What is Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program & How you can Apply in 2019?
The Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program
The most recent program launched by the Canada government to facilitate hiring of skilled worker is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program. Launched in 2017, the program is running on its third year and is further extended until December 2021 due to the successful operations. The program is a partnership program in agreement with the provinces of the Atlantic Canada region along with the Canadian federal government.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot program has four participating provinces together known as “Atlantic Canada”. They are:
- New Brunswick,
- Prince Edward Island,
- Nova Scotia,
- Newfoundland and Labrador
The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program is one of the sub-programs of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. The program is focused to recruit skilled worker for jobs needing a high school education or specific job training.
Key positive factors of the Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
- The program is not aligned with Express Entry.
- Not works on points system
- Applications are considered on First-come, first-served.
- Temporary work permits are approved before the approval of permanent residence to bridge the waiting period of Permanent residence;
- Language score criteria is less compared to other programs
- Family/dependent visa can be secured
- Processing times are minimal and 80 % of applications are processed by Canada immigration under six months.
All the subcategories of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot are majorly designed as an “employer-driven program”. The participating employer shall get designated by the Atlantic Canada or any one of the province. Only a designated employer can offer jobs to skilled foreign workers.
To be designated employer, the employer must meet the below outlined eligibility criteria. The eligibility conditions are set by Atlantic Canada which is the provincial government of the Atlantic region.
- be in good standing;
- successfully running business in the participating province for a minimum period of 2 years;
- should provide the candidate and their families settlement services post landing in Canada;
Following the process of designation, the provincial government authorizes the employer to hire the required skilled labour meeting his employment requirements as well as the Atlantic Intermediate Skilled program’s minimum eligibility criteria. The candidate is allowed to work either in a single location in one of the province or in all four participating provinces— New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, provided the employer had already got themselves designated there.
Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Candidates of Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program
Being an employer-driven program, the Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program’s mandatory requirement is a valid job offer from a designated employer.
A valid job offer qualifies the below criteria:
- A job offer must be offered only by a designated employer in the Atlantic region;
- The given job offer must be a full-time, non-seasonal offer for indeterminate period;
- The position must be offered for either skilled as well as intermediate level of skilled work;
- The position offered should be under the National occupational Classification skill level 0, A, B, or C;
- The job offer shall be endorsed by the concerned province where the employee will be working;
- The endorsement shall contain a settlement plan for the candidate and each family member.
Work Experience Gained
All participating individuals of the Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program, must mandatorily provide documentary evidence of minimum one year of work experience gained in the past one year within with in a period of last 3 years.
- The non-continuous, full-time or part-time, work experience must add up to a total of 1,560 hours in one occupation;
- The work shall be a paid work;
- The candidates are allowed to work for multiple employers however the occupation shall remain the same;
- The National Occupation Classification of the work shall be type C;
- The candidate need not be in employment at the time of application;
- No self-employment will be considered under the Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Worker program’s work experience;
- Work experience gained during the stay as a student will be considered provided the working hours are within the eligible hours of work prescribed for a student.
All provincial endorsements come with a validity of six months from the date of issue. No extension is allowed. The permanent residence application shall be submitted prior to the expiry on the endorsement letter.
The desired Atlantic Intermediate Skilled program candidate shall have either a high school or post-secondary education from a designated school in Canada.
The candidate shall have his highest foreign education, where the credential shall be evaluated to the Canadian standard of education. The Educational Credential Assessment shall be valid for 5 years and shall be done by an authorized body in Canada.
The desired candidate shall demonstrate their language proficiency through a valid language test undertaken in any of the following testing system.
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) — General test only.
- CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) — General test only.
- TEF (Test d’Evaluation Du Français).
- Test de connaissance du français (TCF Canada)
The minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) shall be 4 in order to apply for the program.
Minimum Settlement Funds required
Settlement funds are family supporting funds to take care of the needs of the candidate and their family members after landing in Canada. If the candidate is currently on a work permit the funds shall not be demonstrated.
The required funds are standardised as per the family size. It is in constant and is updated yearly by the immigration Canada.
|Number of Family Members|
(including those you support that aren’t immigrating with you)
(in Canadian dollars)
|7 or more||$8,381|
These funds can be:
- as stocks, bonds, debentures, treasury bills, etc.
- as bankers’ drafts, cheques, travellers’ cheques
Temporary Work permit
A one year work permit will be provided to all eligible candidates’ of the Atlantic Intermediate Skilled program under the exemption code C18 during the processing of permanent residence application. The intention of the temporary work permit is to ensure that the immediate job vacancies are filled in by the skilled immigrants.
To candidate with a valid job offer, provincial referral letter shall be considered for the temporary work permit; however the candidate shall ensure the application submission for permanent residence within 90 days of applying for the temporary work permit.
Interested in the Atlantic Intermediate skilled worker program, reach us at Pelican Migration Consultants. Our program expert will address all your queries on the Atlantic Immigration Program and the good news is, it is further extended till 2021.