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2020-04-15: Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador View

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and Immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador

The below questions have been prepared to assist anyone interested in learning more about immigration changes that affect newcomers and employers in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as people immigrating to the province.

Please visit the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador COVID-19 website for related updates on provincial programs and services.

Provincial immigration-related updates will continue to be posted in the News and Updates section of the OIM website.

The most up-to-date federal immigration-related updates will continue to be posted on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) COVID-19 page.

Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism Operations

Is the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism (OIM) open during this pandemic?

  • OIM is closed to in-person inquiries until further notice.
  • We continue to respond to emails and telephone inquiries.
  • We continue to receive correspondence by mail, but there may be delays in receiving your mail, due to COVID-19 related periodic postal service interruptions.
  • We have online webinars for employers, international workers in Newfoundland and Labrador, and international workers in other parts of the world. You are welcome to register for one of our webinars

Is the OIM accepting PNP applications during this period?

  • OIM continues to accept Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) applications through the online application portal.
  • OIM no longer accepts NLPNP paper applications. OIM will contact individual applicants who submitted paper applications before March 10, 2020, to provide next steps in the application process. For more information on the transition to the electronic system, please visit the OIM pageon NLPNP transition to electronic applications.
  • Workers and employers are required to inform OIM of any changes in their status, including reduction in working hours, temporary layoffs, or other changes in employment. The OIM team will work with employers, nominees, and endorsees, to address challenges as they arise.

Is the OIM accepting business immigration applications during this period?

  • The Expression of Interest (EOI) for the International Entrepreneur category is proceeding without interruption.
  • Please refer to the OIM website for the complete list of EOI rounds.
  • The EOI for the International Graduate Entrepreneur category is open year-round and available to Memorial University or College of the North Atlantic international graduates who own and operate a business in the province.

Will Job Vacancy Assessment (JVA) applications be processed during this period?

  • The processing of Job Vacancy Assessment (JVA) applications is the responsibility of Labour Market Development Officers (LMDOs) with the Employment and Training Programs Division of the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, which is currently operating in a limited capacity. As a result, employers should expect a processing delay.

Will new Job Vacancy Assessment (JVA) applications be considered?

  • The Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour (AESL) reserves the right to determine whether individual JVA applications will be considered, including applications for vacancies that may have been advertised prior to the outset of the most recent COVID-19 situation.
  • Employers are invited to contact the OIM prior to considering JVA to address their needs, in order to determine the best approach for their workforce needs during this period.

Is the OIM accepting new AIP designation applications?

  • Yes, OIM will continue to accept new AIP designation applications, but employers must scan and email AIP applications to immigration@gov.nl.ca as paper applications are no longer accepted.
  • Any applications OIM received before this decision was made, will continue to be processed.
  • If you are a designated employer, your designation will remain valid until further notice.
  • Designated employers can contact their assigned Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Officer with the Federal Dedicated Service Channel.
  • For provincial enquiries regarding AIP designation, please email immigration@gov.nl.ca.
  • Workers and employers must inform OIM of any changes in their status, including reduction in working hours, temporary layoffs, or other changes in employment. The OIM team will work with employers, nominees, and endorsees, to address challenges as they arise.

Is the OIM accepting new AIP endorsement applications?

  • Yes, OIM will continue to accept new AIP endorsement applications, but employers must scan and email AIP applications to immigration@gov.nl.ca, as OIM no longer accepts paper applications.
  • Any applications OIM received before this decision was made, will continue to be processed.
  • Employees who are in the process of providing documentation to employers as part of an AIP application should do so electronically.
  • Workers and employers must inform OIM of any changes in their status, including reduction in working hours, temporary layoffs, or other changes in employment. The OIM team will work with employers, nominees, and endorsees, to address challenges as they arise.

If I am not able to obtain some required documents (transcripts, language test, personal net worth verification report, etc.) before the deadlines, would OIM consider extending the deadlines?

  • OIM is aware that some applicants may have difficulty in obtaining the required documents to apply to either the PNP or the AIP.
  • If you are experiencing a delay in applying, please email OIM describing your specific circumstances. We will take this into consideration when assessing your application.

I understand that OIM processing times may be delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Will my MCP coverage be impacted because of the delay?

