• 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.

    When applying to any of New Brunswick’s immigration streams, you must be PR Ready. 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. Being PR Ready means more efficient processing, fewer delays and a better experience navigating the New Brunswick and Canadian immigration programs. In most cases, this means your application will be processed faster

    NBPNP applications require two stages of approval before PR status may be obtained.

    Stage 1: Application to the NBPNP for a nomination certificate If you meet all eligibility criteria and selection factors, and you have the support of your New Brunswick employer as indicated through a completed and signed Employer Information form (NBPNP-004), you can then apply to the NBPNP by submitting an online application. 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. In some cases, you may be asked to attend an interview.

    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. There is no guarantee that IRCC will approve your PR application even if you are nominated by PETL.



    Provincial immigration pathways are dependent upon federal immigration allocations, application volumes and labour market needs. For this reason:

    • PETL will determine the availability of immigration streams and categories depending on the volume of applications;
    • PETL reserves the right to close or pause application intake without prior notice for any stream, at any time;
    • PETL is not obligated to process any expression of interest or application submitted to one of its streams or categories;
    • PETL may decline to consider applications, irrespective of when an application was submitted;
    • PETL will assess applications according to the most current criteria, regardless of the date of submission of an application;
    • PETL will process applications at its discretion and in a manner that best supports the goals of the NBPNP. This can be based on application volumes, quality of individual applications, labour market information, economic forecasting and/or any other factors as determined by PETL;
    • PETL will grant priority processing to applicants who have the greatest ability to become established economically in New Brunswick – as determined by PETL – and will not process applications on a first come, first served basis;
    • The decision to process (or assess) any application and the outcome is at the sole discretion of PETL; and
    • The decision to issue a nomination certificate is at the sole discretion of PETL.
    • By submitting an application to IRCC, employers and applicants agree and acknowledge that:

    • Receipt of a nomination certificate from PETL does not guarantee that a PR visa will be issued by IRCC; • IRCC has the sole authority to decide if persons will receive a PR visa. PETL is not responsible for any processes or decisions of IRCC; and
    • IRCC will assess the application based on Canadian immigration law and make the final decision for granting a PR visa.
    • The various streams in New Brunswick provincial nominee program are:

      • Skilled worker stream
      • Express entry stream
      • Strategic initiative- French Speaking Applicants
      • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.

    Source:https://www.welcomenb.ca/content/wel-bien/en/immigration_programs.html



  • The New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream helps New Brunswick employers recruit foreign nationals and international graduates whose skills are in limited supply in the province and who have been unable to fill job vacancies with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (PR).

    The New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream is for workers with the skills, education and work experience to contribute to New Brunswick’s economy, and who are ready to live and work in New Brunswick permanently

    When applying to any of New Brunswick’s immigration streams, you must be PR Ready. In the New Brunswick Skilled Worker 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. Being PR Ready means more efficient processing, fewer delays and a better experience navigating the New Brunswick and Canadian immigration programs. In most cases, this means your application will be processed faster.

    NBPNP applications require two stages of approval before PR status may be obtained.



    If you meet all eligibility criteria and selection factors, and you have the support of your New Brunswick employer as indicated through a completed and signed Employer Information form (NBPNP-004), you can then apply to the NBPNP by submitting an online application. 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. In some cases, you may be asked to attend an interview.



    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. There is no guarantee that IRCC will approve your PR application even if you are nominated by PETL.



    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. Meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee that you will be nominated.

    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

    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 uses the NOC to classify jobs according to duties, skills, aptitudes and work settings for occupations in the Canadian labour market. The NOC helps determine whether a job meets the skill levels established for skilled, semi-skilled and low-skilled worker occupations, and whether the candidate’s qualifications and experience match the requirements of the job. PETL

    High-skilled workers are defined as individuals with an occupation within NOC 0, A, B. Semiskilled workers have occupations that fall under NOC C. Low-skilled workers have occupations that fall under NOC D skill type 7, 8 and 9, as well as NOC 6711 (Food Counter Attendants) and NOC 6731 (Light-duty Cleaners).

