New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP Guide)

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP Guide)

New Brunswick, located on Canada’s east coast, boasts a diverse economy driven by sectors such as information technology, manufacturing, agriculture, and natural resources. The province has diversified to include emerging sectors. With a focus on economic growth and population retention, New Brunswick actively participates in immigration initiatives.

The New Brunswick PNP or New Brunswick Immigration is one avenue facilitating skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and graduates to settle in the province, contributing to its economic growth and addressing demographic challenges.

There are 6 streams that the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) or New Brunswick Immigration offers to new immigrants to come and settle down in the province.

StreamJob Offer/Work Experience RequirementAge RequirementLanguage/Education RequirementAdditional Requirement
NB Skilled Workers Stream– Acceptance of a permanent, full-time job in an eligible occupation with competitive salary.
– Minimum one year continuous paid experience in an NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 job in the past five years.
19 to 55 years– Minimum language score of NCLC Level 5 or equivalent.
– Possession of at least a Canadian high school diploma.
– Proof of funds of at least $13,757 CAD.
– Willingness to settle permanently in New Brunswick.
NB Express Entry– Employment with a New Brunswick employer in NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 occupation or Canadian Study Permit with relevant work experience.
– Minimum one year of continuous paid experience in NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 job.
22 to 55 years– Language test score of CLB/NCLC Level 7 or equivalent.
– Valid Education Credentials Assessment indicating at least a Canadian high school diploma.
– Proof of sufficient funds.
– Intent to live and work in New Brunswick.
NB Business Immigration Stream– Minimum three years of past five as business owner or senior business manager.
– Creation of at least one full-time job for a New Brunswick resident or citizen.
21 to 59 years– Language test score of CLB/NCLC Level 5 or equivalent.
– Minimum equivalent of Canadian high school diploma.
– Minimum investment of $150,000 CAD and control of at least 33.30% equity.
– Willingness to live in New Brunswick.
NB Strategic Initiative Stream– Minimum one year continuous paid experience in an NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 job.19 to 55 years– Minimum language score of NCLC Level 5 or equivalent.
– Possession of at least a Canadian high school diploma.
– Proof of funds of at least $13,757 CAD.
– Willingness to settle permanently in New Brunswick.

1. NB Skilled Worker Stream

The New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream in New Brunswick PNP is for foreign nationals with skills, education, and work experience contributing to the province’s economy. Requirements include a genuine job offer from a New Brunswick employer and the intent to permanently live and work in the province.

Employer Requirements

  • Have a physical business space owned or leased in New Brunswick, with clear signage, a New Brunswick address, and staffed during regular hours with a business phone.
  • Operate actively in New Brunswick for at least two years for New Brunswick Immigration.
  • Comply with provincial and federal employment and safety laws.
  • Adhere to Immigration and Refugees Protection Act and Regulations.
  • Directly engage in NB business, excluding recruitment or temporary placement agencies. An employer-employee relationship is essential.
  • Complete the NBPNP-004 form.

Applicant Requirements

  • Intent to Reside: Demonstrate genuine intent to live in New Brunswick through actions such as settling, employment, and community involvement.
  • Job Acceptance: You’ve secured a permanent, full-time job in an eligible occupation with a competitive salary.
  • Qualification: You possess the necessary qualifications for the job.
  • Employer Support: Your employer is willing to endorse your application.
  • Work Experience: You have at least one year of continuous paid experience in a job relevant to your offer, categorized under NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, within the past five years.
  • Age: Your age falls within the range of 19 to 55 years old.
  • Language Proficiency: You have achieved a minimum language proficiency score of CLB/NCLC Level 4 or its equivalent.
  • Education: You hold at least the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma.
  • Points: You must accumulate a minimum of 60 points in the selection factors.
  • Intent: You have a genuine intention to reside and work in New Brunswick
  • Employer Support: Ensure application support with an Employer Information Form (NBPNP-004) and obtain the express endorsement of the New Brunswick employer.
  • Remote Work: Consider remote work arrangements if currently residing in New Brunswick, working for an eligible employer, and possessing valid work authorization.
  • Regulated Occupations: Attain certification or licensing for regulated occupations, evaluating foreign qualifications for equivalency with provincial regulatory authorities.

Check out New Brunswick PNP Draws and check your eligibility through New Brunswick PNP Points Calculator

2. NB Express Entry Stream

The NB Express Entry Stream, part of the NB Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP), links to the federal Express Entry system, enhancing your likelihood of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency from IRCC under New Brunswick Immigration.

Requirements for Applicant

  • Express Entry Profile: You need a valid Express Entry profile in the IRCC system, along with a Federal Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code.
  • Age: You must be between 22 and 55 years old.
  • Residency: You must currently reside in New Brunswick.
  • Employment: You must either:
    • Be employed by a New Brunswick employer in a position matching NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.
    • Hold a valid Canadian Study Permit, be enrolled in a designated learning institution, and have at least one year of experience in an occupation matching NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.
  • Work Experience: You need at least one year of continuous paid experience in an occupation matching NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.
  • Language Proficiency: You should have a language test score of CLB/NCLC Level 7 or equivalent.
  • Education: You must possess a valid Education Credentials Assessment (ECA) showing at least a Canadian High School diploma.
  • Financial Capability: You must demonstrate sufficient funds to support yourself and your family.
  • Points: You need to score a minimum of 67 points.
  • Intent: You should intend to live and work in New Brunswick

3. New Brunswick Business Immigration Stream

The New Brunswick Business Immigration Stream is for skilled entrepreneurs looking to establish and manage a business in New Brunswick permanently.

