Newfoundland and Labrador Skilled Worker category

The Newfoundland and Labrador Skilled Worker category aims to attract international workers with specialized skills and thus help employers in the province overcome labour shortage. The minimum requirements for the candidate to apply under this category are:

Job offer

The candidate must have a full-time job or job offer from an eligible Newfoundland and Labrador employer for a minimum period of two years, with the possibility of extention. The salary and other benefits offered for the candidate must meet provincial standards and prevailing wage rates. Contractual or temporary employment is not eligible under the Skilled Worker Category of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP).

Other job-related requirements

The candidate must prove that he/she has all the required qualifications, training, skills and/or accreditation to take up the job and have sufficient work experience and accreditation, if needed. The candidate must also hold a work permit, with validity for at least four more months at the time of application. They must also be eligible to apply for a new work permit.

Settlement requirements

The candidate must demonstrate intention to settle in the province and sufficient funds to establish themselves and support their family members in Newfoundland and Labrador during the settlement period.

Language requirements

The candidate must demonstrate sufficient level of proficiency in one of the official languages of Canada–English or French. The language proficiency is verified by one of the following testing organizations:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for English
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) for English
  • Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF) for French

The employers must also meet the criteria specified for employers by the NLPNP.

Ineligibility factors

Certain factors make a candidate ineligible to apply for provincial nomination through the Newfoundland and Labrador Skilled Worker Category. These include:

  • Holding a post-graduation work permit
  • Being a refugee claimant or refugee claimant living in the province
  • Having a criminal record or a dependent family member(aged above 22) having a criminal record(whether or not they are accompanying the candidate)
  • An unresolved custody or child support dispute
  • Having intentionally represented themselves in application
  • The employer intentionally misrepresenting themselves or the applicant

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