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Atlantic Immigration Program

Updated: Mar 23

Offer the opportunity to get permanent residence, in case you are a qualified worker, and for international students who graduated from a post-secondary institution in one of the Atlantic provinces.


Live in Atlantic Canada
Live in Atlantic Canada

It allows employers in these provinces to hire qualified workers to fill job gaps.


Before offering a job, the employer must be designated by the provincial government where the employee will perform his duties.


These candidates may be abroad or live in Canada as temporary residents.


Once the employer offers a job and the candidate has accepted, a series of steps must be followed to complete the process.


If the employer and the candidate meet all the requirements, the candidate can apply for permanent resident status with Immigration Canada.


To be eligible for the Atlantic Immigration Program, you must:

  1. Have qualifying work experience unless you are an international graduate of a recognized post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada.

  2. Meet or exceed educational requirements.

  3. Meet or exceed language requirements.

  4. When you arrive in Canada, have enough money to support yourself and your family. You do not need proof of support if you live and work in Canada with a valid work permit. The amount of money is much less than other migration programs (check with us on this point).


If you meet these requirements, you can start looking for a job with an Atlantic Immigration Program Designated Employer.


If you meet the requirements to apply for permanent residence, you may be eligible to apply for a temporary work permit.


The temporary work permit allows you to work while your application for permanent residence is processed.


Important considerations to take into account:

  1. The work permit is only for the Atlantic Immigration Program

  2. It is valid for one year

  3. It is for working for the employer who offered you the job opportunity.

  4. You must submit to Immigration Canada the application for permanent residence within 90 days of sending your temporary work permit application.


Obtaining a temporary work permit does not mean that Immigration Canada automatically approves your application for permanent residence.


To qualify for a work permit, you must have a job offer from a designated employer who meets the program requirements—a reference letter from the government of the province of Atlántico where you will work.


You must show that you meet the requirements:

  1. Language.

  2. Education.

  3. Work experience (unless you are an international graduate) in one of the Atlantic provinces.

Can my spouse or common-law partner apply for a temporary work permit? Your spouse or common-law partner can apply for a quick, open work permit.



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We hope that this article has been helpful to you; if you want to talk to me to guide you through this process, write to me at alejandro@mevoyacanada.net 




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