N.F. & Labrador

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NLPNP International Graduate Category

This is how to apply for permanent residence in Newfoundland and Labrador/Canada if you are an international student (graduate) with a job offer in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

This category is for recent graduates who have a Post-Graduate Work Permit and a job or job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer.

International students in Newfoundland and Labrador can also utilize

Atlantic Immigration Program


Applicants to the International Graduate category must:

  • Have a two-year post-secondary diploma from a publicly-funded learning institution in the Atlantic provinces,
  • Have a Post- Graduation work permit (PGWP). The work permit must have at least 4 months validity remaining at the time of application for the NL Provincial Nominee Program,
  • Have a full-time job or job offer,
  • Be 21 to 59 years old,
  • Have the intention and ability to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador,
  • Hold sufficient settlement funds and financial resources to successfully establish themselves and any dependents in Newfoundland and Labrador,
  • Sufficient English or French language capability to perform the employment duties. Language testing is required for NOC C, In-Demand occupations:
    • Minimum language requirements for NOC C (and D) occupations:
      • (IELTS – General Testing) Listening: 4.5 | Reading: 3.5 | Writing: 4 | Speaking: 4
      • (CELPIP-General) Listening: 4 | Reading: 4 | Writing : 4 | Speaking : 4
      • (TEF) la compréhension de l’oral : 145 | la compréhension de l’écrit : 121 | l’expression écrite : 181 | l’expression orale : 181
      • You must demonstrate your proficiency in your first official language only.

Working in Field of Study

Applicants to the International Graduate category should hold a full-time position that is related to their field of study.

Applicants are permitted to hold a position that is not directly related to their field of study provided the applicant is a graduate of Memorial University or College of the North Atlantic and the applicant’s position meets all of the following criteria:

  • Requires a post-secondary degree or diploma,
  • Corresponds to National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A, B or C (In-Demand Occupations only for NOC C),
  • Can reasonably be expected to lead to career advancement for the applicant,
  • Is in a field in which the applicant has a recent (i.e. in the last 5 years) combination of skill, experience and/or training, according to the NOC description, as defined by Employment and Social Development Canada,
  • Is full-time for at least one year, with the possibility of extension,
  • If you have a Post-Graduate Work Permit, you must apply under the International Graduate category, you are not eligible for the Skilled Worker category,
  • If you lose or quit your job during the nomination process, you may lose your eligibility and your nomination and/or Permanent Residency application may be cancelled. If you are experiencing issues with your employment, contact your Immigration Officer immediately.

You are not eligible for the International Graduate category if:

  • You have not yet completed your studies,
  • You are a student who has studied in Canada under sponsorship from an agency or government that expects you to return to your country of origin after graduation,
  • You or any dependent family member over the age of 22 have a criminal record,
  • You have unresolved custody or child support disputes,
  • You have intentionally misrepresented yourself in the application,
  • The employer has intentionally misrepresented themselves or you in relation to their, or your, role in business.


Applicants have to have a full-time job or job offer:

  • In a NOC 0, A or B occupation, or a NOC C occupation, provided the occupation is in an In-Demand Occupation,
  • That guarantees work of a minimum of 30 hours per week for the applicant,
  • That is at least one year in duration with a reasonable expectation of extension,
  • From an eligible Newfoundland and Labrador employer,
  • That compensates the applicant in the form of a salary or hourly wage (not commission),
  • Meets provincial employment standards and prevailing wage rates,
  • Meet NOC code employment requirements for that occupation,
  • That is not a contractual or locum position (short-term positions usually less than twelve (12) months in duration with little or no possibility of extension),
  • If the applicant completed their studies at a recognized public post-secondary institution outside of Newfoundland and Labrador, their job or job offer must be directly related to the field of study. Out-of-province graduates must work for a minimum of one year in Newfoundland and Labrador prior to submission of an NLPNP application,
  • If the applicant has an ownership stake in a business in which they are employed, then the applicant’s share of ownership cannot exceed 10%,
  • (Skilled) work experience is not required for this category (except as described above for outside of NF&L graduates).

Online application
Step 1: Create your online profile
Strep 2: Complete your online application (within 90 days) and send it to NLPNP
Step 3: Attend an interview with a NLPNP Program Officer (if requested)
Step 3: Receive your nomination
Step 4: Apply for permanent resident status in Canada

Application screening (3 days)
Due diligence (~16 days)
Assessment and final decision (5 days)

No fee (federal government charges processing fees for permanent resident application).

Telephone: 1-709-729-6607
Fax: 1-709-729-7381
email: pnp@gov.nl.ca

For complete and up to date information and detailed program requirements always check the official web page of the program.

Page last updated on March 20, 2022.