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Atlantic Immigration Program Process & Requirements - 2022

This Blog Will Guide Both Employers & Candidates Around The Atlantic Immigration Program Process and Requirements In 2022.

Are you a skilled foreign worker or international graduate from a Canadian institution who is interested in working and living in one of Canada’s Atlantic provinces? Are you an employer in an Atlantic province who is eager to fill a vacant position in your company?

Canada’s Atlantic Provinces are; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador.

If you answered a resounding 'Yes!' to one of those two questions, then the Atlantic Immigration Program—which replaced the formerly known Atlantic Immigration Pilot—may be perfect for you. While the Atlantic Immigration Program is an opportunity for employers to recruit candidates for positions they were unable to fill locally, it is also a pathway for skilled foreign workers and international graduates to obtain permanent residence in Canada.

What Employers need to know

Employers interested in the Atlantic Immigration Program will need to become designated employers by the provincial government of the province where the employee will be working. After receiving the designation necessary to employ candidates through the program, employers must complete the mandatory onboarding and intercultural competency training, all of which are free of charge.

Designated employers will then be able to reach out to or be approached by potential candidates. Once a candidate has been found, a job offer can be made that meets the following requirements:

  • A full-time, non-seasonal position

  • If a NOC 0, A, or B position: must be at least one year long

  • If a NOC C position: must be permanent

  • Must match or exceed the work experience/qualifications of the skilled foreign worker

For Skilled Foreign Worker and International Graduates

Skilled foreign workers must have worked at least 1,560 paid hours in the past 5 years at a national occupational classification skill level to qualify for the program. International students do not have to satisfy the work experience requirement, but they must have graduated from an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution in an Atlantic province to participate in the program.

Both skilled foreign workers and international graduates must meet the following requirements:

  • Educational (at least Canadian secondary diploma or equivalent for NOC 0 or A level jobs; at least 1 year of Canadian post-secondary studies or equivalent for NOC B or C level jobs)

  • Language proficiency

  • Have proof of financial stability (unless you already work and live in Canada with a valid permit)

Once a designated employer has found a successful candidate or vice versa, the employer will offer the job using an offer of employment to a foreign national form. Once the form is complete, a settlement plan for the candidate and their family can be curated in collaboration with a settlement service provider organization. Finally, before the candidate begins the application process for permanent residency, the employer must submit an endorsement application for the job offer to the appropriate province.

Tips For Getting a Job Offer
  • Research workplaces in Atlantic provinces that match your professional and/or academic background.

  • Reach out to organizations that pique your interest. If they are not designated, show initiative by suggesting the Atlantic Immigration Program to them.

  • Be able to clearly identify why you and your experiences would be a perfect fit for the given job role. Practice interviewing yourself!

  • Try to build rapport and relationships with employers in Atlantic provinces even if they are not initially interested in the Atlantic Immigration program—you never know what the future may hold.

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Let Us Help You

If you would like to know more detailed information about the Atlantic Immigration Program and the steps to applying for permanent residency, Calver Immigration Consulting Inc. would be happy to assist you!


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