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Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

Atlantic Immigration Program

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Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

The Atlantic Immigration Program provides a path to permanent residency for qualified foreign employees and international graduates who desire to work and live in one of Canada's four Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador).
To immigrate to Atlantic Canada through this program, you must be either a recent graduate of a recognized post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada, or a skilled worker.

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The following requirements must be met if you are applying to Atlantic Immigration Program:

1- Job Offer from a Designated Employer

You must have a job offer to work from a designated employer in one of the four Atlantics provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

The job offer must meet all of these requirements:

  • The job offer must be full time and non-seasonal.
  • For NOC TEER 0, 1, 2 and 3 (➨Appendix 1) job offers, the employer is offering you a job that will last at least 1 year from the time you become a permanent resident.
  • For NOC TEER 4 job offers, the employer is offering you permanent employment, that is, there is no set end date.
  • The job offer cannot come from a company where you or your spouse is a majority owner.
  • The job offer must be at the same skill level as or higher than, the work experience that you qualified for, unless you’re an international graduate from a recognized post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada.
  • You don’t need to have a job offer at the same skill level, or higher, if you have a job offer in any of these health-care sector jobs:
    • Work experience in NOC 32101 (licensed practical nurses) and NOC 31301 (registered nurses) can be used as qualifying work experience if you have a job offer in NOC 33102 (nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates) or NOC 44101 (home health care workers).

You must also meet employment requirements for the job you are offered. The job doesn’t need to be in the same NOC as other jobs you’ve had.

2- Endorsement by the Province

The province must endorse the job offer before you can apply for permanent resident status. For the endorsement application to be approved, your employer must be able to show that they haven’t been able to fill the job locally and that the job meets the program requirement. Your employer must send you a settlement plan for you and your family.
The provinces handle endorsement and the procedure for endorsement may be different for each province.

If the province endorses the job offer, they will send a Certificate of Endorsement to you.

3- Minimum Work Experience

There is no work experience requirement if you are an international graduate from an eligible program in Canada. The program of education must be a degree, diploma, certificate or trade or apprenticeship certificate in a program of at least two (2) years in length from a recognized post-secondary institution in one of the Atlantic Provinces.
In order to be eligible without work experience, you must have been studying full-time and have lived in the province. In addition, you must have had the visa or permit you needed to work, study or get training while you were in Canada.

Unless you are an international graduate, you must have worked an equivalent of at least for one (1) year in the last five (5) years in a paid job that falls under NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Self-employed work, volunteering and unpaid internship don’t count. The hours must be in one (1) occupation, but they can be with different employers.

4- Education

If you have a job offer at the NOC TEER 0 or 1, you must have a minimum of equal to a Canadian one-year post-secondary certificate.
If you have a job offer at the NOC TEER 2, 3, 4, you must have a minimum of Canadian high school diploma or equivalent foreign credential.

Candidates with a foreign education must provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report (➨Appendix 3) for their foreign education.

The ECA Report must not be more than five (5) years old prior to the date the application is submitted.

5- Language Ability

If your work experience in Canada is in NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, 3 jobs, you must have an approved test results taken within the past two (2) years and have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 5 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5).

If your work experience in Canada is in NOC TEER 4 jobs, you must have taken an approved test results taken within the past two (2) years and have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 4 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5).

6- Settlement Funds

You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada based on 12.5% of Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) (➨Appendix 2), unless you are already living and working in Canada with a valid work permit.

7- Ineligibility

You are not eligible to apply under the Atlantic Immigration Program if you are a refugee claimant in Canada, a failed refugee claimant, had a removal order, are prohibited from entering or being in Canada, do not have status in Canada or are living illegally in your country of residence.

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Step 1: Apply for Job

The first step is to obtain a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada. Please note the IRCC will not match you with open jobs.
If your employer is not designated, they may choose to become designated when they wish to hire you.

Step 2: Get a Settlement Plan

After you get a job offer from a designated employer, you need to get a settlement plan. A settlement plan will help you and your family adjusts to your new home in Atlantic Canada. It will provide you with useful resources and contacts to help you feel welcome in your new community.
If you’re already in Canada, you must work with a settlement service provider organization in the region where you’ll be working. Your designated employer can help you find one.
If you’re outside Canada, there are several settlement service provider organizations in Canada you can contact. Check with your designated employer for recommendations.

Find a settlement service provider organization and get a settlement plan. (➨

Once you have your settlement plan, give a copy to your employer and keep a copy for yourself. If you’re not in Canada, bring the plan with you when you move to Canada.

