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Newfoundland and Labrador

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) is currently divided into five streams:

  • Express Entry Skilled Worker
  • Skilled Worker
  • International Graduate
  • International Entrepreneur
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur.

All applicants are assessed on their intention and ability to settle permanently in the province, as well as their financial ability to successfully establish themselves and any dependents.

Procedure

When applying, applicants are required to submit the required forms and documents for the provincial nominee program along with the federal forms required for their permanent residence application. If a provincial nomination application is approved through the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program, a letter of nomination will be issued, and the federal forms will be returned so the nominee can proceed to submit their permanent residence application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Express Entry Skilled Workers

Express Entry Skilled Workers are applicants who have been accepted into IRCC’s Express Entry system and have been offered a job by an employer in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Eligible candidates must:

  • Have been accepted into IRCC’s Express Entry system and have a valid Express Entry key code.
  • Score a minimum of 67 points out of 100 points on the Newfoundland and Labrador PNP point assessment grid.
  • Have a full-time job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer that satisfies provincial employment standards and prevailing wage requirements.
  • Currently hold a valid work permit (with at least 4 months remaining at time of application) or be entitled to apply for one.
  • Have a Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma, or an Educational Credential Assessment report from an agency approved by IRCC to verify that their foreign education is equal to Canadian education standards.
  • Be able demonstrate, and verify, sufficient English or French language skills to perform the applicable employment duties (minimum standards depend on the classification of the job).
  • Demonstrate the intention and ability to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Skilled Workers

Skilled Workers are applicants who have either a guaranteed job offer from an employer in the province, or who are currently employed in the province on a valid work permit.

Eligible candidates must:

  • Be 21 to 59 years old.
  • Have a full-time job offer for at least two years from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer that satisfies provincial employment standards and prevailing wage requirements.
  • Currently hold a valid work permit (with at least 4 months remaining at time of application) or be entitled to apply for one.
  • Have the qualifications, training, skills and/or accreditations required for the job.
  • Have an employer/ future employer able to demonstrate a need for their skill set.
  • Be able demonstrate, and verify, sufficient English or French language skills to perform the applicable employment duties (minimum standards depend on the classification of the job).
  • Demonstrate the intention and ability to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Newfoundland and Labrador.

International Graduates

International Graduates are applicants who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada, hold a valid post-graduate work permit, and have a full-time job offer from an employer in the province in a field related to their studies.

Eligible candidates must:

  • Be 21 to 59 years old.
  • Have completed at least half of their studies in Canada and have graduated from an eligible publicly funded Canadian college or university.
  • Have either completed a minimum 2-year diploma or degree program, while studying full-time; or
  • Completed a 1-year post-graduate degree or certificate program and have a previous degree or diploma (which may have been obtained abroad).
  • Have a full-time job offer for at least 2 years from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer in a field related to their studies, while meeting the provincial employment standards and prevailing wage requirements.
  • Hold a valid post-graduate work permit (with a duration of 6 months remaining at time of application).Have the qualifications, training, skills and accreditation for the job.
  • Students who have graduated from a post-secondary institution outside of Newfoundland and Labrador may be required to work for a minimum of 1 year in a job related to their field of study prior to submitting their PNP application.
  • Be able to demonstrate, and verify, sufficient English or French language skills to perform the applicable employment duties (minimum standards depend on the classification of the job).
  • Demonstrate the intention and ability to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Newfoundland and Labrador.

International Entrepreneur

The International Entrepreneur category is intended for experienced business owners or senior business managers who wish to start or acquire a business in Newfoundland and Labrador and who intend to provide active and ongoing participation in the day-to-day management and direction of a business.

Eligible candidates must:

  • Be 21 to 59 years old.
  • Provide a business continuity plan with supporting financial documentation verified by a recognized third-party professional service.
  • Have completed a minimum of a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent foreign credential verified by an Education Credential Assessment.
  • Have at least $600,000 CAD in unencumbered net business and personal assets that can readily be transferred to Canada.
  • Agree to make a minimum capital investment of $200,000 CAD to establish a business in Newfoundland and Labrador with a minimum ownership of 33.3 per cent, or $1 million in equity investment.
  • Have at least 2 years’ experience actively managing and owning a business in the last 5 years or 5 or more years’ experience in a senior business management role in the last 10 years.
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to create at least one full-time equivalent job for Canadians and Permanent Residents.
  • Be able to demonstrate, and verify, sufficient English or French language skills to perform the applicable employment duties (a minimum of CLB 5 in all language categories).
  • Demonstrate the intention and ability to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • If applying from outside of the province, the prospective applicant must conduct an initial exploratory visit to Newfoundland and Labrador prior to submitting an official application.
  • Complete an online Expression of Interest.
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply from the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Criteria and Requirements for the Applicant’s Business

The applicant’s business must also meet certain criteria to be eligible:

  • Businesses must meet the legal requirements of the community in which they operate.
  • The business must be a for-profit entity.
  • The business must be actively managed by the applicant from the place of business in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • The business must have the potential to create a significant economic benefit to Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Please also refer to the additional criteria listed on the Newfoundland and Labrador PNP requirements for:
    • Starting a New Business
    • Purchasing an Existing Business

International Graduate Entrepreneur

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Category is only available to individuals who have graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland or the College of the North Atlantic after at least 2 years of full-time study and have started or acquired a business in Newfoundland and Labrador, including actively operating and managing it for at least 1 year.

Eligible candidates must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Provide a business continuity plan with supporting financial documentation verified by a recognized third-party professional service.
  • Have completed a minimum 2-year diploma or degree program, while studying full-time, in-person at Memorial University or College of the North Atlantic.
  • Have submitted an Expression of Interest within two years from the date on which they received the degree or diploma.
  • Hold a valid post-graduate work permit.
  • Be owning and actively managing a local business for at least 1 year with a minimum ownership of 33.3 per cent.
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to create at least one full-time equivalent job for Canadians and Permanent Residents.
  • Be able to demonstrate, and verify, sufficient English or French language skills to perform the applicable employment duties (a minimum of CLB 7 in all language categories).
  • Complete an online Expression of Interest.
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply from the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Criteria and Requirements for the Applicant’s Business

The applicant’s business must also meet certain criteria to be eligible:

  • The business must be owned, operated and actively managed by the applicant from the place of business in Newfoundland and Labrador for at least 1 continuous year prior to the date of submitting the Expression of Interest.
  • The applicant must own at least one third (33.33%) of the business and must be active in the day-to-day management of the business.
  • The Applicant must demonstrate that they are receiving compensation in the form of a salary from the business, which at a minimum, must meet the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) as defined by Statistics Canada. The eligible business has to be in sound financial health. This means that it must be producing revenue and sufficient profits to allow the owner to become economically established in the province. An Audit Opinion and Special Purpose Report from a certified Audit Verifier will be required to assess the financial health of the business.

The Links on the right hand column offer a brief overview of the Provincial immigration categories available for permanent immigration to Canada.