • The application process involves several steps, including obtaining a job offer from a designated employer, obtaining an endorsement from the respective provincial government, and applying for permanent residence to the federal government.Processing Time:
  7. Processing Time:
    • Processing times vary depending on the completeness of your application and other factors but generally range from several months to a year.
  8. Spousal and Dependent Children:
    • Spouses/common-law partners and dependent children can accompany you to Canada and are eligible for open work permits and study permits, respectively.
  9. Permanent Residence:
    • Successful applicants and their families become permanent residents of Canada, with access to various social benefits and the opportunity to apply for Canadian citizenship after meeting residency requirements.
  10. Provincial Endorsement:
    • Each participating province has its own criteria for endorsing candidates. It’s essential to review the specific requirements of the province you intend to apply to.


Remember to check the official website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the most up-to-date information and requirements regarding the AIP program


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