Newfoundland and Labrador launched the new Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador on January 2, 2021, as a brand new immigration pathway for highly skilled foreign workers and international graduates. The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NL PNP) offers several existing immigration pathways for foreign nationals who want to immigrate to the province. However, this new initiative was started in response to the increasing demand for skilled labor in priority sectors.
This new program is already open for applications. The NLPNP is planning to invite up to 350 new immigrants through this new initiative. The Priority Skills stream is targeted at inviting foreign nationals with advanced education or specialized skills in information and communication technology, oceans technology, health care, agriculture or aquaculture industry.
Hundreds of skilled professionals have already applied for the program since its announcement on November 18, 2020, according to the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism. The new stream will focus on applicants employed in 1 of the predetermined eligible occupations.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements for the Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador?
The new Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador program has 2 different categories of eligibility criteria for applicants. Applicants must meet 1 of the following criteria:
- Be advanced academically or specially qualified in 1 of the priority sectors including information and communications technology, oceans technology, health care, agriculture and aquaculture
- Be graduated from Memorial University with a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in the last 3 years before applying
- Be an exceptionally qualified and highly skilled professional with at least 1 year of experience in a specialized, highly skilled and high-demand occupation
Additionally, applicants will be required to demonstrate language proficiency with at least a level 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for English.
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Which Occupations Are Eligible for the Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador?
The following occupations are eligible for the Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador program. However, it should be noted that this list will change according to the needs of the local labor market:
For the healthcare sector, the following occupation titles are required:
- Physician (Family Medicine; Psychiatry, Pathology, General Internal Medicine, Radiology; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Anesthesia, Pediatric Intensivists (PICU)
- Neonatologists (NICU), Pathology, Nurse Practitioner (NP)
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
- Personal Care Attendant
- Clinical Psychologist
- Medical Physicist
- Radiation Therapist
For the aquaculture industry, foreign workers in the following occupations are required:
- Captain with required FM4 certification
- Farming and Feeding Manager
- Facility Technician
- Assistant Manager
- Cage Site Technician
- Site Manager (with water quality expertise)
- Area Manager
For the technology sector, the following occupations are eligible:
- Software Developer
- Biomedical Engineer
- UI/UX Developer
- Electrical Engineer
- AI Developer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Python Developer
- Web Developer
- NET Developer
- Infrastructure Engineer
As technical specialists, the following occupation titles will be considered:
- Security Specialist
- Cloud Specialist
- Computer Network Support
- Research Associate
- Data Analytics
- Offshore Technician
- ROV Operator
- Ocean Mapping Specialist
- Technical Writer
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador
The first step in applying for this stream requires the applicants to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by filling out a questionnaire. This lets the NLPNP know that you are interested in this stream so they can assess your eligibility.
Based on the eligibility criteria, the applicant will be provided with an EOI score. The highest scoring applicants will receive an invitation to apply for provincial nomination.
Applicants require a minimum EOI score of 60 points to qualify for this stream.
Applicants will be required to be at least 21 years of age or older to be eligible for this new immigration stream.
Once you have received an invitation to apply for provincial nomination, you will be required to provide your name, citizenship, current address and email address along with 3 supporting documents such as your résumé, education or work credential, and cover letter.
The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism is responsible for processing the applications for this stream.
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