New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

As with most provinces and territories within Canada there are different systems in which you can apply for your permanent residency.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program

Skilled Worker with Employer Support

This system is for a skilled worker with a job offer from a New Brunswick employer who has been in business for over twelve months.

This application can be passed via the Express Entry (EE) system but a certain criteria needs to be met in order to achieve a minimum number of points which then allows you to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI).

  • New Brunswick Nominee Program (NBNP) has two age brackets with the most desirable being 25-55 and therefore a higher number of points are awarded.
  • An ability to converse in English and/or French is a necessity and a test has to be taken to confirm your proficiency. The more proficient, the higher the marks gained.
  • The higher the level of education obtained the more points you will be awarded. The minimum education level is secondary education and needs to an equivalent of a Canadian education.
  • You will be awarded points for the number of years you have worked in your intended occupation. The past five years prior to your application will be taken into consideration and the more experience you have gained the higher your awarded points.
  • New Brunswick wants anyone applying for permanent residency to be able to adapt to the New Brunswick life. With this in mind the following requirements will gain you points:
    • Family in New Brunswick – Applicant, spouse or common law partner has an immediate family member either as a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident. This does include aunt, uncle, nephew and niece.
    • If you have completed a period of education within New Brunswick you will be awarded points. The longer the duration of education the better.
    • Any work experience in New Brunswick will count. Again the length of service will determine awards.
    • Any spouse or common law partner with employment in New Brunswick within the last six months will gain points towards the overall application.
  • You can demonstrate successful employment in a second occupation, where the occupation is different from your intended occupation in New Brunswick. The occupation must be skilled and supported by a diploma or trade certificate.

The Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) will issue a LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) for the application. A positive LMIA will assure the government that no Canadian national has been passed up in favour of a foreign worker and that employing a foreign worker will have either a positive or neutral effect on the Canadian labour market. Furthermore:

  • The salary and benefits must be in line with federal and provincial standards, OR
  • The company needs to prove that they have attempted to employ someone locally and that they have participated in recruitment with NBPNP (New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Programme)

Additional job skills can also help. Successful employment within a second occupation where the occupation is different from the intended occupation. These need to be verified with a diploma or trade certificate.

In order to submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) you need a Federal EE Profile Number and a Job Seeker Verification Code.

All of the above criteria must be met otherwise the application will be rejected.

Entrepreneurial Stream

This was developed for experienced business owners and people in senior positions who want to obtain their permanent residency by starting, investing or becoming a partner in a business in New Brunswick and then residing in the province and managing and being actively involved within the business.

A lot of the criteria is similar to the Skilled Worker with Employer Support program.

  • You must be between 22-55 years of age, with a maximum number of points awarded to the age bracket 35-50.
  • An ability to converse in English and/or French is a necessity and a test has to be taken to confirm your proficiency. The more proficient, the higher the marks gained.
  • The higher the level of education obtained the more points you will be awarded. The minimum education level is secondary education and needs to be an equivalent of a Canadian education.
  • You must show a verifiable net worth of at least CAD600,000 with at least CAD300,000 of liquid and unencumbered assets.
  • You must have at least three out of five years of experience in managing and owning a business or at least 33% of ownership and OR have senior management experience in a business in five out of the last five years.
  • You must submit a business concept of 1,000 to 1,500 words.
  • New Brunswick wants anyone applying for permanent residency to be able to adapt to the New Brunswick life. You will gain additional points if your spouse or common law partner has completed a program of full-time study of at least one year at a recognized post-secondary institution in New Brunswick after the age of 17 years and with a valid study permit, or Completed at least six months of continuous full-time employment in New Brunswick.
  • Is proficient in English and/or French and has passed a test from a recognized language institution.

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Atlantic Pilot Program

This is a three year employer driven program to attract and retain global talent whilst supporting population growth and addressing labour shortages.

Two thousand immigrants and their families are allowed to reside within the four Atlantic Provinces.

Employers must meet the necessary requirements:

  • They must hire a full time international candidate but not within a seasonal position.
  • The employer and business must be well established.
  • The employer will meet the settlement needs of the candidate and their accompanying family members.

The idea of the Pilot is to focus on recruiting temporary workers already in the province but also recent international graduate students from Atlantic Canadian education institutions. They must be educated to post secondary level.

The employer and the Province work together to recruit internationally. They will meet and interview pre screened applicants, any recruitment event will be linked to a specific sector and skill set that will be in demand within New Brunswick and only the candidates within the identified sectors with be asked to register.

Some designated employers will work with the Province to recruit internationally.

Postgraduate Entrepreneurial

This scheme was developed for foreign graduates from a recognized university in New Brunswick. They have had to have studied for a minimum of two years and must have acquired or started a business in New Brunswick that has been operating for a minimum of one year and be on a valid postgraduate work permit.

Some requirements that do need to be met are:

  • They must be between the ages of 22 and 40.
  • Must be proficient in English and/or French.
  • Have lived in New Brunswick during their studies.
  • Demonstrate the intention and ability to remain in New Brunswick.

Express Entry Labour Market Criteria

This scheme is based closely on the Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker program, however, this is specifically for New Brunswick and applicants are invited from people who can contribute to the local economy.

There are necessary requirements to meet before you can enter the Express Entry pool in order to obtain your Invitation to Apply (ITA).

  • The applicant must be between the ages of 22 and 55 years old.
  • A proficiency in English and /or French and a test must be passed at a recognised language institution.
  • A minimum education level, which is equivalent to a Canadian high school diploma if studied outside of Canada. An Educational Credential Assessment is required if your qualification is completed outside of Canada.
  • At least one year of work experience in a full time continuous position or the equivalent in part time hours and this must be in your primary occupation, which correlates to the National Occupation Classification (NOC) criteria.
  • Sign and submit a Commitment to Live and Work in New Brunswick form.
  • Show sufficient funds to support the settlement of the applicant and dependent family members.

We can guide you on the specifics of each part of the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program.

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