Atlantic International Graduate Stream

Atlantic International Graduate Stream

The Atlantic International Graduate Stream (AIGS) is for applicants who have recently graduated from one of the 4 Atlantic Canada provinces. If you come under this category then apply to this stream.

Who can apply?

To apply to the Atlantic International Graduate Stream, meet the following terms:

  • Must have lived in Atlantic Canada for a minimum of 16 months in the past 2 years. Also, this must be before receiving your degree, diploma or credential;
  • Have a minimum education level;
  • Have a minimum language skill level;
  • Besides, have a valid job offer from a designated employer in the Atlantic province.
  • Give proof of settlement funds.

Education Level

  • Minimum 2 years, degree, diploma, certificate or trade or internship credential from a recognised publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province;
  • You must have been a full-time student during your study period;
  • Must have graduated 24 months before sending a permanent residence application;
  • During your study period, you lived in the Atlantic province from where you received your credential. And lived there for a minimum of 16 months out of 24 months, before you received your credential;
  • If you accelerated your studies and completed them before the minimum 2 year period then your credential must still account for a 2-year program by the educational institution which offered it;
  • Only Canadian education is accountable by AIP. But if you want to include foreign education then you must submit an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report. As it verifies that your foreign education is equal to Canada’s post-secondary or secondary level education;
  • Also, had a valid visa or permit to study, train or work in Canada.


  • Your study/training program does not qualify if:
    • It is an English/French second language course for half the length of your study program;
    • Distance learning program for half the length of the study program
  • You can not apply if you received a scholarship/fellowship that requires you to return to your home country after the completion of your study program.

Language Skills

Even if you have studied in Canada you must submit valid language test results for English – IELTS/CELPIP, for French – TEF/TCF. Also, these test results must not be less than 2 years old. Further, they must prove that you have a minimum CLB/NCLC 4 level. Moreover, this must cover all four key skill areas such as Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.

Minimum score needed for CLB / NCLC 4
Your score must be equal or greater than the scores below
Test Reading Writing Listening Speaking
CELPIP–General 4 4 4 4
IELTS–General 3.5 4.0 4.5 4.0
TEF Canada 121 181 145 181
TCF Canada 342 4 331 4

A Valid Job Offer

To qualify in the Atlantic High Skilled Program, you must have a valid job offer from an employer from the Atlantic Provinces. Also, your job offer must meet the following terms:

  • The employer must have given you a job offer after using the Offer of Employment to a Foreign National IMM 5650 form;
  • This job offer must be from an AIP designated employer from the Atlantic province where you will be working (Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, or Prince Edward Island).
  • Also, the job offer must be full-time, a minimum of 30 hours a week paid work;
  • This job must be non-seasonal, regular, and paid work throughout the year;
  • The job must come under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B;
  • Finally, the job offer must be for a minimum period of 1 year.