NLPNP

Thinking about immigrating to Canada? Why not consider filing an application for the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)?

Newfoundland and Labrador is Canada’s eastern most province, with an estimated population of 528,817.

According to the official NLPNP website, applying is a relatively straightforward process. You must first determine which of the NLPNP categories you can apply for: Skilled Worker, Express Entry Skilled Worker or International Graduate.

Once you’ve figured out which category best applies to you, then you submit all the federal and provincial forms necessary. When all that is done, then you submit everything to the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) allows the Province to nominate applicants who meet established criteria, for Permanent Resident Status. The NLPNP offers:

An efficient immigration process for qualified skilled workers, international graduates and their families who wish to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador; and
Assistance from provincial Immigration Program Development Officers who are available to explain the program requirements, and guide applicants throughout the application process.
Newfoundland and Labrador may nominate up to 1,050 individuals annually through the NLPNP, through the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Express Entry-Skilled Worker categories.

Information for NLPNP applicants

NEW: NLPNP International Graduate Program: Changes to Field of Study Requirements from Memorial University (MUN) and the College of the North Atlantic (CNA).

Applicants to the NLPNP International Graduate category are permitted to be employed in a position that is unrelated to their field of study at the time of application.

“NEW” International Students Not Working in Field of Study

Applicants to the International Graduate category should hold either:

a full-time, indeterminate position related to their field of study, or
a position that is commensurate with their skills, experience and/or training.
Applicants are permitted to hold a position that is unrelated to their field of study, provided the applicant is a graduate of Memorial University or College of the North Atlantic and that the applicant’s position:

Requires a post-secondary degree or diploma;
Corresponds to National Occupational Classification (NOC) levels 0, A, B or C;
Can reasonably be expected to lead to career advancement for the applicant;
Is in a field in which the applicant has a recent (i.e. in the last 5 years) combination of skill, experience and/or training, according to the NOC description, as defined by Employment and Social Development Canada;
Is full-time and indeterminate; and
Responds to a perceived labour market need in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The applicant’s employer must adhere to the requirements of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP), including being established and operating in Newfoundland and Labrador for at least two (2) years (unless exempt under NLPNP, such as businesses in rural areas), and adhering to all applicable labour laws and regulations in Newfoundland and Labrador. The employer may be asked to explain how the position responds to a perceived labour market need in their organization/business.

Example: The applicant graduates from Memorial University with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering but is currently working as a Financial Analyst (NOC 1114). The applicant has a previous diploma in Business Administration, which is required to occupy the position according to the NOC description. The field of study requirement is met and the Officer continues with the assessment of the application.

Example: The applicant graduates with a Master’s degree in Education but is currently working as a cook (NOC 6322). The applicant clearly demonstrates that they have several years of commercial cooking experience, which is required according to the NOC description. The field of study requirement is met and the Officer continues with the assessment of the application.

Example: The applicant graduates with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and has been working as a Food Service Supervisor (NOC 6311) for several months. The Officer may recommend denying the application because the applicant does not meet the employment requirements of the occupation according to the NOC, which states: “completion of a community college program in food service administration, hotel and restaurant management or related discipline or several years of experience in food preparation or service.”

How do I Apply?

Applying to the NLPNP is a simple process. First, potential applicants must determine which of the categories they belong to – Skilled Worker, Express Entry Skilled Worker, or International Graduate. Following this, the potential applicant will download and complete all required provincial and federal forms for their category and gather then SCAN the required supporting documentation (eg. Birth Certificates, Diplomas, Passports etc). Once this is complete, the candidate will UPLOAD all forms and documentation to the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism. Below is a brief overview of the categories.

NOTE: If you are considering hiring a representative to complete your application, please see the section on Using Representatives, before proceeding. Your application will not be given special consideration if you use a representative, and OIM staff are available to assist you throughout the application process.