    PETL reserves the right to consider only certain types of jobs and occupations for nomination. Decisions are based on the economic situation of the New Brunswick labour market, current inventory, yearly nomination allocations distributed by IRCC, and any other factors determined by PETL.

    You are offered a competitive wage. The wage you have been offered must be competitive with New Brunswick wage rates for the occupation. The wage stated on your offer of employment must:

    • meet or exceed the median wage level for the occupation in the region of New Brunswick where you will be working.
    • be comparable to the rate paid to workers with a similar level of experience and training for equivalent jobs in New Brunswick; and
    • be consistent with the wage compensation structure of your employer.

    PETL will not consider bonuses, commissions, profit-sharing distributions, tips/gratuities, overtime wages, housing allowances, room and board, or other similar payments to be part of your wage.

    If you were originally hired on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), the wage you are earning at the time of registration and/or application must be equal to or greater than the wage stated in the offer of employment and on the LMIA.



    All applications submitted through the NB Skilled Worker stream must be supported by an Employer Information Form (NBPNP-004) completed by the employer and signed by both the employer and the applicant. Applications submitted without the express support of the New Brunswick employer, as indicated by this form, are not eligible for nomination under this stream



    There are a variety of regulated occupations in New Brunswick. If your intended job offer is in a regulated occupation, you are required to be certified or licensed by the regulatory authority for that occupation.

    A regulatory authority is an organization, usually provincial, responsible for ensuring members of the occupation follow the rules outlined by legislation. This includes making sure that workers meet all necessary requirements and follow occupational standards. In general, standards are set to protect the public’s health and safety, or the environment.

    One of the first steps in becoming certified or licensed in New Brunswick is to obtain an equivalency for the foreign qualifications you have earned outside of Canada. Your academic credentials and work experience will be evaluated to determine how your credentials and experience compare to Canadian-trained professionals.



    The New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream is open to foreign nationals, living in Canada or abroad, who have an offer of employment for a full-time, permanent position from an employer based in New Brunswick. To apply to the stream, you must make sure that you meet all eligibility requirements. If all eligibility requirements have been met, you will be assessed according to the following selection: age, language, education, previous work experience, priority sectors, and adaptability. A minimum of 60 of 100 points is required to be successful.



    You must be between 19-55 years of age. Your age is assessed as of the day that a complete application is submitted to PETL in response to an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Age is not considered as of the date you register with NBPNP

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    AGE POINTS
    22-55 10
    19-21 8


    To meet the language requirement, you must submit valid test results from a designated testing organization to show you have obtained a minimum score equal to or greater than a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 for English or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 4 for French in all four language abilities: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

    A benchmark of 4 is considered a basic language ability. It means you can communicate in common and predictable contexts about basic needs, everyday activities and familiar topics of immediate personal relevance. In the CLB, these are referred to as non-demanding contexts of language use.

    Valid language test results must be from one of the following designated language-testing organizations: • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Training;

    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General;
    • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF Canada); or
    • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada). Your test results will be considered valid for the two years from the date of issuance. Test results must be less than two years old when you submit your application to IRCC for PR, should you receive a nomination certificate. The following table shows the minimum scores required in each of the language proficiency tests to meet CLB4.
    Language Proficiency test Reading Writing Listening Speaking
    ELTS General 3.5 4.0 4.5 4.0
    CELPIP General 4 4 4 4
    TEF Canada 121 181 145 181
    TCF Canada 342-374 4-5 331-368 4-5


    You must, at a minimum, have a Canadian secondary (high school) diploma or a foreign high school diploma equal to a Canadian credential. If you have a foreign education you will need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a recognized organization to show that your credential is valid and equal to a Canadian credential. If you already have an ECA report, it must be less than five years old when IRCC receives your PR application, should you receive a nomination certificate. You don’t need an assessment for a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate.

