The Newfoundland Skilled Worker stream is a cornerstone of Newfoundland’s immigration policy, designed to welcome newcomers to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and help existing foreign workers in Newfoundland transition to permanent residence.
Eligible applicants to the Newfoundland Skilled Worker stream are required to have a guaranteed offer of employment from a local employer, or be currently working in the province on a valid work permit. The Newfoundland Skilled Worker stream is part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs.
The Newfoundland Skilled Worker stream is not aligned with the federal Express Entry system. Therefore, successfully applicants do not obtain 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an invitation to apply through Express Entry. Rather, with a provincial nomination obtained through the Newfoundland Skilled Worker stream, you can apply for Canadian permanent residence outside Express Entry.
Newfoundland offers a separate stream for Express Entry candidates.
Newfoundland Skilled Worker stream criteria
- 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 12 months in duration with little or no possibility of extension) are not eligible for the NLPNP.
- Qualifications, training, skills, and/or accreditation required for the job;
- Be 21 to 59 years old;
- Have an Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) work permit with at least four months remaining at time of application, or be entitled to apply for one;
- Intend to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador;
- Have sufficient settlement funds and financial resources to successfully establish themselves and any dependents in Newfoundland and Labrador; and
- Have English or French language capability to perform the employment duties. Occupations classified in National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code C or D will have to meet Minimum Language Requirements;
Refugee claimants with a pending application to remain in Canada are eligible to apply to the NLPNP, provided that they have Canadian work experience obtained legally in order to qualify.
You are not eligible for the Newfoundland Skilled Worker stream if:
- You have a post-graduation 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
- Refugee claimants whose claim has been rejected, abandoned, or withdrawn must exit Canada prior to applying to the NLPNP.
To begin an electronic application, click here.
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