New Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program Allows Graduates to Apply Without Work Experience


A new Canadian immigration program based in Atlantic Canada will allow international graduates to apply for permanent residence upon graduation, after fulfilling set eligibility criteria, with no requirement for the applicant to have work experience before submitting an application.

The AIPP is a three-year pilot program offering a route to Canadian permanent residence for eligible candidates, including international graduates from institutions in the Atlantic provinces.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to process applications to completion within six months.

The AIPP is comprised of three streams:

  • The Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)
  • The Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)
  • The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)

Of these, the AIGP is likely to be the most attractive to international students and graduates of institutions in the Atlantic Provinces.

The Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

International graduates may be eligible to apply if:

  • They have obtained a degree, diploma, certificate or trade or apprenticeship credential from a post-secondary education program at a recognized publicly-funded institution in one of the four Atlantic provinces;
  • They obtained the degree within the 12 months preceding the date of application;
  • The study program was at least two years in length, and was not predominantly a language program or distance learning program;
  • They were enrolled as a full-time student in Canada for at least two years; and,
  • They lived in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador or Prince Edward Island for at least 16 months within the 24-month period before they obtained their educational credential.

Eligible applicants under this stream do not require any work experience. However, they do need to obtain a qualifying job offer for full-time employment on a contract of at least one year, in an occupation classified as level 0, A, B, or C of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Study in the Atlantic Provinces

The Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador offer a wide array of quality institutions and study programs. From regional specializations in marine science and oceanography, to industry-leading vocational programs and some of Canada’s best liberal arts universities, there may be something for everyone here.


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