    To obtain an ECA Report, you must be assessed by an organization or a professional body designated by IRCC. They will give you a report that tells you what your education is equal to in Canada. Once you choose a designated organization or a professional body, they will tell you how to submit your documents to get your assessment. Designated organizations include:

    • Comparative Education Service (CES)
    • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
    • World Education Services (WES)
    • International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
    • International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
    • Medical Council of Canada (professional body for doctors)
    • Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (professional body for pharmacists) Processing times and costs may vary by organization or professional body

    Note: You must indicate to the organization that you are requesting the ECA for purposes of applying to the NBPNP and request that a copy of your report be sent to NBPNP. Where possible please ensure the ECA is sent electronically to immigration@gnb.ca.

    The Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Branch (PETL) and will assess certificates or licenses that are granted by a regulatory authority if they are in a trade or occupation that is similar in scope to any of the designated occupations in New Brunswick.

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    Educational Credentials or equivalent Points
    Doctoral Level University Degree (PhD.) 20
    Master’s degree or professional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession.(For professional degree the degree program must be in: medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, law, chiropractic medicine, or pharmacy) 20
    Two or more certificates, degrees, diplomas or certificates from a university, college, trade or technical school, or other accredited institute. One has to be a program for at least 3 years. 19
    Bachelors Degree or a three year or more year program at a university, college, trade or technical school or other accredited institute. 19
    Two year degree, diploma, or certificate from a university, college, trade or technical school, or other accredited institute 18
    One year degree, diploma or certificate from a university, college trade or technical school or other accredited institute. 17
    Secondary diploma (high school graduation) from a high school (after junior/middle school and before college, university or other formal training. 15


    You may be awarded up to a maximum of 20 points based on your cumulative full-time, related work experience obtained within the five years prior to submitting your immigration application to PETL.

    Note: Work experience is not required for international graduates, with a minimum one-year degree, diploma or certificate from a New Brunswick university, college, trade or technical school, or other accredited institute, hired through the New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream. Your work experience shall

    • be based on full-time work, which means at least 1,560 hours of work over a period of one year. [This is how many hours you would have worked in a year if you were working 30 hours per week.];
    • be with one or more employers;
    • be in a NOC related to your job offer from a New Brunswick employer;
    • be paid. [Employment that is part of unpaid internships, volunteer experiences and programs of study (such as a co-op) do not qualify towards your work experience];
    • be obtained within Canada and/or abroad;
    • If based on self-employment, be validated with official documents through independent third parties; and
    • Not be based on self-employment in the retail, food and accommodation sectors. If you are claiming work experience in a regulated occupation that requires authorization to practice, you must demonstrate that you held a valid license from the applicable regulatory body during that period.
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    YEARS OF EXPERIENCE POINTS
    Five 20
    Four 16
    Three 12
    Two 8
    Two 8 One 5


    The NBPNP is locally driven and works to balance the needs of New Brunswick employers with provincial priorities. You may be awarded 10 points if your intended occupation is in the education, health care, manufacturing, transportation or the business service centers sector, and your employer can demonstrate that they have been unable to identify qualified candidates in the local labour market.



    You may be awarded up to a maximum of 12 points in the event you have an additional connection to New Brunswick demonstrated through education, employment in New Brunswick, additional skills and language.

    EMPLOYMENT
    • You have worked in New Brunswick for at least two of the last five years, with a valid work permit or authorization to work in Canada.
    10
    • You have worked in New Brunswick for at least two of the last five years, with a valid work permit or authorization to work in Canada.
    10
    • Your employer has a positive LMIA on which your job offer is based, or your occupation is exempt from needing an LMIA,OR
    8
    • Your employer interviewed, and hired you through a national international recruitment mission organized by PETL in the last 12 months immediately prior to submitting an application.
    7
    • You are an International student graduate from a post - secondary institution in New Brunswick with at least six months work experience In the province, including work experience obtained while a student.
    7
    EDUCATION
    • You have successfully completed at least two years of post - secondary education from an accredited institution in New Brunswick
    10
    • You have successfully completed at least one year of post -secondary education from an accredited institution in New Brunswick
    7
    FAMILY
    • You or your spouse/common-law partner, has a son, daughter, brother, sister, mother, father, child, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew living in New Brunswick as a Canadian Citizen or PR for the 12 months prior to you submitting an application.
    5
    SPOUSE OR COMMON-LAW PARTNER
    • Your spouse or common-law partner worked for at least one of the last five years in New Brunswick, with a valid work permit or authorization to work in Canada, or
    5
    • Your spouse or common-law partner has a minimum language level proficiency of CLB4 4 in English or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 4 in French in all four language abilities
    5

    Source:https://www.welcomenb.ca/content/welbien/en/immigrating/content/HowToImmigrate/NBProvincialNomineeProgr am.html



  • NBPNP applications require two stages of approval before PR status may be obtained.

