- 2017 Jan 31
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has been announced by the Canadian Immigration, with an emphasis on attracting international students to 4 provinces. The pilot program will run for three years, which involves provinces, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. Around 2,000 newcomers are invited to submit their application for permanent residence as of March 2017.
This is part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy designed to improve the settlement process for newcomers. The plan emphasize on ensuring that economic immigrants who arrive will have a job offer from a designated employer and a settlement plan for themselves and their family, if applicable.
There are three categories within the pilot program:
- The Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP), targeting candidates with a qualifying job offer for a one-year contract for full-time employement in a position at level 0, A, or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC);
- The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP), targeting candidates with a qualifying job offer of indeterminate duration for full-time employment in a position at level 0, A, B, or C of the NOC; and
- The Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP), targeting international graduates of post-secondary study programs of at least two years’ duration, undertaken at a publicly-funded institution in the Atlantic region. Such graduates are also required to have a qualifying job offer.