The pilot, Recently launched, helps employers in Atlantic Canada hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada and international graduates who want to stay in Atlantic Canada after they graduate.
Due to its success, the government has committed to making this pilot a permanent program.
It will continue to be a flagship regional economic immigration program, complementing the provincial nominee programs in each Atlantic province.
How skilled foreign workers and international graduates can immigrate into a welcoming community in Atlantic Canada
Step by step guide for using the Atlantic Immigration Pilot for employers and candidates
How to become a designated employer and hire candidates through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot
Changes in family composition
An applicant who has applied to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) and who subsequently has a change in family composition must inform IRCC in writing using the web form. There is no need for a new or amended endorsement, because only the principal applicant is named on the endorsement certificate. For more information, see Processing family class applicants: Handling changes in circumstances.
Changes in situation
An applicant who has applied to the AIPP for permanent residence and who subsequently has a change in their situation, for example, loss of employment, change of employers, change of address, change of family composition, or any changes that could affect their eligibility for the program they’re applying for, must immediately inform IRCC in writing using the web form.
Change of employers (from one designated employer to another designated employer under the AIPP)
An applicant who has applied for permanent residence under the AIPP, holds a work permit, and subsequently changes employers must immediately
- inform the province in writing of the change in employers
- ask that the province modify the endorsement certificate to reflect the new employer and the effective date of the change
- ask the province to provide a letter of support, which indicates that the province continues to support the endorsement (newly amended)
- request that the province amend the original endorsement to reflect the new employer and the effective date of the change of employer
- request that the province issue a new letter of support for a new work permit
- inform IRCC of the change in employment using the web form, and upload the modified endorsement certificate and the new letter of support from the province through the web form
- apply for a new work permit with a designated AIPP employer (if applicable)
Processing instructions for officers
Upon receipt of a notification of change of employment, the processing office must enter a note in the Global Case Management System (GCMS) explaining the change and documenting the letter of support from the province and update the client’s information in GCMS.
If IRCC receives the notification of the change of employer without the supporting documents (modified endorsement certificate and new letter of support from the province), the AIPP permanent residence application should be put on hold until IRCC receives the modified endorsement certificate and the new letter of support from the province. Once the documents are received, the processing can continue.
If necessary, IRCC can validate with the province information that they may require.
A new AIPP permanent residence application is not necessary, as the officer simply updates the information in GCMS.
Note: If the candidate’s new employment is at a different National Occupational Classification (NOC) level, it may change certain program requirements (language, education, duration of job offer). The candidate will be required to meet the requirements associated with their new offer of employment.
If, in the normal progression of the client’s work experience, the client is offered a promotion with the same employer, the client will need to follow the same steps to request a new job offer, a modified endorsement certificate and a new letter of support from the province. The officer will simply update the current AIPP permanent residence file in GCMS.
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Multiple permanent residence applications concurrently
An applicant who has applied in another immigration category, and who is subsequently endorsed by an Atlantic province, must submit a new application under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot programs. In such a case, the following applies:
- If the initial application has not been placed into processing and the applicant wishes to withdraw the application, the processing fee can be refunded.
- If the initial application has been placed into processing, no refund is possible.
- If the applicant does not wish to withdraw the initial application, processing on both applications may continue, but only one permanent resident visa can be issued to an applicant. For concerns relating to the applicant’s intent to reside in the province that endorsed them see Ability to become economically established and intent to reside in the endorsing Atlantic province.
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