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.

Currently, Expressions of Interest (EOI) are being accepted from:

  • Individuals who have worked in a specialized, highly skilled, in-demand occupation for at least one full year in the last 10 years.
  • Individuals who have completed PhD or Master’s degrees from Memorial University within the past three years in the following specialties: Technology, Health Care, Aquaculture, and Agriculture.

A list of in-demand occupations

Health Care sector occupations for public and private healthcare providers:

  1. Physician
    • Family Medicine; Psychiatry; Pathology; General Internal Medicine; Radiology; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Anesthesia; Pediatric Intensivists (PICU); Neonatologists (NICU); Pathology (Hemopathology)
  2. Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  3. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  4. Personal Care Attendant (PCA)
  5. Clinical Psychologist
  6. Medical Physicist
  7. Radiation Therapist
  8. Dosimetrist

 Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector occupations:

Engineers and Developers

  1. Software Developer
  2. Biomedical Engineer
  3. UI/UX Developer
  4. Electrical Engineer
  5. AI Developer
  6. Mechanical Engineer
  7. Python Developer
  8. Web Developer
  9. NET Developer
  10. Infrastructure Engineer

Technical Specialists

  1. Security Specialist
  2. Cloud Specialist
  3. Bioinformatician
  4. Computer Network Support
  5. Research Associate
  6. Data Analytics
  7. Offshore Technician
  8. ROV Operator
  9. Ocean Mapping Specialist
  10. Technical Writer

Aquaculture sector occupations:

  1. Captain (FM4 certification required)
  2. Farming and Feeding Manager
  3. Facility Technician
  4. Assistant Manager
  5. Cage Site Technician
  6. Site Manager (with water quality expertise)
  7. Area Manager

The applicants of Priority Skills NL who exceed the minimum score of 60 points will be accepted and their information will be viewable by staff and local employers who have accounts with the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Candidates who have submitted EOIs with the highest scores, and who have received the most interest from local employers, may receive invitations through Priority Skills NL, to submit an application to the Provincial Nominee Program without a job offer.

Eligibility Criteria:

All candidates must:

  • have taken an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) language test within the last twelve months and scored equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 or higher;
  • be at least 21 years of age; and
  • intend to live permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador

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