    NBPNP applications require two stages of approval before PR status may be 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 submitting an online application. 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. In some cases, you may be asked to attend an interview.

    Stage 2: Application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for a Permanent Residency (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 be processed through IRCC’s electronic management system. 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. There is no guarantee that IRCC will approve your PR application, even if you are nominated by PETL.



    1. 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;
    • Are a post-secondary student currently enrolled in a New Brunswick post-secondary institution and in the final term of studies OR have foreign education with a completed credential and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for immigration purposes from a designated organization showing that the education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary institution (high school) or post-secondary institution
    • 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.

    2. You have an eligible connection to New Brunswick.

    To be considered under the New Brunswick Express Entry Stream you must be able to demonstrate an eligible connection to the province

    3. You have enough money to support yourself and your family (even if they are not coming with you to Canada).

    The amount of money you need to support your family depends on the size of your family. To calculate the size of your family you must include: yourself, your spouse or partner, your dependent children and your spouse’s dependent children. Include your spouse or dependent children even if they are permanent residents or Canadian citizens and/or not coming with you to Canada. These amounts are updated every year.

    Funds must be readily available to you. For example, you cannot use equity on real property as proof of settlement funds.

    You also can not borrow this money from another person. You must be able to use this money to pay the costs of living for your family (even if they are not coming with you).

    If your spouse is coming with you, you can count money you have together in a joint account. You may be able to count money in an account under their name only, but you must prove you have access to the money.

    The funds must be available both when you apply and when (if) Canada issues you a permanent resident visa. You must prove to an immigration officer that you can legally access the money to use here when you arrive.

    For proof, you must get official letters from any banks or financial institutions where you are keeping money.
    Letter(s) must:

    • be printed on the financial institution’s letterhead;
    • include their contact information (address, telephone number and email address);
    • include your name; list outstanding debts such as credit card debts and loans;
    • include, for each current bank and investment account, the account numbers, date each account was opened, current balance of each account and the average balance for the past six months.

    You do not need to demonstrate proof of funds if you are authorized to work in Canada and you have a valid job offer that meets certain, specific criteria.

    4. you meet the requirements of a NOC 0, A or B occupation.

    It is your responsibility to demonstrate that you are qualified for a NOC 0, A or B position. PETL may refer to the National Occupation Code (NOC) and industry standards, etc., to determine the minimum qualifications for an occupation.

    PETL uses the NOC to classify jobs according to duties, skills, aptitudes and work settings for occupations in the Canadian labour market. The NOC helps determine whether a job meets the skill levels established for skilled worker occupations, and whether the candidate’s qualifications and experience match the requirements of the job.

    PETL reserves the right to consider only certain types of jobs and occupations for nomination. Decisions are based on the economic situation of the New Brunswick labour market, current inventory, yearly nomination allocations distributed by IRCC, and any other factors determined by PETL.

    5. You received a genuine offer of employment (if applicable).

    A New Brunswick employer has offered, and you have accepted, permanent, full time, yearround (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 offered a competitive wage (if applicable). The wage you have been offered must be competitive with New Brunswick wage rates for the occupation.

    The wage stated on your offer of employment must:

    • meet or exceed the median wage level for the occupation in the region of New Brunswick where you will be working
    • be comparable to the rate paid to workers with a similar level of experience and training for equivalent jobs in New Brunswick; and
    • be consistent with the wage compensation structure of your employer. PETL will not consider bonuses, commissions, profit-sharing distributions, tips/gratuities, overtime wages, housing allowances, room and board, or other similar payments to be part of your wage.

