Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program Extended for Two Years

Good news for immigration aspirants! The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, which had initially started for three years has now been extended for two more years, i.e. up to December 2021. Ever since its launch in March 2017, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has gained a lot of appreciation for playing a pivotal role in attracting skilled immigrants and thus addressing the labor shortage needs of the Atlantic region in Canada.

As per the Government of Canada, around 1,896 employers are already established in the Atlantic region. The program has witnessed a huge success with over 3,729 job offers to skilled immigrants and international graduates. Additionally, there are currently 2,535 permanent residents have been living in the Atlantic region.

The latest change to the program is another feather to its cap as part of Canada immigration. The program has now become more employer-driven, and will provide provinces better ability to manage skilled workers as well as international graduates.

The AINP is operated under the partnership with Atlantic provinces, which includes Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick. All these provinces run their own province nomination programs to cater the immigration needs of foreign nationals.   

Planned changes are described as follows:


  • International graduates will now have 24 months to apply for the AINP after their graduation. This will surely boost the confidence of international graduates who are aspiring to immigrate to Canada under AINP and give them sufficient time to start the process of the PR application.
  • Employers in the healthcare sector are benefitted as they can now hire internationally trained nurses and home care support workers in order to fulfil the job vacancies.
  • New authorities will collaborate with AINP to address the issue of labor shortages. This change will provide provinces a better view of the limitations of the program along with an access to the designated employers.
  • From May 1, 2019, IRCC makes it necessary for candidates to satisfy requirements related to language, education, professional experience of the AINP before being granted a work permit.


The processing times under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program are faster and language and education standards are lower than any other Canadian immigration programs. Also, applicants are eligible to receive a temporary work permit that makes it easier for them to come to Canada and get a job while they wait for their permanent residence application to be processed.  

With better changes being initiated, opportunities abound for prospective candidates who wish to become permanent residents of Canada. So, if you are interested, don’t wait much. Contact a professional immigration consultant and make a seamless way to Canada.

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