Skilled Worker

This category is for international workers and prospective immigrants who have skills that are beneficial to the labour market. Eligible applicants are required to have a guaranteed offer of employment from a local employer, or be currently working in the province on a valid work permit. Employers must also demonstrate a need for the applicant’s skill set. For information about other categories and immigration programs, be sure to review the Guide to Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador.

How do I apply for the Skilled Worker category?

Online Applications- When you use the online application process, you will receive regular dashboard updates as your application moves through the assessment process.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A full-time job or job offer. 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.
  • Qualifications, training, skills, and/or accreditation required for the job;
  • Be 21 to 59 years old
  • An Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Work Permit with at least 4 months remaining at time of application, or are entitled to apply for one;
  • The intention and ability to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Sufficient settlement funds and financial resources to successfully establish yourself and any dependents in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • English or French language capability to perform the employment duties. PLEASE NOTE: Occupations classified in NOC Code C or D will have to meet Minimum Language Requirements;
  • Refugee claimants with a pending application to remain in Canada are eligible to apply to the NL Provincial Nominee Program, provided that they have Canadian work experience obtained legally in order to qualify;
  • 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%.

You are not eligible for the Skilled Worker category if:

  • You have a Post-Graduate Work Permit, in which case you must apply under the International Graduate category;
  • You or any dependent family member over the age of 22 have a criminal record;
  • You have unresolved custody or child support disputes;
  • You have intentionally misrepresented yourself in the application;
  • The employer has intentionally misrepresented themselves or you in relation to their, or your, role in business; or
  • Refugee claimants whose claim has been rejected, abandoned, or withdrawn must exit Canada prior to applying to the NL Provincial Nominee Program. For more information related to refugee claimants, please visit the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website


  • 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
  • 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:

Decision-Making Process (Skilled Worker category)

Upon receipt of a completed application for Skilled Worker, the department will notify the applicant of a decision within 25 business days.

Application Screening

Day 1-3: A complete application is received by the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism and is assigned to an Immigration Development Officer for assessment. Note: Applicants that submit electronically will receive an email notification when their application is assigned to an officer, as well as receive an updated status on their online dashboard.

Due Diligence

Day 4-20: An Immigration Development Officer will review the application and make a recommendation to delegated authority (Manager and/or Director). Note: Applicants that apply electronically will receive an email notification when their application is sent to delegated authority for approval, as well receive as an updated status on their online dashboard.

Assessment and Final Decision

Day 21-25: The delegated authority will review the assessment and make a final decision on the file. The applicant will be notified once approval has been granted or denied. Note: The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism will not return applications.

Note: Applicants will receive status updates throughout the application process, in addition to the final decision. These updates will be communicated via email as well as through the online dashboard to which applicants gain access.

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