Express Entry Skilled Worker

The Express Entry Skilled Workers targets the foreign workers having express entry profiles who meet certain eligibility requirements and hold a guaranteed, full-time job offer.

The NLPNP Express Entry Skilled Workers is one of several immigration streams of the Newfoundland And Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of Newfoundland And Labrador. The Express Entry  Skilled Worker Category targets candidates who has been accepted into the federal Express Entry pool and have a valid job offer in Newfoundland And Labrador. The candidate must be genuinely intended to reside permanently in the province.

If the applicant is holding a Post-Graduate work permit, they may be eligible for the Express Entry Skilled Worker category. The applicant must score at least 67 points on the Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid (mentioned below).

Eligibility Requirements

Express Entry Profile Yes
Connection to Province No
Job Offer Yes
Language Proficiency See Express Entry requirements
Level of Education Post-secondary
Work Experience NOC 0, A, or B
1 year
Investment Requirement None


Express Entry Profile

Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker are aligned with the federal Express Entry system. In order to be considered, candidates must have an active Express Entry profile and have a valid Express Entry Key Code.

Job Offer

Candidates must have a full-time job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer that meets industry standards. If the job offer is in an occupation that is regulated, the candidate must show proof that they are able to work in that profession. The job offer must be in a position classified as National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B. If the foreign worker is currently working in Canada, they must show proof of a valid work permit. The job offer must not contravene existing bargaining unit agreements or interfere with a labour dispute.

Level of Education

Candidates must have at least a Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma, or a foreign credential that has been assessed as equivalent to a Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma.

Work Experience

Candidates must have at least one year of work experience in the past 10 years in an NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B profession.

Settlement Funds

Candidates must meet the settlement funds requirement as determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This can be demonstrated through their own finances, or through maintaining a valid offer of employment.

Intention To Reside

Candidates must demonstrate an intention to reside in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Employer Requirement

In order to apply under the Express Entry Skilled Worker Support, the candidate must have a valid job offer from the eligible employer of New Brunswick. The employer must need to meet the following requirements in to order to consider a job offer valid:

  • Job Offer Requirement: Employers must offer the foreign national a full-time, permanent position with a salary and benefits package that is on par with provincial norms for the occupation in question.
  • Business Requirement: The business must be established in Newfoundland and Labrador, and have been in operation for at least two (2) years. If the business is located in the St. John’s metropolitan area, the employer must have at least two permanent, full-time local employees. If the business if outside St. John’s, the employer must have at least one permanent, full-time local employee.
  • Recruitment Requirements: The employer will be required to provide proof that they have made a significant effort to employ a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for the position before an offer was extended to the foreign national.

Application Procedure

The Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker stream accepts applications at any time. Skilled workers hoping to immigrate to Newfoundland and Labrador must first submit a profile to the federal Express Entry pool. Once a candidate has been accepted into the Federal Express Entry pool and has a job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer, they may submit their application. Successful applicants will receive a nomination from Newfoundland and Labrador.

After accepting the provincial nomination, the applicant’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score will increase by 600 points, virtually guaranteeing they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw. After receiving an ITA, the applicant must prepare and submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence within the designated timeframe. Applications for permanent residence submitted through Express Entry are generally processed within six months.

Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid

In addition to meeting the above requirements, applicants must also score at least 67 out of a possible 100 on the Points Assessment Grid for the NLNP Express Entry Skilled Worker stream. Applicants will be graded on their connection to the labour market, adaptability, education, work experience, age, and language abilities.

Overview of Factors

Factor Maximum Points
Education 28
Language Proficiency 27
Age 12
Work Experience 20
Connection to Labour Market and Adaptability 13
Minimum Pass Score 67


Level of Education Points
Master’s or Doctoral (PhD) level 28
Post-secondary degree – program of at least 3 years 23
Trade certification approved by the Department of Advanced Education and Skills 23
Post-secondary degree – 2 years 18
Post-secondary degree – 1 year 15
Maximum 25

Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English or French Points
CLB 8 or higher 27
CLB 7 23
CLB 6 21
CLB 5 19
Maximum 27


Age Points
Under 18 0
18-21 8
22-33 12
34-45 10
46-50 8
50 and older 0
Maximum 12

Work Experience

Work Experience Points
Experience During the Five Years Preceding Application
5 years 15
4 years 12
3 years 9
2 years 6
1 year 3
Experience During 6-10 Years Preceding Application
5 years 7
4 years 6
3 years 5
2 years 4
1 year 2
Maximum 15


Connection to Labour Market and Adaptability Points
The applicant or their accompanying spouse has a close relative (parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, cousin, step-family member, or in-laws) that is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Newfoundland and Labrador 7
The applicant has worked in Newfoundland and Labrador for at least 12 months within the last five years on a valid work permit 3
The applicant studied at an approved Newfoundland and Labrador post-secondary institution for at least one full academic year on a valid study permit 3
Maximum 13