  • On March 31, 2020, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced Medical Care Plan (MCP) coverage has been extended for residents, including temporary workers and international students, until June 30, 2020.
  • The extension also preserves coverage for international students and workers whose study or work durations have ended, but who may not have a reasonable means of departing the province at this time or who wish to leave temporarily to be with family. It also helps them in the event that they are experiencing difficulties obtaining the documentation necessary from their education institutions or employers to renew their MCP coverage.
  • Full details of the extension, including information on MCP contacts for further questions, is available here.

Provincially Funded Settlement and Integration Programs and Projects

Are provincially-funded settlement and integration programs and services still available?

  • OIM has extended all annual agreements beyond the March 31, 2020, timeline to accommodate community partners to provide organizations with an opportunity to adjust to new delivery methods, including online and via phone.
  • If you have questions regarding settlement and integration services in Newfoundland and Labrador, please contact the Association for New Canadiansor the COMPAS Francophone settlement service via phone or email.

Federal Operations Affecting Employers, Workers, and International Students/Graduates

Is IRCC processing study or work permits for workers and students in other countries?

  • IRCC overseas processing capacity is significantly reduced, with some IRCC offices closing temporarily and others with reduced capacity.
  • IRCC offices in Canada are operating with essential staff only. Applications will not necessarily be refused for non-compliance, and all applications currently in the process at IRCC offices will be processed.
  • However, due to office closures and some offices working with essential staff only, there will be processing delays. Some Visa Application Centers are closed until further notice. See which IRCC offices are temporarily closed: Find a visa application center.

Are visitors or temporary foreign workers and international students allowed to travel to Canada now?

  • Temporary foreign workers and some international students are exempt from travel restrictions, and can enter Canada by air or land. If travelling by air, workers need to pass a health check conducted by the airlines before being allowed to board the flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.
  • When arriving in Canada, workers and students will be assessed prior to leaving the port of entry. It is important that workers confirm that their employer continues to be operational, and that they have a plan to self-isolate upon arrival, before travelling to Canada.
  • If you are a worker, and your employer is no longer offering you a job, please do not travel to Canada.
  • Workers whose employment offer still stands and who enter Canada must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms. This is mandatory.
  • Employers are responsible for ensuring that workers that come to the province self-isolate for 14 days. The Federal Government has circulated information to employers hiring migrant workers.
  • We encourage you to follow thelatest federal COVID-19-related immigration updates  and how it is affecting the flow of temporary residents into Canada by visiting the federal website.

 Is any individual exempt from the requirement to isolate?

  • Only people who provide essential services and truck drivers who regularly cross the border to maintain the flow of goods are exempt from the isolation requirements.

I am a temporary residents (student/migrant worker/visitor). How can I extend my stay in Canada?

  • Temporary residents who are currently in Canada are able to apply to extend their status online. A temporary resident who has applied to extend their status is allowed to remain in Canada until a decision is made on their new application, even if their initial status expires while they are waiting for that decision. This is called implied status.

Can a worker currently in Canada travel to the nearest port of entry to obtain immigration services?

  • Temporary foreign workers must not travel to a port of entry (POE) to apply directly to a Border Services Officer.
  • Travelling to a POE from inside Canada to obtain immigration services is not considered essential travel, and workers will not receive these services.
  • The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada COVID-19 pagewill be updated to provide alternative options for you to obtain immigration services, as they are developed.

Is the Federal Government prioritizing Temporary Foreign Worker applications?

  • For all employers availing of the Temporary Foreign Worker program, the Government of Canada will be extending the period of validity of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from six to nine months, to allow employers more time to identify candidates and bring them to Canada.
  • For employers of workers in the low-wage stream, a three-year pilot will be in place, allowing the maximum duration of Labour Market Impact Assessments to increase from one to two years.
  • For employers of workers in occupations related to agriculture and food processing, removing minimum recruitment requirements until October 31, 2020, and offering priority processing.
  • The Government of Canada will accelerate the name change process, reducing the processing time from five to one business day to allow employer to switch candidates.
  • Employers are responsible for extraordinary costs incurred to meet the public health requirements for temporary foreign workers. If there are any additional measures to support employers, the Federal Government will provide information on such measures.
  • Currently, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is prioritizing LMIAs for the following 10 National Occupational Classification (NOC) Codes for temporary foreign workers:
    • 6331 – Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
    • 7511 – Transport Truck drivers
    • 8252 – Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
    • 8431 – General farm workers
    • 8432 – Nursery and greenhouse workers
    • 8611 – Harvesting labourers
    • 9462 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
    • 9463 – Fish and seafood plant workers
    • 9617 – Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing
    • 9618 – Labourers in fish and seafood processing

If I lose my job during this period, will I be eligible for Employment Insurance or the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit?

