International Graduate Category

International Graduate Category

International Graduate Category

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.

NEW: If you hold a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP), may be eligible for the Express Entry Skilled Worker Category, if profile is under Canada’s Express Entry pool. Require to have a valid Express Entry key code and job seeker validation code to accompany your application.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the International Graduate category must:

  • Have an IRCC 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:
  • In a NOC 0, A or B or a NOC C occupation provided the occupation is in an In-Demand Occupation, full time and at least for the one-year duration from an eligible NL employer.
  • That is at least one year in duration with a reasonable expectation of extension
  • 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)
  • Age: 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.

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%.

    Candidates are not eligible for the International Graduate category if:
  • Applicants are have not yet completed studies;
  • The applicant or any dependent family member over the age of 22 has a criminal record;
  • The applicant has unresolved custody or child support disputes;
  • The applicant has intentionally misrepresented themselves in the application; or
  • The employer has intentionally misrepresented themselves or the applicant in relation to their, or the applicant’s, role in business.

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 ESDC.
  • Is full-time for at least one year, with the possibility of extension.
  • A Post-Graduate Work Permit must apply under the International Graduate category, if not eligible for the Skilled Worker category;
  • There is no fee for the International Graduate category;
  • Ensure that passports and work permits are valid and not expired;
  • An applicant may be required to participate in an interview with an NLPNP Program Officer;

Decision-Making Process (International Graduate category)

Day 1-3:

A complete application is received by the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism and is assigned to an Immigration Development Officer for assessment.

Due Diligence

Day 4-20: An Immigration Development Officer will review the application and make a recommendation to delegated authority (Manager and/or Director).

Assessment and Final Decision

Day 21-25: The delegated authority will review the assessment and make a final decision on the file. The applicant will be notified once approval has been granted or denied. Upon receipt of a completed application for International Graduate, the department will notify the applicant of a decision within 25 business days. Incomplete applications will result in processing delays.

Working in Atlantic Canada

The International Education Centre at MSVUis under a partnership with Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to develop two guides to support employment and retention of international students and graduates to the Atlantic region.

NLPNP Online Applications-

Applicants may apply online within 90 days of the initiated date of the application.

The following list of in-demand occupations are exempt from provincial labour markets testing processes, such as the Job Vacancy Assessment and Atlantic Immigration Program labour market testing requirements, such as advertising:

In-demand Health Care sector occupations for public and private healthcare providers:

  • Physician
  • Family Medicine; Psychiatry; Pathology; General Internal Medicine; Radiology; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Anesthesia; Pediatric Intensivists (PICU); Neonatologists (NICU); Pathology (Hemopathology)
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Personal Care Attendant (PCA)
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Medical Physicist
  • Radiation Therapist
  • Dosimetrist

In-demand Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector occupations:

Engineers and Developers

  • Software Developer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • UI/UX Developer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • AI Developer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Python Developer
  • Web Developer
  • .NET Developer
  • Infrastructure Engineer

Technical Specialists

  • Security Specialist
  • Cloud Specialist
  • Bioinformatician
  • Computer Network Support
  • Research Associate
  • Data Analytics
  • Offshore Technician
  • ROV Operator
  • Ocean Mapping Specialist
  • Technical Writer

In-demand aquaculture sector occupations

  • Captain (FM4 certification required)
  • Farming and Feeding Manager
  • Facility Technician
  • Assistant Manager
  • Cage Site Technician
  • Site Manager (with water quality expertise)
  • Area Manager