International Graduate

The Newfoundland and Labrador International Graduate Immigration Program is for modern graduates with a graduation job license or a job proposal from a suitable related company.

Applicants who have completed half of their secondary education from an authorized Canadian educational organization and have obtained a business offer or are currently manipulated by a Newfoundland and Labrador company may be suitable and likely to get a provincial appointment as an international graduate.

International Graduates in Newfoundland and Labrador

Requirements of the Program

To be eligible for this program, the candidate must have the following abilities:.

  • To be suitable and qualified for the International Graduate Program, applicants should have a full-time work offer from an available and excellent company in the province. 
  • The job must be recognized as a full-time status related to their discipline of study to fit NLNP. 
  • The claimant must also match the experience and knowledge requirements given in the job description. 
  • Applicants must have sufficient language ability to accomplish the job offered. If the candidate’s position is at NOC level C or D, the applicant will be required to confirm the language test results are equal to CLB level 4
  • Candidates need to have received certification from a top-notch secondary foundation in Canada. The study record must be a minimum of a two-year diploma or certificate. The institution does not require being in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The applicant should have some additional institutional degrees to perform the business offered. 
  • Applicants must be operating in Canada on a legitimate work license when they apply. Those who have achieved their degree or certificate outside of the province may need to be hired for at least 1 year in their discipline of study. The applicant must have some different work experience required to complete the job offered.

Minimum requirements of the program

The requirements of this program are well explained in the below chart:

Express Entry ProfileNo
Work ExperienceWorked in Canada for a related job
Language AbilityMaximum CLB 4
Education LevelSecondary
Job OfferYes
Connection to the ProvinceNo

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Procedure of Application

The application process for this program is explained below.

  • Victorious candidates will accept a provincial nomination from the province.
  • After getting a nomination, a claimant has 6 months to submit a governmental application for permanent residency.
  • Candidates in this stream must finish and apply for permanent residence at a suitable application center. PNP for permanent residency is usually processed within 18 months.

The application fee is CAD 250.

Eligibility requirements for international graduates in Newfoundland and Labrador

You have to:

  • Completed at least half of your studies in Canada.
  • Graduated from an eligible, publicly funded Canadian college or university (students must send proof of graduation with their application).
  • Completed a minimum of a two-year diploma or degree program while studying on a full-time basis. One-year post-graduate degree programs and certificate programs that require a previous degree or diploma (which may have been obtained abroad) are also eligible.
  • A full-time job or job offer. job or job offer should be for at least two years, with the possibility of extension, from an eligible Newfoundland and Labrador employer. Pay should be in the form of a salary and benefits package that meets provincial employment standards and prevailing wage rates. Contractual or locum positions (short-term positions usually less than twelve (12) months in duration with little or no possibility of extension) are not eligible for the NL PNP.
  • Be 21 to 59 years old.
  • Qualifications, training, skills, and/or accreditation are required for the job.
  • Have an Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) post-graduate work permit. Work permits that are submitted with the PNP application must have a duration of six months remaining before the expiration date.
  • The intention and ability to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Sufficient settlement funds and financial resources are needed to successfully establish yourself and any dependents in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Sufficient English or French language capability to perform the employment duties. If you are nominated for an occupation classified in NOC C or D, you will have to meet minimum language requirements. Note that NOC D positions are not normally considered under the international graduate category.
  • If you completed your studies at a recognized post-secondary institute outside of Newfoundland and Labrador, your job or job offer must be related to your field of study. You may also be required to work for a minimum of 1 year before the submission of your PNP 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%.

You are not eligible for the International Graduate category if:

  • You have not yet completed your studies.
  • You are a failed refugee claimant or a refugee claimant.
  • You are a student who has studied in Canada under sponsorship from an agency or government that expects you to return to his/her country of origin once he/she has graduated.
  • 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 concerning their or your role in business.

Working in the field of study

Applicants to the International Graduate category should hold either:

  • A full-time, indeterminate position related to their field of study, or
  • A position that is commensurate with their skills, experience, and/or training.

Applicants are permitted to hold a position that is unrelated to their field of study, provided the applicant is a graduate of Memorial University or College of the North Atlantic and that the applicant’s position:

  • Requires a post-secondary degree or diploma.
  • Corresponds to national occupational classification (NOC) levels 0, a, b, or c.
  • This 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 and indeterminate.
  • Responds to perceived labor market needs in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The applicant’s employer must adhere to the requirements of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP), including being established and operating in Newfoundland and Labrador for at least two (2) years (unless exempt under NLPNP, such as businesses in rural areas), and adhering to all applicable labour laws and regulations in Newfoundland and Labrador. The employer may be asked to explain how the position responds to a perceived labour market need in their organization/business.


  • The applicant graduated from Memorial University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering but is currently working as a financial analyst (NOC 1114). The applicant has a previous diploma in business administration, which is required to occupy the position according to the NOC description. The field of study requirement is met, and the officer continues with the assessment of the application.
  • The applicant graduated with a degree in education but is currently working as a cook (NOC 6322). The applicant clearly demonstrates that they have several years of commercial cooking experience, which is required according to the NOC description. The field of study requirement is waived, and the officer continues with the assessment of the application.
  • The applicant graduated with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and has been working as a Food Service Supervisor (NOC 6311) for several months. The application may be denied because the applicant does not meet the employment requirements of the occupation according to the NOC, which states: “completion of a community college program in food service administration, hotel and restaurant management, or related discipline, or several years of experience in food preparation or service.”

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