Atlantic Canada offers easier pathway of immigrating to Canada: AIPP does not require work experience for Atlantic graduates and has a lower standard for language skills.
Advantage #1: AIPP allows lower skilled jobs
Express Entry requires previous work experience or a job offer in highly skilled work for managers, professionals requiring a university degree, or technical jobs that usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship. Many newcomers do not qualify under Express Entry because their work experience or job offer does not meet this high skilled work standard.
The first advantage of the AIPP program is that it allows for a job offer from a designated employer to be from a lower skill level and which usually calls for high school and/or job-specific training only (eg. butcher, long-haul truck driver, food and beverage server).
Advantage #2: AIPP does not require work experience for Atlantic graduates
The need for previous work experience is a large barrier for international graduates looking to obtain permanent residency. This is because many international students looking for their first job struggle to secure relevant work experience in a management, professional, or technical job.
The AIPP provides a big advantage for students who finish a 2-year school program in a publicly funded institution in Atlantic Canada as they do not need any work experience to qualify under AIPP's international graduate program for permanent residency.
Advantage #3: AIPP has a lower language requirement
The Express Entry language requirements are often difficult for newcomers to achieve:
* the Federal Skilled Worker Program requires a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 for all four language abilities;
* the Canadian Experience Class requires a minimum of CLB 5 for all four language abilities for technical jobs; and
* the Federal Skilled Trades Program requires a CLB 5 for speaking and listening.
The AIPP opens up permanent residency to prospective newcomers who are still learning Canada's official languages as it requires only basic language requirements of CLB 4 for all of the language abilities of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Advantage #4: AIPP helps newcomers settle in Atlantic Canada
Finally, the AIPP helps newcomers succeed in Atlantic Canada by creating a unique plan for each of them. In the AIPP, the employer connects the candidate with a designated settlement provider organization to complete a needs assessment for the applicant. The plan usually includes:
* referrals to community resources;
* assistance with finding housing;
* assistance with transportation;
* assistance with obtaining essential public services such as health cards, child tax benefits, and obtaining social insurance numbers;
* assistance in registering in schools for children;
* language training;
* information and orientation to life in Atlantic Canada;
* connecting newcomers to their community.
This feature symbolizes AIPP's focus on each newcomer to successfully settle and stay permanently in Atlantic Canada.
Matthew Morawski is an immigration lawyer passionate about helping people immigrate to Canada. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Canadian permanent resident (including the favourable Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program) please email Matthew at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 604-689-5444.
By Matthew Morawski, Special to The Post
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