The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) offers various immigration streams for the province to select eligible candidates to nominate for permanent residency.
The International Graduate Category provides an immigration pathway for international graduates with a Post-Graduate Work Permit who are currently employed or have a valid job offer from a designated employer in the province.
Applicants must have a degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada.
What is the Eligibility Criteria for the International Graduate Category (NLPNP)?
You will be required to meet the following requirements to be eligible for this category:
Job Offer: You must have a valid job offer for a full-time occupation related to your study program from a designated employer based in the province.
Language Proficiency: You will be required to demonstrate language proficiency in English or French. If your occupation is classified as Skill Level C or D in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) code, you will be required to score at least a level 4 at the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB).
Education Level: You must have completed a 2-year study program from an approved post-secondary institution in Canada. It does not have to be located in Newfoundland and Labrador. You must also have any other educational qualifications required for the occupation.
Work Experience: You must hold a valid Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) at the time of application. Your work permit must have 6 months till the date of expiration. If you have studied outside the province, then you will be required to have at least 1 year of work experience related to your study before applying.
If you have graduated from the Memorial University or College of the North Atlantic, then you can work for an occupation unrelated to your study program. You will be required to meet the following additional requirements:
- Have a post-secondary education
- Have skill level 0, A, B or C NOC code occupation
- Have recent work experience in the occupation you have the job offer for in the last 5 years
- Be in an occupation that corresponds with the labor market needs in the province
Your employer must also be operational for at least 2 years and comply with the laws and regulations of the province to hire a foreign worker through this category.
Businesses in rural areas are exempt from the operational requirements. Your employer must also explain why your position is critical for the operation of the business.
NOC Reference from the government department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
“Skill Type 0 (zero): management jobs, such as:
- restaurant managers
- mine managers
- shore captains (fishing)
Skill Level A: professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university, such as:
Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice, such as:
Skill Level C: intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training, such as:
- industrial butchers
- long-haul truck drivers
- food and beverage servers
Skill Level D: labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training, such as:
- fruit pickers
- cleaning staff
- oil field workers”