International Graduate Entrepreneur Category

The International Graduate Entrepreneur category of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLNP) allows graduates of Newfoundland post-secondary institutions to apply for permanent residency if they have at least one-year of experience owning and managing a business in the province.

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Program Requirements

Express Entry ProfileNo
Connection to ProvinceEducation AND
Work Experience
Job OfferNo
Language ProficiencyCLB 7
Level of Education2 year post-secondary program
Work Experience1 year as business owner and manager
Investment RequirementNone

Connection to Province

Applicants must have completed a post-secondary program of at least two years in Newfoundland & Labrador. As well, the applicant must have at least one year of experience owning and managing a business in the province.


Language Proficiency

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in either English or French at a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7.


Level of Education

Applicants must have a minimum of a post-secondary educational credential of at least two-years. This credential must have been completed in-person at either Memorial University or the College of the North Atlantic. The credential must have been completed within 2 years of submission of the Expression of Interest.


Work Experience

Applicants must have at least one year of experience in actively managing and owning a business in which they hold a minimum one-third ownership in Newfoundland & Labrador.

Application Procedure

This program uses an Expression of Interest (EOI) system to select applicants. In order to be considered for the program, first a candidate must submit an EOI using the PNP’s online service. The most competitive, qualified candidates will be invited to apply to the program.

After receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) candidates must submit an official application for nomination to the province. This application includes documentation supporting the information included in the original EOI. As well, all applicants must pay an application fee of CAD $250 and must provide an Audit Report and a Business Continuity Plan, outlining their entrepreneurial intentions. If an application is deemed to be complete, the applicant will have to participate in an in-person interview.

If an application is approved, the applicant will receive an official provincial nomination from Newfoundland and Labrador. Once an applicant has received an official nomination, they can apply to IRCC for Canadian permanent resident status.

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