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The Newfoundland Express Entry Skilled Worker stream is a key component of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program.

Successful applicants to the Newfoundland Express Entry Skilled Worker stream receive 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an invitation to apply (ITA) for immigration to Canada at a subsequent Express Entry draw.

Before that can happen, however, would-be applicants have to satisfy provincial and federal criteria. Let’s find out how this all works.

Federal Express Entry pool

Potential applicants will need to be eligible under one of the following federal economic immigration programs.

Once in the Express Entry pool, candidates are assigned a CRS score.

Newfoundland Express Entry Skilled Worker

In addition to being in the federal Express Entry pool, potential applicants to the Newfoundland Express Entry Skilled Worker. Applicants must:

  • Score a minimum of 67 points out of 100 on the PNP point assessment grid (see below;
  • Have a full-time job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer that has compensation in the form of a salary and benefits package that meets Provincial Government employment standards and prevailing wage rates, and does not contravene existing bargaining unit agreements or interfere with a labour dispute;
  • Have an Canadian work permit or be entitled to apply for one;
  • Have a Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma, or an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to verify that their foreign education is equal to Canadian education standards.
  • Be able to demonstrate the intention and ability to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador and demonstrate with proof that they have sufficient settlement funds or financial resources to successfully establish themselves and any dependents in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Be able to provide language test results from a designated testing agency that match the language level declared in the Express Entry profile.

If work experience is in an occupation that is regulated in Newfoundland and Labrador and requires mandatory certification or licensing in the province (e.g., nurse, physician, engineer), proof of eligibility for provincial licensure or certification to be able to work in that profession must be submitted with the PNP application.

Points system

Applicants must score at least 67 points across five factors: Education and training, skilled work experience, language ability, age, and connection(s) to the Newfoundland and Labrador labour market and adaptability.

Education and training

Education levelPoints
Master’s or Doctorate degree28
University Degree that required at least three years of full-time study23
Trade certification equivalent to journeyperson status in Newfoundland and Labrador (this credential must be approved by the Department of Advanced Education and Skills)23
Degree, diploma or certificate that required at least two years of full-time post-secondary study, or certifi cate equivalent18
Degree, diploma or certificate that required at least one year of full-time post-secondary study, or certificate equivalent to a trade certifi cate15
Maximum points28

Skilled work experience

Work experience must be in a skilled occupation (National Occupational Classification (NOC) Training, Education, Experience, Responsibilities (TEER) category 0, 1, 2, or 3).

Work experience during the most recent five years prior to application
5 years15
4 years12
3 years9
2 years6
1 year3
Work experience during the six- to 10-year period prior to application
5 years7
4 years6
3 years5
2 years4
1 year2
Maximum points20

Language ability

Language abilityPoints
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 8 and higher27
CLB 723
CLB 621
CLB 519
Maximum points27


Less than 18 years0
18-21 years8
22-33 years12
34-45 years10
46-50 years8
Maximum Points12

Connection to labour market and adaptability

Close relative in Newfoundland and Labrador (the applicant or accompanying spouse has a close relative that is a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident residing in Newfoundland and Labrador – includes: parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, cousin and step-family members or in-laws of the same relationships).7
Previous work experience in Newfoundland and Labrador (the applicant worked in Newfoundland and Labrador for at least twelve months in the past fi ve years on a valid work permit).3
Previous student experience in Newfoundland and Labrador (the applicant studied at a recognized Newfoundland and Labrador educational institution for at least one full-time academic year on a valid study permit).3
Maximum points13

Other considerations

The Newfoundland Express Entry Skilled Worker stream requires applicants to adhere certain criteria with respect to credentials to support work experience credentials, language ability, education and training, offer(s) of employment, and previous study in Newfoundland, if applicable.

You can find all the information you need on these matters, and more, in the Newfoundland Express Entry Skilled Worker stream application guide.

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Rebecca Major is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (R511564) with nearly 15 years of licenced Canadian Immigration experience, gained after graduating with a Bachelor of Laws in the UK. She specializes in Canadian immigration at Moving2Canada.
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