2020-03-23 – The Newfoundland & Labrador Office of Immigration 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 Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (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.
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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.