Newfoundland and Labrador to open new immigration program for skilled workers

Newfoundland and Labrador
  • January 3, 2021

Newfoundland and Labrador has started accepting applications for a new program for immigration from January 2. The Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador is a new immigration program for highly educated, highly skilled newcomers with specialized experience in areas where demand has outpaced local training and recruitment, such as technology and ocean sciences occupations. Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) will post more information on the government’s website.

The program was created to help address local labour market shortages. It will be open to newcomers who have at least one year of work experience in highly skilled, high-demand occupations, as well as post-graduates who completed a Masters or Doctorate degree at Memorial University within three years. NLPNP intends to admit 2,500 new permanent residents annually by 2022 within coronavirus special measures and guidelines.


How the new program works

The Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador will operate as an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Interested candidates will complete an EOI, and receive an invitation to apply through the province’s online portal. Invited individuals will receive a provincial nomination if they meet all the criteria for either the Skilled Worker, or Express Entry Skilled Worker categories. This nomination will support a subsequent application for Canadian permanent residence to the federal government.

Applicants will fill out a questionnaire to get their EOI score. Those who get above 60 points will be visible to local employers who have accounts with the province’s Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism. It is not necessary to have a job offer to apply to the province’s new Provincial Nominee Program. Applicants need to score highly in the EOI system and have received interest from local employers.

There are some eligibility criteria that all candidates must follow. Candidates need a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least five in order to be eligible. The results of the language test must be less than 12 months old. Candidates also need to be at least 21 years old and intend to live permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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