Please NOTE: Given the COVID-19 situation, the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism will no longer accept Atlantic Immigration Pilot paper applications until further notice. Employers must instead scan and send AIP applications by email to immigration@gov.nl.ca.

Paper applications that have already been received by the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism should not be affected by this change.

Please visit the News and Updates section of the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism website for Covid-19-related immigration updates.



Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made changes to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP) employer guidelines and application forms.

Effective August 16, 2019, the newly updated guidelines and forms are available.

What changes have been made?

The following guides and forms have been updated:

  • Employer Designation Guidelines
  • Employer Designation Application Form
  • Endorsement Application Guidelines
  • Endorsement Application Form

How do these changes affect my current AIP designation and endorsement applications?

It is important that you review these guidelines and forms as they contain important information and changes to employer obligations that may be relevant to requests for updated designations and future endorsements.

These changes will not affect files submitted prior to August 16, 2019, unless an immigration officer requests additional information from you to complete the assessment.

To ensure all designated employers are aware of their updated obligations under the AIP, we are asking that you submit the new Designation form with your next endorsement application.

These changes will have no impact on you if you are a designated employer and you no longer need to utilize the AIP for future endorsements.

Next Steps:

To update your designation when you are requesting a new endorsement:

  • If there are changes to your company contact, address, location or any other substantial change, you must complete the Designation Application Form in full and submit.
  • If there are no changes to the above, please indicate your company name/contact on page 1 of the updated Designation Application Form and sign off on the obligations listed on pages 7 and 8 and submit.

REMINDER: Effective August 1, 2019, employers seeking endorsements under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, are required to provide the following documentation at the time the endorsement application is submitted to the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism, to ensure no delays in permanent residency processing. (As of May 1, 2019, these documents have been required for endorsement applications that include work permit requests, but this will expand to all endorsements as of August 1, 2019).


  1. Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a recognized organization to show their credential is valid and equal to a Canadian credential. If the Foreign National already has an Educational Credential Assessment report, it must be less than 5 years old when it is submitted.
  2. Language Testing Results from an approved language testTo immigrate through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, the Foreign National must prove their English or French language ability. They need to have a Canadian Level Benchmark of level 4 or higher. Please go the following link to see what tests are available: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/atlantic-immigration-pilot/language-testing.html

Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIPP) Application Forms and Guides

Hiring international workers through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is a three-step process.

The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism encourages interested Newfoundland and Labrador-based employers to read the Guidelines for Designation and Guidelines for Endorsement prior to completing the applications, to ensure the program fits employers’ needs.

All employers are encouraged to read the Guide for Employers to Support Settlement Services to help understand the employer role in supporting the settlement needs of newcomers as part of the requirements of the Pilot.

STEP 1:  Newfoundland and Labrador-Based Employer reviews AIP requirements

STEP 2:  Newfoundland and Labrador-Based Employer applies for DESIGNATION

STEP 3:  Approved Newfoundland and Labrador-Based Designated Employer applies for ENDORSEMENT

Additional resources:

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Federal Information

Employer Information Sessions-Pathways to Immigrating to Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Are you an employer in Newfoundland and Labrador? Are you seeking to recruit and retain experienced internationally trained workers and qualified international students for full-time, long-term jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador to meet your labour needs?

The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism regularly hosts information sessions specifically for employers within the province.  If you are an employer within Newfoundland and Labrador and would like to learn more about how our office can help address your labour shortages, please contact us by email: immigration@gov.nl.ca to register for a session in your area or register for a Newfoundland and Labrador Employer Information Webinar.

  • For more information on the benefits of immigration, immigration programs, and the role of communities and other stakeholders in supporting immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador, be sure to review our Guide to Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador.

If you have further questions, please contact our office:

Newfoundland and Labrador-Atlantic Immigration Pilot
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism
Confederation Building, West Block
P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6

Telephone: 1-709-729-6607
Email: immigration@gov.nl.ca