The Atlantic Immigration Pilot

–The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates who want to work and live in one of Canada’s 4 Atlantic Provinces:

–New Brunswick

–Newfoundland and Labrador

–Nova Scotia

–Prince Edward Island

  • Cost starting:  $1,325
  • Processing time
  • approximately 6 months 



vLess tedious, more direct, faster, less competitive, high school diploma, Low CLB score,

vPermanent residency for you and your spouse, faster process

No need for labor certification

Pilot requirements

–Atlantic High-Skilled/Intermediate Program

–In general, you must:

-have worked in a management, professional or technical/skilled job for at least a year

-have at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent education

-take a language test to show you can communicate in English or French

-show you can support yourself and your family when you come to Canada

-You must receive a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada to participate in the pilot.

–To see a list of designated employers participating in the pilot, check the provincial websites:

–New Brunswick official website

–Nova Scotia official website

–Prince Edward Island official website

–Newfoundland Labrador official website

–Type ( then the province of interest to find active job listings, return to the province and determine if the employer is designated.

–DO not be discouraged because the jobs might be fewer with the pandemic but use this time to prepare for a booming economy



  • If you receive a job offer from an employer:
  • ask for a copy of the employer’s Confirmation of Designation
  • Get a job offer
  • You must receive a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada to participate in the pilot.
  • Sign the Offer of Employment to a Foreign National form and keep a copy for your records


  • You will need it when you work with a service provider organization on your settlement plan and for your permanent residence application.

Start gathering your documents for your permanent residence application early

IELTS: You must take a language test and send the results with your application. Keep original send copy do not ask them to send directly.


ECA: If you studied outside Canada, you need an Educational Credential Assessment report. This shows how your education compares to a Canadian one.

Proof of funds

When you arrive in Canada, you need enough money to support yourself and your family.


Get a settlement plan: NEXTSTOPCANADA.CA

After you get a job offer from a designated employer, you need to get a settlement plan.

vA settlement plan will help you and your family adjust to your new home in Atlantic Canada. It will provide you with useful resources and contacts to help you feel welcome in your new community.

vThese plans are free.

vYour designated employer can help you find one.

vIf you are outside Canada, there are several settlement service provider organizations in Canada you can contact. Check with your designated employer for recommendations.

vSettlement service provider organizations do not know which employers are looking for workers. Do not contact them to find a job.

vOnce you have your settlement plan, give a copy to your employer, and keep a copy for yourself. If you are not in Canada, bring the plan with you when you move to Canada.

Get your Certificate of Endorsement

vAfter you have your settlement plan, the province must endorse your job offer. Your employer will handle this process. Do not submit your permanent residence application until you confirm with the employer that your offer has been endorsed.

vIf the province endorses your job offer, you will get a Certificate of Endorsement in the mail. Include your endorsement certificate with your permanent residence application.

vSubmit your application for permanent residence

vChoose the application package for the program you will be applying through:


The application package includes the instruction guide and all the forms you need to fill out, including these Atlantic Immigration Pilot documents:

vOffer of Employment to a Foreign National

vCertificate of Endorsement

vYou may need to give your biometrics

vIn most cases, you now need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) after you apply. Find out where biometrics fits in the application process.

If you meet the requirements for permanent residence under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, you may be eligible to apply for a temporary work permit. The application process for a temporary work permit is paper based.

Settlement plan will help you find housing and transportations: Government backed program no need for agents



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