Northwest Territories Express Entry – A New Chance

Northwest Territories Express Entry – A New Chance

December 15, 2019

Northwest Territories have many opportunities for skilled workers who wish to immigrate to Canada. In fact, with Northwest Territories Express Entry, you can be offered a job opportunity as well as a nomination for permanent residency.

What is Express Entry in Northwest Territories?

The Northwest Territories Express Entry stream is for Skilled Workers who have a profile in the Express Entry System, a federal program with expedited wait times for skilled individuals who wish to work and live in the Northwest Territories. The process for permanent residency will be fast-tracking and help to save considerable time for employees who are can’t wait any longer to come and live in Canada. Therefore, Express Entry in Northwest Territories appears as a solution for the employers to hire eligible foreign employees when there are suitable options in the area. In return, the foreigners can secure a job and permanent residency at the same time.

Northwest Territories Express Entry criteria for worker

As a foreigner who is interesting in job opportunity and living in the Northwest Territories, you must meet these requirements:

  • Be eligible for one of the three federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, or Canadian Experience Class
  • Provide the acceptance letter issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry Pool;
  • Provide the Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code issued by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry Pool
  • Express interest in immigrating to the Northwest Territories.
  • Meet the criteria for the Skilled Worker Stream under the Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) – Employer Driven Program

The criteria for Skilled Worker Stream in the NTNP are:

  • Work in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B occupation 
  • Have legal status to work and hold a valid work permit if they are currently residing in Canada
  • Have the required certification or accreditation for the occupation based on the job description, the job advertisements (if applicable) and the NOC’s employment requirements
  • Apply to the position being advertised by the NWT employer either in response to the local or national job advertisement. Demonstrate a valid, full-time, permanent job offer that demonstrates their ability to economically settle in the Northwest Territories.
  • Meet the minimum language requirements by demonstrating the ability to communicate in one of Canada’s official languages, English or French

How an employer can be eligible for Express Entry in Northwest Territories

In a mutual manner, the employers must bound by some regulations too to be qualified for hiring foreign skilled workers in the Northwest Territories area. When applying for the Northwest Territories Express Entry, the employer must

  • Be a registered business, industry association, or a local, municipal, First Nation or Territorial Government, in the Northwest Territories; the business must have been operating for a minimum of 1 year on a full-time basis before the date of applying.
  • Be in good standing with the Northwest Territories’ Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission and the Northwest Territories’ Employment Standards office
  • Extend an offer of employment to the foreign national for a permanent, full-time position. The contract must be consistent with the territories’ Employment Standards Act
  • The NWT employer must submit a detailed job description for the position and research to identify the NOC code for the position based on the education level, work experience, also, job duties.
  • Submit a positive LMIA or proof of job advertisement for the position. Employers must adhere to the LMIA agreement if hiring a foreign national based on a positive LMIA. If nominating a foreign national without an LMIA, employers are required to provide proof of local, national or industry (optional)  advertising, as well as a summary of advertising results

The process might be simple but hidden risks may still exist if you do not understand carefully the requirements and instructions from the NWT Nominee Program Guidelines. To have a better result from the Express Entry streams as a part of the Employer Driven Program, both employer and foreign skilled worker can ask for the consultancy from an authorized immigration lawyer in the Northwest Territories region or contact directly to the territorial government for more details.


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