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Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador provides an immigration pathway for highly skilled, highly educated individuals who have experience in priority sectors for the province. 

The Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador immigration pathway was created  in 2021 in response to a growing demand from Newfoundland employers who are unable to meet growing demand for labour in priority sectors. Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, described the objectives of the new pathway, “This new focus in Priority Skills for immigration builds on the gathering momentum to attract and retain more newcomers with fresh ideas and perspectives for growth.”

Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador opened to applicants in January, 2021.

Eligibility Criteria: Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador

Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador has two major categories for eligibility. Namely, candidates must have one (or more) of the following advanced academic or specialized qualifications in priority sectors such as information and communications technology, oceans technology, health care, agriculture and aquaculture:

  1. Graduates of Memorial University who have completed a Masters or PhD program within the three years prior to applying.
  2. Exceptionally qualified individuals who have worked in a specialized, highly skilled, high-demand occupation for at least one year.

The following occupations are considered eligible in-demand occupations for the stream. Note: these occupations will be revised on a regular basis to respond to Newfoundland and Labrador’s changing labour market needs.

In-Demand Occupations*: Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador

Additionally, all candidates for Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador must take an approved English-language test showing abilities at or above the Canadian Language Benchmark of Level 5 (CLB 5). As well, applicants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of application.

Application procedure for Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador

Candidates who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador will be eligible to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). Candidates will be assessed based on the merits of their EOI and certain candidates will be invited by the province to submit an official application for permanent resident status.

Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador will assess EOIs using a points grid, similar to the Comprehensive Ranking System used in Express Entry. The full breakdown of points can be found here.

History of draws for Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador

This table outlines past invitation rounds for Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador:

DateInvitations issuedOccupations included
October 2021260- Software developers
- Cloud specialists
- Web developers
- Python developers
- AI developers
- Bioinformaticians
- UI/UX developers
- .Net developers
- Data analysts
- Security specialists
September 202122- Software developers
- Python developers
- Cloud specialists
- AI developers
- Web developers
June 2021381- Licensed practical nurses
- Personal care attendants
- Nurse practitioners
- Clinical psychologists
- Medical physicists
- Radiation therapists

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Rebecca Major is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (R511564) with nearly 15 years of licenced Canadian Immigration experience, gained after graduating with a Bachelor of Laws in the UK. She specializes in Canadian immigration at Moving2Canada.
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