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Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)

The Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP) is part of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), a new Canadian immigration venture for 2017 and beyond.

Through this program, eligible foreign workers with a job offer from an employer in Atlantic Canada can submit an application for Canadian permanent residence.

The Job Offer

The AHSP is an employer-driven program, and therefore all applicants are required to obtain a valid job offer. 1)Applicants to the AHSP must demonstrate that they have a job offer that is:

Work Experience

Applicants to the AHSP must demonstrate that they have obtained work experience for at least one year (1,560 hours total/30 hours per week), non-continuous, full-time or an equal amount in part-time, within the last three years. This work experience must be:

1) Applicants must have carried out the activities listed in the lead statement of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) description and a substantial 2) Number of the main duties. 3) Canadian experience must have been obtained while the foreign national was authorized to work in Canada as a temporary resident. 4) Applicants do not have to be employed at the time they apply. 5) Periods of self-employment will not be included when calculating the period of qualifying work experience. 6) Work experience acquired during a period of study is allowed, as long as the work hours did not exceed what the applicant was authorized to do for that period.


Applicants to AHSP must demonstrate they have one of the following: 1) Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree; or 2) Completed foreign educational credential.

For applicants with an education completed outside Canada, an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is required in order to prove that the level of education is commensurate with Canadian standards. The ECA must be less than five years old the time the application is submitted.

Provincial Endorsement

Applicants must be endorsed by an Atlantic province in order for the application to be complete and accepted by IRCC. An endorsement letter is issued by the province 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 permitted under these programs. The application for permanent residence must be submitted before the expiry date of the endorsement letter.

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