A potentially accelerated path to Canadian permanent residence for provincially nominated candidates, the Express Entry Skilled Worker stream of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLNP) is open to skilled workers who wish to settle in Newfoundland and Labrador, provided they meet certain eligibility requirements, and hold a guaranteed, full-time job offer.
|Express Entry Profile||Yes|
|Connection to Province||No|
|Language Proficiency||See Express Entry requirements|
|Level of Education||Post-secondary|
|Work Experience||NOC 0, A, or B
Express Entry Requirement
Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker is aligned with the federal Express Entry system. In order to be considered, candidates must have an active Express Entry profile.
Candidates must have a full-time job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer that meets industry standards. If the job offer is in an occupation that is regulated, the candidate must show proof that they are able to work in that profession. The job offer must be in a position classified as National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B. If the foreign worker is currently working in Canada, they must show proof of a valid work permit.
All candidates must provide official language test results demonstrating that they meet the language proficiency claimed on their Express Entry profile.
Level of Education
Candidates must have at least a Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma, or a foreign credential that has been assessed as equivalent to a Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma.
Candidates must have at least one year of work experience in the past 10 years in a NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B profession.
Points Assessment Grid
Candidates must score at least 67 points on the Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker Points Assessment Grid.
Candidates must meet the settlement funds requirement as determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This can be demonstrated through their own finances, or through maintaining a valid offer of employment.
Intention to Reside
Candidates must demonstrate an intention to reside in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Job Offer Requirements
Employers must offer the foreign national a full-time, permanent position with a salary and benefits package that is on par with provincial norms for the occupation in question.
The business must be established in Newfoundland and Labrador, and have been in operation for at least two (2) years. If the business is located in the St. John’s metropolitan area, the employer must have at least two permanent, full-time local employees. If the business if outside St. John’s, the employer must have at least one permanent, full-time local employee.
The employer will be required to provide proof that they have made a significant effort to employ a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for the position before an offer was extended to the foreign national.
Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA): Unless the job offer is LMIA-exempt, the employer must provide a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). An LMIA proves that the employer tried, and failed, to find a Canadian to fill the position being offered to the foreign worker.
In addition to meeting the above requirements, applicants must also score at least 67 out of a possible 100 on the Points Assessment Grid for the NLNP Express Entry Skilled Worker stream. Applicants will be graded on their connection to the labour market, adaptability, education, work experience, age, and language abilities.
|Connection to Labour Market and Adaptability||13|
|Minimum Pass Score||67|
|Level of Education||Points|
|Master's or Doctoral (PhD) level||28|
|Post-secondary degree - program of at least 3 years||23|
|Trade certification approved by the Department of Advanced Education and Skills||23|
|Post-secondary degree - 2 years||18|
|Post-secondary degree - 1 year||15|
|Experience During the Five Years Preceding Application|
|Experience During 6-10 Years Preceding Application|
|Proficiency in English or French||Points|
|CLB 8 or higher||27|
|50 and older||0|
|Connection to Labour Market and Adaptability||Points|
|The applicant or their accompanying spouse has a close relative (parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, cousin, step-family member, or in-laws) that is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Newfoundland and Labrador||7|
|The applicant has worked in Newfoundland and Labrador for at least 12 months within the last five years on a valid work permit||3|
|The applicant studied at an approved Newfoundland and Labrador post-secondary institution for at least one full academic year on a valid study permit||3|
The Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker stream accepts applications at any time. Skilled workers hoping to immigrate to Newfoundland and Labrador must first submit a profile to the federal Express Entry pool. Once a candidate has been accepted into the Federal Express Entry pool and has a job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer, they may submit their application. Successful applicants will receive a nomination from Newfoundland and Labrador.
After accepting the provincial nomination, the applicant’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score will increase by 600 points, virtually guaranteeing they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw. After receiving an ITA, the applicant must prepare and submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence within the designated timeframe. Applications for permanent residence submitted through Express Entry are generally processed within six months.
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