At Canada’s eastern coast lies the province of New Brunswick. This province offers various Provincial Nominee Programs that can help immigrants gain permanent residency while helping the province fill labor shortages and help boost communities and economies. Learn more about the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) in this handy guide.
What Streams Are Available Under The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program?
There used to be five available streams, but the New Brunswick Skilled Workers with Family Support Stream has been terminated, and the New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream has been closed since October 2018.
The remaining available streams are as follows.
Express Entry Labour Market Stream
The NBPNP has created it’s Express Entry Labour Market (EELMS). This stream lets the NBPNP tap the federal Express Entry nomination system in order to help fill the province’s economic and labour needs.
This EELMS operates under an Expression of Interest (EOI) model, wherein candidates can complete an EOI and send it to the NBNP anytime between the 1st to the 15th of every month.
From there, candidates will be scored based on the submitted information, and then assessed depending on the following factors:
- Their score;
- Proof of experience and training in an in-demand occupation as set by the province;
- Proof of ability to establish themselves in the province economically;
- The possibility that they can contribute to the province’s labour market in a positive way.
If you are one of the highest-ranked candidates, then you will receive an email containing an invitation to apply to the NBPNP. If you are nominated, your application will be processed through the federal government’s Express Entry electronic immigration management system, which intends to help process valid and completed applications within only six months of submission.
Skilled Worker with Employer Support Stream
This stream helps immigrants that are extended a permanent and full-time employment offer from a valid and legitimate employer from New Brunswick.
For you to be eligible to apply under this stream, you must:
- be between the ages of 22 and 55;
- know enough English or French to perform your job duties properly;
○ If you’re applying in semi- or low-skilled occupations or NOC levels C and D, you may be required to take language tests and to submit your results along with your application.
■ For English, the valid testing agencies are IELTS (General Training Test) and CELPIP (General Test)
■ For French, the TEF
- posses the necessary qualifications and education (at least high-school level) to properly perform your employee duties in New Brunswick. If your job requires licenses and/or certification, you must also have such valid documents;
- show intent to live and work in New Brunswick;
- score at least 50 points on the selection grid; and
- receive a valid permanent and full-time job offer from an eligible New Brunswick employer. Take note that:
○ the employer must have been operating in New Brunswick for at least 12 months;
○ you must show proof that you have been interviewed and hired by the said employer;
○ the job offer from your employer must be under one of the NOC skill levels below
■ Skill levels O, A, B
■ Skill level C, Skill type 1, 3, 7, 8, 9
■ Skill level D, Skill type 1, 3, 7, 8, 9
If you fall under levels C or D, you must have already been working with the said employer for at least a year before your application.
In addition, your employer must show proof that:
- they are having trouble or unable to recruit a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for the position; and
- your employment will give comparable industry rates and will practice provincial employment standards.
Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream
This stream is aimed at foreign nationals who have completed post-secondary education in New Brunswick and have developed a successful company there.
Applicants must demonstrate or show proof of the following:
New Brunswick Connections
You must show that you completed a valid 2-year post-secondary degree in the province, lived in New Brunswick for the duration of your studies, and have owned and operated a business in New Brunswick for at least 12 months.
You must be able to demonstrate language ability in either English or French that meets at least Level 7 in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB).
You must have at least completed at least a two-year post-secondary program in an accredited and recognized New Brunswick college or university.
To be eligible for this stream, you must show proof that you have owned and operated a legitimate business in New Brunswick for at least one year. You must also be a holder of a valid Post-Graduate Work Permit at the time you submit your application.
You must be between the ages of 22 and 40 on the day you submit your application.
Assessment Grid Score
You must at least receive a score of 65 points on the New Brunswick Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream Assessment Grid.
Additionally, you must:
- have 100% ownership of your business;
- be an active participant in its daily management;
- receive a salary from the business that meets the Low-Income Cut-Off plus an additional 10%;
- demonstrate that your business is for-profit;
- prove that you employ at least one full-time Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
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