The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project is a program that helps bring skilled workers from overseas to Canada. It is a pilot program between the government of Canada and the Atlantic region.
The Atlantic region is the region around the Atlantic Ocean. In Canada, there are four regions or provinces around the Atlantic Ocean. These four regions are among the least visited in Canada. This has led to the shortage of skilled workers.
To mitigate this, the Canadian authority, the four Atlantic Provinces and employers in the provinces combined to provide a solution. This solution would be to bring in skilled workers that can't be gotten in those regions from overseas.
New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are the four Atlantic regions that are part of the program.
Having a job is the first requirement of the skilled program. It's not easy to find a job, but if you try hard, you can get a job offer in the four Atlantic Provinces.
Follow this link to see which employers are hiring in each province.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project is for those employers who would like to employ skilled workers from overseas. For you to be accepted into this program, you must have a job first. The pilot has three streams. They are Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program (AISP), Atlantic High-skilled Program (ASHP) and the Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP).
This program is for you if you have worked for at least 1,560 hours within the past three years. That is a year of work if you put in 30 hours per week. Whether your work experience was part time or full time, it should reach the targeted hours needed. This program also requires you to have at least a high school diploma to be eligible to apply. Intermediate skill often needs training after high school, thus the reason for a minimum of high school diploma.
If you had your education, you must prove that your certificate confirms to the Canadian equivalent.
You must have a job offer before applying through this program.
This program requires you to have a degree, diploma, trade certificate or completed an apprenticeship programme in any of the four Atlantic Provinces. With the certification gotten from any institution there, you have shown that you know about the regions and would be able to put efforts in its development.
Unlike the others, this doesn't need work experience. But you have to apply within 12 months of graduation from the institution.
Alternatively, you studied for at least two years in other parts of Canada.
This requires you to have a job offer that matches a Skill Set. This includes professionals like doctors and engineers; trained technical workers like plumbers and electricians, and management roles like restaurant managers, fuel station managers.
You should have a good command of either French or English. You can either take the French tests (TEF) or the English tests which are of two types; CELPIP, the Canadian English proficiency test or the IELTS, an international English test. You should submit it during your application process.
You should be able to show that you have enough funds to support you and your family when you arrive in Canada.
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