How Do I Apply?
Should I use an Immigration Consultant/Lawyer?
Applicants to provincial immigration programs are not required to use representatives, such as lawyers or immigration consultants. Applications will not receive special attention, faster processing, or a more favourable outcome if submitted using the services of a representative. The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism assesses all applications equally, regardless of whether they were prepared directly by an applicant or with the assistance of a representative.
Given the Pilot is employer-driven, the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism will communicate with the employer directly to ensure the employer is fully engaged in the process.
Do I have to advertise before accessing the Pilot?
Maybe. Employers must be able to demonstrate that they have attempted to find workers through domestic recruitment activities prior to hiring foreign nationals, unless the employer is hiring individuals who have LMIA-exempt work permits (e.g. post-grad work permit, spousal open work permit, working holiday visa, intra-company transfer), or if the individual is already working in the position on a valid work permit.
Please review the Required Recruitment Activities that must be submitted with the endorsement application.
How do I select my workers?
Recruitment is the responsibility of the employer. However, if you are having difficulties finding workers the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism can suggest possible options for recruitment as well as provide opportunities to travel abroad with the Office to recruit. Please refer to nlimmigration.ca for up to date information on upcoming recruitment missions.
It is also the responsibility of the employer to be aware of the minimum eligibility criteria of the Pilot to ensure the foreign national(s) they wish to hire will meet the requirements of Endorsement and Permanent Residency.
Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism staff are available to assist with any questions you may have regarding eligibility under the Pilot.
How do I apply?
Read the Guidelines for Designation and Endorsement and the Guide for Employers to Support Settlement Services under the AIP to get an overview of the Pilot, learn the possible settlement supports that the employer will commit and be obligated to provide, and to better understand the application process.
Completed designation applications may be submitted to the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism by mail or in person:
Civic Address (Drop-off)
Atlantic Immigration Pilot
Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
Confederation Building, West Block
St. John's, NL A1B 4J6