The Atlantic immigration program was initially proposed as a temporary pilot in 2017, but due to its success, it had become a permanent program eligible to applicants in the Atlantic provinces such as: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
Within the program, there are 2 active streams that require the applicant to have a job offer from an employer that has a Confirmation of Designation from the province, allowing them to issue a job offer to any foreign national. Besides this, there are language and financial requirements that must be met along with meeting minimum requirements for the job offered based on the National Occupational Classification (NOC) criteria associated with the position.
The 2 streams are:
- International Graduate:
- At least a 2-year post-secondary credential must be obtained from a publicly funded Atlantic institution within 24 months prior to submitting this application;
- Lived in an Atlantic province for 16 – 24 months before graduation;
- Does not have a scholarship requiring them to return to their home country.
- Skilled Worker:
- Evaluation of the highest post-secondary degree obtained outside of Canada (if the highest degree was earned in Canada, evaluation is not required);
- Previous experience in NOC level 0, A, B or C of at least 1 year in the last 3 years;
- Job offer in NOC level 0, A, B or C matching previous experience.
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