On November 18, the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced a new immigration route that will aim to retain newcomers who are already in the province.
The new immigration route, Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador, under the Provincial Nominee Program of Newfoundland and Labrador (NLPNP), will focus on highly educated and highly skilled applicants with work experience in specialized industries such as technology. The launch of the program is scheduled for January 2, 2021.
The move will aim to address the province’s labor shortages in some high growth sectors. The new path responds to the growing demand from employers for skilled and experienced workers. The new path is a response to growing demand from employers for skilled and experienced workers, the province said in a press release.
What are the eligibility criteria for Priority Skills Pathway?
Masters or Ph.D. graduates from Memorial University who have completed within the last three years a diploma in information and communication technologies, ocean technology, health, agriculture, and aquaculture.
Additionally, professionals with work experience in the following high-demand, highly skilled occupations will be considered:
Individuals must also demonstrate proficiency in English bypassing one of the following language tests and achieving a score equivalent to level 5 or above on the Canadian Language Benchmark.
What are the other ways to immigrate to Newfoundland and Labrador?
The NLPNP is divided into five categories: the Express Entry Skilled Worker Category, the Skilled Worker Category, the International Graduate Category, the International Entrepreneur Category, and the International Graduate Entrepreneur Category.
The Newfoundland and Labrador PNP’s Express Entry Skilled Worker Category allows the province to nominate skilled workers through Canada’s federal Express Entry system. Nominees must have vacancies in the province.
The skilled worker category targets people who have received a job offer from an employer in the province. This category also targets those who are already working in the province with a valid work permit.
The International Graduate category is intended for new graduates holding a post-graduate work permit. They must have a job or a job offer in the province.
The International Entrepreneur category is for those who want to settle in the province and start or buy a business. Applicants must operate their business for one year in the province before applying.
The Newfoundland and Labrador PNP’s Graduate International Entrepreneurs category provides a pathway to permanent residency for international graduates who wish to start or operate a business in the province.
In addition to these five categories, people who wish to reside in Newfoundland and Labrador also have the opportunity to apply through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. To be eligible, applicants must also have a job offer in the province.
Newfoundland and Labrador is the easternmost province in Canada with two distinct landmasses: Labrador is connected to mainland Canada and Newfoundland is an island.
The province has a growing economy, due to its energy and resource boom. Important industries in the province include financial services, health care, mining, fishing, oil production, and manufacturing.
Most of the population lives in the provincial capital of St. John’s, one of the oldest cities in North America with a rich history. The city also has an interesting architectural landscape, with buildings that have a very distinct appearance from other cities in Canada.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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