Canada has extended its Atlantic Immigration Pilot program until December 2021 to maintain the program’s strength.
Launched in the year 2017, the AIPP program intends to fulfill the labor shortages in the provinces – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
The program allows the designated employers of the province to hire eligible skilled workers and international graduates of universities and colleges in the Atlantic Canada region.
According to the IRCC statistics, around 1,896 employers in the Atlantic region have offered 3,729 employments since its launch in 2017. In addition to that, 2,535 principal applicants including their families have issued a visa for permanent residence.
IRCC has also introduced following strategic changes to the AIP program:
- International graduates will have 24 months post-graduation to apply for the AIP
- Employers will be able to hire internationally trained nurses to work in the health care sector
- The Atlantic Provinces will have new authorities to focus their AIP spaces on in-demand market needs
- According to IRCC, the applicants must meet the language, education and work experience requirements.
To be eligible under the AIP, foreign workers must hold a full-time employment offer from a designated employer and hold one year of full-time paid work experience under the Skill type O, Skill Level A or Skill Level B under Canada’s national occupation classification (NOC).