Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry

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Express Entry for Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland uses the Express Entry system as a second Skilled Worker Category for immigration to Newfoundland.  It is a good immigration program for skilled and experienced applicants who intend to live permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador. In order to participate in Newfoundland’s Express Entry program, you must have the following:

and just as importantly you must demonstrate that you intend to reside permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Newfoundland and Labrador provides an in-depth guide to the program, which you can find here Express Entry Skilled Worker Application Guide.


Who is eligible for Newfoundland’s Express Entry Stream?

You must meet two requirements in order to be eligible for the Newfoundland Express Entry program:

  1. You must have completed a profile for IRCC’s Express Entry pool and that profile must have been accepted and must still be active. To prove you have a profile in the pool you must provid the following:
    • Your Express Entry Profile Number, of the format E-XXXXXXXXX
    • You must provide your four digit job seeker validation code.
  2. Applicants must have a high-skilled job or job offer from a NL employer based on the National Occupational Code (NOC) classification system. The skill level (high or low) can be determined by searching for the job title

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.

NEW: If you hold a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP), you may be eligible for the Express Entry Skilled Worker Category, if you are accepted into Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry pool. You should also obtain a valid Express Entry key code and job seeker validation code to accompany your application.

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 Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry pool and have a valid Express Entry key code;
  • Score a minimum of 67 points out of 100 on the PNP point assessment grid (See Annex A (94 KB) of the Express Entry Skilled Worker Application Guide (534 KB));
  • 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 an Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Work Permit or be entitled to apply for one; Work permits that are submitted with the PNP application must have duration of six months remaining prior to expiry date.
  • Have a Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma, or an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) 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 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 Newfoundland 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);
  • The applicant did not achieve a minimum of 67 points out of 100 points on the Point Assessment Grid (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 22 (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:


Express Entry Historical Points Cutoffs by Draw

Express Entry Historical ITAs by Draw


PNP Draw Points Cut-Offs

Some of the PNP streams for the provinces of Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba use the same scoring system as Express Entry. Here are the cut-offs for 2021:


PNP Invitations


British Columbia PNP Points Cut-Offs

British Columbia uses its own scoring system:


British Columbia PNP Notifiations


BC Entrepreneur PNP Points Cut-Offs


BC Entrepreneur PNP Notifications


Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program Points Cut-Offs

Saskatchewan uses its own scoring system?


Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program Notifications

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