  • The Government of Canada has announced changes to benefit workers by changing some Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility requirements as well as by creating the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). International students and graduates, as well as workers (migrant workers, nominees, and endorsees) are eligible for both programs, as long as they meet minimum hours and other requirements outlined in the federal criteria.
  • The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is applicable for employees who are facing unemployment; who are sick, quarantined, or in directed self-isolation; or who are unable to work due to COVID-19.  Full details are available on the Canada Revenue Agency CERB application page.
  • Any temporary residents, including international students, graduates, and workers who wish to apply for EI or the CERB, and following an online review, meet minimum program criteria, are encouraged to apply online, or via phone, if they are unable to do so online.

How can I obtain biometrics during COVID-19?

  • All biometric collection services at Service Canada locations have been suspended until further notice. Some Visa Application Centres are closed as well.
  • Please continue to visit the Government of Canada biometrics pagefor updates on when biometrics will be available.

What will happen if my Permanent Residence application is/has been approved during COVID-19?

  • Individuals who were approved for permanent residence on or before the travel restrictions were implemented on March 18, 2020, but who have not landed yet, will be exempt from the travel restriction measures. However, if you are unable to travel to Canada before your documents expire, IRCC is currently developing a process to facilitate this. More information will be made available on the IRCC COVID-19 Special Measures page when this process is in place.
  • Individuals who had their Permanent Residence application approved, and are already in Canada, will receive alternative landing information from IRCC shortly. In the meantime, individuals must NOT go to a port of entry for landing.

What will happen to dependents of individuals approved for Permanent Residence if they are not in Canada?

  • Dependents of individuals in Canada, if overseas, will be able to come to Canada if they were approved for permanent residence before the travel restrictions were implemented on March 18, 2020.
  • Please note the principal applicant mustbecome a permanent resident before the arrival of their dependents. More information on this is available on the IRCC COVID-19 Special Measures page on Permanent Residents.

2020-04-03: Provincial and Federal Immigration Update for Designated and Job Vacancy Approved Employers, Provincial Nominees, Atlantic Immigration Pilot Endorsees, Applicants, and Partners View

Provincial and Federal Immigration Update for Designated and Job Vacancy Approved Employers, Provincial Nominees, Atlantic Immigration Pilot Endorsees, Applicants, and Partners

Dear Designated and Job Vacancy Assessment Approved Employers, Provincial Nominees, and Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program Endorsees, Applicants, Post-Secondary, and Community Partners;

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism (OIM), Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, is staying up-to-date on the latest developments and our team continues to work with employers and nominees/endorsees/applicants to address individual situations as they arise.

Further to our previous correspondence, we advise that travel restrictions and exemptions affecting temporary foreign workers (migrant workers), which includes provincial nominees and endorsees, have now been implemented by the Government of Canada. This means migrant workers are exempt from travel restrictions, and may travel to Canada by air or land. However, employers must be cognizant of a number of conditions (please see Federal Immigration Updates section below).

As this situation is evolving quickly, please visit the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador COVID-19 website for related updates on provincial programs and services.

Provincial immigration-related updates will continue to be posted in the News and Updates section of the OIM website.

Federal immigration-related updates will continue to be posted on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) COVID-19 page.

Our office has compiled a series of links related to provincial and federal updates on immigration. Below you will find categorize provincial and federal immigration updates:

 

Provincial Immigration-Related Updates:

MCP Coverage:

On March 31, 2020, Premier Dwight Ball announced MCP coverage has been extended for residents, including temporary workers and international students, until June 30, 2020. Full details of the extension, including information on MCP contacts for further questions, is available here.

Provincial Immigration Processing Updates:

OIM continues to accept Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) applications through the online application portal.

