This program allows the Province to nominate applicants who have met the established standards, for Permanent Resident Status. The NLPNP offers:

  • An effective immigration process for competent skilled workers, international graduates and their families who wish to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador; and
  • Support from provincial Immigration Program Development Officers who are accessible to clarify the program requirements, and guide applicants all through the application process.

Newfoundland and Labrador may nominate up to 1,050 individuals annually through the NLPNP, through the: 

  • Skilled Worker, 
  • International Graduate, 
  • and Express Entry-Skilled Worker categories.

Skilled Worker

This classification is for international workers and potential immigrants who have skills that are valuable to the labour market. Qualified applicants are expected to have a guaranteed offer of employment from a local employer or be presently working in the province on a valid work permit. Employers must also show a need for the applicant’s skill set.

Eligibility

  • A full-time job or job offer. The job or job offer must be for at least a minimum of two years with the chance of extension, from a qualified Newfoundland and Labrador employer. Payment must be in the form of a salary and benefits package that meets provincial employment criteria and current wage rates. Contractual or locum positions (short-term positions typically less than twelve (12) months in length with little or no likelihood of extension) are not eligible for the NLPNP.
  • Qualifications, training, skills, and/or accreditation necessary for the job;
  • Be 21 to 59 years old
  • An Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Work Permit with at least 4 months outstanding at the period of application, or are eligible to apply for one;
  • The purpose and capability to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Enough settlement funds and financial resources to effectively establish yourself and any dependents in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • English or French language ability to carry out employment responsibilities. PLEASE NOTE: Occupations classified in NOC Code C or D will have to meet Minimum Language Requirements;
  • Refugee applicants with an awaiting application to remain in Canada are eligible to apply to the NL Provincial Nominee Program, given that they have Canadian work experience acquired legally to qualify;
  • If the applicant has a possession stake in a business in which they are employed, then the applicant’s share of ownership cannot exceed 10%.

Please note:

  • Please address your $250 bank draft, money order or certified cheque to NL Exchequer (please note this application fee is non-refundable)
  • If you are presently working in the province, we will take copies of the original supporting documents with your application. If you are presently outside of the province, we require notarized copies
  • Make Sure that your passports and work permits are valid and not expired
  • Please note you may be obliged to take part in an interview with an NLPNP Program Officer
  • Make Sure that you incorporate your Federal forms with your NLPNP application. If you are nominated, these forms will be sent to you to submit with your immigration application
  • If you lose or resigned from your job during the nomination process, contact your Immigration Officer immediately. Your nomination and Permanent Residency application may be canceled.
  • Any action possibly signifying fraud will be investigated and may cause in criminal proceedings.

International Graduate

This classification is for current graduates who have a Post-Graduate Work Permit and a job or job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer.

Eligibility

  • Finished at least half of your studies in Canada.
  • Graduated from a qualified publicly financed Canadian college or university (students should send evidence of graduation with their application);
  • Achieved a minimum of a two-year diploma or degree program, even as studying on a full-time basis. One-year post-graduate degree programs and certificate programs which entail a prior degree or diploma (which may have been attained abroad), are also suitable.
  • A full-time job or job offer. The job or job offer must be for at least two years with the option of extension, from an eligible Newfoundland and Labrador employer. Pay must be in the way of a salary and benefits package that meets provincial employment guidelines and current wage rates. Contractual or locum positions (short-term positions usually less than twelve (12) months in duration with little or no likelihood of extension) are not eligible for the NLPNP.
  • Be 21 to 59 years old
  • Qualifications, training, skills, and/or accreditation needed for the job;
  • Must have an Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Post-Graduate Work Permit. Work permits that are presented with the PNP application must have a duration of six months remaining prior to the expiry date.
  • The purpose and capability to stay permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Enough settlement funds and financial resources to effectively establish yourself and any dependents in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Enough English or French language ability to carry out employment responsibilities. If you are nominated in an occupation classified in NOC C or D, you will have to meet Minimum Language Requirements. Note that NOC D positions are not usually considered under the International Graduate category.
  • If you completed your studies at a recognized post-secondary institute outside of Newfoundland and Labrador, your job or job offer should be connected to your field of study. You also may be obliged to work for a minimum of 1 year prior to the submission of your PNP application.
  • If the applicant has an ownership stake in a business in which they are employed, then the applicant’s stake of possession cannot exceed 10%.

Express Entry – Newfoundland and Labrador

The Express Entry Skilled Worker category is a path to permanent residence for those who are interested to reside permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador. An applicant must first be accepted into IRCC Express Entry, have a job offer, and intend to reside permanently in the province. 

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is an economic immigration program administered by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, in agreement with IRCC. The Provincial Government can nominate applicants to the Federal Government for Permanent Residency under one of the three categories

  1. Skilled Worker
  2. International Graduate
  3. Express Entry Skilled Worker

The Express Entry Skilled Worker is a path to immigration to Newfoundland and Labrador wherein skilled individuals who are accepted by IRCC’s Express Entry pool; who have a job offer in the Province; and, who have the intent to reside permanently in the province can be nominated. 

