Canada is a popular destination for immigrants from around the world.
It’s a country known for its high quality of life, welcoming people, and excellent opportunities for employment and education.
One way to immigrate to Canada is through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), which is designed to help employers in the Atlantic region of Canada fill labor shortages by hiring skilled workers from other countries.
In this article, we’ll explain how to immigrate to Canada through the AIPP.
How to Immigrate to Canada through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
Step 1: Determine if You’re Eligible
The first step to immigrating to Canada through the AIPP is to determine if you’re eligible. To be eligible, you must have a job offer from an employer in one of the Atlantic provinces of Canada: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador. Your job offer must be for a full-time position that lasts at least one year and must be in one of the following categories:
- Skill Type 0: Management jobs
- Skill Level A: Professional jobs that usually require a degree from a university
- Skill Level B: Technical jobs and skilled trades that usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training
- Skill Level C: Intermediate jobs that usually require high school and/or job-specific training
- Skill Level D: Labor jobs that usually require on-the-job training
In addition to having a job offer, you must also meet the following requirements:
- Have at least one year of work experience in the job you’re being hired for
- Meet the minimum language requirements in English or French
- Have enough money to support yourself and your family members who are immigrating with you
- Have a plan to settle in one of the Atlantic provinces
Step 2: Find an Employer and Get a Job Offer
Once you’ve determined that you’re eligible for the AIPP, the next step is to find an employer in one of the Atlantic provinces who is willing to hire you. You can search for job postings on job search websites, or you can contact employers directly. You may also want to consider hiring a recruiter to help you find a job.
When you find an employer who is interested in hiring you, they will need to provide you with a job offer letter that includes the following information:
- Your job title
- A detailed description of your job duties
- The salary you’ll be paid
- The length of your employment contract
- The location of your job
- The name of your employer
Your employer will also need to apply for a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which is a document that shows that there are no Canadian workers available to fill the job you’re being hired for. Your employer will need to submit the job offer letter and other supporting documents to the Canadian government to get the LMIA.
Step 3: Apply for the AIPP
Once you have a job offer and an LMIA, you can apply for the AIPP. There are three categories under the AIPP that you can apply for:
- Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP): This program is for skilled workers with a job offer for a Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A position.
- Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP): This program is for skilled workers with a job offer for a Skill Level B position.
- Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP): This program is for international students who have graduated from a post-secondary institution in one of the Atlantic provinces and have a job offer for a Skill Type 0, Skill Level A, or Skill Level B position