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


In-demand Health Care sector occupations:

  • Physician — NOC 3111 & 3112 (Family Medicine; Psychiatry; Pathology; General Internal Medicine; Radiology; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Anesthesia; Pediatric Intensivists (PICU); Neonatologists (NICU); Pathology)
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP) — NOC 3124
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) — NOC 3233
  • Personal Care Attendant (PCA) — NOC 3413 & 4412
  • Clinical Psychologist — NOC 4151
  • Medical Physicist — NOC 2111
  • Radiation Therapist — NOC 3215
  • Dosimetrist — NOC 3215

In-demand aquaculture sector occupations:

  • Captain (FM4 certification required)  — NOC 0823
  • Farming and Feeding Manager — NOC 0823
  • Facility Technician — NOC 2221
  • Assistant Manager — NOC 0823
  • Cage Site Technician — NOC 2221
  • Site Manager (with water quality expertise)
  • Area Manager — NOC 0823

In-demand Technology sector occupations:

Engineers and Developers:

  • Software Developer — NOC 2174
  • Biomedical Engineer — NOC 2148
  • UI/UX Developer — NOC 2174
  • Electrical Engineer — NOC 2133
  • AI Developer — NOC 2174
  • Mechanical Engineer — NOC 2132
  • Python Developer — NOC 2174
  • Web Developer — NOC 2175
  • .NET Developer — NOC 2174
  • Infrastructure Engineer — NOC 2147

Technical Specialists:

  • Security Specialist — NOC 2171
  • Cloud Specialist — NOC 2173 & 2174
  • Bioinformatician — NOC 2121
  • Computer Network Support — NOC 2281
  • Research Associate
  • Data Analytics — NOC 2172
  • Offshore Technician
  • ROV Operator
  • Ocean Mapping Specialist
  • Technical Writer — NOC 5121

*Our team has worked to identify likely NOC codes for each job title included in the Priority Skills Newfoundland and Labrador’s program guide, but candidates’ work experience will only be accepted at the discretion of Newfoundland’s immigration department.

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.

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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. 

Eligible candidates may begin the application process here.

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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