Immigrate to Canada: Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

In order to qualify you need a job offer which meets all of the four requirements listed below:

Be at least 1 year in duration

Be a management, professional, technical/ skilled or intermediate job

Be full-time

Be non-seasonal

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The three sub-programs within the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Atlantic High-Skilled Program

Atlantic High-Skilled Program

The additional requirements of the Atlantic High – Skilled Program are as follows:

  • Your job offer must be classified as NOC 0, A or B
  • You must have worked for at least 1,560 hours in a twelve months period in the past three years
  • Your work experience must have been in one occupation which is classified as NOC 0, A or B
  • The work experience must have been paid
  • You cannot include any self-employed work experience
  • You must have the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma or higher for which you have obtained an educational credential assessment
  • You must have written an approved language test and a achieved a CLB/NCLC level 4 or higher in all sections of the test
  • You must show that you have the required amount of settlement funds for your family size

    Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

    Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

    The additional requirements of the Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program are as follows:

      • Your job offer must be classified as NOC 0, A, B or C
      • You must have worked for at least 1,560 hours in a twelve months period in the past three years
      • Your work experience must have been in one occupation which is classified as NOC C OR you have worked as one of the following:
        • A registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012)
        • A licensed practical nurse (NOC 3233)
      OR your job offer is in one of the following occupations:
      • a nurse’s aide, orderly or patient services associate (NOC 3413)
      • a home support worker (NOC 4412)
        • The work experience must have been paid
        • You cannot include any self-employed work experience
        • You must have the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma or higher for which you have obtained an educational credential assessment
        • You must have written an approved language test and a achieved a CLB/NCLC level 4 or higher in all sections of the test
        • You must show that you have the required amount of settlement funds for your family size

      Atlantic International Graduate Program

      Atlantic International Graduate Program

      The additional requirements of the Atlantic International Graduate Program are as follows:

      • Your job offer must be classified as NOC 0, A, B or C
      • You must have lived in an Atlantic province for at least 16 months in the 2 years before getting your degree, diploma or credential
      • You must have at least a 2-year degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship credential from a recognized publicly funded institution in an Atlantic province
      • You must have been a full-time student for the entire duration of your studies
      • You must have graduated from this institution in the 24 months before IRCC receives your permanent resident application
      • You must lived in the Atlantic province of the institution granting the education credential for at least 16 months within the 24-month period before the credential was granted
      • You must have had the visa or permit you needed to work, study or train in Canada legally
      • Your study or training program can’t be either:
        • English or French second-language courses for more than half the length of the program
        • distance learning undertaken for more than half the length of the program
      • You can’t apply if you had a scholarship or fellowship requiring you to return to your home country after you graduate
      • You must have written an approved language test and a achieved a CLB/NCLC level 4 or higher in all sections of the test
      • You must show that you have the required amount of settlement funds for your family size

      Settlement Funds Required

      You will be required to prove that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada unless you are already working in Canada on a valid work permit. This money cannot be borrowed and must be available at the time of application.

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      Available Programs

      The Express Entry system is a file management system used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for certain immigration applications. The Express Entry . . .system is used by anyone seeking to immigrate to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Tradesperson, member of the Canadian Experience Class or certain Provincial Nominee programs. If you do not meet the requirements of one of those four programs, you will not be eligible to use the Express Entry system.

      For those individuals who may need additional points for the Express Entry System, Provincial Nominations can add 600 points to their score. Most Provincial programs require a job offer . . . , while some will select individuals without a job offer if their skills are in demand in that specific Province or if their Comprehensive Ranking System score is high enough.

      The Canadian Experience Class is for those who have previously worked in Canada, on a valid work permit, in a skilled occupation for one year or longer on a full-time paid basis in the past . . . three years and are proficient in English or French.

      The Federal Skilled Trades program requires applicants to either have a full-time paid job offer in their skilled trade in Canada or they need to physically travel to Canada to write a . . . Canadian Red Seal examination before they would be eligible to apply under this program. This program also uses the Express Entry system and would require applicants to be proficient in English or French.

      The first, and most popular option for those looking to immigrate to Canada is the Federal Skilled Worker program which uses the Express Entry System. This program . . . is designed for those who have at least one year of full-time paid work experience in any country in the world and can score high enough on the Federal Skilled Worker points system. The points system looks at age, completed education, language abilities in English and French, full-time paid work experience and previous work or study experience in Canada, or if you have any direct relatives living in Canada. This program does not require a job offer.

      For those who have an entrepreneurial background and are looking to start a business in Canada or purchase an existing business in Canada, there is a large variety of programs . . . available depending on the type of business you want to open or purchase. Some programs require you to have a substantial personal net worth and invest a minimum of $200,000 or more into a business, while others have no financial requirements and focus more on your business plan and whether or not you have the finances available to support your business plan. With most of these options, you would first, be issued with a temporary work permit, and then if your business was successful, you would be able to transition to permanent residency. These programs would also be used by anyone looking to own and operate a farm in Canada.

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