Launched officially on 6 March, applications for the AIPP (Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program) are now being accepted by the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) for permanent residence. Through this program, workers and graduates are being given another opportunity to relocate to Canada.
Established by the federal government, the AIPP was implemented with the assent of the Atlantic provinces such as Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. In this process, the involvement of employers would be required in a large way and all the applicants would need to have a job offer in hand for them to meet the eligibility requirements. A provincial endorsement would be required by them before they submit their applications to IRCC.
According to CIC News, in 2017, 2,000 applications would be processed in the program which would last for three years initially. It is IRCC’s aim to process 80 percent of the total applications within six months. In fact, some applicants who could not migrate to Canada via Express Entry could be eligible for another chance of immigrating to Canada through the AIPP. An advantage for certain applicants would be that language proficiency requirement for the AIPP would be less difficult than the one needed under Express Entry. Since the points’ system is not applicable for AIPP, first-come, first-served basis would be the process followed here.
Under the AIPP, for skilled workers, there are two sub-programs: they are the AHSP (Atlantic High-Skilled Program) and AISP (Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program) and a sub-program for foreign student graduates, which is known as the AIGP (Atlantic International Graduate Program).
Criteria for AIPP would be educational qualifications, work experience, and a job offer. The job offers should match with the applicants being high or intermediate-skilled professionals or as foreign student graduates.
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