Express Entry Skilled Worker – This category is for skilled individuals who have been accepted into Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Express Entry pool and who have a job offer in Newfoundland and Labrador. Disclaimer.

Skilled Worker – This category is for individuals who have a guaranteed offer of employment from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer, or are already working in the province on a valid Work Permit. Disclaimer.

International Graduate – This category is for recent graduates who have a Post-Graduate Work Permit and a job or job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer. Disclaimer. Applications in partially completed-not submitted status will be closed and no longer available after 90 days of the initiated dated.

Working in Atlantic Canada

The International Education Centre at MSVU was proud to partner with Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to develop two guides to support employment and retention of international students and graduates to the Atlantic region.

Available in both official languages, both International students and Employers will find these guides are a helpful resource in this area.

These guides can be downloaded and added to organizational websites, and distributed in soft or hard copies as desired.

Working and Staying in Atlantic Canada: An International Student’s Guide
Travailler et demeurer au Canada atlantique: Guide de l’étudiant étranger

The Atlantic Immigration PilotOpens in new window (AIP), launched in 2017, is a three-year employer driven immigration program aimed at addressing skills gaps and labour market needs in the four Atlantic Provinces by assisting employers in attracting and retaining skilled immigrants.

Newfoundland and Labrador is working closely with the other Atlantic Provinces and the Federal Government to ensure the successful development and delivery of the AIP. The Pilot will facilitate the entry of up to 442 applications have been allocated to Newfoundland and Labrador.

To participate, employers must meet certain requirements, including a commitment to support the newcomer and their family as they integrate into their new life in Atlantic Canada. Employers can bring workers through AIP’s High Skilled, Intermediate Skilled, and International Graduate categories.


Please NOTE: Given the COVID-19 situation, Atlantic Immigration Pilot paper applications will no longer be accepted until further notice. Employers are asked to instead scan and send AIP applications by email to [email protected]

Paper applications that have already been received by the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism should not be affected by this change.


The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a partnership between the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot lets Atlantic employers hire qualified candidates for jobs that they haven’t been able to fill locally.

Candidates can be living abroad or be in Canada temporarily, but must have a job offer from a designated employer before applying.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Effective August 1, 2019, employers seeking endorsements under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, are required to provide the following documentation at the time the endorsement application is submitted to the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism, to ensure no delays in permanent residency processing. (This applies to all endorsements as of August 1, 2019).“ADDITIONAL ENDORSEMENT DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED”
Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a recognized organization to show their credential is valid and equal to a Canadian credential. If the Foreign National already has an Educational Credential Assessment report, it must be less than 5 years old when it is submitted.
Language Testing Results from an approved language test. To immigrate through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, the Foreign National must prove their English or French language ability. They need to have a Canadian Level Benchmark of level 4 or higher. Please review the list of tests available.
Are you a candidate for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot?

If you and the employer meet the program requirements, you and your eligible dependants will receive permanent resident status, and can live and work in Canada. For more information on the steps you need to follow see: How to immigrate – Atlantic Immigration PilotOpens in new window

For more information about how to immigrate and settle in Newfoundland and Labrador, including using the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, be sure to review the Guide to Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador. The guide provides information on the benefits of immigration, immigration programs, and the role of communities and other stakeholders in supporting immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Have you signed up for a webinar? The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism holds live information sessions for applicants on how temporary foreign workers in Canada, internationally trained workers abroad and international graduates who intend to work and live in Newfoundland and Labrador can become permanent residents of Canada. For more information, see: Webinars on Immigration Pathways for Applicants Interested in Becoming Permanent Residents in Newfoundland and Labrador

If you have further questions, please contact the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism:

Newfoundland and Labrador-Atlantic Immigration Pilot
Immigration, Skills and Labour
Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism
Confederation Building, West Block
P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6

Telephone: 1-709-729-6607Call: 1-709-729-6607
Email: [email protected]

SOURCE: GOV.NL.CA


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