The Federal Government shall process most of the Express Entry applications in six months or less

Steps in the process

  • Apply to IRCC Express Entry System and receive acceptance in the Express Entry pool
  • Submit a PNP application. In the assessment process, all information will be validated. Any applicant with false information may be inadmissible and will be forbidden to apply for five years. 
  • When nominated, the department will send a nomination letter to the applicant. The department will enter the applicant’s nomination information into the Express Entry profile and will have 30 days to accept the nomination.
  • IRCC will assign points to each applicant and an additional 600 points will be awarded to those who have received a nomination from the department.

Eligibility

Applicants may apply to the Express Entry Skilled Worker Category if they are residing outside Canada and have been offered a job in Newfoundland and Labrador employer. 

The applicant must:

  • Be accepted into IRCC’s Express Entry pool and have a valid Express Entry code
  • Score a minimum of 67 out of 100 on the PNP point assessment 
  • Have a full-time job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer, has a compensation in the form of salary and benefits package that meets Provincial Government employment standards
  • Have an IRCC Work Permit or entitled to one
  • Have a Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma, or an ECA report
  • Be able to demonstrate the intention and ability to settle permanently with proof that they have enough fund
  • Be able to provide language test results from a designated testing agency

Note: parents and siblings of the applicant cannot be included in the PNP application

PNP Application process

  • Print the Application Guide for the Express Entry Skilled Worker Category
  • Read the instructions before completing the application
  • Download and print all the required forms www.nlpnp.ca/expressentry.html 
  • Obtain and photocopy all the required supporting documents. Make sure that all photocopies are notarized as true copies of the original document
  • Read and complete all required forms. Make two photocopies of the Federal Government forms. Keep the original and send copies along with the PNP application
  • Review and organize the completed forms and supporting documents as outlined in the PNP Document checklist
  • Photocopy all completed forms and supporting documents, and keep it for your records
  • Prepare a cheque or bank draft of $250.00 CAD payable to “Newfoundland Exchequer”. This is non-refundable

International Entrepreneur

The International Entrepreneur classification is meant for qualified business owners or senior business managers who want to permanently reside in Newfoundland and Labrador.  They should start a new business or buy an existing business and should enthusiastically take part in the day-to-day management of the business.  After running the business for at least one continuous year, the international entrepreneur may be nominated for permanent resident status, subject to completion of several criteria defined by the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Eligibility

  • Be 21 to 59 years old.
  • Require a business plan with validated supporting financial documents.
  • Need a minimum of Canadian high school diploma or parallel.
  • Intend to live permanently in Newfoundland & Labrador at the same time as possessing and enthusiastically overseeing a business of substantial economic value to the province.
  • Need a minimum of $600,000 in unencumbered net business and personal assets that can immediately be moved to Canada.
  • Be capable to capitalize at least $200,000 to start a business in Newfoundland & Labrador with minimum ownership of 33.3 percent, or $1 million in equity capital spending.
  • Generate at least one full-time job for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Show the business is a for-profit entity with the main objective of earning profits via the sale of goods and/or services.
  • Need at least two years’ experience enthusiastically controlling and owning a business (25 percent minimum ownership) in the last five years OR 5 or more years’ understanding in a senior business management responsibility in the last 10 years.
  • A score of at least 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French (acceptable tests are Canadian English Language Proficiency Program (CELPIP) General Test, or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), General Training Test; or Test d’evaluation de francais (TEF);
  • Complete an online Expression of Interest (EOI).
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply from the Newfoundland & Labrador Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism.

International Graduate Entrepreneur

The International Graduate Entrepreneur classification is meant for graduates of Memorial University or College of the North Atlantic who have by now opened or bought a local business and kept day-to-day operations for at least one continuous year. In order to obtain the nomination for permanent resident status, the graduate entrepreneur should meet specific criteria defined by the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Eligibility

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Make Available a business plan as well as validated supporting financial documents.
  • Must have completed a degree or diploma following at least two academic years of full-time, in-person study at Memorial University or College of the North Atlantic with the degree or diploma having been achieved within two years of submission of the Expression of Interest.
  • Must have a legitimate Post-Graduate Work Permit.
  • Would Like to live permanently in Newfoundland & Labrador at the same time as owning and enthusiastically controlling the business of substantial economic value to the province.
  • Must have at least one year’s uninterrupted experience actively controlling and owning the present business (33.3 percent minimum ownership);
  • Generate at least one full-time job for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Show that the business is a for-profit entity with the main purpose of making profits via the sale of goods and/or services.
  • Score at least 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French;
  • Completed an online Expression of Interest.
  • Obtain an Invitation to Apply from the Newfoundland & Labrador Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism.