Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s easternmost province, may be one of the country’s best kept secrets.

The province consists of two distinct land masses: Labrador, which is connected to the mainland of Canada, and the nearby island of Newfoundland. A large number of its residents live in the provincial capital of St. John’s, which enjoys a lively culture that draws heavily from its coastal environment. The province has recently evolved into a significant economic force in the Canadian landscape due to a boom in energy and natural resources.

A man and boy looking out across a foggy sea towards the horizon from a green headland in Newfoundland, Canada

The NLPNP is Newfoundland and Labrador’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Newfoundland and Labrador 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 NLPNP accepts applications under the following immigration streams:

Newfoundland & Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker

The NLPNP will announce the criteria for the new NL Express Entry Skilled Worker category at some stage in 2015 and will be accepting applications thereafter.

The NL Express Entry Skilled Worker category will enable the NLPNP to nominate skilled candidates with job offers through the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. Prospective immigrants who have been accepted into the federal Express Entry pool will be able to apply to the NL Express Entry Skilled Worker category.

Individuals nominated by the NLPNP will receive additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System, resulting in an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence. Details regarding the NLPNP Express Entry criteria will be posted here.

Skilled Worker Category

The NLPNP accepts applications under this category from individuals who have received a guaranteed job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer. Individuals who are currently working in the province on a valid work permit may also be eligible.

Learn more about the NLPNP Skilled Worker category.

International Graduate Category

The NLPNP accepts applications under this category from recent graduates of an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution who remain in Canada on a Post-Graduate Work Permit. Applicants must also have either a current job or job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer.

Learn more about the NLPNP International Graduate category.

Immigrant Entrepreneur Category

The NLPNP accepts applications under this category from individuals who plan to either start a business or purchase an existing business in the province. This program is currently under review and not yet accepting applications.

 

To learn more about eligibility requirements for all immigration streams under the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program, click here.

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