Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said that the department is considering increasing immigration quotas for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP). Now the federal and provincial governments are following through with the expansion.
The immigration minister along with Atlantic provincial leaders announced that the Atlantic Pilot will open up 500 additional spots for this year. The program’s maximum intake will increase from 2000 to 2500 immigrants per year. The driving factor for this expansion is the demand of employees from across Canada’s Atlantic region employers. Also, the government is planning to expand Nova Scotia’s study and stay program throughout the Atlantic province resulting in more opportunities than ever for international graduates in the region to become permanent residents of Canada.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)
The AIPP was launched two years ago in July 2016. This is an immigration program for Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island (PEI). These provinces usually have fewer immigrants so AIPP helps the provinces bring in newcomers. The program helps employers in getting new skilled workers.
Some of the provinces quota has already been filled for 2018. If this trend continues, Minister Hussen is open to increase quotas.
An applicant cannot apply directly to AIPP. They must receive a job offer from an employer in Atlantic Canada. With the job offer, an applicant can further begin their application for permanent residency.
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