    If you were originally hired on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), the wage you are earning at the time of registration and/or application must be equal to or greater than the wage stated in the offer of employment and on the LMIA.

    Regulated occupations in New Brunswick

    There are a variety of regulated occupations in New Brunswick. If your intended job offer is in a regulated occupation, you are required to be certified or licensed by the regulatory authority for that occupation. A regulatory authority is an organization, usually provincial, responsible for ensuring members of the occupation follow the rules outlined by legislation. This includes making sure that workers meet all necessary requirements and follow occupational standards. In general, standards are set to protect the public’s health and safety, or the environment.

    One of the first steps in becoming certified or licensed in New Brunswick is to obtain an equivalency for the foreign qualifications you have earned outside of Canada. Your academic credentials and work experience will be evaluated to determine how your credentials and experience compare to Canadian-trained professionals.



    If all eligibility requirements have been met, you will be assessed according to the following six selection factors:

    • Age
    • Language (English and/or French language skills)
    • Education
    • Work experience
    • Employment in New Brunswick (if applicable)
    • Adaptability (i.e. how well you are likely to settle in New Brunswick)

    These selection factors are categorized using a points system.
    You must score a minimum of 67 of 100 points to be successful



    You must be between 22-55 years of age. Your age is assessed as of the day that a complete application is submitted to PETL in response to an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Age is not considered as of the date you register with NBPNP.

    Calculate your score

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    AGE POINTS
    Under 22 0
    22-35 12
    36 11
    37 10
    38 9
    39 8
    40 7
    40 7
    41 6
    42 5
    43 4
    44 3
    44 3
    44 3
    45 2
    46 1
    47 and older 0
    8

    TTo meet the language requirement, you must submit valid test results from a designated testing organization.

    The test results must show that, in all four language abilities: reading, writing, listening and speaking, you have obtained a minimum score equal to or greater than:

    • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 for English; or,
    • Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 7 for French Valid language test results must be from one of the following designated language-testing organizations:
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Training;
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General;
    • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF Canada); or
    • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada).

    Your test results will be considered valid for the two years from the date of issuance. Test results must be less than two years old when you submit your application to IRCC for PR, should you receive a nomination certificate.

    If you want to earn points for skills in both English and French, you must provide tests results for each language.

    The following table shows the minimum scores required in each of the language proficiency tests to meet CLB7.

    Language Proficiency test Reading Writing Listening Speaking
    ELTS General 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
    CELPIP General 7 7 7 7
    TEF Canada 207 310 249 310
    TCF Canada 453 10 458 105


    You must, at a minimum, have a Canadian secondary (high school) diploma or a foreign high school diploma equal to a Canadian credential. If you have a foreign education, you will need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a recognized organization to show that your credential is valid and equal to a Canadian credential. If you already have an ECA report, it must be less than five years old when IRCC receives your PR application, should you receive a nomination certificate. You do not need an assessment for a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate.

    To obtain an ECA Report, you must be assessed by an organization or a professional body designated by IRCC. They will give you a report that tells you what your education is equal to in Canada.

    Once you choose a designated organization or a professional body, they will tell you how to submit your documents to get your assessment.

    Designated organizations include:

    • Comparative Education Service (CES)
    • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
    • World Education Services (WES)
    • International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
    • International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
    • Medical Council of Canada (professional body for doctors)
    • Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (professional body for pharmacists) Processing times and costs may vary by organization or professional body
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    Educational Credentials or equivalent Points
    Doctoral Level University Degree (PhD.) 25
    Master’s degree or professional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession.(For professional degree the degree program must be in: medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, law, chiropractic medicine, or pharmacy) 23
    Two or more certificates, degrees, diplomas or certificates from a university, college, trade or technical school, or other accredited institute. One has to be a program for at least 3 years. 22
    Bachelors Degree or a three year or more year program at a university, college, trade or technical school or other accredited institute. 21
    Two year degree, diploma, or certificate from a university, college, trade or technical school, or other accredited institute. 19
    One year degree, diploma or certificate from a university, college trade or technical school or other accredited institute. 15
    Secondary diploma (high school graduation) from a high school (after junior/middle school and before college, university or other formal training. 5


    You may be awarded up to a maximum of 15 points if you have at least one year of full-time paid work or an equal amount of part-time work. The work experience must be within 10 years before submitting your application.

