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NLPNP: Changes to Field of Study requirement for International Graduates from Memorial University (MUN) and the College of the North Atlantic (CNA).

Applicants to the NLPNP International Graduate category are permitted to be employed in a position that is unrelated to their field of study at the time of application, provided the applicant is a graduate of Memorial University or College of the North Atlantic, and that the applicant’s position:

  1. Normally requires a post-secondary degree or diploma or an equivalent amount of experience;
  2. Corresponds to NOC level 0, A, B or C;
  3. Can reasonably be expected to lead to career advancement for the applicant;
  4. Is in a field in which the applicant has a recent combination of skill, experience and/or training, according to the NOC description, as defined by Employment and Social Development Canada: http://noc.esdc.gc.ca/English/home.aspx;
  5. Is full-time and indeterminate (i.e. not contractual or seasonal); and
  6. Responds to a labour market need in Newfoundland and Labrador (i.e. the employer indicates to the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism the labour shortages they are experiencing)

Example #1: The applicant graduates from College of the North Atlantic with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology but is currently working as a Financial Analyst (NOC 1114). The applicant has a previous diploma in Business Administration, which is required to occupy the position according to the NOC description. The employer has stated that the position is indeterminate and that there is a strong likelihood of career advancement for the applicant. The applicant has satisfied the field of study requirement.

Example #2: The applicant graduates from Memorial University with a Master’s degree in Education but is currently working as a cook (NOC 6322). The applicant clearly demonstrates that they have several years of commercial cooking experience, and/or relevant training, which is required according to the NOC description. The employer has communicated that their business has significant labour market needs due to being located in a remote community, and that the applicant is helping to address these. The position is indeterminate and full-time. The applicant has satisfied the field of study requirement.

Example #3: The applicant graduates from Memorial University with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and has been working as a Food Service Supervisor (NOC 6311) for several months. The applicant does not meet the requirements of the occupation according to the NOC, i.e. “Completion of a community college program in food service administration, hotel and restaurant management or related discipline or several years of experience in food preparation or service…”. The applicant has not satisfied the field of study requirement and may be denied.

The applicant must adhere to all other eligibility criteria of the International Graduate Category of the NLPNP. The applicant’s employer must adhere to all criteria of the NLPNP: http://nlpnp.ca/employers_criteria.html. The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism reserves the right to deny any application that does not meet satisfactory criteria of the NLPNP.

International graduates of other provinces and territories in Canada will continue to be required to have a job offer in their field of study, in order to be eligible under the International Graduate category.