Atlantic International Graduate Program Canada AIGP Immigration

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Atlantic International Graduate Program Canada AIGP Immigration

The Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP) is part of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP). It is the program that helps employers hire qualified applicants for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally. 

The is a special immigration pathway for international graduates of eligible educational institutions in Atlantic Canada. It is aimed at candidates who have a degree, diploma, or another credential from a publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province.

The AIGP Canada allows an opportunity for eligible foreign workers with a job offer from an employer in Atlantic Canada to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence.

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Main Requirements for the Atlantic International Graduate Program

The primary requirements for AIGP Canada Program are given below:

  • Job Offer
  • Proof of Funds
  • Work Experience
  • Language Ability
  • Education in Atlantic Canada

NOC level job offer and qualifying work experience requirement

NOC level job offer Work experience requirement
NOC 0 NOC 0, A, B, C

Job Offer

The job offer must meet all of these requirements following:

  • The job offer must be consistent and regularly scheduled paid employment throughout the year.
  • For NOC 0, A, or B skill type or level job offers, the employer must be offering you a job that will last at least 1 year
  • For NOC C skill-level job offers, there is no set end date.
  • The job offer cannot come from a company where the applicant is a majority owner.
  • The job offer must be at the same skill level as, or higher than, the work experience that qualified the candidates for the job unless you’re an international graduate from a recognized post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada.
  • For certain health care sector jobs, the applicants do not need to show qualifying work experience.
  • Working experience in NOC 3233 (practical nurses) and NOC 3012 (registered nurses) can be used as qualifying work experience if the candidates have a job offer in NOC 3413 (nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates) or NOC 4412 (home health care workers).
  • The job offer must be full-time.

Language requirements

You have to meet the minimum language requirements based on the NOC category that applies to your job offer:

  • CLB (Canadian Language Benchmarks) or
  • NCLC (Niveaux de compétence Linguistique Canadiens)

The minimum language requirements for each NOC category are

  • CLB/NCLC 5 for NOC 0, A, and B
  • CLB/NCLC 4 for NOC C

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Proof of Funds

Applicants need to show they have enough money to support themselves and their families after immigrating to Canada. The Candidate’s funds depend on the size of the family and include family members a candidate supports that are not immigrating. 

The required settlement funds have to be equal to or greater than the sums listed below for each family size.

Number of family members Funds required In-CAD
1 $3,327
2 $4,142
3 $5,092
4 $6,183
5 $7,013
6 $7,909
7 $8,806
For each additional family member $896

Who may use this application?

You may apply through the Atlantic International Graduate Program if you meet the eligibility requirements and plan to settle permanently in one of the following Canadian Atlantic destination provinces:

Educational requirements for the Canada AIGP Program

The Educational requirements for the Canada Atlantic International Graduate Program, you must have one of these- If you: 

  • studied outside Canada, you need an educational credential assessment (ECA) to confirm that your studies are equal to or higher than the required level of education for your job offer.
  • have a job offer at the NOC 0 or A skill type or level, you must have a Canadian one-year post-secondary educational credential or higher, or the equivalent outside Canada.
  • have a job offer at the NOC B or C skill level, you must have a Canadian high school diploma or the equivalent outside Canada.
  • Your ECA report has to be less than 5 years old on the date IRCC receives your application.

To know more details about the application process for the Canadian Atlantic International Graduate Program, you can contact one of our immigration specialists at Gunness & Associates.

Tel: (416) 604-2669


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