OIM no longer accepts NLPNP paper applications. OIM will contact individual applicants who submitted paper applications before March 10, 2020, to provide next steps in the application process. For more information on the transition to the electronic system, please visit the OIM page on NLPNP transition to electronic applications.

OIM no longer accepts Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP) paper applications. Employers are asked to scan and send AIP applications by email to immigration@gov.nl.ca. Employees who are in the process of providing documentation to employers as part of an AIP application should do so electronically.

If you are a designated employer, your designation will remain valid until further notice. Designated employers can contact their assigned Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada officer with the Federal Dedicated Service Channel. For provincial enquiries, please email immigration@gov.nl.ca.

OIM continues to process Job Vacancy Assessment (JVA) applications.

Workers and employers are required to inform OIM of any changes in their status, including reduction in working hours, temporary layoffs, or other changes in employment. The OIM team will work with employers and nominees and endorsees to address challenges as they arise.

Provincially-funded Settlement and Integration Programs and Projects

OIM has extended all annual agreements past the March 31, 2020, timeline to accommodate community partners that have been unable to complete their project deliverables, and to provide organizations with an opportunity to adjust to new delivery methods, including online and via phone.

Newcomers and employers with questions regarding settlement and integration services are encouraged to contact the Association for New Canadians or the COMPAS Francophone settlement service via phone or e-mail.

 

Federal Immigration Processing Updates:

Visitors, International Workers, Students Travel Update:

Migrant workers and international students are exempt from travel restrictions, and can enter Canada by air or land. If travelling by air, workers need to pass a health check conducted by the airlines before being allowed to board the flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air. When arriving in Canada, workers will be assessed prior to leaving the port of entry. It is important that workers confirm that their employer continues to be operational, and that they have a plan to self-isolate upon arrival, before travelling to Canada. Workers should not proceed to Canada at this time if their employer is no longer offering them a job. Workers whose employment offer still stands and who enter Canada must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms. This is mandatory. Employers are responsible for ensuring that workers that come to the province self-isolate for 14 days. The federal government has circulated information to employers hiring migrant workers at this time, which is attached in this notice. We encourage you to follow the latest federal COVID-19-related immigration updates  and how it is affecting the flow of temporary residents into Canada by visiting the federal website.

International Workers Traveling to Canada

Temporary foreign workers are now able to enter Canada if they show no symptoms.

The travel restriction exemptions that were announced are now in place. If a migrant worker is exempt, they can now travel to Canada.  There is still a requirement that travel not be optional or non-discretionary.

If travelling by air, individuals will need to pass a health check before being allowed to board the flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.

When the individual arrives in Canada, their health will be assessed before they leave the port of entry. They must self-isolate for 14 days even if they have no symptoms. This is mandatory.

Only people who provide essential services and truck drivers who regularly cross the border to maintain the flow of goods are exempt from the isolation requirements.

Temporary residents who are currently in Canada are able to apply to extend their status online if they need to extend their status. A temporary resident who has applied to extend their status is allowed to remain in Canada until a decision is made on their new application, even if their initial status expires while they are waiting for that decision. This is called implied status.

Workers must not travel to a port of entry (POE) to apply directly to a border services officer. Travelling to a POE from inside Canada for the purpose of getting immigration services is not considered essential travel, and workers will not receive these services. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada COVID-19 page will be updated to provide alternative options, as they are developed.

Priority Temporary Foreign Worker Application Processing:

For all employers availing of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the Government of Canada will be extending the period of validity of a labour market impact assessment from 6 to 9 months, to allow employers more time to identify candidates and bring them to Canada.

For employers of workers in the low-wage stream, a three year pilot will be in place, allowing the maximum duration of Labour Market Impact Assessments to increase from 1 to 2 years.

For employers of workers in occupations related to agriculture and food processing, removing minimum recruitment requirements for the next 6 months (i.e. until October 31, 2020) and offering priority processing.

The Government of Canada will accelerate the name change process, reducing the processing time from five to one business day to allow employer to switch candidates.

Employers are responsible for extraordinary costs incurred to meet the public health requirements for temporary foreign workers. If there are any additional measures to support employers, the Federal Government will provide information on such measures.

