The Express Entry Skilled Worker Category is a path to permanent residence for those intending to reside permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador. Applicants must be accepted into Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry pool, have a job offer in Newfoundland and Labrador, and intend to reside permanently in this province. Immigration, Refugees,
The Express Entry Skilled Worker Category is a path to permanent residence for those intending to reside permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has committed to processing 80 per cent of all Express Entry candidates within six months of receiving the nominated application.
For an in-depth explanation of the Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker category, please download the Express Entry Skilled Worker Application Guide (534 KB). For information about other categories and immigration programs, be sure to review the Guide to Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador (1.23 MB).
NEW: If you hold a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP), you may be eligible for the Express Entry Skilled Worker Category, if you are accepted into Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry pool. You should also obtain a valid Express Entry key code and job seeker validation code to accompany your application.
UPDATE: Effective July 20, 2017, candidates are no longer required to demonstrate proof of settlement funds in the amounts outlined in Section 8.10 of the Express Entry Skilled Worker Guide (p.16). However, the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism strongly advises all applicants to maintain some settlement funds in personal banking accounts prior to their application, as all applicants are required to prove that they can economically establish in the province. You need to submit financial documents with your application. Financial documents must pass the following requirements:
- Savings must be maintained for at least three months prior to submitting a PNP application.
- The financial account(s) must be in the principal applicant or spouse’s name(s) only;
- Account statements must show a detailed transaction history;
- Applicants should only provide documents for accounts that maintain the minimum required value, not documents for all financial assets; and
- Eligible financial documents are restricted to the following accounts: chequing accounts, savings accounts, Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GIC), Mutual Funds, Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP), Tax-free Savings Account (TFSA), term deposits and time deposits.
Your Immigration Officer may request additional financial documents during the application process.
Please note that in order to be eligible for the Express Entry Skilled Worker Category, applicants must meet the following screening criteria:
- Applicants must be accepted into Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry pool. To confirm registration in the Express Entry pool, applicants are required to provide their Express Entry Profile Number (E plus nine digits). Applicants must also obtain a job seeker validation code (four digits) from IRCC.
- Applicants must have a high-skilled job or job offer from a NL employer based on the National Occupational Code (NOC) classification system. The skill level (high or low) can be determined by searching for the job title on this page. The job or job offer should be for at least two years with the possibility of extension, from an eligible Newfoundland and Labrador employer. Pay should be in the form of a salary and benefits package that meets provincial employment standards and prevailing wage rates. Contractual or locum positions (short-term positions usually less than twelve (12) months in duration with little or no possibility of extension) are not eligible for the NLPNP.
Individuals who do not currently meet each of the above criteria are not eligible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker category. However, they may be eligible to apply under the NLPNP Skilled Worker category or the NLPNP International Graduate category.
In addition, Express Entry Skilled Worker applicants must:
- Score a minimum of 67 points out of 100 on the PNP point assessment grid (See Annex A (94 KB) of the Express Entry Skilled Worker Application Guide (534 KB));
- Have an IRCC Work Permit with at least 4 months remaining at time of application, or be entitled to apply for one;
- Have a Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma, or an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by IRCC to verify that their foreign education is equal to Canadian education standards. The ECA submitted with the application must match the education level declared in the Express Entry profile and the points claimed in the points grid.
- Demonstrate the intention and ability to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador;
- Have sufficient settlement funds or financial resources to successfully establish themselves and any dependents in Newfoundland and Labrador;
- Be able to provide language test results from a designated testing agency that match the language level declared in the Express Entry profile; and,
- Refugee claimants with a pending application to remain in Canada are eligible to apply to the NL Express Entry Provincial Nominee Program, provided that they have Canadian work experience obtained legally in order to qualify.
If work experience is in an occupation that is regulated in Newfoundland and Labrador and requires mandatory certification or licensing in the province, proof of eligibility for provincial licensure or certification to be able to work in that profession must be submitted with the PNP application.
Express Entry Skilled Worker category applications are ineligible if:
- Refugee claimants whose claim has been rejected, abandoned, or withdrawn must exit Canada prior to applying to the NL Express Entry Provincial Nominee Program. For more information related to refugee claimants, please visit the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website;
- The applicant or any dependent family member over the age of 22 has a criminal record;
- The applicant has unresolved custody or child support disputes;
- The applicant has intentionally misrepresented themselves in the application; or
- The employer has intentionally misrepresented themselves or the applicant in relation to their, or the applicant’s, role in business.
How to apply to the Express Entry Skilled Worker Category
To begin an electronic application, click here. To begin a paper-based application, please review the steps below.
Step 1: Complete all provincial forms listed below
Note: all links below are PDFs and will open in a new window.
- NLPNP Application
- Employment Offer
- Declaration of Personal Net Worth
- Use of a Representative (if applicable)
The following guide should help address many questions you have about completing these forms: Express Entry Skilled Worker Application Guide
Step 2: Complete the federal forms listed below
Note: all links below are external websites and will open in a new window.
- Generic Application Form for Canada
- Schedule A – Background/Declaration
- Additional Family Information
- Schedule 4: Economic Classes: Provincial Nominees
- Supplementary Information – Your travels
- Federal Document Checklist
- Additional Dependants/Declaration (if applicable)
- Separation Declaration for Minors Travelling to Canada (if applicable)
- Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union (if applicable)
- Use of a Representative (if applicable)
The following guide should help address many questions you have about completing these forms: Application for Permanent Residence: Guide for Provincial Nominees
Step 3: Gather all required supporting documents using the NLPNP Document Checklist below
Note: the link below is a PDF and will open in a new window.
Step 4: Submit your application to:
Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism
Advanced Education and Skills
Confederation Building, West Block
P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6
After preparing a PNP application, please make note of the following:
- Please address your $250 bank draft, money order or certified cheque to: NL Exchequer (please note this application fee is non-refundable)
- If you are currently working in the province, we will accept copies of original supporting documents with your application. If you are currently outside of the province, we require notarized copies
- Ensure that your passports and work permits are valid and not expired
- Please note you may be required to participate in an interview with a NLPNP Program Officer
- Ensure that you include your Federal forms with your NLPNP application. If you are nominated, these forms will be returned to you to submit with your immigration application
- If you lose or quit your job during the nomination process, contact your Immigration Officer immediately. Your nomination and Permanent Residency application may be cancelled.
- Any activity potentially constituting fraud will be investigated and may result in criminal proceedings.
- Review your application and document checklist before applying. If you have any questions during this process, please contact:
If assistance is required during the completion of the PNP application, please contact PNP staff:
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