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NEW: NLPNP International Graduate Program: Changes to Field of Study Requirements from Memorial University (MUN) and the College of the North Atlantic (CNA).

Applicants to the NLPNP International Graduate category are permitted to be employed in a position that is unrelated to their field of study at the time of application. For more information and eligibility criteria click here.

Provincial Government Announces Pilot Employment Programs for International Students

The Honourable Al Hawkins, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced more than $392,000 in funding through the Labour Market Partnerships Program to support two pilot employment programs for international students and graduates.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP), launched in March 2017, is a three–year employer driven immigration program aimed at addressing skill gaps and labour market needs in Atlantic Canada. The Newfoundland and Labrador Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism (OIM) is authorized by the Federal Government through Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to annually approve up to 442 endorsement applications for permanent residency.

AIPNational Occupation Classification (NOC)Target 2017Target 2018Target 2019
  • Atlantic Intermediate-skilled Program (AISP)
0, A, B and C Up to 442 Up to 442 Up to 442
  • Atlantic High-skilled Program (AHSP)
0, A and B
  • Atlantic International Graduate Program
0, A, B and C
  • Total

For more information on the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, please visit http://www.nlimmigration.ca.

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) is authorized by the Federal Government through Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to issue up to 1,050 certificates of nomination for the calendar year. The NLPNP will use the 1,050 nomination quota to issue certificates as follows:

NLPNP Stream National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2016 Target
  • Skilled Worker
  • International Graduate
0, A, B, C and D Up to 500 nominations
  • Express Entry Skilled Worker
0, A and B Up to 550 nominations
Total: 1,050


New Employer Fees and Regulations for LMIA-exempt Work Permit Applications

As a result of the federal government’s reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the following fees and regulations affecting the Provincial Nominee Program came into force on February 21, 2015:

  • a $230 compliance fee for employers;
  • a requirement for employers to submit employment information directly to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC); and
  • a new fee of $100 on open work permit applications.

Employers are required to pay a $230 compliance fee when hiring foreign nationals (workers) under employer-specific LMIA exemptions (e.g., provincial/territorial agreements such as Provincial Nominee Programs, intra-company transferees, foreign workers entering under trade agreements, significant benefit exemptions, etc.). The $230 fee will be payable by employers for each LMIA-exempt employer-specific work permit application, including renewals.

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