OIM understands that currently, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is currently prioritizing the Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA) of the following 10 National Occupational Classification Codes for migrant workers (Temporary Foreign Workers):

  • 6331 – Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
  • 7511 – Transport Truck drivers
  • 8252 – Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • 8431 – General farm workers
  • 8432 – Nursery and greenhouse workers
  • 8611 – Harvesting labourers
  • 9462 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
  • 9463 – Fish and seafood plant workers
  • 9617 – Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing
  • 9618 – Labourers in fish and seafood processing

Employment Insurance and Canada Emergency Response Benefit Eligibility for International Workers and International Students/Graduates:

The Government of Canada has announced changes to benefit workers by changing some Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility requirements as well as by creating the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). International students and graduates, as well as international workers (migrant workers, nominees, endorsees) are eligible for both programs, as long as they meet minimum hours and other requirements outlined in the federal criteria:

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Applicable for employees who are facing unemployment; who are sick, quarantined, or in directed self-isolation; or who are unable to work due to COVID-19.  Full details are available on the Canada Revenue Agency CERB application page. Workers may need to create a My Account login with the Canada Revenue Agency prior to the launch of the application of the CERB during the week of April 6, 2020. On the website, workers can also see the schedule for applying next week, based on their month of birth.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Processing Capacity:

Overseas processing capacity has been significantly reduced, with some IRCC offices closing temporarily and others with reduced capacity. IRCC offices inside Canada are operating with essential staff only. Applications will not necessarily be refused for non-compliance, and all applications currently in the process at IRCC offices will be processed; however, due to office closures and some offices working with essential staff only, there will be processing delays. Some Visa Application Centers are closed until further notice. See which IRCC offices are temporarily closed: Find a visa application center

Biometrics

All biometric collection services at Service Canada locations have been suspended until further notice. Some Visa Application centres are closed as well: Find a visa application center. Please continue to visit the Government of Canada biometrics page for updates on when biometrics will be available.

Permanent Residence Applications

Individuals who were approved for permanent residence on or before the travel restrictions were implemented on March 18, 2020, but who have not landed yet, will be exempt from travel restriction measures. However, if they are unable to travel to Canada before their documents expire, IRCC is currently developing a process to facilitate this. More information is available on the IRCC COVID-19 Special Measures page.

Individuals who had their Permanent Residence application approved, and are already in Canada

IRCC will issue alternative landing information soon. In the meantime, individuals must NOT go to a port of entry for landing.

Dependents of individuals in Canada

The dependents of individuals in Canada, if overseas, will be able to come to Canada if they were approved for permanent residence before the travel restrictions were implemented on March 18, 2020.

Please note the individual in Canada must become a permanent resident before the arrival of their dependents. More information on this is available on the IRCC COVID-19 Special Measures page on Permanent Residents.

 

Please share the link to this update with anyone you think may benefit from the information. If you have any questions about immigration programs in Newfoundland and Labrador, please do not hesitate to contact OIM by sending us an e-mail at immigration@gov.nl.ca

Stay safe, everyone!

Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism team, Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

2020-03-20: Notice to Employers Regarding Covid-19 and Immigration Programs in Newfoundland and Labrador View

Notice to Employers Regarding Covid-19 and Immigration Programs in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism (OIM) essential services for newcomers and employers, including immigration application screening and processing, will continue at a reduced volume until further notice:

