The Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP) is a part of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP). It is a unique immigration option for international graduates of eligible educational institutions in Atlantic Canada.

This program allows graduates to submit an application for permanent residence without first having to obtain work experience.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the Atlantic International Post Graduate Program, you must fulfill the following criteria:

1. Education

This is one of the most crucial keys for the applicants to AIGP. The applicants must demonstrate that they:

  • Must have obtained a degree/diploma/certificate of a post-secondary education program of at least two years from any institution in Atlantic Canada.
  • Must have been studying as a full-time student for at least two years in Canada;
  • Had valid/ legal temporary resident status throughout their stay in Canada.
2. Settlement Funds

The applicants must show they have enough financial support for themselves and even their family members. Settlement funds cannot be borrowed from any other person.

3. The Job Offer

Applicants to the AIGP must demonstrate that they have a job offer that is:

  • from a designated employer in one of the four Atlantic provinces;
  • for full-time employment for at least one year;
  • non-seasonal;
  • skilled;
  • supported by a provincial certificate of endorsement from the province.
4. Language skills

English or French must score a minimum of CLB level 4 which will be approved by Canada immigration authority – Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The candidate’s language skills will be measured by attending the test.

However, the following language tests are also approved for the AIGP:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program)
  • TEF (Test d’évaluation de français).
  • Test de Connaissance du français (TCF Canada)
5. Provincial Endorsement Letter

This is a compulsory letter which is issued by an Atlantic Province that proves the candidate is accepted by IRCC.

For this letter the submission of a copy version is required, the copy should be included with the permanent residence application. The letter is valid for 6 months only therefore, applicants must submit it before the letter gets expired.