The Newfoundland Priority Skills Immigration Program

by | Mar 19, 2021

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador launched a new immigration program in January 2021 known as the Newfoundland Priority Skills Program. The Priority Skills Program is being offered by the Newfoundland and Labrador Immigration Program. 

Every province in Canada has an immigration program that is designed to meet the specific labour demands within a particular province. The Priority Skills Program is targeted to meet the needs of Newfoundland and Labrador. The program targets persons who work with certain high demand professions and persons who have graduated from a specific university within the province. 

There are a number of eligibility requirements that must be met for a person to qualify for permanent residency under the Priority Skills Program . 

Expression of Interest

You first have to complete an expression of interest which entails you informing the immigration authorities that you are interested in the progra and that you meet the eligibility requirements.


Once your expression of interest has been assessed and you meet the minimum requirements, you will then receive an invitation as a potential promising candidate. 

Provincial Nomination

After receiving the invitation, you must submit your formal application for consideration. Thereafter you will receive a provincial nomination that you would then use as part of your permanent residency application. 


In order for you to qualify, you must either have graduated from a PhD or masters program at the Memorial University, which is a university in Newfoundland and Labrador. The graduation must have been within the past three years. You must also have qualifications from very specific areas of work, particularly technology, health care, aquaculture and agriculture.

Notably, there is another eligible category of persons. These are individuals who have worked in specialized high demand type jobs for at least one year in the last 10 years. It does not matter where such a person has worked because the program does not require Canadian specific experience. It is work experience in a high demand job anywhere in the world.

Additionally, you need to have taken the English or French language test within the last 12 months. You must have scored a level five or higher in the language test. The minimum required age for you to qualify under the program is 21 years. You must also have an intention to live permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador.

High Demand Job Types

There is a list of high demand job types that are covered by the province of Newfoundland and Labrador under the Priority Skills Program. Some of the high demand job types include doctors, nurse practitioners, LPNs, licensed practical nurses, personal care attendance, criminal psychologists, medical physicists among others. 
In the IT space, the listed high demand job types include software developers, UX developers, electrical engineers, AI developers, technical specialists, web developers, security specialists and cloud specialists. In the agricultural sector, there are also some jobs that are listed as high demand job types such as area managers, cage site technicians among others. 


If you fit into one of the high demand job categories, you have worked for at least one year within the specific field and you have the requisite experience for the job type, you may be able to qualify or at least apply for permanent residency under the Priority Skills Program offered by the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Let Us Help 

Should you require our support with your permanent residency application under the Priority Skills Program offered by the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, we are happy and available to provide that to you. 

We are also here to provide you with the best professional advice in case you have any further questions about the program. Book a call with us today!


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