Frequently asked questions about Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP).

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.

Yes, Newfoundland and Labrador has an immigration stream aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system, also referred to as an enhanced Express Entry stream. This stream is called the Newfoundland & Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker stream. By receiving an enhanced provincial nomination from one of these streams, candidates receive an extra 600 Comprehensive Ranking System  (CRS) points, resulting in an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for permanent residence being issued at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.
Applying to the NLPNP is a two-step process. Candidates interested in living and working permanently in Newfoundland should first review the different NLPNP streams to determine if they are eligible:

Step 1: Once a complete application is submitted along with all supporting documentation, the processing time for eligible applications can be up to three months or more.

Step 2: Apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a permanent resident visa.

Within six months of receiving the nominee certificate, applicants are required to apply to IRCC in order to receive a permanent resident visa. Applicants, along with their spouse/common-law partner and dependents, if applicable, must meet all requirements for medical, security, and criminal admissibility. IRCC has the final authority to issue a permanent resident visa.

Through this category, applicants with guaranteed job offers, resulting from specialized skills that Newfoundland & Labrador employers seek, can be nominated. Individuals who are currently working in the province on a valid work permit may also be eligible.

To learn more about the NLPNP Skilled Worker Category, click here 

The program accepts applicants who have a full-time job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer. Applicants must have the qualifications, experience, training, and skills needed for their occupation. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate their intention and ability to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador. All applicants must also speak sufficient English or French, meeting the minimum language requirements.
This category targets international students who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada. Applicants must apply to this category within two years of their graduation date.

To learn more about the NLPNP International Graduate Category, click here.

Candidates who qualify under this category are recent graduates from an eligible publicly funded Canadian post-secondary institution who remain in Canada on a Post-Graduate Work Permit with a full-time job/job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer. Applicants must have the necessary qualifications, training, skills, and accreditation to perform the intended job. Furthermore, potential candidates must demonstrate their intention and ability to settle in the province. All applicants must also speak sufficient English or French, meeting the minimum language requirements.
As part of any PNP application, applicants are required to submit a Settlement Plan indicating why they wish to live in the province and how they intend to settle. Applicants are also required to sign an ‘intention to reside’ document with their application. That being said, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ensures that all Canadian citizens and permanent residents are allowed to work and reside in any location across Canada. Once an individual obtains Canadian permanent residence, he or she has the right to work and reside in any Canadian province or territory.


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