The Atlantic Immigration Program provides an opportunity for skilled workers who desire to establish themselves in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, or Prince Edward Island to obtain permanent residency. The Atlantic Immigration Program operates on an employer-centric model, streamlining the process of hiring foreign nationals. For individuals to be eligible for entry into Canada under this program, they must have a job offer from a designated employer, as well as a personalized settlement plan for themselves and their family. Once a designated employer identifies a candidate who meets their employment requirements and program criteria, the employer is responsible for extending a job offer. Notably, employers are exempted from the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process. After accepting the job offer, the candidate will be connected by the employer to a designated settlement service provider organization. This connection facilitates a needs assessment and the creation of a settlement plan tailored to the individual's circumstances. Employers also play a role in supporting the seamless integration of the new immigrant and their family, if applicable, ensuring they can achieve the objectives outlined in their settlement plan upon arrival in Canada. Employers in urgent need of filling a job vacancy are granted access to a temporary work permit, allowing the candidate and their family to enter Canada promptly. Candidates must submit a legitimate job offer, a letter from the province, and a promise to apply for permanent residency within 90 days of their temporary work permit application in order to be eligible for the work permit.
The Atlantic Immigration Program comprises three distinct programs tailored to accommodate various types of candidates.
Note: The specific occupation of the job offer does not need to match the candidate's previous work experience. However, candidates must meet the employment requirements specified in the NOC for the given job.
To be eligible, you must have accumulated at least 1,560 hours of employment, equivalent to a minimum of one year's work experience within the past three years. This experience can be acquired through part-time, non-continuous, or full-time employment as long as the total hours meet the requirement.
Note: In the case of International Graduate Program, having work experience is not a requirement for the candidates.
Applicants must meet one of the following educational requirements:
For overseas educational credentials, an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is necessary to verify its validity and equivalence to a Canadian credential. The ECA must confirm that the education is comparable to a Canadian degree, diploma, or certificate at the post-secondary or secondary level. Additionally, the ECA must be obtained within 5 years from the date of application.
For the Atlantic International Graduate Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
Applicants must meet the following language requirements:
Applicants must provide evidence of adequate financial resources to support themselves and their family members when immigrating to Canada. The specific amount of funds required is determined based on the size of the family, including any non-immigrating members whom the applicants financially support. However, candidates who are already residing and working in Canada with a valid Work Visa are exempt from providing evidence of financial resources.