The Atlantic International Graduate Program, or AIGP, is a part of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, which is aimed at encouraging eligible foreign workers to immigrate to, and settle in, one of the four Atlantic provinces. Through this program, post-secondary graduates who have received offers of employment can apply for permanent residence without work experience.
In order to apply for this program, you must be in possession of a job offer that meets the following criteria:
- It must be from a designated employer in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Novia Scotia, or Newfoundland & Labrador
- It must be for full-time non-seasonal employment that lasts for at least one year
- It must be for a managerial, professional or technical/trades position that is classified as skill type 0, A or B on the National Occupational Classification (NOC)
- It must come with a provincial certificate of endorsement stating that the job offer is valid, that a needs assessment has been completed, and that the applicant and any accompanying family members have a settlement plan
Other requirements for AIGP include the following:
- You must be in possession of a degree, diploma, certificate or apprenticeship/trade credential from a publicly funded post-secondary institution in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, or Newfoundland & Labrador
- You must have been enrolled in full-time study at this institution for a minimum period of two years
- You must have lived in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, or Newfoundland & Labrador for at least 16 months during the two-year period before you obtained your credential
- You must have obtained your credential during the one-year period prior to submitting your permanent residence application
- You must have had valid legal status in Canada throughout your stay, and any work or study must have been properly authorized
- You must demonstrate basic competence in English or French, that corresponds with a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 4 or higher. Language tests approved for AIGP include TEF (Test d’évaluation de français), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program). These test results cannot be more than two years old at the time of applying.
- You must demonstrate the financial ability to support yourself and any accompanying family members, unless you are working in Canada under a valid work permit
- You must supply a letter of endorsement issued by the province you are applying to live and work in. Note that endorsement letters are valid for six months – it is important that you submit your permanent residence application before the expiry date on the endorsement letter.