On April 13, 2022 The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador eliminated fees under the Provincial Nominee Program effective immediately. So, now there is no reason of not applying. This change is a part of the Budget 2022: Change is in the air. Along with this, you can also participate in new job matching pathway of Newfoundland and Labrador that matches your skill to specific employer.
What is NLPNP?
The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) has been one of the first PNP to launch. It has been in operation since 1999. Also, NLPNP is one of the most popular PNP programs in Canada. Hence, it welcomes thousands of immigrants each year to fulfill the economic and labor market needs.
The province is currently welcoming 1,700 new immigrants each year by providing them a faster route to getting a Permanent Residency in Canada. The aim is to now attract 5,100 newcomers annually by the year 2026.
Why Choose NLPNP?
Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program’s application processing time is 25 business days. Thus, it is the fastest way for eligible applicants to get a provincial nomination in Canada. This is because of the shortage of supply in the labor market as well as the lesser population. Moreover, it is the best option for all immigrants who want to live in the countryside or for those who want to take advantage of the strong corporate sector in St. John’s.
What is New?
The Government has eliminated the PNP fees effective immediately to attract more newcomers and assist them in with their immigration process.
The members of the provincial Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism help the newcomers by providing them with a lot of free services. Also, these services are provided to both the new immigrants as well as the employers. The staff helps people to prepare and submit their applications through the Atlantic Immigration Program and the Provincial Nominee Program- free of cost.
Some of the few other assistance provided by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador are-
- Medical Care Plan coverage extended to 90 days after post-graduation for all international students in Canada.
- ‘Job Matching’ initiative to help connect skilled newcomers with the local employers.
- Providing English language training for newcomers in St. John’s and Corner Brook
- Creation of Priority Skills to fast-track the entry of highly skilled newcomers to the province
- Changing the Corporations Act to assist newcomers in starting their own business
- Helping community groups host multicultural events across the province, by providing them with the required funds.
Eliminating the fees includes the application fees of $250 for an individual applying as a skilled worker, as well as the $1,000 application fee for an individual applying as an entrepreneur.
The purpose of eliminating the fees is to help more and more immigrants come to the province. Furthermore, this will help Newfoundland and Labrador become a national leader in the immigration settlement and retention aspect.
Minister of Immigration, Population Growth, and Skills- Gerry Byrne, believes that “By eliminating immigration processing fees, we are again acknowledging the tremendous benefit newcomers bring to our province while making immigration more affordable. This is yet another reason to consider making a life in Newfoundland and Labrador”.
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