The Atlantic High-Skilled Program, or AHSP, is a category of immigration for eligible foreign workers who have a job offer from an employer in one of the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland & Labrador). This program is part of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, which is aimed at helping employers in these provinces hire qualified staff for jobs that they have been unable to fill locally.
Applicants applying for permanent residence under AHSP have to fulfill eligibility requirements in the following arenas:
AHSP is an employer-driven program that requires applicants to obtain a job offer as a condition of eligibility. The job offer has to meet the following conditions:
Eligibility for the express entry pool is based on a number of factors, including the following:
Applicants must provide proof of at least one year of relevant work experience during the three-year period prior to applying. This must be experience for which the applicant was paid – volunteer work, unpaid internships and periods of self-employment are not included when calculating work experience.
Other requirements relating to work experience include the following:
Applicants must be in possession of a secondary or post-secondary certificate, degree or diploma from a Canadian educational institution, or from an accredited foreign educational institution. For education completed outside of Canada, the applicant must submit an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), which will demonstrate that the education obtained meets minimum Canadian standards. The ECA must be completed within the five-year period prior to applying.
Similar to most immigration classes, applicants to AHSP must demonstrate proficiency in either English or French, the corresponds with a Canadian Language Benchmark (CBL) score of 4 or above. Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recognizes several language tests, including the following:
The language test results must be less than two years old at the time of application.
Applicants must prove the ability to support themselves and any accompanying family members, unless they are already working in Canada under a valid work permit. The proof cannot be in the form of funds borrowed from another individual.
Applications must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement issued by the government of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, or Newfoundland & Labrador. Provincial endorsement letters are valid for a period of six months. It is important that you submit your application for permanent residence prior to the expiry date of the letter.