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Work Permit for Atlantic Immigration Program (WP-AIP)

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Work Permit through International Mobility Program (IMP)

If you meet the requirements for permanent residence under the Atlantic Immigration Program (➨Page), you may be eligible to apply for a maximum of 2-year temporary work permit as per the offer of employment.

You must:
  • Have a job offer from a designated employer under the Atlantic immigration Program.
  • Have a Referral Letter issued by the Atlantic Province where you will be working, asking IRCC to issue a work permit
  • Proficiency in an official language according to Program requirements
  • Have an acceptable educational credential and work experience for the Program
Qualified applicants are exempted from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)(➨ under paragraph R204(c) of Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) (exemption code C18).
To see a list of LMIA exemption Codes (➨

Your spouse or common law partner can apply for an open work permit if your job is listed as TEER 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4 in the National Occupation Classification (NOC)(➨Appendix 1).

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Step 1: Submit work permit application

The application process for a temporary work permit for AIP (LMIA Exemption code C18) is online. You can’t apply on paper.

When you complete your work permit application, select “Exemption from Labour Market Impact Assessment” as the type of work permit in the “Details of intended work in Canada” section.
Your application for the work permit must include the following:
  • The offer of employment from designated employer and proof your employer has paid the employer compliance fee of $230. For LMIA-exempt work permits, your employer must give you the Offer of Employment Number that begins with the letter “A” and is followed by seven digits.
  • A Referral Letter issued by one of the Atlantic Provinces, asking IRCC to issue a work permit.
To find out how to submit your application (➨

Step 2: Get your fingerprints and photo taken (biometrics)

You and any members of your family between 14 and 79 years old (excluding U.S. nationals) need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics). You only need to give your biometrics once every 10 years. If you gave biometrics in the past as part of an application for a visitor visa, work or study permit and they’re still valid, you don’t need to give them again.
You don’t need to give biometrics if you gave biometrics for your permanent residence application that is still being processed.
You will be contacted to give your biometrics and you will have 30 days from the date on the letter to do it.
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.
Temporary Work Permit
Submit Online Application:
Official Program Guide:
IRCC Application Fees:
Applicant: $155
Applicant with Open WP $100
Open WP – Spouse $155
Each child – Visitor $100
Biometrics: $85
Processing Time:
Document Checklist:

In Canada:

Outside Canada:


1-888-242-2100 (in Canada)

1-613-944-4000 (outside Canada)

Web Form:

Visa Office:

Step 3: Arrival with Work Permit

If your application is approved, you’ll get a letter that says you’re allowed to work in Canada. Bring this letter with you when you travel to Canada. You’ll get your work permit when you arrive in Canada.
The work permit will outline:
  • he type of work you can do
  • the employer you can work for (your own company)
  • where you can work, and
  • how long you can work
If you’re eligible to apply from within Canada, the work permit will be mailed to your Canadian address.

Ready to take the next step towards your Canadian immigration journey? Fill out the form below and embark on your path to new opportunities.




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