Last Updated on August 18, 2020
Candidates for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) can submit Work Permit applications online as of Monday, August 17, as part of the federal government’s coronavirus response.
A Program Delivery Update was issued Monday confirming the move, with paper applications still accepted until September 1.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot operates as a partnership between Canada’s federal government and the four provinces in the region:
It is an employer-led pilot that aims to bring candidates to the region to fill positions for which Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not available.
Certain candidates can apply for a temporary work permit before sending their permanent resident application. This allows them to start work while their application for permanent residence is processed.
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Three programs operate under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which target different types of candidates.
1) Atlantic High-Skilled Program
The Atlantic High-Skilled Program is aimed at skilled workers with management, professional or technical/skilled job experience. There are also other requirements. The job offer must last for at least one year.
2) Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program is aimed at candidates for jobs requiring a high school education and/or job-specific training. There are also other requirements. The job offer must be permanent.
3) Atlantic International Graduate Program
The Atlantic International Graduate Program is aimed at candidates who have a degree, diploma or other credential from a publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province. Work experience is not required. The job offer must last for at least one year.