New Brunswick

Skilled Worker Immigration

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

There are many reasons to move to New Brunswick (NB). Some people choose to live here to enjoy a more relaxed, healthy, and affordable lifestyle. Others move because of our healthcare and our education systems. Still, others choose New Brunswick to be minutes away from oceans, lakes, rivers, and trails as well as lively urban centres and smaller friendly communities.

New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream

The New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream is designed for Foreign Nationals who possess the skills, education and work experience needed to contribute to New Brunswick’s economy. Candidates must meet the program’s minimum eligibility requirements, have a genuine offer of employment from a New Brunswick Employer and have the full intent to live and work in the province on a permanent basis.

This program will also help New Brunswick employers, unable to fill job vacancies with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, recruit foreign nationals and international graduates whose skills are needed in the province.

Eligibility Requirements

There are requirements for each stage of the New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream process including registration, application and nomination. You must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for age, language, job offer, work experience and education, and score a minimum of 60 points in the selection factors to be considered for nomination by PETL. Eligibility requirements must be met at the time of registration, application and nomination.

  • You received a genuine offer of employment

A New Brunswick employer has offered, and you have accepted, permanent, full time, year-round (non-seasonal) employment in an eligible occupation. Permanent means the job has no pre-determined end date; it is a long-term job offer. Full-time means that you are expected to work a minimum of 30 hours per week, or 1,560 hours per year.

  • You are qualified for the position

It is your responsibility to demonstrate that you are qualified for the position. PETL may refer to the National Occupation Code (NOC) and industry standards, etc., to determine the minimum qualifications for an occupation.

PETL differentiates between skilled workers, semi-skilled and low-skilled workers as:

  • High-skilled workers are defined as individuals with an occupation within NOC 0, A, B.
  • Semi-skilled workers have occupations that fall under NOC C.
  • Low-skilled workers have occupations that fall under NOC D skill type 7, 8 and 9.
  • You intend to reside in New Brunswick

It is your responsibility to prove a genuine intention to reside in New Brunswick as described in Section 87(2) (b) of the Immigration Refugee Protection Act, S C 2001, c 27, Regulations which state that “a foreign national is a member of the nominee class if they intend to reside in the province that nominated them”.

To establish intent, you may be asked to demonstrate your attachment to New Brunswick, that may include, but are not limited to:

  • A description of any actions you have taken to permanently settle in New Brunswick;•current employment in New Brunswick;
  • Employment search details;
  • The length of any previous and/or current period of residence in New Brunswick;
  • Community involvement;
  • Ability to support yourself in New Brunswick;
  • Your connections to New Brunswick through work, study or family;
  • Professional networks and affiliations;
  • Residency including household lease agreements and/or property ownership;
  • Family ties and other social relationships and connections;
  • Details of prior visits to Canada; and
  • Your connection to other jurisdictions in Canada.

Application Process

Step 1: Offer of employment

Step 2: PR Readiness

Step 3: Online registration

Step 4: Invitation to apply

Step 5: Submission of provincial application to PETL

Step 6: Provincial application decision from PETL

Step 7: Submission of federal application to IRCC

Step 8: Federal application decision from IRCC

New Brunswick Express Entry Stream

The New Brunswick Express Entry Stream is designed for foreign nationals with the skills, education and work experience to contribute to New Brunswick’s economy, who are ready to live and work in New Brunswick and meet the requirements for each stage of the Express Entry Stream.

The New Brunswick Express Entry Stream is aligned with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry intake system. The principal applicant will need to create an Express Entry profile within IRCC’s online Express Entry System. When applying to any of New Brunswick’s immigration streams, you must be PR Ready.

Eligibility Requirements

There are requirements for each stage of the New Brunswick Express Entry Stream process including registration, application and nomination. If you meet the eligibility requirements, we will then assess your application based on the following six selection factors:age, education, English and/or French language skills, work experience, whether you have a valid job offer and adaptability (how well you are likely to settle in New Brunswick.

  • You have an eligible connection to New Brunswick.
  • You intend to reside in New Brunswick.
  • You have enough money to support yourself and your family.
  • You meet the requirements of a NOC 0, A or B occupation.
  • You received a genuine offer of employment (if applicable).
  • You are offered a competitive wage (if applicable).

In the New Brunswick Express Entry Stream, it means that you meet all minimum eligibility requirements and selection factors and have all the required documents on hand to prepare and submit a complete and correct application to the Government of New Brunswick and to the Government of Canada.

  • The New Brunswick Express Entry stream is currently accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) via the INB portal from individuals who meet all of the following submission criteria:
  1. The applicant has submitted a federal Express Entry Profile and has a valid Federal Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code.
  2. The applicant is currently living and working in New Brunswick; a letter of employment from the employer must be provided
  3. The applicant has a valid Canadian Work Permit; a pdf copy must be provided
  4. The NOC Code for this current employment is for a position that matches NOC Level 0, A, or B: NOC Code must be provided
  5. The applicant has valid language test scores (IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF Canada) with scores equivalent to CLB 7 in all four language competencies: test scores, and a pdf copy of these test results must be provided
  6. The applicant has a valid Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) which attests to the minimum equivalent of a Canadian High School diploma: a pdf copy of the ECA must be provided.
  • New Brunswick will, on occasion, invite candidates directly from the federal Express Entry pool in response to provincial labour market needs.

Candidates selected in this manner will receive a Notification or Letter of Interest (LOI) from the Province of New Brunswick via their Federal Express Entry account. Candidates who do receive a Letter of Interest from the Province of New Brunswick should proceed in the following manner:

  1. Register in INB and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Express Entry Stream.
  2. Once your EOI is successfully submitted, contact us at entree.express.entry@gnb.ca with the subject line: NB LOI.

