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What is the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program?

The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program was created through an agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. It allows the Province to recruit immigrants in order to meet its industrial, economic and labour market needs. A person who is nominated by Newfoundland and Labrador can then apply for a permanent resident visa at a visa office abroad, under the immigration category of Provincial Nominee.

How do I apply for the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program?

If your Self-Assessment shows that you have enough points, and you want to settle and work in Newfoundland and Labrador, you should submit your application to be assessed by an appointed Program Officer. Newfoundland and Labrador has a set of criteria for Provincial Nominees, each of which is awarded a certain number of points. The criteria include age, education, intended occupation in Newfoundland and Labrador, guaranteed employment in Newfoundland and Labrador, work experience, language and adaptability. You should complete the Self-Assessment Guide in this package to see if you have enough points to be considered for the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program.

Provincial Nominee Applicants must not submit any applications or documents to a Canadian Visa Office until they are instructed to do so by the Department of Industry, Trade and Rural Development.

Will I need to have a medical examination?

A person who is approved as a Provincial Nominee, his or her spouse and dependent children, will ALL need to have a medical examination. The medical examination and background check are requirements of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Any related costs are the responsibility of the applicant. Successful applicants will receive further instructions regarding how and when to complete these tasks. Do not have a medical examination for immigration purposes until you are instructed to do so by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Will I be subjected to background and other checks?

All adults will require a background check. Any related costs are the responsibility of the applicant. Background checks are based on the requirements of Citizenship and Immigration Canada and include security, criminality and medical checks.

Will I need to be registered or licensed to work in Newfoundland and Labrador?

Many occupations require registration or licensing to work in Newfoundland and Labrador, as a matter of course. If you have enough points in the selection criteria to qualify as a Provincial Nominee, you may apply, even if your occupation is regulated or requires licensing. A Program Officer will inform you of these requirements, if applicable.

How much money must I bring with me to settle in Newfoundland and Labrador?

The Government of Canada recommends that you have at least $10,000 (Canadian) plus $2,000 (Canadian) per dependent. The amount of money that you need to be selected as a Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee will depend on other factors, such as whether you have a job in Newfoundland and Labrador or if you have relatives who can support you. We may ask for further information about your financial resources, as necessary.

How long will it take for me to receive a Canadian Permanent Resident Visa?

Processing times will vary. Certain things can delay processing of your application: incomplete or unsigned application forms, missing documents, insufficient postage, missing fees, unclear photocopies, documents not accompanied by a certified English or French translation, a medical condition which may require additional tests, involvement in criminal activity, family situations such as divorce, custody or maintenance issues, or failure to notify the Canadian visa office of a change of address.  YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE PROCESSED FASTER IF YOU AVOID THESE PROBLEMS.

If I am successful in obtaining 40 points on my self-assessment score sheet, am I guaranteed the support of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in obtaining Provincial Nominee Class status?

There are no guarantees. Obtaining the minimum score of 40, or any other score, does not automatically qualify an applicant to be a Provincial Nominee. There are a number of other factors to be considered by the Province before exercising its prerogative in nominating any candidate as a Provincial Nominee.

If I am currently applying for a Canadian visa under the Refugee Category, may I apply instead to the Provincial Nominee Class for consideration?

No. The Provincial Nominee Class has as its mandate the recruitment of individuals that have demonstrated skills over a period of years and possess other qualifications as required by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Are there any costs associated with making this application?

Yes. Once your application is complete it must be submitted to the address indicated on the cover sheet of this Application Kit.

Accompanying the application must be a bank money order or other certified banking instrument, payable to the Newfoundland Exchequer Account in the amount of $1,000 (Canadian). This is a non-refundable application fee and its payment does not in any way guarantee an approval of your application.

Am I required to visit Newfoundland and Labrador as part of this application process?

While the Applicant is not required to visit Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the application process, it is recommended that he or she do so in order to familiarize themselves with the local culture, the quality of life here as well as the many business opportunities which
exist in the Province.




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