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Newfoundland PNP Program

Newfoundland and Labrador are two separate lands that together constitute the easternmost province of Canada.


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Newfoundland PNP Program

Newfoundland PNP (NL PNP) is the Express Entry System for the Canadian Iceland province i.e Newfoundland in the Atlantic ocean and one of the most favorable places for the new immigrants of Canada. It is not only beautiful but also home to the friendliest people in the world!

The Canadian Express Entry program has provisions to make it convenient for the foreign nationals to apply for Newfoundland PNP Program and avail quick clearance to settle in the NL Province permanently.

Let us learn about the eligibility criteria and application process in detail below.

Why Immigrate To Newfoundland and Labrador?

Newfoundland and Labrador are two separate lands that together constitute the easternmost province of Canada. Labrador is the northernmost region and is connected to the Canada mainland whereas Newfoundland is a nearby island.

It is a flourishing economy with significant growth opportunities in the energy and natural resource sectors. This Canadian province has a time zone of its own.

It has a total population of 535,000, about one half of which resides in the capital city – St. John’s area. It is a very lively place with an abundance of facilities for a luxurious lifestyle.

There are some of the most excellent schools, supreme healthcare, premium restaurants, and numerous entertainment options as well.

Hence, the Newfoundland and Labrador province of Canada is undoubtedly the first choice of foreign nationals who wish to move to Canada forever.

Corner Brook, Grand Falls – Windsor, and Gander are some other major cities of this Canadian Province. These smaller cities are the safest and undoubtedly the most welcoming ones as they were the first ever cities in entire Canada to happily accept Syrian refugees.

The Newfoundland and Labrador province has recently also started contributing to the Canadian economy, they are growing at an exponential rate, and there is a vast array of opportunities for new immigrants.

In this write-up, we are detailing everything that you would like to know about the Newfoundland PNP Program for Canada Immigration.

What Is Newfoundland PNP (NL PNP)?

NLPNP is an abbreviation for “Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program” This is a special program for the Newfoundland and Labrador province of Canada to invite and accept foreign nationals as permanent residents of Canada by strict eligibility criteria and specific rules.

The Newfoundland PNP association is always at a lookout for candidates who are qualified, trained and experienced in the skillset that is required to uplift the local economy of the province.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program together along with the Canada Express Entry program is much preferred over the other traditional Canadian immigration paths as applications here are processed much faster and efficiently.

Canada Newfoundland PNP Program makes way for the Newfoundland and Labrador province to select and nominate candidates for immigration to Canada.

A candidate who gets the Newfoundland PNP nomination certificate from the NL PNP association gains 600 additional points in the express entry comprehensive ranking system (CRS).

These points are sufficient for the applicant to receive the permanent Canadian citizenship. All NL PNP applications are processed in less than six months from the date of application.

Newfoundland PNP and Canada Express Entry Program:

If you find yourself to be eligible, there are two ways to get a nomination from NL PNP for your permanent residency in Canada.

The first one is where the candidate must apply for NL PNP via the Newfoundland Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism outside of the Express Entry Program.

Once the applicant gets nominated under the Newfoundland PNP Program, he/she can then create their express entry accounts online and undoubtedly mention that they have the provincial nomination certificate from the Newfoundland and Labrador province.

Do not forget to mention the certificate number in your profile for them to verify for future processing of your application.

In the second option, the candidate creates his/her online profile at the Canada Express Entry Program beforehand. In this profile, the candidate precisely specifies his/her interest in immigration to the Newfoundland and Labrador province via Newfoundland PNP Program.

If found suitable, the candidate receives a “notification of interest” letter from the NL PNP government. This letter is primarily an invitation letter for the eligible candidate to file his application for NL PNP.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program is favoring any candidate whose capabilities or experiences are beneficial to drive the Newfoundland province towards growth and development.

They directly contact any worthy individuals whose Express Entry Profiles possess the desired qualifications, skillset, or experience and which they find suitable for the Newfoundland province of Canada.

In this case, the NL PNP submits the candidate’s nomination certificate directly to the Express Entry system.

The applicant has to log into their online Express Entry Profiles and accept the certificate. By doing so, the applicant instantaneously earns 600 additional points in his/her Express Entry CRS score.

Now the candidate has to wait to receive the “Invitation to Apply” for immigration and permanent residency to Canada in the next Express Entry Draw.


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Categories for Newfoundland PNP (NL PNP):

There are three Official Immigration Categories for Newfoundland PNP:

1. Skilled Worker :

This category of NL PNP is for the skilled and experienced professionals from all around the world. The preferred candidates are the ones who can boost the development and expansion of the province in one way or the other.

The skilled worker segment intends to pick individuals who possess expertise in a skillset that is in high demand in the local markets of the province.

It is hence a win-win situation for both the candidates and the province, the province gets a competent workforce, and the individuals get to enjoy a lavish lifestyle.

This category is responsible for ensuring recruitment that shall enable the Newfoundland  province’s local economy to flourish and eventually contribute to the national economy of Canada.

Foreign nations who have guaranteed job offers from employers within the area are eligible to apply under this segment.

Also, individuals who live and work in the Newfoundland and Labrador province with a valid work permit are also likely to refer to the Newfoundland PNP Program.

This segment of the NL PNP receives the most number of applications for adept workers who wish to settle in Canada permanently.

