Newfoundland and Labrador – Skilled Worker Stream

Newfoundland and Labrador – Skilled Worker Stream

October 12, 2019

About Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) is an Eastern province of Canada. Generally, it is a linguistically homogeneous place, in which 97% of the residents use English as their mother tongue. Regarding climate, it has a wide range of climate due to its geography.

The economy of Newfoundland and Labrador is quite developed. In 2017, its GDP is higher than the average GDP, precisely, it ranked third only to Alberta and Saskatchewan out of Canadian provinces. In addition, it concentrates on the services industry such as finance, healthcare or public administration. Besides, other factors like mining, oil production, manufacturing or tourism are outstanding, too. 

About the Newfoundland and Labrador Skilled Worker Stream

To attract skilled workers to come and work in NL, the Government participate in Provincial Nominee Program. As a result, there are five main streams of this, including Express Entry Skilled Worker, Skilled Worker, International Graduate, International Entrepreneur, and International Graduate Entrepreneur. If you have already had a job offer from an NL employer or you are working here under Work Permit, you can apply in the Skilled Worker stream.


1. Background:
  • From 21 to 59 years old.
  • Have the genuine intention to settle in NL.
2. Skilled work experience: 
  • Have the full – time job offer (at least 2 years and can be extended) from an NL employer.
  • Have a valid work permit to work in Canada for at least 4 months.
  • Have enough qualifications (training, skills,..) for the job. No specific work experience required.
  • If the applicant has an ownership stake in a business in which they are employed, then the applicant’s share of ownership cannot exceed 10%.
  • Refugee claimants with a pending application to remain in Canada are eligible if they have legal work experience in Canada.
3. Language ability:

No minimum requirements for those who apply under skill level 0, A or B of NOC (National Occupation Classification). Applicants who apply to skill level C or D must have at least 4 Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB). You can prove your language ability (English or French) 

4. Education:

No minimum requirements.

5. Sufficient Funds

You need to prove that you have enough money for you and your family to live in NL, including travel costs. NL authorities do not provide detailed information, but you can depend on the minimum funds required by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the Express Entry program:

Number of family members (including those supported by the applicant, even if they are not included in the application)

  • 1 member  – $12,669 (Fund required)
  • 2 members –  $15,772 (Fund required)
  • 3 members –  $19,390 (Fund required)
  • 4 members –  $23,542 (Fund required)
  • 5 members –  $26,701 (Fund required)
  • 6 members –  $30,114 (Fund required)
  • 7 members – $22,528 (Fund required)
  • For each additional family member – $3,414 (Fund required)

You have a Post-Graduate Work Permit. In this case, you must apply under the International Graduate stream. Besides not meeting the requirements above, you are not eligible for Newfoundland and Labrador Skilled Worker if:

  • The applicant is a refugee claimant in Canada claiming refugee status from the Government of Canada or the applicant is a failed refugee claimant.
  • The applicant fails to submit documentation as requested.
  • The applicant fails to demonstrate the ability to become economically established.
  • The applicant or any dependent family member over the age of 18 (whether or not they are accompanying them) has a criminal record.
  • The applicant has unresolved custody or child support disputes. Applicants must have these issues resolved before starting the immigration application process.
  • The applicant or the applicant’s representative has intentionally misrepresented information in the application. Any activity potentially constituting fraud will be investigated and may result in criminal proceedings.


You can apply through the online system or you can apply through the paper process.

If you apply through the online system, click here and follow the instructions.

If you choose the paper process, here are the steps:

Step 1. Prepare the Application

Fill out all the forms listed below:

You can use the checklist to ensure you have enough documents and forms.

Step 2. Submit the application

After completing the forms, you then send the forms plus the evidence of application fee payment of CAD$250 (can be bank draft, certified cheque) to:

Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
Confederation Building, West Block
P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6

Step 3. Nominated & Apply for PR

If the application is approved, the applicant will receive a nomination. Next, you apply for permanent resident through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) paper-based process. Read the Document Checklist Permanent Residence – Provincial Nominee Class and Quebec Skilled Worker to prepare documents that must accompany your application to Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). You then send all your documents to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) – Sydney.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship
Provincial Nominee Class
Centralized Intake Office
PO BOX 1450
Sydney, NS
B1P 6K5

Step 4. Become a Canadian Permanent Residence

If you are approved for permanent residence, you will receive:

  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR)
  • A permanent resident visa (if you’re from a country that requires a visa).
  • Letter with important information about your COPR and other requirements.


  • If you have already been in Canada, you have to make an appointment to IRCC office or border crossing entry to ensure your information is valid, and you are still eligible for permanent residence. Besides, you info your mail so that you can receive a permanent resident card (PR card).
  • If you have not been to Canada yet, then when you arrive in Canada, you will meet an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). He or she will check your passport, your COPR, your information to make sure you are eligible to immigrate to Canada.


Besides the amount you have to pay for the Permanent Residence process, you have to pay the additional fee for NLPNP to complete your nomination:

  • Application for NLPNP, CAD$250.
  • Your application with right of permanent residence fee (include spouse/partner or not): $CAD 1,040
  • Your application without right of permanent residence fee (include spouse/partner or not): $CAD 550
  • If you include dependent child: $CAS 150 per child
  • Biometrics (if you have not done before): $CAD 85 per person, maximum $CAD 170 for family
  • Medical checkups
  • Language tests
  • Police certificate
  • Other fees

How long does it take?

The approval for the YNP application can process for a month. Processing for permanent residents can last up to 19 months including the time for biometrics to receive the outcome. In total, it takes a maximum of 20 months to complete the whole application. Besides, you can experience delays if:

  • Your photocopies of the documents are unclear.
  • Verification of your information and documents takes more time than expected.
  • A medical condition that may need more tests or consultations.
  • A criminal or security problem.
  • Consultation is needed with other offices in Canada and abroad.


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