Government of New Brunswick

The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) is a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates from a recognized post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada who want to work and live In New Brunswick. The program helps New Brunswick employers hire qualified candidates for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally.

National Occupational Classification 2021

On November 16 2022, IRCC will be adopting the 2021 version of the National
Occupational Classification
(NOC). We’ll post information on this site in August 2022
about how this will affect our programs.


We are now accepting expression of interest from New Brunswick employers looking to become designated and issuing provincial endorsements for approved designated employers.

Please follow instructions below on how to get started.


New Brunswick has paused the acceptance of NOC 7511 – Transport Truck Driver, NOC 6513 - Food and beverage servers, and NOC 6311- Food Service Supervisor for the Atlantic Immigration Program.

Foreign workers who have been nominated under a New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program and are awaiting decision by IRCC for permanent residency, are not eligible to apply to the AIP. Multiple applications and withdrawal request to apply to the AIP will not be permitted.


Employers facing shortages must first become “designated” to have their positions “endorsed” by the Province.

Being designated means you can hire candidates under the Atlantic Immigration Program. The province is responsible for approving employers for designation.

Once the employer is designated, they may apply to the province to endorse a position for a foreign worker.

Once the employer position(s) are endorsed, the foreign worker(s) identified by the employer, can apply directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residency under the Atlantic Immigration Program. The foreign worker may also receive a temporary work permit while waiting for permanent residency.


Step 1: Employer Designation

To become designated, your organization must:

  • not be in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) or the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR)
  • be in good standing and comply with employment standards and occupational health and safety legislation
  • not recruit or hire workers for the purpose of establishing a pool of candidates that can be later transferred or contracted out to separate businesses for staffing purposes
  • have been in continuous, active operation under the same management for at least 2 years in 1 of the Atlantic provinces, or be able to show continuous, active operation in another location with confirmation of approval from the province in which you’re applying for designation
  • work with a New Brunswick settlement service provider organization to help your candidates get settlement services
  • commit to taking the onboarding training
  • commit to taking the intercultural competency training, unless you’re exempted by the province. A New Brunswick workforce attraction officer will inform you if you need to take the training during the intake conversation.


  • Review the guides and resources listed below
  • Existing Employers please log in to your INB employer profile and complete an expression of interest.
  • New Employers please create an account on INB and submit an expression of interest.

Atlantic Immigration Program – New Brunswick Employer Designation Guidelines

*A fillable Designation application form will be provided to eligible employers once the Expression of Interest is reviewed by the Province.

Quick Guide to submitting a Designation Application


Step 2: Employer Position Endorsement

To have a position endorsed, an employer must:


Atlantic Immigration Program – New Brunswick Endorsement Guidelines

Quick guide to submitting a Endorsement Application

Documents that will be required at the endorsement application stage

  • IMM0157E Job Offer Form
  • Detailed Job Description
  • Proof of recruitment efforts
  • Evidence of the candidate’s previous work experience
  • A valid language assessment (IELTS or CELPIP for English, TEF Canada or TCF Canada for French)
  • The Principal Applicant’s (including any accompanying family members’) Settlement Plan
  • Signed copy of the Endorsement Application Form
  • If the candidate is already in Canada, a copy of their legal status in the country (work permit, visitor permit or study permit)
  • Copy of passport for principal applicant and dependents


Step 3. Foreign Worker Immigration Application

To apply for permanent residency foreign workers must:

  • Have a valid endorsement certificate issued by New Brunswick.
  • Foreign workers who require a work permit must have a work permit referral letter issued by the Province.
  • Employers supporting work permit applications must register in the federal employer portal, submit the job offer and pay a compliance fee.

Please ensure to submit a complete application to IRCC. This includes detailed reference letters with main duties, demonstrating you have met the description of the lead statement of the NOC, a valid language assessment with qualifying language scores ,and proof of education- accompanied by an Education Credential Assessment or Canadian equivalency.

Please consult IRCC for the AIP checklist ,and for more information on permanent residency requirements .


To learn more about the Atlantic Immigration Program, please contact our Team at

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