Once we verify your LOI and acknowledge receipt of your message, we will then send you an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to the New Brunswick Express Entry Stream via your INB Notification Centre.

All candidates invited in this manner must meet regular eligibility requirements of the program and submit a complete and correct application to be considered for provincial nomination.

NB Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) was developed for New Brunswick employers to hire foreign skilled workers and recent international graduates who want to live and work in New Brunswick. This program is designed for the sole use of Employers who are designated under the program to be able to recruit and hire workers with the skills, education and work experience to contribute to New Brunswick’s economy.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot helps you hire qualified candidates for jobs you haven’t been able to fill locally. These candidates can be overseas or living in Canada temporarily.

There are 3 programs you can use to hire someone:

  • Atlantic International Graduate Program
  • Atlantic High-skilled Program
  • Atlantic Intermediate-skilled Program

Each program has requirements that you and the candidate must meet. If you and the candidate meet all the requirements, the candidate gets permanent resident status in Canada.

Designation By The Provincial Government

Before you make a job offer, you must be designated by the provincial government of the Atlantic province where the candidate will be working. Once you make a job offer, you and the candidate will work through several steps. Being “designated” means you can offer jobs under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

Your first point of contact is the Employment Development Office in your region to learn about services available to New Brunswick employers. An Employment Officer will work with you to discuss your workforce needs and the Employment Services that might be available to you, and they will conduct a needs assessment.

If immigration is identified as a potential pathway to meet your workforce needs, your company will be referred to an Immigration Program Officer at PETL for further consideration. The Officer will contact you to discuss our economic immigration programs. They might invite you to submit an application for AIPP designation.

To be designated, your organization shall:

  • Have been invited to apply for designation by PETL;
  • Be in good standing;
  • Have been in continuous, active operation in New Brunswick for at least 2 years prior to designation; work with a settlement service provider organization to help your candidates get settlement services.

An employer in good standing shall, at a minimum:

  • Be operating a genuine business;
  • Be financially sound;
  • Be in good standing with any provincial and or federal legislation governing employment standards and occupational health and safety legislation;
  • Not be in violation of the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (IRPA) or Immigration and Refugees Protection Regulations (IRPR).

Business Immigration

New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP), administered by the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour (PETL), is an immigration program that allows the Government of New Brunswick to nominate individuals with the greatest ability to become economically established in New Brunswick. This immigration stream is part of an economic immigration program and is not intended for family reunification, protected persons or for humanitarian and compassionate reasons.

The New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream is an economic immigration program for experienced entrepreneurs who are ready to establish, operate and actively manage a business while living and settling in New Brunswick permanently. It is designed for experienced business owners and senior managers who wish to become permanent residents by owning a business in New Brunswick (NB) and managing it, while residing in the Province.

NBPNP applications require two stages of approval before PR status maybe obtained:

Stage 1: Application to the NBPNP for a Nomination Certificate

If you meet all eligibility criteria and selection factors, you can apply to the NBPNP by registering online and submitting an Expression Of Interest (EOI). If an Invitation To Apply (ITA) is sent to your attention, then you can submit a full application online. The processing time varies depending on the time required for the verification of documents included in your application and on the volume of applications received.

Stage 2: Application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for a PR visa

If you are nominated by PETL, you may then apply to the Government of Canada for a PR visa, through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). In this case, you will send your application to the IRCC Centralized Intake Office in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. You, your spouse and dependents must meet statutory requirements for medical, security and criminal admissibility. IRCC has the final authority to issue a PR visa.

Eligibility Requirements

There are requirements for each stage of the New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream process including registration, EOI, application and nomination. You must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for age, language, education, personal net worth, business ownership and/or senior management experience, business concept and score a minimum of 65 points in the selection factors to be considered for nomination by PETL.

Business Requirements

Your business must be:

  • Of economic benefit to the province;
  • You must have a minimum of 33.33 percent ownership and assume an active senior management role in the day-to-day operation of the business;
  • Established as a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation;
  • The continued operation of an existing business or the establishment of a new business;
  • A private-sector, for-profit entity with the primary purpose of earning profits through the sale of goods and/or services;
  • Considered a “permanent establishment” as defined under subsection 400(2) of the Canadian Income Tax Regulations, 19852.

Investment Requirements

When investing in a business, you must:

  • Make an eligible business investment of not less than CAD $250,000 before tax., PETL will not consider items purchased for personal use;
  • Control at least 33.33 per cent equity in the business.

Operating a Business in New Brunswick

With respect to operating the business, you must:

  • Ensure the business pays income tax on taxable income earned in the province, regardless of income or other taxes that may also be payable in other jurisdiction;
  • Comply with all legislation in the province including, but not limited to, the Employment Standards Act, Human Rights act and Occupational Health and Safety Act;
  • Comply with all Canadian laws in establishing, purchasing and maintaining the business; and
  • Obtain necessary licenses/permits from all applicable municipal, provincial and/or federal authorities.
Age Requirement: Age limit 55
Minimum Education: Minimum 14 years of education (2 years post secondary education)
Language Requirement: Min IELTS Bands 5
Senior Managerial Exp: 5 years for max points
Business Exp: 5 years for max points
Net Worth Requirement: CAD $600,000
Min Required Investment: CAD $250,000
Liquid funds to be shown on applying: CAD $300,000 from total net worth of the CAD $600,000 investment
Spouse ‘s English Proficiency: Will contribute to final points
Good Faith Deposit: CAD $ 100, 000(refunadble) 5 days explatory visit required
Leading to: Work Permit, PR after nomination