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    Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

    The Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP) is a specific immigration option for international graduates of eligible educational institutions in Atlantic Canada.

    This program entitles graduates to submit an application for permanent residence without acquiring work experience.

    The AIGP is a portion of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), a new Canadian immigration venture for 2017 and beyond.

    Through the AIGP, suitable foreign workers with a job offer from an employer in Atlantic Canada can apply for Canadian permanent residence.

    Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) seek to process 80 percent of applications within six months.

    The Job Offer

    The AIGP is an employer-driven program, and thus all applicants are instructed to get a good job offer.

    Applicants to the AIGP must show that they have a job offer that is:

    • from a designated employer in one of the four Atlantic provinces;
    • for full-time employment for at least one year;
    • non-seasonal;
    • skilled (i.e., in a managerial, professional, or technical/trades position at skill type 0, A or, B of the National Occupational Classification [NOC]); and
    • Supported by a provincial certificate of endorsement from the province that indicates that the job offer is genuine and that an assessment has been completed. A settlement plan is in place for the applicant and each family member.


    Applicants to AIGP must demonstrate that they:

    • acquired a degree, diploma, certificate or trade or apprenticeship credential following completion of a post-secondary education program of at least two years from a recognized publicly-funded institution in Atlantic Canada (i.e., in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador);
    • were registered as a full-time student in Canada for a minimum of two years;
    • lived in either Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador for at least 16 months within the 24 months before their credential was endowed; and
    • Had valid or legal temporary resident status throughout their stay in Canada and had approval for any work, study, or training they engaged in while in Canada.

    IRCC states that the educational credential must have been acquired within 12 months before applying for permanent residence.

    Language Ability

    Applicants to the AIGP must demonstrate language proficiency of at least fluent basic level in English or French to apply to the program. This is equal to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4. To find out how this corresponds with the standardized language tests recognized by IRCC for this program, use the Canada Immigration Language Converter.

    The following language tests are approved for the AIGP:

    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) — General test only.
    • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) — General test only.
    • TEF (Test d’évaluation de français).
    • Test de connaissance du français (TCF Canada)

    Potential applicants may note that the language threshold for this program is lower than for many other Canadian economic immigration programs, including the programs managed under the Express Entry system. Moreover, because there is no points system for the AIGP, once a potential applicant has verified the required language ability, there is no additional incentive — regarding applying to the AIGP, at least — in re-taking a language test.

    Language test results must be less than two years old when the application is submitted.

    Settlement Funds

    The required settlement funds must be equal to or greater than the sums listed below for each family size.

    Number of family members (including those supported by the applicant, even if they are not included on the application)

    Funds required

    1 $3,075
    2 $3,828
    3 $4,706
    4 $5,714
    5 $6,481
    6 $7,309
    7 or more $8,138

    Applicants must show that they have adequate money to support themselves and their family members, if suitable, after landing in Canada unless they are working in Canada under a proper work permit.

    These funds cannot be borrowed from another person.

    Provincial Endorsement

    An Atlantic province must approve applicants for the application to be complete and accepted by IRCC.

    The province allocates an endorsement letter to persons who have been endorsed. Applicants should submit a copy of this letter with their application for permanent residence submitted to IRCC.

    All endorsements are valid for six months after the date of issuance, and extensions are not enabled under these programs. The application for permanent residence must be submitted before the expiry date of the endorsement letter.

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