December 13, 2017 – The Newfoundland & Labrador immigration office has announced a change to the requirements for the province’s International Graduate category.
Under the change, candidates who graduate from specific higher education institutions can qualify for the Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program category despite their job or job offer not being in a field related to their studies.
The change is specifically for graduates from Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic.
To qualify, candidates require:
- A post-secondary degree or diploma or an equivalent amount of experience;
- A job or job offer that corresponds to NOC level 0, A, B or C;
- A job or job offer reasonably expected to lead to career advancement;
- A recent combination of skill, experience and/or training, according to the NOC description, in the field they are working;
- A job or job offer that is full-time and indeterminate;
- A job or job offer in a position responding to a labour market need in Newfoundland & Labrador
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Graduates of schools other than Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic remain subject to the original category requirements.
General Requirements: Newfoundland & Labrador International Graduate Category
- Have completed at least half of their studies in Canada and have graduated from an eligible publicly funded Canadian college or university;
- Have completed at minimum a two-year diploma or degree program, while studying on a full-time basis with opportunity for advancement;
- Have a full-time job offer in their field of study, or a related field of study, from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer;
- Have applied to the NLPNP within two years of the date on which they received their degree or diploma;
- Have legal status to work in Canada; that is to say, have an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Post-Graduate Work Permit;
- Have the qualifications, training, skills, and accreditation required for the job;
- Demonstrate the intention and ability to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador;
- Can demonstrate that they have sufficient financial resources to successfully establish themselves and any dependents in Newfoundland and Labrador;
- Can demonstrate sufficient English or French language capability to perform the employment duties.
The province has an allocation of up to 442 immigrants on top of its provincial nominee allocation under the pilot, which is operated by the federal government in partnership with each of the four Atlantic provinces.
Th employer-led pilot involves streams for high and intermediate-skilled workers, as well as international graduates.
Requirements: Atlantic Immigration Pilot International Graduates Program
Candidates must have:
- A minimum two-year degree, diploma, certificate, or trade or apprenticeship credential from a recognized publicly-funded institution in an Atlantic province.
- Been a full-time student in Canada for at least two years.
- Graduated in the 12 months prior to the application date.
- Lived in one of the Atlantic provinces for at least 16 months in the last two years before graduation.
- Had a visa or permit to work, study or train in Canada.
A candidate does not qualify if their study or training included:
- English or French second language courses for more than half of the program.
- Distance learning undertaken for more than half of the program.
A candidate cannot apply if their scholarship or fellowship required them to return to their home country after graduation.
Job offers for international graduates must:
- Be skill type/level 0, A, B, or C
- Last at least one year
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