Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

The Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP) is a variant of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program(AIPP), that aims to spearhead the immigration levels of Canada’s Atlantic provinces from 2017.


The Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP) is an employer-driven program which helps international students in Canada to obtain Canadian permanent residency without having the need to obtain work experience. Any candidate with a job offer from a designated employer from any one of the Canada’s Atlantic provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Prince Edward Island) may apply for permanent residence. Here, the employer is not required to do the traditional Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) prior to hiring the foreign worker or professional. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to process 80% of the AIGP applications within 6 months’ time. The AIGP is not express entry aligned, and the applicants are served on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Note: On 1 November 2017, the government of Canada announced multi-year immigration targets spanning from 2018 to 2020. An estimated 9,80,000 immigrants will be welcomed by Canada from 2018 to 2020. For complete projected statistics and other valuable information, click here.


Eligibility Criteria


  1. Education

This is the most key area in this program. To be eligible for this program, the candidate:

  • Must have obtained a degree/diploma/certificate/trade or apprenticeship following post-secondary education for at least 2 years from a publicly funded institution in any of Canada’s Atlantic provinces;
  • Must have been studying in Canada as a full-time student for a period not less than 2 years (24 months);
  • Lived in either one or more of Canada’s Atlantic provinces for a minimum period of 16 months within the last 24 months’ time before their credential was awarded;
  • Had legal status throughput their stay in Canada.
  1. Language Skills

The applicant must score a minimum of CLB level 4 in either English or French. To know about the correlation between the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels and the various language tests approved by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), click here. The following language tests are approved for the AHSP program:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – General Test; for English
  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) – General Test; for English
  • TEF (Test d’évaluation de français) – for French

Applicants must note that the language test results must be less than 2 years old at the time of applying.


  1. Settlement Funds

The settlement funds requirement for the AHSP must meet or exceed the values listed in the below table, depending on the size of the family.

Number of members in the family Funds Required (In C$)
1 3075
2 3828
3 4706
4 5714
5 6481
6 7309
7 or more than 7 8138
  1. Provincial Endorsement

A provincial letter of endorsement is a mandatory document for all AHCP applicants. The letter of endorsement is issued by the endorsing province to the applicant. The letter is valid only for a period of 6 months from the date of issuance. Hence, the applicant must take necessary steps to prevent the situation of the endorsement letter getting expired.

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