Skilled Worker Category

The NLPNP Skilled Worker Category targets foreign workers who have specialized skills that may help Newfoundland and Labrador employers overcome labour shortage.

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The NLPNP Skilled Workers Category 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 Skilled Worker Category targets international workers and prospective immigrants who have skills that are beneficial to the labour market and have a guaranteed offer of employment from an employer of Newfoundland And Labrador or be currently working in the province on a valid work permit.

The applicant must have an Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Work Permit with at least 4 months remaining at the time of application, or are entitled to apply for one. Also, the applicant must demonstrate the intention and ability to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador. If the candidate is having a Post-Graduate Work Permit, they must apply under the International Graduate Category.

Eligibility Requirements

Express Entry Profile No
Connection to Province No
Job Offer Yes
Language Proficiency None for NOC 0, A or B
CLB 4 for NOC C or D
Level of Education No minimum
Work Experience No minimum
Investment Requirement None

Job Offer

To be eligible for Skilled Worker Category, the candidate must have a full-time job or job offer. The job or job offer should be for at least two years with the possibility of extension, from an eligible Newfoundland and Labrador employer. Pay should be in the form of a salary and benefits package that meets provincial employment standards and prevailing wage rates. Contractual or locum positions (short-term positions usually less than twelve (12) months in duration with little or no possibility of extension) are not eligible for the NLPNP. The candidate must have the qualifications, training, skills, and/or accreditation required for the job.

Language Proficiency

Applicants will be required to provide proof of language proficiency in English or French, and applicants in NOC Skill Level C or D occupations must achieve at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4, in order to be eligible to apply.

Settlement Funds

The applicant should demonstrate sufficient settlement funds and financial resources to successfully establish yourself and any dependents in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Who is not eligible to apply?

You are not eligible for the Skilled Worker category if

  • You have a Post-Graduate Work Permit, in which case you must apply under the International Graduate category;
  • You are a failed refugee claimant or a refugee claimant;
  • You or any dependent family member over the age of 22 have a criminal record;
  • You have unresolved custody or child support disputes;
  • You have intentionally misrepresented yourself in the application;
  • The employer has intentionally misrepresented themselves or you in relation to their, or your, role in business; or

Application Procedure

The Newfoundland and Labrador Skilled Worker stream accepts applications at any time. Eligible candidates must submit a complete application to the stream. The application fee is $250 CAD. Successful applicants will receive a provincial nomination from Newfoundland and Labrador. After receiving a provincial nomination an applicant has six months to submit a federal application for Canadian permanent residence. Applicants in this program must complete and submit a paper-based application for permanent residence and submit it by mail to the appropriate application centre. Paper-based PNP applications for permanent residence are generally processed within 18 months.

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