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Newfoundland and Labrador Releases Information Related to Questions about Immigration and COVID-19

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On its Immigration website, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador recently released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to answer questions that might be asked by new and potential immigrants. Some of these queries related to subjects such as:

  • The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism: This is the provincial department responsible for all aspects of immigration to Newfoundland and Labrador. The office and its staff are still hard at work, and all inquiries via phone or email continue to be addressed during the pandemic. Correspondence by mail may be slower due to an increase in the volume of mail handled by Canada Post. Webinars for employers and job seekers both within and outside of Newfoundland and Labrador continue to be held.
    • The OIM accepts applications for the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) but paper applications are no longer accepted. NLPNP applications are accepted only through the online portal. Workers and employers are still to inform the OIM if their status changes in any way, such as through a reduction in working hours or a temporary layoff.
  • The International Entrepreneur category: The Expression of Interest (EOI) process for this immigration category is ongoing and uninterrupted. This is also the case for the International Graduate Entrepreneur category. It is still available year-round for any international graduates of Memorial University or the College of the North Atlantic who own and operate a business in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP): New designations continue to be accepted. Employers must submit their applications online via email instead of using a paper application. Endorsement applications are also being accepted via email only. Workers and employers are still to inform the OIM if their status changes in any way, such as through a reduction in working hours or a temporary layoff.
  • Delays in Accessing Information for Application: The province is aware that for some individuals COVID-19 may cause or contribute to delays in accessing important paperwork for the immigration process. Applicants are encouraged to contact the OIM with their specific issue to receive assistance.