With the changes that will be introduced to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot on June 1, more spouses will be eligible for Canada work permits. For the first time ever, spouses of candidates, who are in Canada on work permits through the Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program, will be eligible for work permits. Earlier, only the spouses of Atlantic High Skilled Program candidates such as managers, medical doctors or architects, were eligible for a Canada work permit. According to a statement issued by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), this change supports the Atlantic Immigration Pilot’s goal to ensure that newcomers who have come here, stay here.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot
Atlantic Immigration Pilot, introduced in March 2017, aims to bring more foreign skilled workers to the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Recently, the Pilot was extended till 2021. Atlantic Immigration Pilot is ultimately an employer-led permanent residence program. Under the Pilot program, candidates can work in Canada under a work permit while their PR applications are being processed.
The latest changes are a continuation of the changes introduced to the Pilot program in March 2019. The changes are being introduced with an aim to make the Pilot program more suited to the needs of candidates and employers in the Atlantic provinces of Canada.
Programs under Atlantic Immigration Pilot
Atlantic High-skilled Program
The Atlantic High-Skilled Program is for foreign skilled workers with experience in management, professional or technical/skilled jobs. The candidates must also have a permanent job offer.
Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program aims candidates for jobs that require a high school education and/or job-specific training. They must also have a job offer that lasts for at least one year.
Atlantic International Graduate Program
Candidates with a degree, diploma or other credential from a publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province can apply under this program. The job offer must last for a minimum of one year.
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