Priority Skills NL: In-Demand Academic Path

The In-demand Academic Path is a pathway contained within the Priority Skills NL stream, a Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLNP). The In-demand Academic path is offered for candidates who have completed a Master’s degree of PhD in an in-demand field at Newfoundland and Labrador’s Memorial University.

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NOTE: This stream is not currently accepting Expressions of Interest

Eligibility Requirements

Express Entry ProfileNot required
Connection to ProvinceMaster’s or PhD
Job OfferNo
Language ProficiencyEnglish CLB 5
Level of EducationMaster’s
Work ExperienceNo minimum requirement
AgeMinimum 21 years old

Language Proficiency

Candidates must provide language test results proving English language proficiency at CLB 5 or higher.

Education Requirements

To qualify, individuals must have completed a Master’s degree of PhD in an in-demand field at Newfoundland and Labrador’s Memorial University. The program must have been completed in the area of Technology, Health Care, Aquaculture, or Agriculture within the past three years.

Work Experience

There are no minimum work experience requirements for this path. However, work experience in Canada will increase a candidates’ score on the In-demand Academic questionnaire scoring grid.

Settlement Funds

All candidates for this stream must meet the settlement funds requirement as determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This can be demonstrated through their own finances, or through maintaining a valid offer of employment.

Application Procedure

The Priority Skills NL stream operates on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Candidates who meet the minimum stream requirements can submit a profile using Newfoundland and Labrador’s online immigration portal. Once the profile has been submitted, candidates will be assigned a score and ranked against one another using Newfoundland and Labrador’s Questionnaire Scoring Grid. Candidates must meet a minimum of 60 points for their profile to be viewed and considered by the province. Candidates eligible to submit an EOI will be asked to submit three supporting documents relating to their work experience and education. These documents will be viewable by both the province and Newfoundland and Labrador employers. The highest-ranking candidates with the most interest from Newfoundland and Labrador employers be invited to apply for nomination.

If invited, candidates must submit a complete application to the province. If the application is approved, the candidate will be issued a provincial nomination for permanent residence from Newfoundland and Labrador.

If the applicant meets the criteria for Express Entry Skilled Worker category, their provincial nomination certificate may be issued to their Express Entry profile. This would allow for a faster processing time of six months. If the applicant meets the criteria for the Skilled Worker program, the processing of a subsequent non-Express Entry permanent residence application may take closer to 18 months.

In-Demand Academic Questionnaire Scoring Grid

FactorMaximum points
English Language Proficiency24
French Language Proficiency20
PhD or Master’s degree from Memorial University30
PhD, Master’s, or Bachelor’s completed outside of Newfoundland and Labrador25
Canadian work experience25
Relatives in Newfoundland and Labrador10

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