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Newfoundland and Labrador Immigration programs

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Over 521,000 people call the province of Newfoundland and Labrador home. It consists of the island of Newfoundland and the continental region of Labrador. Part of Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador is the country’s easternmost province. Its capital city, St. John’s, houses over 219,000 residents. A province full of striking scenery and colourful people, Newfoundland and Labrador is a popular tourist destination that is internationally beloved.

If you are interested in immigrating to Newfoundland and Labrador, you must learn about the province’s immigration system, the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP).

If you have the right skills, education, and experience to contribute to Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy, you can apply to the NLPNP for a nomination to become a permanent resident.

Individuals from both within and outside of Canada are eligible to apply for the NLPNP. To qualify, an individual must fit into one of the following categories:

  • Those who have a guaranteed job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer OR a valid work permit and are currently employed
  • International students who have graduated from a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution. To be eligible, individuals must have completed half their studies in Canada prior to graduation, or have completed at least a two-year degree or diploma while enrolled full-time
  • Those who have an up-to-date profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system, and have received a job offer for a full-time, year-round job from an eligible Newfoundland and Labrador employer.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP) is a partnership between the Canadian federal government and the four Atlantic provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. The program allows employers in Atlantic Canada to hire qualified candidates for positions they are unable to staff locally.

Individuals from both within and outside of Canada can be considered for the AIP. To apply for the AIP, an individual must:

  • Have a job offer from a designated employer,
  • Have graduated from a publicly funded institution in one of Canada’s Atlantic provinces, OR
  • Be a skilled worker who meets the program’s requirements.

There are three programs within the AIP, with the following criteria:

Atlantic International Graduate Program: For individuals who have a degree, diploma, or other appropriate credentials from a publicly funded institution in an Atlantic province. To qualify, an individual must have lived in an Atlantic province for at least 16 months in the two years before obtaining the degree, diploma, or other credentials.

Atlantic High-Skilled Program: For individuals who have worked in a management, professional, or technical/skilled job for at least one year. One must have at minimum a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent.

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program: For individuals who have worked in a job that required high school or on-the-job training for at least one year. One must have at minimum a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent.

For all programs, an individual must pass an appropriate language test, and demonstrate financial stability so they can support themselves and any family upon arrival in Canada. Individuals in Newfoundland and Labrador must also have a letter of endorsement from the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism.