The Atlantic Pilot Program (APP) is a Canadian immigration program designed to attract skilled foreign workers and international graduates to the Atlantic provinces of Canada. The program was introduced in 2017 as a three-year pilot program and was later extended until December 2021. The Atlantic provinces of Canada include Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. These provinces have a smaller population and a lower level of immigration compared to other parts of Canada. The APP aims to address these issues by encouraging more skilled workers and international graduates to settle in the region.
For APP Eligibility, candidates must have met the following requirements during when the program was running:
- Job Offer: Candidates must have a valid job offer from an employer in one of the Atlantic provinces. The job offer must be for at least one year and must be in a skilled occupation (National Occupational Classification skill level 0, A, or B).
- Language Proficiency: Candidates must provide proof of language proficiency in either English or French. The minimum language requirements are CLB 4 (Canadian Language Benchmark) for English and NCLC 4 (Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens) for French.
- Education: Candidates must have completed at least a high school diploma or equivalent. International graduates must have completed a post-secondary program of at least two years in Canada.
- Work Experience: Candidates must have at least one year of work experience in their field of expertise.
- Settlement Plan: Candidates must submit a settlement plan outlining their intentions to settle in one of the Atlantic provinces and their plans for integrating into the local community.
The application process for the APP involved several steps:
- Job Offer: Candidates must first secure a valid job offer from an employer in one of the Atlantic provinces.
- Endorsement: Once a job offer has been obtained, the employer must apply for an endorsement from the provincial government. The endorsement confirms that the job offer is genuine and that the candidate meets the eligibility criteria.
- Application: Once endorsed, candidates can submit their application for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
- Processing: IRCC will process the application and may request additional information or documentation from the candidate.
- Decision: If the application is approved, the candidate will be issued a permanent resident visa and can then move to Canada to begin working and living in the Atlantic province where they have obtained a job offer.
Benefits of the APP
The APP offers several benefits to skilled workers and international graduates who are looking to immigrate to Canada:
- Fast Processing: The APP has a target processing time of six months, which is faster than other immigration programs.
- No LMIA Required: Employers are not required to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for the job offer, which can be a time-consuming and expensive process.
- Permanent Residence: Successful candidates will be granted permanent residence, which allows them to live and work in Canada.