As an international student studying in any Atlantic province, it is important to note that you can easily Immigrate through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and acquire permanent residence in Canada. There are four PR Pathways you can use to immigrate to Canada and they include;

  1. Federal express entry
  2. Canadian experience class
  3. British Columbia – PNP
  4. Atlantic immigration pilot program (AIPP)

We going to focus on one which is the Atlantic immigration pilot program why you are eligible and the basic requirements to apply for this pilot program. All the information I’m going to give out in this article will be based on the website, this is just to make sure I’m not giving you guys some false information. With that being said let’s get right to it.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

There are four major provinces that you could go to if you want to go through this pathway you can go to and they include;

  • New Brunswick 
  • Nova Scotia 
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Newfoundland and Labrador 

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There are 3 programs (Atlantic international graduate program, Atlantic high-skilled program, and the Atlantic intermediate-skilled program) in the pilot through which employers can hire you. It is important to note that you can qualify for the 3 of them you are allowed to apply for just one out of the 3 programs.

Today we will be focused on the Atlantic international graduate program since this information is for graduating students.

Work experience

The good side of this program they don’t require to have working experience so if you’re a fresh graduate and you don’t have enough experience then this program is for you and then because multi Canadian experience class and federal experience Federal Express entry they will require you to have one to three years of experience outside Canada so if you don’t have that then you don’t get that point so here doesn’t matter if you got experience or not doesn’t count so let’s move on to 


When it comes to education, here are all the requirements you must meet;

  • You must have at least a 2-year degree, diploma, or certificate from a recognized publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province.
  • You must have been a full-time student for the entire duration of your study.
  • You must graduate from an institution 24 months before sending in your permanent residence application. This means that you have 24 months from the day of your graduation to send in your application for permanent residence
  • You live in Atlanta of the institution granting education credentials for at least 16 months within the 24 months.
  • You had the visa or permit needed to work, study, or train in Canada.

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Publicly-funded institutions list

Collège communautaire du Nouveau-BrunswickNew Brunswick
Maritime College of Forest TechnologyNew Brunswick
Mount Allison UniversityNew Brunswick
New Brunswick College of Craft and DesignNew Brunswick
New Brunswick Community CollegeNew Brunswick
Saint Thomas UniversityNew Brunswick
Université de MonctonNew Brunswick
University of New Brunswick & University of New Brunswick Saint JeanNew Brunswick
College of the North Atlantic
Memorial University of NewfoundlandNewfoundland
Acadia UniversityNova Scotia
Atlantic School of TheologyNova Scotia
Cape Breton UniversityNova Scotia
Dalhousie UniversityNova Scotia
Mount Saint Vincent UniversityNova Scotia
Nova Scotia College of Art and DesignNova Scotia
Nova Scotia Community CollegeNova Scotia
Saint Francis Xavier UniversityNova Scotia
Saint Mary’s UniversityNova Scotia
Université Sainte-AnneNova Scotia
University of Kings CollegeNova Scotia
Collège de l’ÎlePrince Edward Island
Holland CollegePrince Edward Island
University of Prince Edward IslandPrince Edward Island
list of institutions for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot

It’s always important you double-check you to see if your institution is listed among the recognized publicly funded institutions in an Atlantic province as schools a been added and removed regularly. 

One thing you have to keep in mind is that you need to be a full-time student for you to apply for this program. If you took a language course, then it won’t count, and also if your program was and what’s online that they would not accept that so make sure that you’re full-time and you’re in class you’re attending the classes.


The language test for this pilot program requires you to have level 4 CLB. This means that if you take your IELTS they only require you to have 3.5 in reading, 4.0 in writing, 4.5 in listening, and 4.0 in speaking. These scores are pretty low and achievable if you compare it with the Canadian experience class.

 With Canadian experience class, I think you need an NCLC 7, and then for you to be able to get the highest score you need to have these CLB 9 which makes it hard and tough. So, if you think that you can be able to get that kind of scores then the Atlantic immigration pilot program is your best bet as they only need you to have CLB 4.

Proof of funds

Now that we know that CLB 4 is the minimum requirement, lets quickly look at how much you need to show them before you can be accepted into this program. 

Number of Family MembersFunds Required
(in Canadian dollars)
7 or More$8,575
funds requirement for Atlantic Immigration Pilot

Get a job offer

This is where the Atlantic immigration pilot program gets tricky, they don’t require to have past work experience but at least you need to get a job offer from an eligible employer before you can qualify for this program. 

  • The eligible employer must have been designated as an employer taking part in the AIPP by the Atlantic province where you will be working. You can as well google list of designated employers under this program to find a list for that particular province
  • The job offer has to be full-time, you have to work for at least 30 paid hours per week.
  • The job must be non-seasonal jobs, they do not accept seasonal jobs.
  • You need to get a job offer with a skill type of 0, A, B, or C which is good because they also accept a skill type C unlike Canadian experience or federal express that needs just 0, A, or B.
  • The job offer has to last for at least one year, if you get a job offer for just three months then it won’t count.

I believe you now understand the importance of graduating in an Atlantic province and why many international students want to study in Atlantic provinces and Immigrate through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, it’s very easy to immigrate through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot after your studies and because you just need these basic requirements;

  1. Two-year diploma from a designated school
  2. Job offer- no work experience required
  3. Language (CLB4)
  4. Low proof of funds ($3000)
  5. Get job offers from an eligible employer

These are the advantages of those who graduated from Atlantic provinces who wish to Immigrate through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot over those who do not. If you found this article helpful please don’t forget to share.