One of the 3 territories in Canada, the NWT is probably one of the best places to see the spectacular Northern Lights phenomenon (the city of Yellowknife, to be precise). It also boasts one of the biggest and deepest lakes in North America, as well as the Wood Buffalo National Park, almost bigger than Switzerland. And although NWT is as large as India, there is only an approximate population of 45,000 people!
Through the Northwest Territories’ Provincial Nominee Program (NTNP), prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Northwest Territories Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will allow that foreign national to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence with processing times that are faster than other Canadian immigration classes. The NTNP accepts applications under two distinct categories:
- Business Applicants
- Critical Impact Workers: The NTNP accepts applications under this category from applicants who have received an offer of employment for entry-level jobs from a Northwest Territories employer. Applicants must have already worked in the position in the Northwest Territories for a minimum of six months.
- Skilled Workers: The NTNP accepts applications under this category from applicants who have received an offer of employment in a skilled position for which formal education / specialized training is required, from a Northwest Territories employer.
- Express Entry System for Skilled Workers: Candidates who are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool may be able to avail of the Northwest Territories Express Entry stream, which fast-tracks and nominates certain immigrants through the Skilled Worker category.
The NTNP accepts applications under this category from individuals who wish to establish a business or invest in an existing business in the Northwest Territories. The intention is to enhance the economy of the Northwest Territories. Businesses in all economic sectors are welcome to apply; however, businesses that will introduce a new product or a product of significant benefit to the Northwest Territories are given priority.