Requirements for the Employer and the Employee:

There are, however, some requirements for both the employer and the employee, we have briefed them here for you :

Requirements for the employer:

  • The job offer for the eligible candidate must be for full-time employment and within the industry standard level wages.
  • The employer must be able to illustrate a justified need for hiring an applicant.
  • The job offer must not violate any existing employment disputes or bargaining agreements

Requirements for the prospective employee:

  • Must possess a valid Canadian work permit or be eligible to apply for a new one.
  • Must have the desired qualifications, skills and experience for the job, including any required certifications and accreditations.
  • Must be able to showcase the intention to live within the Newfoundland province permanently.
  • Must possess appropriate funds to be able to survive in the area along with the ability to support all dependents as well.
  • Must be proficient in English or French. Proficiency can be shown in three ways skill: an Affidavit of English Language Ability from the NL employee, education and training documents, or IELTS test scores (for workers in NOC level C and D occupations).

Other than the above-stated eligibility criteria, there are also some restrictions and may lead to ineligibility of the applicant. Do read the following and ensure the necessary precautionary steps to avoid being ineligible :

  • You must not have a full-time job (unless potential NL employer can prove a need for the specific skill set).
  • There should not be any criminal record in your name. This includes the criminal records of any dependents of the applicant who is over the age of 18.
  • You must also not be failed refugee claimants, including refugee claimants living in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • There should also not be any unresolved child support or custody disputes.
  • You must not have made any attempt to misrepresent yourself regarding the application (this can be misrepresentation by either the individual or their employer).
  • You must not have quit or lost the job during your nomination process (this does not result in disqualification every time, but it can be an issue)


2. International Graduates:

Each province wishes to have an educated workforce, and the Newfoundland and Labrador province is no different. It is accepting individuals who have exceptional academic qualifications.

Candidates who have graduated from a post-secondary institute in Canada not more than two years ago are eligible and may apply for permanent citizenship in this category.

Through this category, the NL province is encouraging and appreciating academic excellence, and this segment is much popular among recent graduates of Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) who wish to work and live in the NL province only.

Like the other categories, there are some specific requirements for this category as well. We are jotting them down below for you. Each applicant must:

  • Have finished at least half of their education in a Canadian college or university.
  • Have completed at least a two-year diploma or degree program. Also, eligibility is offered on completion of a one-year post-graduate program provided the program require a previous diploma or degree.
  • Be able to demonstrate that they intend to live and work within the NL province.
  • Be prepared to support themselves financially (as well as dependents, if any).
  • Be proficient in English or French. This can be through training or education documents, or by an affidavit submitted by the employer in Newfoundland..
  • Have legal work permit to work in Canada. This can be a post-graduate work permit. Some applicants might show legal status via a Canada Post-Graduate Work Permit. While this is permitted, this is also very rare for candidates in this stream.
  • Additionally, graduates from a Canadian university outside of Newfoundland may need a minimum of one year of work experience in their field of study.

Apart from the above Pre-requisites, the job must also :

  • Be a full-time opportunity related to the applicant’s field of education. The offer must come from a company operating from within the Province of Newfoundland.
  • Have opportunities for the advancement of the candidate.
  • Not contradict with any existing bargaining agreements or employment disputes

Also, there are a few conditions that automatically result in disqualification. please make a note of the below points:

  • Failed refugee claimants, including those currently living in Newfoundland and Labrador province of Canada.
  • Students who fail to complete their studies.
  • Students who have plans to return to their homeland after completing their education .
  • Applicants with any criminal record, or applicants with a dependent over the age of 18 years who has a criminal record (this applies even if the dependent doesn’t plan to live in NL).
  • Applicants with a serious medical concern, or those with dependents over the age of 18 who have a severe medical ailment (this also applies even if the dependent doesn’t plan to live in Newfoundland).
  • Individuals with unresolved child custody issues or disputes.
  • Anyone – applicant or employer – who attempts to misrepresent themselves during the process.
  • Applicants who quit or lose their job during the application process (this does not result in automatic disqualification, but it causes problems).

3. Entrepreneurs:

This segment of the Canadian Newfoundland PNP Program is of interest for entrepreneurs who aim to set up their own businesses/units in the province and create new jobs as well.

While the requirements for this category are under revision and are subject to change by the end of 2018, we are detailing the current conditions for you to get an idea of the pre-requisites.

An eligible candidate is the one who sets up or buys an existing business that fits within the province’s Strategic Sector list. All companies related to manufacturing, natural resources, agriculture, healthcare, and knowledge-based industries fall under the strategic sector list of the Newfoundland and Labrador province.

There are a few other requirements for eligibility as stated below:

  • A minimum of five years of senior management experience or experience in a similar type of business to the one proposed.
  • A minimum net worth of $450,000 (at least $350,000 should be liquid).
  • Completion of a Performance Agreement with a minimum business investment of $200,000.
  • A $100,000 deposit that is refundable once the obligations in the Performance Agreement are met.

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End of an exploratory visit to the province, at the applicant’s expense, to present a detailed business plan
Please note that the government is revising the requirements of the entrepreneur segment of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program and there may be some changes.

Please recheck this space for updates on the eligibility criteria and other details.

Wrap It Up:

We hope you have gained all the information about the Newfoundland PNP Program. If you have the skills that are in demand in the NL province, leave no stone unturned to complete all requirements and fulfill the eligibility criteria as it is one of the most sought-after places for permanent residency in Canada. All the best!


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