Step 3: Endorsement by the Atlantic Province

Upon receiving the qualifying job offer and your settlement plan, the province must endorse your job offer.

Don’t submit your permanent residence application until you confirm with the employer that your offer has been endorsed.

If the province endorses your job offer, you’ll get a Certificate of Endorsement in the mail. Include your endorsement certificate with your permanent residence application.

Your employer will handle the process of endorsement application.

If your job offer is from a designated employer from New Brunswick, the endorsement process must be done online by you and your employer. Your employer must instruct you to register via the INB Portal (➨ Within the INB portal you must choose the Atlantic Immigration Program and follow the instructions.

You need to provide INB Employer Designation number and a pdf copy of the signed letter of offer or signed contract of employment prior to registration.
Then you must send an “Approval Request to Employer” to your employer’s account. Once your employer has approved your submission, you can continue and complete your application.
Because you have an offer of employment from a New Brunswick employer, you will receive an invitation to apply (ITA) from your employer. Once you receive this notification, you will have up to 45 calendar days from the date of the ITA to submit a complete application via the INB portal. If you fail to submit a complete application by the deadline, the ITA will be automatically removed and the employer and you will have to start that process again.
Once you and the employer have submitted all completed components of the application, the application will be assessed.
If you are endorsed by an Atlantic Province, you can then apply for Permanent Residence.
Remember, that you must maintain the conditions of their endorsement while awaiting a decision on your PR application. The endorsement certificate shall be valid for six (6) months from the date of issuance and is considered valid if the applicant submits a complete application for PR before the expiry date on the endorsement certificate.

Step 4: Apply for Permanent Residence

Your next step is to submit a complete application for a permanent resident visa, within six (6) months. You must submit your application using the IRCC Permanent Residence Portal (PR Portal) (➨ 

If your application is complete, you will receive a letter or an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This letter is called the Acknowledge of Receipt (AOR) and will include your IRCC file number.

Once you have received your acknowledgement of receipt, you can create an online account and link your application to it. By creating an account, you will be able to receive email updates and a more detailed case status.

Optional Step: Apply for a Temporary Work Permit

Once you receive a job offer from a designated employer and endorsement letter from province, you will become eligible to apply for a temporary work permit (➨Page).

Step 5: Biometrics

During processing, you will be asked to submit your biometrics.

You and any member of your family between 14 and 79 years old need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) for permanent residence application you submit, even if you gave your biometrics in the past, and they’re still valid. You will be contacted to give your biometrics and you will have 30 days from the date on the letter to do it.

Permanent Residence


Apply Online (PR Portal)
Official Program Guide:
IRCC Application Fees:
Main applicant: $850
Spouse: $850
Each child: $230
RPRF main applicant: $515
RPRF spouse: $515
Biometrics: $85
(per person if applicable)
Processing Time:
Document Checklist:
1-888-242-2100 (in Canada)
1-613-944-4000 (outside Canada)
Web Form:
Visa Office:
If you apply for permanent residence and are in Canada, you may qualify for an exemption from having to give your biometrics.
In order to give biometrics you need to go to an official biometrics collection service point. You must give your biometrics in person.

Before you go, check the location’s website for its services and fees at (➨ Depending on the location, you may need to make an appointment.

Step 6: Medical and Background Checks

After the assessment of your application based on the eligibility criteria of the program is completed, a decision is being made on your application based on the results of your medical exam, police certificates and background checks.
You and your family (and all your dependents, accompanying or not) must pass medical, criminal and security checks to receive permanent residence. If you or any of your dependents are found medically or criminally inadmissible, your application will be refused.
Medical Checks:

Instructions on how to get the medical exam done will be sent to you upon completion of selection based on the program’s eligibility criteria. You and your dependents must go for the medical exam within 30 days of receiving these instructions. Only an approved panel physician (➨ can do a complete medical exam for immigration reasons.

Once the exam is done, the physician will send the results to IRCC and will give you a document confirming that a medical exam is done.
Background Checks:
Background check is a required procedure to verify your criminal and/or security background to ensure you are admissible to Canada. Criminality and Security together are background checks. Criminality check is performed by RCMP (Police Service of Canada), and Security by CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) and CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency).

Step 7: Landing in Canada

If your application is approved, you will be asked to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven't already done so. You will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and if you are from a country that requires a visa you will also be issued a permanent resident visa.

You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry. This is referred to as ‘landing in Canada' (➨page).

You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one (1) year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as the Canada Immigration Visa is received.

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