Newfoundland and Labrador immigration policies

With low population growth, Newfoundland and Labrador provinces are facing a shortage of human resources working in strategic industries. Therefore, to attract international labor to live and work here to compensate for the small local labor force, the federal and provincial governments have introduced Newfoundland and Labrador immigration policies that are simple and attractive, attracting nearly 4,000 immigrants each year. So what is attractive about Newfoundland and Labrador immigration? Let’s join us to find out in the following article of ApplyZones.

What you should know about Newfoundland and Labrador immigration policies?
What you should know about Newfoundland and Labrador immigration policies?

Introduction to Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador, one of the western provinces of Canada, belongs to one of the four Atlantic provinces, including two distinct lands connected to the mainland, Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland and Labrador cover an area of ​​405,212 square kilometers with a population of over 500,000 people. Therefore, it is one of the states with the smallest area and population in Canada. 97% of Newfoundland and Labrador people speak English, so if you are afraid of bilingualism or having to speak French as in Quebec, living in Newfoundland and Labrador is a suggestion for you.

The provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador are divided into six types of climate, of which Newfoundland has a humid continental climate, while Northern Labrador has a tundra polar climate and Southern Labrador has a subarctic climate. Newfoundland is famous for its beautiful beaches, magnificent glaciers and peaceful coastal villages. Here you can visit the beautiful Fjord cliffs in Gros Morne National Park, the lighthouse in Newfoundland or boat on Fogo Island and see the romantic grasslands of L'Anse aux Meadow.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest city is St John’s. It is the 20th largest urban area in Canada with more than 40% of Newfoundland and Labrador people. St. John's is also home to the government headquarters and the supreme court.

Newfoundland and Labrador provinces have developed economies, mainly focusing on energy and resources, in which mining and oil production, manufacturing are the key economic sectors. In addition, health care services and public finance also account for the largest proportion of the province's GDP. NewFoundland and Labrador also pay great attention to investing in fisheries development, creating thousands of jobs for people. Although aquaculture is a new industry, it is also thriving in Newfoundland and Labrador with a large annual stock of salmon.

Newfoundland and Labrador immigration policies

In general, the Newfoundland and Labrador immigration policies are not as difficult as other states in Canada. In 2017, the Canadian government tested a new immigration program called the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) for four Atlantic provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island to attract immigrants. This program has been tested for 3 years.

A special feature of the AIPP policy is that it does not require work experience or high English proficiency. Applicants who have foreign language proficiency and have completed a course in one of the four provinces are eligible for consideration.

In addition to the AIPP program, the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador also have other immigration programs such as the Provincial Nominee Program.


The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) is an economic immigration program designed to support skilled immigrants and their families to live and work here. Through this program, immigrants possessing skills and experience that are suitable for the province's criteria such as having a job, receiving a job offer and intending to settle permanently in the province will have the opportunity to receive Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominations, allowing foreigners to apply for a Canadian permanent residence faster than other types of Canadian immigration.

The provincial nominee program accepts applications of the following categories:

  • Skilled workers belonging to the Express Entry selection system of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Skilled workers
  • International bachelor.

Skilled Worker Category 

This program is for international workers and prospective immigrants with skills that benefit the provincial labor market. Eligible candidates will be required to have a guaranteed job offer from a local employer or are working in the province under a valid work permit.


  • Ages of 21-59 
  • Have a full-time job or a job offer.
  • A job offer or job that should be able to extend at least 2 years from an eligible Newfoundland and Labrador employer.
  • Have the required qualifications and skills, training and/or recognition necessary for the job
  • Have a Canadian work permit for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that valid for at least the remaining 4 months at the time of application
  • Intend to permanently live in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Sufficient financial resources to meet the needs of applicants and any dependents living here
  • Ability to use English or French in work. If occupations are classified in NOC C or D, applicants will have to meet minimum language requirements
  • If applicants are an asylum seeker with an application to wait to stay in Canada, they are also eligible to apply for Newfoundland and Labrador provincial nominee program. However, they must meet the requirements for work experience
  • If applicants have shares that own a business they are working in, the ownership percentage cannot exceed 10%.

Express Entry Skilled worker Category

Express Entry Skilled worker category is the fastest pathway for those who intend to permanently live in Canada in general and the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador in particular.

To apply for a PR successfully, the candidate must be accepted into the Canadian immigration group, have a job offer from an employer in Newfoundland and Labrador and intend to permanently reside in this province.

To be eligible for the Express Entry Skilled Worker List, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a post-graduation work permit (PGWP)
  • Must be accepted into Canadian Immigration, Refugees, and Immigration (IRCC) groups
  • Applicants must have a highly skilled job or job offer from an employer in Newfoundland and Labrador provinces as required by NOC
  • Achieve a minimum of 67/100 points based on the PNP score net of the Express skilled labor application guide
  • Have an IRCC work permit for at least the remaining 4 months at the time of application
  • Have a Canadian degree or diploma, or an educational credential assessment (ECA)
  • Intention and ability to live permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Have financial resources or investment funds to support applicants and any dependents in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Provide language test results from a designated testing center that matches the language level declared in the Express Entry profile
  • If applicants are an asylum seeker with an application to stay in Canada, they are still eligible to apply for the NL Express Provincial Nominee program as long as they have enough work experience in Canada as required by the regulations.

Financial documents must pass the following requirements:

  • Savings must be maintained for at least 3 months before the time of application for PNP
  • Financial accounts must be owned by the main applicant or have their spouse's name
  • Account statements must show a history of detailed transactions
  • Provide documentation for accounts that maintain the minimum required value, no documentation is required for all financial assets
  • Eligible financial documents include the following accounts: savings accounts, guaranteed investment certificates (GIC), mutual funds, registered retirement savings plans (RRSP), and tax-free savings accounts (TFSA) and term deposits.

International Graduate Category 

To be eligible, international students must meet the following requirements:

  • Graduated from a recognized college or university in Newfoundland and Labrador in the last 2 years.
  • Have a certificate or degree of the program with a minimum of 2 years of study
  • Have a full-time job offer from an employer in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Desire to work in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Have a post-graduation work permit
  • Have the required qualifications, skills and expertise and ability to communicate in English or French as required by the job
  • Have sufficient financial resources to cover life.

Newfoundland and Labrador immigration policies have made an important contribution to addressing the shortage of human resources, thereby ensuring sustainable economic development for Newfoundland and Labrador in particular and Canada in general. Why don’t you choose this province to study or immigrate to start a new life here?

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