The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) helps the province nominate qualified applicants for permanent residency. This Program nominates upwards of 1,000 individuals annually through one of the three categories under it. The NLPNP offers an orderly immigration process for qualified individuals who want to permanently settle in Newfoundland and Labrador. Additionally, those who apply under the NLPNP will receive assistance from the province’s Immigration Program Development Officers who can help walk applicants through the whole process.
What Streams Are Available Under The NLPNP?
There are three main categories where you can apply for nomination under the NLPNP.
Skilled Worker Stream
Individuals who have a sure job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador business, or those who are already working in the province on a valid Work Permit, fall into this group.
Additionally, applicants must:
- demonstrate skills, training, or show proof of qualification or accreditation for the job;
- be between 21 to 59 years old;
- show intent and financial ability to settle and establish yourself and any dependents in the province;
- demonstrate enough language capability in English or Frech to properly perform employment duties;
- hold valid temporary resident status in Canada IF you are an In-Canada Refugee Claimant; and
- show that their share of the ownership stake in a business in which they are employed does not exceed 10%.
It’s important to note that if you received an Invitation to Apply through the Priority Skills NL Expression Requirements, the first and second eligibility requirements are waived. If you haven’t then you must have an existing job, a standing job offer, and therefore meet all the requirements for the said job. You should also be receiving payments through a salary and benefits package that is in line with the employment standards and wage rates of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Express Entry Skilled Worker Stream
The Express Entry Skilled Worker Category provides a pathway to permanent residency for persons who want to live in Newfoundland and Labrador permanently. Applicants must be approved into the Express Entry pool of Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), have a work opportunity in Newfoundland and Labrador and desire to stay in the province permanently.
Some of the basic screening requirements are:
- a high-skilled job or job offer (based on the NOC classification system from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer for at least two years with the possibility of extension, pays through a salary and benefits package that complies with provincial standards and prevailing wage rates;
- a score of at least 67 points out of 100 in the PNP assessment grid;
- accepted application into the IRCC Express Entry Pool;
- the possession of an IRCC Work Permit that is valid for at least 4 more months at the time of applications, or the eligibility to apply for one;
- a diploma or degree from an eligible Canadian post-secondary educational institution, or an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA);
- the intent, ability, and financial capability to settle and establish themselves in Newfoundland and Labrador, along with any dependents;
- language test results from a designated testing agency that corresponds to the language level declared in the Express Entry Profile;
- a valid temporary resident status if you are an In-Canada Refugee Claimant.
International Graduate Stream
If you are a recent graduate with a Post-Graduate Work Permit and a job or job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador business, you fall into this group.
In order to apply through this stream, you must:
- have an IRCC Post-Graduation Work Permit with at least 4 months of validity left at the time you submit your application;
- have a full-time job or job offer that:
○ is full-time and permanent;
○ falls in a NOC 0, A, or B occupation;
○ if is an In-Demand Occupation, must fall on a NOC C occupation;
○ assures at least a 30-hour workweek;
○ has at least one-year assured duration, with the possibility of extension;
○ comes from an eligible and legitimate Newfoundland and Labrador employer; and
○ pays through a salary or hourly wage that meets provincial employment standards and prevailing wage rates;
- be 21 to 59 years of age;
- have the intent, ability, and financial resources to settle permanently in the province and establish yourself and any other dependents you may have;
- have enough English or French language ability to perform your employment duties;
- have 10% of ownership share at most if you have a stake at the business where you are employed.
If you finished your studies at a recognized public post-secondary institution outside the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, your job or job offer must be directly related to the program you finished.
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