The Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP) is a variant of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program(AIPP), that aims to spearhead the immigration levels of Canada’s Atlantic provinces from 2017.
Any candidate with a job offer from a designated employer from any of Canada’s Atlantic provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Prince Edward Island) may apply for permanent residence in Canada under the Atlantic High-Skilled Program. Here, the employer is not required to do the traditional Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) prior to hiring the foreign worker or professional. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to process 80% of the AHSP applications within 6 months’ time. The AHSP is not express entry aligned, and the applicants are served on a first-come-first-serve basis. In AHSP, should an employer need to urgently hire a foreign worker, the applicant may obtain a work permit before the permanent residence visa is issued to the applicant and the applicant’s family.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Job Offer

AHSP being an employer-driven program, all applicants need to have a valid job offer from an employer from any one (or more) of Canada’s Atlantic provinces. The job offer thus obtained should be:

  • For full-time employment for at least one year;
  • For a non-seasonal job;
  • For a skilled job or profession (That is, the job should fall under any one or more of Canada’s Skill levels 0, A, or B);
  • Issued by a designated Atlantic employer;
  • Supported by a letter of endorsement by the respective Atlantic province.
  1. Work Experience

 The Applicant must have a minimum of 1 year of work experience in the last 3 years. The work experience must be:

  • Full time: A minimum of 30 hours per week. It is also fine if the work experience was part-time provided the total number of hours worked meets or exceeds 1560 hours in one year;
  • In a managerial (Skill level 0), professional (Skill level A), or technical (Skill level B);
  • Paid work experience: Unpaid work experience like volunteer work, work at charitable organizations, etc., will not be counted.
  1. Education

The applicant must have obtained either one (or both) of the below:

  • A Canadian post-secondary degree/diploma/certificate. If else, a Canadian secondary school (high school) level education;
  • A complete Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from any one of the 5 organizations designated by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
  1. Language Skills

The applicant must score a minimum of CLB level 4 in either English or French. Click here to know the correlation between the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels and the various language tests approved by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The following language tests are approved for the AHSP:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – General Test; for English
  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) – General Test; for English
  • TEF (Test d’évaluation de français) – for French

Applicants must note that the language test results must be less than 2 years old at the time of applying.

  1. Settlement Funds

The settlement funds requirement for the AHSP must meet or exceed the values listed in the below table, depending on the size of the family.

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