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Education policy changes will help immigration

Immigration Minister Al Hawkins.
Immigration Minister Al Hawkins. - The Telegram

Changes to the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) will enhance immigration for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

International graduates who have completed their studies in one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s public post-secondary institutions may now apply to the NLPNP if they are employed in a position that requires an equivalent education level, training and experience.
Previously, applicants were required to exclusively work in their field of study in order to be eligible to apply to the NLPNP.

“Newcomers enhance the social and cultural vibrancy of our province and support economic growth,” Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour Al Hawkins said in a news release Thursday.

“Making these changes demonstrates our commitment to working with international students and graduates to ensure the program is responsive and supportive to individuals who wish to permanently settle in Newfoundland and Labrador,” he added.

This announcement comes on the heels of a recent announcement for a pilot program that will provide international students and graduates with work placements helping them secure gainful employment, and expand their professional networks, and remain in the province.

The province seeks to increase immigration to 1,700 per year by 2022.

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