The Yukon Government‘s version of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is called the Yukon Nominee Program (YNP).
WHERE IS YUKON?
There are three territories in Canada. Yukon is the smallest one, with a population of 41,078 people.
Whitehorse is the capital of Yukon. More than half of the territory’s population live in the capital.
In an effort to increase their population and strengthen their economy, the Yukon Government is making a push to welcome more OFWs to their territory.
Compared to other cities like Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, Whitehorse has milder weather.
Whitehorse also has the cleanest air (for a city), according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Unsurprisingly, the Yukon Government is the territory’s biggest employer.
The territory also has a thriving tourism sector, with many visitors coming to take in all that natural beauty.
While the territory may not be the first choice for many OFWs, those looking to have an easier time in their application should really consider moving to Yukon.
Many Canadian employers from Yukon are looking for qualified OFWs, and the Yukon Government is actively working with them to help strengthen the economy.
OFWs considering immigrating to Canada are advised to study the Yukon Nominee Program a little more closely.
WHAT IS THE YUKON NOMINEE PROGRAM?
The YNP is run by the Yukon Government together with the Government of Canada‘s Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the Agreement for Canada-Yukon Cooperation on Immigration.
Under the agreement, the Yukon government can nominate eligible Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) so they can apply for Permanent Residency.
Eligible Canadian Employers who are unable to hire Canadian citizens and permanent residents for full-time jobs are allowed to hire OFWs.
OFWs can apply under different programs, including:
SKILLED WORKER PROGRAM
The Skilled Worker Program accepts applications from qualified OFWs under the NOC 0, A or B categories.
The Express Entry System accepts applications from qualified OFWs under the NOC 0, A or B categories.
CRITICAL IMPACT WORKER PROGRAM
The Critical Impact Worker Program accepts applications from qualified OFWs under the NOC C or D categories.
BUSINESS NOMINEE PROGRAM
The Business Nominee Program allows qualified OFWs with business experience to come to Yukon to start a business.
HOW TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR THE YUKON NOMINEE PROGRAM (YNP)
OFWs, together with their Canadian employer can submit an application for either the Skilled Worker Program or the Critical Impact Worker Program. Applications to the YNP must be submitted to the Advanced Education Branch.
YNP requirements can change without prior notice, however applications already submitted will be assessed according to the requirements at the time of submission.
OFWs submitting a YNP application must include language test results that are no more than two years old.
Applications must be complete, otherwise it will be returned to the OFW.
YNP staff can not give any advice regarding applications.
PROCESSING TIMES FOR YNP APPLICATIONS
Applications for the YNP are first come, first served.
Processing times for applications made under the Skilled Worker Program and the Critical Impact Worker Program are 12 to 14 weeks, provided that all documents are submitted.
Processing times can be extended if there are a greater number of applications made at any given time.
OFWS NEED A VALID WORK PERMIT TO APPLY FOR THE YNP
OFWs must maintain their immigration status in Canada in order to apply for the YNP, including having a valid Work Permit.
OFWs are responsible for keeping their Work Permits valid. Work Permit applications and renewals fall under the jurisdiction of IRCC, and is separate from applications made under the YNP.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY MUST STILL BE MET
OFWs and their qualified dependents still have to meet the minimum requirements to be able to apply for permanent residency.
Perhaps you’d be interested to learn about the Yukon Community Pilot (YCP)? The new pilot program allows you to go to Canada and work for more than one Canadian employer. Your spouse will get an Open Work Permit as well! Learn more about the YCP right here.
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