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Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)


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

Through the AISP, 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 AISP is an employer-driven program, and therefore all applicants are required to obtain a valid job offer.

Applicants to the AISP must demonstrate that they have a job offer that is:

1) A designated employer in one of the four Atlantic provinces; 2) For full-time, indeterminate employment; 3) Non-seasonal; 4) Skilled or intermediate level (i.e. in a managerial, professional, technical/trades, 5)or intermediate position at skill type 0, A, B, or C of the National Occupational Classification [NOC]); and 6) Supported by a provincial certificate of endorsement from the province that indicates that the job offer is genuine and that a needs assessment has been completed and a settlement plan is in place for the applicant and each member of the family.

Work Experience

Applicants to the AISP must demonstrate that they have obtained work experience for at least one year (1,560 hours total/30 hours per week) within the last three years. This work experience may be non-continuous, full-time or part-time, but must add up to a total of 1,560 hours. This work experience must be:

Applicants must have carried out the activities listed in the lead statement of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) description and a substantial number of the main duties. Canadian experience must have been obtained while the foreign national was authorized to work in Canada as a temporary resident. Applicants do not have to be employed at the time they apply. Periods of self-employment will not be included when calculating the period of qualifying work experience. 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.

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