January 12, 2021

Priority Skills Pathway – Newfoundland and Labrador

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador province has just launched an exciting new immigration program, that offers an option for permanent residents. Candidates who have work experience of at least 1 year, in a specialized occupation, with an IELTS score of CLB5 or more, may be eligible to apply. and, you don’t even need a job offer for this program

Newfoundland and Labrador, situated in Canada’s Atlantic region, is one of the 4 provinces that are also part of the AIPP – Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.

However, unlike AIPP, the newly launched immigration program by this province does not need a job offer from an employer in Canada.

Effective 2 January 2021, Newfoundland and Labrador have introduced a new immigration pathway, that targets immigrants who possess high levels of skills, language proficiency, and work experience in in-demand specialized occupations, such as Engineering, technology, healthcare, and aquaculture occupations.

The program was created to help overcome local labor market shortages and Newfoundland intends to welcome 2500 new immigrants annually by the year 2022.

Under this pathway, there are 2 main sub-streams:

  1. In-demand Academic Candidates:

To be eligible, you must have graduated with a Masters’s or Ph.D. from Memorial University, within the last 3 years, with a degree related to information and communications technology, ocean technology, healthcare, agriculture, and aquaculture.

2. In-demand Work candidates:

To be eligible, you must have worked in a specialized, highly-skilled, high-demand occupation for at least one full year in the last 10 years.

A job offer from an employer is NOT required.

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So, how does this program work?

The Priority Skills Pathway will work as an Expression of Interest, based process.
Interested and eligible candidates will create their EOI on the Newfoundland Immigration portal. They will be awarded points based on their age, education, language proficiency, work experience, connection to the province, etc.

Let’s take a look at their grid point table to understand how the points are awarded.

This probably is the only PNP program that gives more points as you grow older. If you see the points grid above, it assigns you 16 points for ages between 31-40, whereas it’s only 12 points for ages between 21-30.

Only candidates who can score at least 60 points will be able to create their EOI successfully.

Your profile will also be accessible to prospective employers in the province. Only candidates with the highest scores, and greatest interest from employers, will be invited to submit an application to the Provincial Nominee Program.

Some of the documents required to be uploaded with your EOI are,

  • resume
  • cover letter
  • educational degree
  • transcripts.

So, make sure you upload an updated resume with a good cover letter that will attract a prospective employer to your skill set and work experience. That may well be the difference in you receiving an invitation from the province.

If you receive an invitation, you will be invited to apply for a nomination through the online portal.

A successful application will receive the nomination and will be able to apply for their permanent residence through the Express Entry system.

The only thing that makes this very competitive, is that the province will issue only 250-350 invitations under this program and hence, only applicants with high scores may succeed.

Official Links:

Newfoundland and Labrador PNP – Priority Skills Pathway link is here.
Priority Skills Immigration Pathway Application Guide is here.