    The work experience must be at skill type 0 or skill levels A or B of the 2016 National Occupation Classification.

    • Managerial jobs (skill type 0);
    • Professional jobs (skill level A); or
    • Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill level B).

    You must show that while working in your primary occupation you performed the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC. This includes all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed. Your work experience needs to be in the same type of job (have the same NOC) as the job you want to use for your immigration application.

    Your work experience must be paid work. Employment that is part of unpaid internships and volunteer experiences do not count towards your work experience.

    You must accumulate at least one year of continuous work, or 1,560 hours total (30 hours per week) within the last 10 years. It can be in Canada or abroad. You can meet the one year (1,560 hours) of continuous work requirement in a few different ways:

    • Full time at one job: 30 hours per week for 12 months
    • Full-time at more than one job: 30 hours per week for 12 months at more than one job
    • Equal amount in part-time: 15 hours per week for 24 months.

    If you are claiming work experience in a regulated occupation that requires authorization to practice, you must demonstrate that you held a valid license from the applicable regulatory body during that period.



    You and your spouse or common-law partner (who will immigrate with you) can earn up to a maximum of 10 points for adaptability. These elements assess how well you and your spouse are likely to settle in New Brunswick.

    PRINCIPAL APPLICANT POINTS
    PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT At least one year of full time work in New Brunswick in a job listed in skill type 0 or skill levels A or B of NOC, and with a valid work visa, or while authorized to work in Canada. 10
    PREVIOUS STIDIES At least two academic years of full time study ( in a program at least two years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in New Brunswick. Full time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week. You must have stayed in good academic standing (as set out by the school) during that time. 5
    ARRANGED EMPLOYMENT You earned points for having arranged employment. 5
    FAMILY You or your Spouse/common-law partner, have a relative who is 18 years or older, living in New Brunswick as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, for at least 12 months prior to submitting your application to PETL. This relative must be a parent: grandparent: child: sibling (child of your parent): aunt: uncle (by blood or marriage): or niece or nephew (grandchild of your parent). 5
    SPOUSE OR COMMON –LAW PARTNERPRINCIPAL APPLICANT
    POINTS
    LANGUAGE

    Your spouse or common law partner has a level education In either English or French at CLB 4 or higher in all 4 language abilities (speaking, listening, reading, and writing).

    To earn these points, you must submit your spouse or common- law partner’s test result from an approved agency when you apply. The language tests are valid for two years after the date of test result. They must be valid on the day you apply to IRCC permanent residence.

    5
    WORK EXPERIENCE Your spouse or common-law partner has at least one year of full-time work in New Brunswick with a valid work permit, or while authorized to work in Canada. 5
    PREVIOUS STUDIES Your spouse or common-law partner completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program at least two year long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in New Brunswick. Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week. You must have stayed in a good academic standing (as set out by the school) during that time. 5

    Source:https://www.welcomenb.ca/content/wel-bien/en/immigrating/content/HowToImmigrate/NBProvincialNomineeProgram/ExpressEntry.html



  • Within the NBPNP is the New Brunswick Business Immigration Stream. The NB Business Immigration Stream is an economic immigration pathway for experienced entrepreneurs who are ready to establish, operate and actively manage a business while living and settling in New Brunswick permanently.

    NBPNP applications require four stages of approval before Permanent Resident (PR) status may be obtained.

    Stage 1: Application to the NB Business Immigration Stream for a Work Permit Letter ofSupport

    If you meet all eligibility criteria and selection factors, you can apply to the NB Business Immigration stream by registering online and submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI). The Province reviews EOIs and issues Invitations to Apply (ITA). If an ITA is sent to you, 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. In some cases, you may be asked to attend an interview. Successful applications result in the Province issuing a letter of support for a temporary work permit.

