Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program

How to Apply for the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program

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In addition to the federal immigration streams, Newfoundland and Labrador offer the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP).  This allows the province to nominate immigrants for permanent resident status who will contribute to the province’s economy and society.  The applicants must have specific occupational or entrepreneurial skills, intend to live in Newfoundland and Labrador, and have sufficient skills in the English or French language.

There are four categories of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program: Occupational/Skilled Worker, Immigrant Entrepreneur, Family Connections and International Graduate.

Occupational/Skilled Worker

If there is a shortage or a specialized need in the present labour market in the province, an applicant with specific skills and experience may be eligible.

A local employer must offer a full-time job at prevailing market rates.  The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism, Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment, may require the applicant to visit Newfoundland and Labrador for a pre-employment interview along with the employer.  This interview may be necessary for applicants already in the province on a work permit.

Generally, before the province can issue a nomination, the immigrant will need to meet provincial standards and/or professional licensing requirements if required by an employment position.

You can find the applications here.

International Graduate

To qualify for this category, you would need to have graduated from a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution.  In addition, you would either need a full-time job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer in your field of study or a related area, or have at least six months work experience in the local labour market with a reasonable expectation to continue working.

You can find the application here.

Family Connections

If you have a family member who has been living in Newfoundland and Labrador for a minimum of one year, and they are prepared to offer assistance during the application process and once you arrive in the province, they can act as your Sponsor.

You would not be eligible if you are a dependent child, spouse, common-law partner, parent or grandparent.

You must be 18 – 49 years old, and your Sponsor will need to sign an Affidavit of Support.  You will need a permanent, full-time job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador Employer, or intend to find a permanent, full-time job in the province.  You would also be required to have completed a minimum one-year education program where you attained either a diploma, certificate or degree.

You can find the application here.

Immigrant Entrepreneur

This program is currently under revision.  If you would like details about immigrating as an entrepreneur, call 709.729.6607 or email at pnp@gov.nl.ca

There is more than simply knowing how to apply for the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program – you might need help with the application itself.

Although the Provincial Nominee Program is designed to expedite the process to immigrate to Canada, it does add an extra step.  After you are successful in getting nominated, you still need to apply for permanent residence with the federal government.  Taking both tasks into account can feel overwhelming, but experienced Canadian immigration lawyers can assist you to properly navigate both processes, so you don’t make any mistakes.

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