Express Entry Skilled Worker

The Express Entry Skilled Worker Category is a path to immigration to Newfoundland and Labrador whereby skilled individuals who have been accepted into Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Express Entry pool; who have a job offer in Newfoundland and Labrador; and, who have the intent to reside permanently in this province can be nominated. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has committed to processing 80 per cent of all Express Entry candidates within six months of receiving the 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 PDF Icon (4 MB).

Who is eligible for the Express Entry Skilled Worker Category?

Please note that in order to be eligible for the Express Entry Stream, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Applicants must be accepted into CIC's 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).

  2. Applicants must have a high-skilled job or job offer from a NL employer based on the National Occupational Code (NOC) External Link Icon classification system. The skill level (high or low) can be determined by searching for the job title on this page External Link Icon.

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.

Applicants may apply to the Express Entry Skilled Worker Category if they reside outside of Canada and have been offered a job by a Newfoundland and Labrador employer. The employer must demonstrate that they have made a genuine effort to recruit qualified Canadians or permanent residents before the job offer is extended to an international worker.

In addition, the applicant must:

  • Be accepted into CIC’s Express Entry External Link Icon pool and have a valid Express Entry key code;
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the PNP point assessment grid (See Annex A PDF Icon (94 KB) of the Express Entry Skilled Worker Application Guide PDF Icon (4 MB));
  • Have a full-time job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer that has compensation in the form of a salary and benefits package that meets Provincial Government employment standards and prevailing wage rates, and does not contravene existing bargaining unit agreements or interfere with a labour dispute;
  • Have a CIC Work Permit or be entitled to apply for one;
  • Have a Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma, or an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) External Link Icon report from an agency approved by CIC 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.
  • Be able to demonstrate the intention and ability to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador and can demonstrate with proof that they have sufficient settlement funds or financial resources to successfully establish themselves and any dependents in Newfoundland and Labrador; and,
  • Be able to provide language test results External Link Icon from a designated testing agency that match the language level declared in the Express Entry profile.

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.

Who is not eligible for the NL Express Entry Skilled Worker Category?

Express Entry Skilled Worker category applications are ineligible if:

  • The applicant has not been accepted into the Express Entry pool (determine eligibility here External Link Icon);
  • The applicant did not achieve a minimum of 60 points out of 100 points on the Point Assessment Grid PDF Icon (94 KB);
  • The applicant is a refugee claimant in Canada claiming refugee status from the Government of Canada or the applicant is a failed refugee claimant;
  • The applicant fails to submit documentation as requested by PNP staff;
  • The applicant fails to establish that their intent to live and work in Newfoundland and Labrador is genuine;
  • The applicant fails to demonstrate the ability to become economically established;
  • The applicant or any dependent family member over the age of 18 (whether or not they are accompanying them) has a criminal record;
  • There are unresolved custody or child support disputes. Applicants must have these issues resolved before starting the immigration process; and,
  • The applicant or the applicant’s representative has intentionally misrepresented information in the application. Any activity potentially constituting fraud will be investigated and may result in criminal proceedings.

How to apply to the Express Entry Skilled Worker Category

Step 1: Complete all provincial forms listed below

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Step 2: Complete the federal forms listed below

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Step 3: Gather all required supporting documents

Step 4: Submit your application

After preparing a PNP application, please make note of the following:

  • Applicants residing outside of Canada are required to submit notarized copies of supporting documents.
  • Passports must be valid and not expired.
  • Applicants will be required to participate in an interview with PNP staff.
  • Applicants must submit original Federal forms to the PNP.
  • Applicants are advised to review his or her application forms, his or her supporting documents and the document checklist before forwarding the application package to the PNP.

If assistance is required during the completion of the PNP application, please contact PNP staff:

AXIS Career Services

Certain PNP applicants may be required to enroll in the AXIS Career Services program as part of their nomination. AXIS (Acquiring eXperience; Integrating Skills) provides comprehensive, career-focused services and employment programs for educated professionals, trades persons and entrepreneurs. Through interactive engagement with employers and collaborative partnerships with all levels of government, industry and the community, AXIS aims to facilitate successful labour market integration for newcomers.

To read more about AXIS Career Services, please visit: external site

To enroll, please visit: external site

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