Last Updated on April 17, 2020
Newfoundland & Labrador immigration’s Expression of Interest system for business immigration will ‘proceed without interruption’ during the coronavirus crisis.
The province will open a new invitation round for its International Entrepreneur category from April 17 until April 24, 2020.
It will be the fourth application window opened this year for the Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program stream.
Further application windows are planned for May and June.
The International Entrepreneur category is intended for experienced business owners or senior business managers who wish to permanently reside in Newfoundland and Labrador.
NL PNP International Entrepreneur Planned Application Windows
- January 29 to February 4, 2020.
- February 14 to 21, 2020.
- March 13 to 20, 2020.
- April 17 to 24, 2020.
- May 15 to 22, 2020.
- June 19 to 26, 2020.
Meanwhile, the EOI system for International Graduate Entrepreneurs remains open year-round. The stream is aimed at Memorial University or College of the North Atlantic international graduates who own and operate a business in the province.
The NL PNP says it will continue essential services for newcomers and employers during the coronavirus crisis.
Application screening and processing will continue at reduce volume, a statement said.
The NLPNP continues to accept applications online, but paper applications are no longer being accepted.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot
The same applies to applications for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) in the province.
“Employees who are in the process of providing documentation to employers as part of an AIP application should do so electronically,” the statement said.
Employers should scan and send AIP applications by email.
The statement says designated employers under the AIP will remain designated until further notice and Job Vacancy Assessment (JVA) applications will continue to be processed.
Candidates Outside Canada, Permanent Residence Applications
For candidates currently outside Canada, Newfoundland says application will continue to be processed, “but you will probably not be able to arrive in Canada in the near future,” due to federal government restrictions. However, the federal government has announced a number of exemptions to the ban on people entering Canada.
Candidates who have submitted permanent residence applications should “wait until there is communication on alternative ways to land in Canada,” the statement said. Biometrics submission for applicants is currently suspended until April 13.
Contact and Information Sessions
The Office of Immigration has an email service for candidates directly impacted by coronavirus-related issues.
Information sessions with international students and graduates, plus public and employers are currently suspended. Webinars continue to be available, the statement said.