atlantic intermediate skilled program aisp

The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP) is a part of the Atlantic Immigration Program to allow employers to reach out to skilled workers in different countries. Through the AISP, workers with a job offer from an Atlantic Canadian province can apply for PR.

To apply for AHSP or Atlantic Highly-Skilled Program, you must have the following:

  • Check your eligibility
  • Get a job offer
  • Submit application
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1) Check Eligibility:

Work Experience:

If you want to apply for AISP, you need to have worked at least 1560 hours in the last 3 years. This work experience may be full-time, part-time, or non-continuous.

To qualify for AISP, you must include:

  • Under 1 occupation (maybe under different employers)
  • Applicants must add work experience under NOC C level occupations
  • Paid for the work done (does not include unpaid internships or volunteer work)
  • Must include Canadian experience obtained while the applicant was working as a temporary resident
  • Work experience gained during studying, as long as they do not exceed the work hours authorized


To apply for AHSP you must have 1 of the following:

  • A Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary education certificate, diploma, or degree from a recognized institution
  • A degree, diploma, or certificate, is equal to a Canadian counterpart.

For applicants who have completed their education out of Canada, an ECA or Educational Credential Assessment must be included. This ECA must be less than 5 years old.

Language Testing:

Candidates applying for Atlantic Highly-Skilled Program must prove their basic language ability with fluency in English or French. This is equivalent to Level 4 of CLB or Canadian Language Benchmark. The following tests are approved for AHSP:

  • International English Language Testing System or IELTS
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program or CELPIP
  • Test d’évaluation de français or TEF

Applicants must note that the language threshold for these programs is lower than that for other Canadian economic immigration programs, including those under the Express Entry System.

The language test result must be less than 2 years old at the time of application.

Proof of Funds:

Candidates applying for AHSP must show enough money to support themselves and their families when they apply to immigrate to Canada. The amount depends on the size of the family, and should also include anyone you support who is not immigrating with you.

If you are already working in Canada with a valid work permit, then you do not need to show proof of funds.

2) Get a job offer:

The Atlantic Highly-Skilled Program (AHSP) is an employer-driven program where candidates must receive a valid job offer. The job offer must be:

  • Sent from a designated employer from any one of the four Atlantic Provinces
  • For full-time employment or indeterminate employment
  • For Skilled or intermediate levels such as managerial, trades/technical, or at skill type 0, A, B, or C under NOC, and
  • Supported with an Endorsement certificate from the province to show that the job offer is genuine

The job may not be under the same NOC as other jobs previously held by the candidate.

3) Submit Application:

Once all the steps have been completed and the candidate’s application has been accepted, you can submit your PR or Permanent Residency application.

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