The Yukon Nominee Program (YNP) is the Yukon Government‘s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The program is run in partnership with the Government of Canada‘s immigration department Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
WHERE IS YUKON?
Yukon is a territory in Canada. It’s the smallest of the three territories, with a population of just 41,078 people.
The capital of Yukon is the city of Whitehorse, where half of all people in the territory live.
Since their numbers are small, the Yukon Government has taken steps to increase their population and strengthen their economy.
Whitehorse also benefits from milder weather than places like Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. Whitehorse also has the distinction of holding the Guinness Book of World Records as having the cleanest city air in the world.
The Yukon Government is the biggest employer in the territory. Yukon has a thriving tourism industry, thanks to its picturesque natural beauty.
Yukon may not be the first choice for most OFWs planning to move to Canada, but its small population actually has greater opportunities for most.
Canadian employers from Yukon are looking for eligible OFWs, and the Yukon Government would like to work with them to grow their economy.
OFWs looking for a path to permanent residency in Canada should definitely take a closer look at the Yukon Nominee Program.
WHAT IS THE YUKON NOMINEE PROGRAM?
Under the Agreement for Canada-Yukon Cooperation on Immigration, the Yukon Government is allowed to nominate eligible applicants to IRCC for Permanent Residency.
Eligible Canadian Employers who can’t find Canadian citizens and permanent residents to fill permanent full-time jobs can hire eligible Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Eligible OFWs are then nominated by the Yukon Government to allow them to apply for Permanent Residency.
OFWs can apply under are a few different programs:
SKILLED WORKER PROGRAM
The Skilled Worker Program is for eligible OFWs under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, A or B categories.
Express Entry is for eligible OFWs under the NOC 0, A or B categories.
CRITICAL IMPACT WORKER PROGRAM
The Critical Impact Worker Program is for qualified OFWs under the NOC C or D categories.
BUSINESS NOMINEE PROGRAM
The Business Nominee Program is for qualified OFWs with proven business skills who would like to start a business in Yukon.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE YUKON NOMINEE PROGRAM
To apply for either the Skilled Worker Program or the Critical Impact Worker Program, both the Canadian employer and the OFW must fill up application forms and submit these forms to the Advanced Education Branch.
Requirements for the YNP can change without advanced notice. Applications will be assessed according to the requirements at the time of submission.
OFWs must submit language tests that are not more than two years old at the time of submission.
Applications must include all the requirements, including supporting documents. Any copies must be certified and translated if not available in English nor French. Applications that are incomplete will not be processed and will be returned.
YNP staff are not authorized to give advice to OFWs.
YUKON NOMINEE PROGRAM PROCESSING TIMES
YNP applications are first-come, first-served.
In most cases, processing times for applications made to the Skilled Worker Program and the Critical Impact Worker Program are 12 to 14 weeks after a complete application has been submitted.
Processing times may be longer if more applications are made.
OFWS MUST HAVE VALID WORK PERMITS TO APPLY FOR THE YNP
OFWs must have a valid Work Permit and must maintain their immigration status to qualify for the YNP.
OFWs are responsible for making sure that their Work Permit and status in Canada remain valid while their YNP applications are being processed.
OFW Work Permit applications are made to IRCC, and is separate from YNP applications.
OFWS STILL NEED TO MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY
After applying for the YNP, OFWs and their qualified dependents must still meet the minimum requirements to apply for PR.
Applying for permanent residency is a separate process from applying for the YNP.
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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