On January 2, Newfoundland and Labrador will begin accepting applications for a new initiative.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Priority Skills is a new immigration initiative for highly trained, highly experienced newcomers with advanced expertise in areas where local training and recruitment, such as technology and ocean science occupations, have been outpaced by demand.
When the stream opens, the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) will post more data on the government’s website.
The program was developed to help address local labor market shortages. It will be open to newcomers with at least one year of work experience in highly educated, high-demand professions, as well as post-graduates who have earned a master’s or doctoral degree within three years at Memorial University.
“Newfoundland and Labrador spends a great deal of time, effort and money on attracting newcomers to our shores,” said Gerry Byrne, the provincial immigration minister, in a statement. Our government is now investing in helping more highly qualified, highly trained immigrants remain right here and continue to have full careers and raise families throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, guided by the leadership of the premier.”
By 2022, the NLPNP expects to accept 2,500 new permanent residents annually under the framework of special coronavirus initiatives and guidelines.
How the new program functions
As an Expression of Interest (EOI) framework, the Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador will work.
If they follow all the requirements for either the Skilled Worker or Express Entry Skilled Worker groups, the invited individuals will obtain a provincial nomination. A subsequent submission to the federal government for Canadian permanent residence would support this appointment.
EOIs from individuals who have at least one year of professional work experience in an in-demand profession are currently approved by Newfoundland and Labrador. They also accept applications in one of the following four specialties from individuals who have earned a PhD or master’s degree from Memorial University in the past three years: Technology, Health Care, Aquaculture, and Agriculture.
Applicants should fill out a questionnaire to get their EOI scores. For local employers who have accounts with the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism of the province, any who get over 60 points would be visible.
To apply to the province’s new Provincial Candidate Scheme, it is not mandatory to have a work offer. In the EOI system, applicants need to score highly and have earned interest from local applicants.