Applicants must meet minimum requirements for age, language, education, net worth, business experience, and concept at the time of Expression of Interest (EOI), application, and nomination. Meeting these requirements doesn’t ensure nomination.

Requirements

  • Age: You must be between 21 and 59 years old.
  • Business Experience: You should have been a business owner (minimum 51%) or senior business manager for three of the past five years.
  • Economic Benefit: Your business must contribute to the province’s economy.
  • Business Operation: You must either continue operating an existing business or establish a new profit-oriented business selling goods and/or services.
  • Job Creation: Your business must create at least one full-time job for a permanent resident or citizen living in New Brunswick.
  • Business Structure: Your business must be established as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation, with other partners being permanent residents or citizens.
  • Investment: You must invest at least $150,000 CAD before tax and control at least 33.30% equity in the business.
  • Purchase Criteria: If purchasing an established business, it must have been continuously operated by the same owner who is a permanent resident or citizen for at least three years. It should be purchased at a fair market value, have proven net profit for at least two of the previous three years, and provide continued employment to existing staff.
  • Language Proficiency: You should have a language test score of CLB/NCLC Level 5 or equivalent.
  • Education: You must have at least the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma.
  • Points: You need to score a minimum of 65 points.
  • Intent: You must be willing to live in New Brunswick.

4. New Brunswick Strategic Initiative stream

The New Brunswick Strategic Initiative Stream in New Brunswick Immigration is designed for French-speaking workers with the skills, education, and work experience to contribute to New Brunswick’s economy, seeking permanent residence.

Immigration New Brunswick (INB) is committed to increasing and sustaining Francophone immigration. In 2022, New Brunswick’s goal is for 30% of provincial immigration certificates to be awarded to qualified French-speaking candidates. This was supported by dedicated streams like the Strategic Initiative and prioritizing French-speaking applicants in various program streams, including NB Skilled Worker and NB Express Entry.

To further encourage opportunities, INB is removing sector restrictions for French-speaking candidates meeting Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) criteria until the end of 2022.

Requirements

  • Age: You should be between 19 and 55 years old.
  • Language: You need at least a NCLC Level 5 language score or its equivalent.
  • Education: You must have completed at least a Canadian high school diploma.
  • Qualification: You must meet one of these:
    • Visit New Brunswick to explore opportunities.
    • Receive a valid job offer from an employer.
    • Get a direct invitation to apply.
  • Job Offer: If you have a job offer, it must be in NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 category, full-time, permanent, and offer a competitive salary. If it’s a regulated occupation, you need to show a license or certificate.
  • Work Experience: You need at least one year of continuous paid experience in an NOC TEER 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 job.
  • Funds: You must have proof of funds of at least $13,757 CAD.
  • Points: You need a minimum score of 65 points.
  • Intent: You must be willing to settle permanently in New Brunswick

5. Atlantic Immigration Program

The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) offers a route to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates from recognized post-secondary institutions in Atlantic Canada, aiming to work and reside in New Brunswick.

This initiative assists New Brunswick employers in hiring qualified candidates for positions that have been challenging to fill locally.

6. NB Critical Worker Pilot

The New Brunswick Critical Worker Pilot, a five-year program in New Brunswick PNP, targets labor shortages across sectors and regions. It attracts skilled workers to fill challenging roles in the province. This employer-driven initiative requires candidate applications through participating employers; direct applications are not accepted.

Participant Employers

  • Cooke Aquaculture
  • J.D. Irving Ltd.
  • Groupe Savoie
  • Groupe Westco
  • Imperial Manufacturing Group
  • McCain Foods, Ltd.

Candidate Participation

The Critical Worker Pilot operates as an employer-driven stream, facilitating targeted recruitment of skilled workers. Candidate applications must be submitted through the participating employer, and direct applications from interested candidates are not accepted.

Additionally, there is no need to send your résumé to Immigration NB under this program in New Brunswick PNP.

FAQs

What are the requirements for New Brunswick PNP?

To be eligible for NBPNP, you must score 67 out of 100 points. Calculate your New Brunswick PNP points here.

Is getting PR easy in New Brunswick?

Obtaining Permanent Residency (PR) in New Brunswick depends on individual qualifications and adherence to specific program criteria. If you are in skilled worker with one 1 year experience New Brunswick has some streams you can consider.

What is the processing time for New Brunswick PNP?

NBPNP processing time for most of the streams is 90 -120 days.

How can international students get PR in New Brunswick?

They can explore programs like the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) or New Brunswick Immigration, which may have specific streams for graduates or individuals with the required skills.

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