    Stage 2: Obtaining your Work Permit from the Federal Government

    IYou may now apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a Work Permit which, if approved, will be valid for 2 years. This time is intended to allow you the opportunity to start your new business in New Brunswick.

    Stage 3: Establishing your Business

    After receiving your valid Work Permit from IRCC, you may now start working on establishing your business in New Brunswick based on the approved business plan, location and investment amount. Business Plans and locations cannot be changed after your application has been approved by PETL. Your business must be operational for a minimum of 1 year and the terms of the Business Performance Agreement (BPA) fulfilled prior to submitting a request to receive a provincial Nomination Certificate from PETL.

    Stage 4: Application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for a PR visa

    If you receive a provincial nomination, you may then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a PR visa. 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. There is no guarantee that IRCC will approve your PR application even if you are nominated by the Government of New Brunswick.

    PR Readiness

    When applying to any of New Brunswick’s immigration streams, you must be PR Ready. This 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.

    Being PR Ready means more efficient processing, fewer delays and a better experience navigating the New Brunswick and Canadian immigration programs.



    There are requirements for each stage of the NB Business Immigration stream process including online registration, EOI, application, work permit letter of support 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.

    Eligibility requirements must be met at the time of the EOI, application and nomination. Meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee that you will be nominated.

    PETL reserves the right to consider only certain types of new businesses or the purchase of existing businesses for economic development. Decisions are based on the economic situation of the New Brunswick labour market, current inventory, yearly nomination allocations distributed by IRCC, and any other factors determined by PETL.

    1. Business requirements

    Your business must be:

    1. Of economic benefit to the province;
    2. Established as a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation; (in the case of a partnership, the other partner(s) must be a Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen);
    3. The continued operation of an existing business or the establishment of a new business;
    4. A private-sector, for-profit entity with the primary purpose of earning profits through the sale of goods and/or services; and,
    5. Considered a “permanent establishment” as defined under subsection 400(2) of the Canadian Income Tax Regulations, 1985.

    2. Economic benefit

    Priority processing may occur for applications with business plans that have the greatest potential to create significant economic benefit through:

    1. Increased value-added manufacturing or processing for New Brunswick exports;
    2. Enhanced research and development;
    3. Development of new products and/or services;
    4. Development of innovative approaches to traditional businesses;
    5. Development and/or enhancements of new technologies;
    6. The transfer of technology and specialized knowledge to New Brunswick;
    7. Providing products and/or services to an under-served local or regional market;
    8. Immediate needs identified in specific regions or communities; and
    9. Other, as determined by PETL.

    3. Investment

    When investing in a business, you must:

    1. Make an eligible investment of not less than CAD $150,000 before tax., PETL will not consider items purchased for personal use including, but not limited to, your principal residence and motor vehicles as part of your minimum eligible investment;
    2. Control at least 33.3% equity in the business.
    3. Please note: total eligible investment excludes working capital such as rent, wages, leasing costs, cash flow and any other recurring expenses as deemed, by PETL, ineligible for the purposes of this program.

      Eligible equity investments must be derived from your personal net worth and may include but are not limited to:

    a) Business Premises, including:

    1. Building and/or land to a maximum of 25% of your total eligible investment or actual cost, whichever is lower; and
    2. Property improvements or leasehold improvements that increase the value of the business premises to a maximum of 25% of your total eligible investment or actual cost, whichever is lower.

    b) Office equipment

    Used by employees to enable them to perform their day-to-day duties may include, for example:

    1. book cases; chairs; communication devices; computers and laptops; desks; file cabinets; fire extinguishers; first aid kit; hardware including printers, scanners and shredders; light fixtures; office furniture; photocopier recycling bin; safe; stationery; and tools and devices.

    c) Equipment

    Necessary for use in primary production and manufacturing of goods including, but not limited to (100% of total investment):

    1. Machinery; and
    2. Tools; and
    3. Shipping, installation and testing of equipment.

    d) Initial inventory

    A maximum of 50% of your total eligible investment or actual cost, whichever is lower. Initial inventory is considered to be inventory purchased up to the opening day of your business

    1. raw materials, components and supplies

    e) Professional services from North American companies

    Including marketing, promotions and services in connection with establishing the business to a maximum of 4% of your total eligible investment or CAD $10,000, whichever is lower.

    f) Vehicle

    A maximum of 5% of your total eligible investment up to a maximum of CAD $15,000, whichever is lower. The amount must be amortized to reflect actual business use and a log similar to that used for income tax purposes is required.