  • OIM will continue to accept Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) applications through the online application portal: https://apps.gov.nl.ca/immigration/home/home/login .
  • OIM will no longer accept paper applications for the NLPNP. Please refer to the link for details: https://www.gov.nl.ca/immigration/news-and-updates/office-of-immigration-and-multiculturalism-completes-electronic-application-transition/
  • OIM will no longer accept Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP) paper applications. Employers are asked to scan and send AIP applications by email to immigration@gov.nl.ca. Employees who are in the process of providing documentation to employers as part of an AIP application should do so electronically.
  • If you are a designated employer, your designation will remain valid until further notice. Designated employers can contact their assigned Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada officer with the Federal Dedicated Service Channel. For provincial enquiries, please email immigration@gov.nl.ca.
  • OIM will continue to process Job Vacancy Assessment (JVA) applications.
  • For employers whose employees are currently overseas: The Federal Government has closed its borders to most non-residents from outside Canada. This means that unless direction changes, it will not be possible for your future employees to obtain a work permit until this restriction is lifted. Their application will still be processed by the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism, but workers will likely not be able to arrive in Canada in the near future. We do not have a timeframe for when these border restrictions will be lifted by the Federal Government. Please continue to follow Federal Government announcements on international travel.
  • For employers whose employees are in Canada: Application processing will continue at a reduced volume. As mentioned above, all NLPNP and AIP applications are being accepted in electronic format only.
  • For employees with permanent residency applications in process: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has informed that biometrics testing for applicants is currently suspended until April 13, 2020. For individuals who have received Confirmation of Permanent Residency notifications, please wait until there is communication on your options to land in Canada.
  • OIM’s E-mail services to employers and newcomers directly impacted by the COVID-19 issues will continue. For any relevant questions, please e-mail immigration@gov.nl.ca. We appreciate your patience as we handle a higher than normal volume of calls.
  • All one-on-one information sessions with international students and graduates, public and employer information sessions are temporarily suspended. However, information webinars on immigration programs will continue to be available. Please visit https://www.gov.nl.ca/immigration/immigrating-to-newfoundland-and-labrador/atlantic-immigration-pilot-program/workers/webinars-pathways-to-immigrating-to-newfoundland-and-labrador/ to register for the free webinars.
  • Please note that the Federal Government is responsible for processing and issuing work permits, and for processing and evaluating federal applications for permanent residence.
  • Applicants can monitor processing times related to work permits or federal applications for permanent residence on the Federal Government website: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugeescitizenship/services/application/check-processing-times.html

IMPORTANT WEBSITES:

For updates regarding immigration and the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19, please monitor the IRCC website detailing special measures to help temporary and permanent residents and applicants affected by COVID‑19: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-special-measures.html.

For the most up-to-date information from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on COVID-19, please visit www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19.

For information on Government of Canada support for workers and businesses, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html.

Employment Insurance sickness benefits are available to people who are unable to work due to illness, injury or quarantine, but who would be available to work if it were not for their medical condition. International workers (migrant workers, Provincial nominees, Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program endorsees) are subject to the same eligibility requirements as other workers in Canada. More details on eligibility criteria can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness/qualify.html. For a general list of recently announced supports available to employers, please visit the Government of Canada website here: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#business

Temporary Foreign Workers (migrant workers) in Canada with a work permit can apply with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to extend their work permit to remain in Canada as a temporary worker or apply to stay as a visitor. If they are no longer working, workers can apply to change their status from worker to visitor as long as the work permit has not expired. Workers who intend to continue working may be able to extend their work permit or study permit, if they are eligible. If the work permit has already expired and it has been less than 90 days, workers can apply to restore status. If it has been more than 90 days since the worker’s status has expired, the worker may be eligible to apply for a temporary resident permit. With a temporary resident permit, workers can remain in Canada with legal status. Please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-special-measures.html for more information.

Provincial nominees and endorsees are requested to inform the OIM of any changes in their employment or immigration situation, including changes in the number of hours of employment, temporary layoffs, or any other updates relevant to their immigration file.

2020-03-20: Notice to Provincial Nominees and Endorsees, and Applicants to the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program View

Notice to Provincial Nominees and Endorsees, and Applicants to the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism (OIM) essential services for newcomers and employers, including immigration application screening and processing, will continue at a reduced volume, until further notice.

