Like other parts of Atlantic Canada, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is known for a friendly, community-oriented nature. These are people who love stories, telling jokes and maybe stretching the truth a little bit. While the accent and unique words of Newfoundland and Labrador natives can take a bit of getting used to it’s a one-of-a-kind region and has been voted as one of the top 10 friendliest cultures in the world. Maybe it’s the colorful buildings, the special town names, music seeping out from every corner or the fact that there’s a Dictionary of Newfoundland English that makes it such a desirable province. Plus, Newfoundland and Labrador have its own time zone.
More than 90 percent of residents live on the island of Newfoundland (despite the fact that Labrador is much larger) and half of these people are in and around the province’s capital of St. John’s. The province’s economy is primarily driven by oil and gas, mining, logging, manufacturing, fisheries, construction, tourism, finance, and business. Jobs with the most growth are in natural and applied sciences, health, business, finance, sales and services and trades, transportation and equipment operations.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) allows Newfoundland and Labrador to nominate applicants who qualify under provincially established criteria for Permanent Resident Status. The NLPNP offers a quicker immigration process for qualified skilled workers, international graduates and their families who wish to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador. There are three categories and we can help determine the right fit for you:
- Newfoundland & Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker is for skilled candidates with job offers through the federal Express Entry immigration system. Prospective immigrants who have been accepted into the Express Entry pool may be able to apply. Individuals nominated by the NLPNP will receive additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System, resulting in an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence.
- The Skilled Worker Category accepts applications from individuals who have received a guaranteed job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer. Individuals who are currently working in the province on a valid work permit may also be eligible.
- The International Graduate Categories for recent graduates of an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution who remain in Canada on a Post-Graduate Work Permit. Applicants must also have either a current job or job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer and must be working in their field of study at the time of application.
- The NLNP International Entrepreneur immigration category will soon open to foreign nationals who would like to settle in the Newfoundland and Labrador create, co-manage or purchase a business in the province. Candidates must operate their business for a year while on a Temporary Work Permit before pursuing a provincial nomination from the province.
- This NLNP International Graduate Entrepreneur will provide international graduates who have attended Newfoundland and Labrador post-secondary institutions and who wish to establish, co-own or run a business in the province with a pathway to Canadian permanent residence. This category will be opening up soon.
- Newfoundland and Labrador are one of four Atlantic provinces working in partnership with the Canadian government to hire foreign workers to fill jobs in Atlantic Canada that have not been filled locally. Foreign nationals interested in participating in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot may be residing abroad or on temporary status in Canada at the time of applying. All applicants to the pilot must have a job offer from a designated employer that meets the requirements of the program.