The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, in the Budget for 2022, has eliminated the fees under its Provincial Nominee Program with immediate effect. Henceforth, the immigrants aspiring to settle in Newfoundland and Labrador would receive a range of free services from the provincial Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism such as assistance for submitting applications under Atlantic Immigration Program and Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program(NLPNP).
Among the eliminated fees are the fee of $250 to apply as a skilled worker and the application fee for individual entrepreneurs, which was $1000.
The province of Newfoundland and Labrador has set an ambitious goal of welcoming 5100 newcomers every year by 2026. The elimination of the provincial immigration fees is the latest among its efforts to achieve this goal. The aim of Newfoundland and Labrador is to become a national leader in immigration settlement and retention.
Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program
The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program or NLPNP allows immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination. It has three categories under it, which are Skilled Worker, Express Entry Skilled Worker and International Graduate.
Skilled Worker: The Skilled Worker category is for those candidates who have a guaranteed job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer. Those who are already working in the province on a valid Work Permit may also apply under this category.
Express Entry Skilled Worker: The Express Entry Skilled Worker category is for those skilled workers who have a valid Express Entry profile and a job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer.
International Graduate: Recent graduates with a Post-Graduate Work Permit or having a job/job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer may apply under this category.
Atlantic Immigration Program
One can also move to Newfoundland and Labrador through Atlantic Immigration Program. Atlantic Immigration Program is a pathway for permanent residence to those skilled foreign workers and international graduates who want to settle in one of the four Atlantic provinces of Canada, which are New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Program helps employers in these provinces to hire qualified candidates for vacancies which they have not been able to fill locally. The candidates must have received a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada to participate in this Program.
Priority Skills NL
Under the Priority Skills NL, those who have work experience in one of the in-demand occupations of Newfoundland and Labrador or those who have a high level of education and language ability may express their interest to settle in Newfoundland and Labrador. To be eligible, the candidate must have at least one year work experience in an in-demand occupation. The international graduates who have completed PhD or Master’s degrees from Memorial University within the past three years in Technology, Health Care, Aquaculture, and Agriculture can also submit their Expression of Interest. Those who have high scores and received the most interest from local employers will be invited to submit an application to the NLPNP, even if they do not have a job offer.