The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is another new component in the Canadian immigration policy for 2017.
Through this program, the central government of Canada — together with the administrations of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island — expect to welcome 2,000 immigrants and their families to the Atlantic area of Eastern Canada in 2017.
The AIPP pilot program is a key aspect of an overall Atlantic Growth Strategy that will focus on the few priority areas.
This is a company (employer) driven program, with significant involvement from employers in the provinces.
How Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is supposed to work?
Once an authorized employer finds an applicant who meets their work needs and the program criteria, that company should first offer them a job. Employers need not go through LMIA process under this program.
If the candidate has accepted the job, the employer will contact the applicant with a designated settlement service provider organization for a needs assessment and develop a settlement plan.
Employers will also support the long-term integration of the new immigrant and his or her family, if applicable so that they can reach the goals of their settlement plan once they arrive in Canada.
Employers that need to fill a job vacancy quickly will have access to a temporary work permit so that the candidate and his or her family can come to Canada as soon as possible. In order to obtain this work permit, candidates will need:
- a valid job offer;
- a letter from the province; and
- a commitment to apply for permanent residence within 90 days of the temporary work permit application.
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