  • OIM will continue to accept Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) applications through the online application portal: https://apps.gov.nl.ca/immigration/home/home/login.
  • OIM will no longer accept paper applications for the NLPNP. Please refer to the link for details: https://www.gov.nl.ca/immigration/news-and-updates/office-of-immigration-and-multiculturalism-completes-electronic-application-transition/
  • OIM will no longer accept Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP) paper applications. Employers are asked to scan and send AIP applications by email to immigration@gov.nl.ca. Employees who are in the process of providing documentation to employers as part of an AIP application should do so electronically.
  • For workers who are currently outside of Canada: Your application will continue to be processed by the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism, but you will probably not be able to arrive in Canada in the near future. The Federal Government has closed its borders to most non-residents from outside Canada. This means that right now, it will not be possible for you to obtain a work permit until this restriction is lifted. We do not have a timeframe for when these border restrictions will be lifted by the Federal Government. Please continue to follow Federal Government announcements on international travel.
  • For workers who are in Newfoundland and Labrador: Application processing will continue at a reduced volume. As mentioned above, all NLPNP and AIP applications are being accepted in electronic format only.
  • For workers who have submitted permanent residency applications to the federal government: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has informed that Service Canada biometrics testing for applicants is currently suspended until April 13, 2020. For individuals who have received Confirmation of Permanent Residency notifications, please wait until there is communication on alternative ways to land in Canada.
  • OIM’s e-mail services to employers and newcomers directly impacted by the COVID-19 issues will continue. For questions regarding immigration programs, please e-mail immigration@gov.nl.ca.
  • All one-on-one information sessions with international students and graduates, public and employer information sessions are temporarily suspended. However, information webinars on immigration programs will continue to be available. Please visit https://www.gov.nl.ca/immigration/immigrating-to-newfoundland-and-labrador/atlantic-immigration-pilot-program/workers/webinars-pathways-to-immigrating-to-newfoundland-and-labrador/ to register for the free webinars.
  • Please note that the Federal Government is responsible for processing and issuing work permits, and for processing and evaluating federal applications for permanent residence.
  • Applicants can monitor processing times related to work permits or federal applications for permanent residence at: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugeescitizenship/services/application/check-processing-times.html

IMPORTANT WEBSITES

For updates regarding immigration and the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19, please monitor the IRCC website detailing special measures to help temporary and permanent residents and applicants affected by COVID‑19: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-special-measures.html.

For the most up-to-date information from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on COVID-19, please visit www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19.

If you have recently arrived to Newfoundland and Labrador and have questions about settlement and integration. For the latest information on their services, please contact the organizations using methods below:

Association for New Canadians – http://www.ancnl.ca

Phone: (709) 722 9680

E-mail: information@ancnl.ca

COMPAS – Service d’accueil et de soutien aux nouveaux arrivants Francophones de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador – https://www.francotnl.ca/fr/organismes/fftnl/compas/

Phone : (709) 800-6591

E-mail : genevieve.vallee@fftnl.ca

For information on Government of Canada support for workers and businesses, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html.

Employment Insurance sickness benefits are available to people who are unable to work due to illness, injury or quarantine, but who would be available to work if it were not for their medical condition. International workers (migrant workers, Provincial nominees, Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program endorsees) are subject to the same eligibility requirements as other workers in Canada. More details on eligibility criteria can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness/qualify.html.

If you or your family are impacted by the Covid-19 disruptions, including in employment, please visit the Government of Canada website for more details on recently announced supports for workers in Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#individual

Temporary Foreign Workers (migrant workers) in Canada with a work permit can apply with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to extend their work permit to remain in Canada as a temporary worker or apply to stay as a visitor. If you are no longer working, you may apply to change your status from worker to visitor as long as your work permit is still valid. Workers who intend to continue working may be able to extend their work permit or study permit, if they are eligible. If the work permit has already expired and it has been less than 90 days, workers can apply to restore status. If it has been more than 90 days since the worker’s status has expired, the worker may be eligible to apply for a temporary resident permit. With a temporary resident permit, the worker can remain in Canada with legal status. Please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-special-measures.html for more information.

2020-03-10: Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism completes electronic application transition View

Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism completes electronic application transition

March 10, 2020

The Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism has completed its transition to an efficient electronic application for the Skilled Worker, Express Entry Skilled Worker, and International Graduate categories of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program. Throughout the application process you will receive regular dashboard updates as your application moves though the assessment process. If you have any questions, please contact the Office at pnp@gov.nl.ca or call (709-729-6607).

2020-02-13: List of In-Demand Health Occupations Currently Exempt From Provincial Labour Market Testing View

List of In-Demand Health Occupations Currently Exempt From Provincial Labour Market Testing

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

  1. Physicians
  2. Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  3. Licensed Practice Nurses (LPN)
  4. Personal Care Attendants (PCA)
  5. Clinical Psychologists
  6. Medical Physicist
  7. Radiation Therapists
  8. Dosimetrists