Priority Skills NL

Priority Skills NL

The Priority Skills NL stream of the NL PNP is for applicants whose job profile falls under in-demand occupation in NL. In addition, they have a high level of education, language skills, and impressive work experience. But they must intend to live in or come to NL to become a Canada PR cardholder.


Besides, Currently, NL PNP is taking applications under the Priority Skills NL stream from applicants who:

  • Have work experience of 1 year in the last 10 years in a specialised, highly-skilled, in-demand occupation.
  • Have a PhD or Masters degree from Memorial University within the past 3 years in the following areas Agriculture, Aquaculture, Healthcare and Technology.


Further, to apply to this stream, applicants will first have to give a questionnaire. And if they score a minimum of 60 points, their application will be accepted and processed further.

Finally, if you have submitted an Express on Interest (EOI) with a very high score. And if your application is getting good interest from the local employers, then NL PNP will invite you to apply to PNP for provincial nomination.


Who can apply to the Priority Skills NL PNP sub-stream?

To apply to the Priority Skills NL PNP stream, the applicants must meet the following terms as per their applicable case:

General terms for all applicants

  • Have a language skill level of CLB 5.
    • Submit test results for IELTS or CELPIP not more than 1-year-old.
  • Be 21 years of age or older.
  • Agree to live and settle in New Foundland and Labrador (NL).


Terms for in-demand academic applicants

  • Have completed a masters or PhD degree from Memorial University.
  • Also, specialisation must be in 1 of the following areas:
    • Healthcare
    • Technology
    • Agriculture and Aquaculture


Terms for in-demand work applicants

  • Have a minimum of 1 year of work experience within 10 years.
  • Also, work experience must be in a highly-skilled, specialised, in-demand occupation.


How to apply to the Priority Skills NL PNP sub-stream?

Step 1 – Complete an Expression of Interest

The first step towards applying to this stream is by completing a questionnaire. This is not a formal application but shows your interest in applying to the sub-stream. Also, the Expression of Interest (EOI) process will share if the applicant qualifies to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) or not. 


In addition, the questionnaire will cover the following information:

  • Language Skill Level – English/French.
    • Submit language test results to prove the same.
  • Age
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Family connection in Newfoundland and Labrador


An applicant must complete the EOI process as per their high questionnaire score, and above details, the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism (OIM) will make a final decision for ITA.


Step 2 – Get an Invitation to Apply (ITA)

As per the information supplied by the applicants, the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism (OIM) will make a final decision. However, as the info is accessible to NL employers, they too can vote for applicants who will be successful or not for their companies and or the province. 

Besides, the Priority Skills NL PNP sub-stream is for applicants who do not have a job offer from the province. But during the processing period, they may land the same from an NL employer.


Step 3 – Apply for nomination via the online portal

After getting an ITA, an applicant will have to submit an immigration application via the online portal. Also, if the applicant qualifies for the NL PNP Skilled Worker stream or NL PNP Express Entry Skilled Worker sub-stream then NL will issue a provincial nomination certificate.

As a result, the applicant will get an extra 600 CRS score against their Express Entry (EE) profile in the EE pool. As a result, their chances of getting an Invitation to Apply to give a permanent resident application will go up majorly.

To know more about the Express Entry (EE) System pathway click here.


Questionnaire Scoring Points

The Priorities Skill NL PNP questionnaire consists of two pathways. And one can choose which pathway applies the best to them as per the scoring factor.

In-Demand Work Pathway

This pathway is for applicants who have a minimum of 1 year of work experience in 10 years. Also, the work experience is in a highly-skilled, in-demand, specialised job profile.

Age Points
21- 30 years of age 12
31- 40 years of age 16
41 – 50 years of age 8
51 – 59 years of age 4
60+ years of age 0

Education Points
PhD/Doctorate 24
Masters Degree 20
Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma 15
Post-secondary degree or diploma 12
High school diploma 06

Work Experience (in-demand work in past 10 years) Points
5+ years of experience 40
3-5 years of experience 30
1-3 years of experience 20
1 year of experience 10

Language Skill Level Points
7+ CLB Level – English 24
6+ CLB Level – English 22
5+ CLB Level – English 20
5+ CLB Level – French 20

Additional Factors Points
Relative in NL 10
Work (in-demand occurred) in Canada 05
Work (in-demand occurred) in NL 07
Outside St John’s CMA (in-demand work occurred) 07

In-Demand Academic Pathway

This pathway is for applicants who have completed their masters or PhD degree from Memorial University. Also, the study program has been completed within 3 years. And is in one of the following specialisations such as Technology, Healthcare, Agriculture and Aquaculture.

Age Points
21- 30 years of age 12
31- 40 years of age 16
41 – 50 years of age 8
51 – 59 years of age 4
60+ years of age 0

Education Points
PhD/Doctorate from Memorial University (In-demand field) 25
PhD/Doctorate from Memorial University (Multiple In-demand fields – interdisciplinary) 30
Masters Degree from Memorial University (In-demand field) 18
Masters Degree from Memorial University (Multiple In-demand fields – interdisciplinary) 20
PhD from outside Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) (In-demand field) 20
PhD from outside NL (Multiple In-demand fields – interdisciplinary) 25
Masters Degree from outside NL (In-demand field) 13
Masters Degree from outside NL (Multiple In-demand fields – interdisciplinary) 15
Bachelors Degree from outside NL (In-demand field) 10
Bachelors Degree from Memorial University (In-demand field) 10
Bachelors Degree from Memorial University (not In-demand field) 06

Work Experience (in Canada in past 10 years) Points
5+ years of experience 25
3+ to 5 years of experience 20
1+ to 3 years of experience 15
1 year of experience 10

Language Skill Level Points
7+ CLB Level – English 24
6+ CLB Level – English 22
5+ CLB Level – English 20
5+ CLB Level – French 20

Additional Factors Points
Relative in NL

10