Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
The province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s easternmost province, may be one of the country’s best kept secrets. The province consists of two distinct land masses – Labrador, which is connected to the mainland of Canada, and the nearby island of Newfoundland. A large number of its residents live in the provincial capital of St. John’s, which enjoy a lively culture that draws heavily from its coastal environment. The province has recently evolved into a significant economic force in the Canadian landscape due to a boom in energy and natural resources.
The NLPNP is Newfoundland and Labrador’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will allow that foreign national to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence with processing times that are faster than other Canadian immigration classes. The NLPNP will announce the criteria for the new NL Express Entry Skilled Worker category at some stage in 2015 and will be accepting applications thereafter.
The NL Express Entry Skilled Worker category will enable the NLPNP to nominate candidates through the federal Express Entry system. The NL Express Entry Skilled Worker category will be for skilled workers with jobs or job offers. Prospective immigrants who have been accepted into the federal Express Entry pool will be able to apply to the NL Express Entry Skilled Worker category. Individuals nominated by the NLPNP will receive additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System, resulting in an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Details regarding the NL Express Entry criteria will be posted here.
The NLPNP accepts applications under three immigration categories:
• Skilled Worker Category;
• International Graduate Category; and
• Immigrant Entrepreneur Category
Below we have provided additional information about these categories to help you determine if the NL PNP is the right program for you.
Skilled Worker Category
The province accepts applications under this category from individuals who have received a guaranteed job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer. Individuals who are currently working in the province on a valid work permit may also be eligible.
International Graduate Category
The province accepts applications under this category from recent graduates of an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution who remain in Canada on a Post-Graduate Work Permit. Applicants must also have either a current job or job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer.
Immigrant Entrepreneur Category
The province accepts applications under this category from individuals who plan to either start a business or purchase an existing business in the province. At the time of publication, this program is currently under review and not yet accepting applications.