The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced a new program under which candidates who intend to work or study in the Atlantic provinces, and who have a job offer on hand can apply to enter and seek out permanent residency in Canada. The new program is expected to be highly popular as it will enable more people to satisfy the eligibility criteria for Canadian immigration. Being a consumer of Global Tree’s articles, one can safely say that you, dear reader, are an astute an discerning individual who know why Canada has become the destination of choice for many immigrants from all over the world.
The IRCC is a Canadian Government organization that facilitates the arrival of immigrants, provides protection to refugees, and offers programs that assist newcomers to settle in Canada. Apart from this, it also issues travel documents (such as passports) to Canadians; grants citizenship to deserving and interested immigrants, and promotes multiculturalism.[i]
IRCC operates a large network of "Citizenship and Immigration Centers" throughout Canada and in a number of embassies, high commissions and consulates abroad. IRCC is responsible for establishing policies for, and processing permanent and temporary residence visa, processing citizenship applications and protecting refugees seeking asylum in Canada. It supports immigrants and refugees, who wish to settle in Canada by providing newcomers with settlement programs, through funding organizations like the Canadian Caregivers Association and other service provider organizations like, Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada, Host Program, Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program and Resettlement Assistance Program (for resettled refugees). These service providers offer a range of services, that include, language classes in English and French for adults, information on life in Canada, job searching, participation in community activities, access and referral to community resources. The IRCC has been responsible for decisions on immigration to Canada since its inception. Various schemes of immigration to Canada are introduced from time to time under its auspices.
The IRCC launched its latest program for immigration to Canada, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) on March 6th 2017. The AIPP is a three year immigration program for immigration to the Atlantic Provinces in Canada. The Atlantic Provinces include Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island (PEI), and Newfoundland and Labrador. Anybody wishing to immigrate to any of the specified provinces that fall under the Atlantic Provinces can apply for immigrating under the AIPP.
The Atlantic provinces are facing a labor shortage owing to a lag between persons in the labor force who are retiring, and new entrants to the labor force, on account of reduced growth in population. The federal government, launched the AIPP as a new initiative in collaboration with the Atlantic Provinces, to proffer a possible solution to the aforementioned labor gap. The AIPP is expected to last for three years. Initially the IRCC plans to process up to 2000 applications under this program in 2017. Moreover, it aims to process 80 percent of completed applications within the first six months of its launch.
The AIPP applications are to be processed separately from Express Entry Program (EEP) applications. Aspiring applicants, who are ineligible for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry Program, can potentially be eligible to immigrate through the AIPP, as the eligibility criteria for immigration under the AIPP are less stringent than those under the EEP. The AIPP will run on a first-come, first-served basis and will not have any points system. The AIPP has three programs, viz, the Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP), the Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP), and the Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP). The eligibility criteria for the AIPP will differ on the basis of the program under which the aspirant is applying. The eligibility criteria for each category are summarized below
Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP): Candidates applying under AIGP, need to have a full time job offer, and a one year contract for the same. The job must fall under the categories NOC, O, A, B, or C. They must completed a Two year post-secondary diploma in a publicly funded learning institution in Atlantic region. Also, they must have at least Level 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in English, (A benchmark that assesses proficiency in English and assigns levels from 1 to 12, ranging from least proficient to expert) or the Niveau de Competence Linguistique Canadian in French. Skilled work experience is not applicable for candidates applying under the AIGP program.
Atlantic Intermediate skilled Program (AISP):Candidates applying under AISP, need to have a full time job offer, however the duration for the job is indeterminate. The job must fall under the categories NOC, O, A, B, or C. They must have completed at least high school. In addition they must possess at least Level 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in English or the Niveau de Competence Linguistique Canadian in French. Skilled work experience required for candidates applying under the AISP program, is one year in occupation related to job offer.
Atlantic High skilled Program (AHSP): Candidates applying under AHSP, need to have a full time job offer, and a minimum contract of one year for the same. The job must fall under the categories NOC, O, A, B, or C. Candidates must have completed at least high school. In addition they need to have Level 4 competency of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in English or the Niveau de Competence Linguistique Canadian in French. Skilled work experience required for candidates applying under the AHSP program, is one year in occupation related to job offer.
A letter of endorsement from the province is a mandatory requirement that is common to applicants, applying under any of the three categories. Candidates wishing to immigrate under the AIPP need to make sure they satisfy the eligibility criteria given above, and apply for immigration under the specific desired category.