    4. Purchasing an established New Brunswick business

    If buying an existing business, you must demonstrate to PETL that the business:

    1. Has been in continuous operation by the same owner for the three years prior to the purchase date; and that the owner is a permanent resident or citizen of Canada;
    2. Will be purchased at a proven fair market value;
    3. Has achieved a proven net profit for at least two of the previous three years as demonstrated by audited financial statements and corporate tax assessments issued by Canada Revenue Agency;
    4. Will provide for the continued employment to existing staff on similar terms and conditions.
    5. Is not in receivership and/or has not filed for bankruptcy for the three years prior to purchase date; and
    6. Goodwill may not exceed 10% of the net book value when purchasing a profitable business.

    5. Creating jobs in New Brunswick

    Canada living in New Brunswick. The one full-time job cannot include you, your spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children and/or other family members. Full-time means that an employer is expected to provide a minimum of 30 hours per week of work to their employee(s).

    6. Operating the business in New Brunswick

    With respect to operating the business, you must:

    1. 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 jurisdictions because of income earned or other business activity;
    2. 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;
    3. Comply with all Canadian laws in establishing, purchasing and maintaining the business; and
    4. Obtain necessary licenses/permits from all applicable municipal, provincial and/or federal authorities.

    7. Active management role in business

    Providing active management to the business is a requirement of the NB Business Immigration Stream as set out in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), section 87(6) (c).
    You must:

    1. Assume risk and influence the direction of the business;
    2. Provide ongoing and active management to the business from within New Brunswick; and
    3. Be present at the business premises on a day-to-day basis.

    8. Net worth verification report

    If you receive an ITA, you must engage a professional accounting service provider, designated by PETL, to complete a Net worth Verification Report on your behalf. The service provider will review your personal net worth claims and your accumulation of funds through an analysis of financial documents you submit to them.
    The service provider will produce a report that outlines:

    1. Your total verifiable personal net worth;
    2. Details regarding the legal accumulation of your funds; and
    3. Whether there are any concerns that require further investigation

    The service provider will send a copy of the report directly to PETL and to you. The report will be used in the assessment of your application. Notwithstanding the conclusions of the report, PETL has the sole discretion and responsibility to assess your application and may request additional information, supporting documentation and clarification regarding your personal net worth during the application process.

    The amount of time it takes to evaluate your documents and prepare a verification report will vary. Factors such as the volume of financial documents you provide, and the processing capacity of the service provider can affect the timing. Service providers are required to complete a net worth verification report within 90 days after you have received your ITA.

    There are currently three designated Personal Net Worth Verifiers from which to choose:

    Grant Thornton LLP Nick Ross 570 Queen St, 4th Floor PO Box 1054 Fredericton, NB E3B 5C2 Tel: 506-858-2525 Fax: 506-453- 7029 Email: NBimmigration@ca.gt.com Website:www.grantthornton.ca Grant Thornton LLP Nick Ross 570 Queen St, 4th Floor PO Box 1054 Fredericton, NB E3B 5C2 Tel: 506-858-2525 Fax: 506-453- 7029 Email: NBimmigration@ca.gt.com Website:www.grantthornton.ca Grant Thornton LLP Nick Ross 570 Queen St, 4th Floor PO Box 1054 Fredericton, NB E3B 5C2 Tel: 506-858-2525 Fax: 506-453- 7029 Email: NBimmigration@ca.gt.com Website:www.grantthornton.ca

    The Department recommends you do not engage a service provider until you receive an ITA.

    The report is valid for 12 months from the date of issuance by the service provider. If you did not choose one of the designated Personal Net worth Verifiers listed above, your application will be refused.

    If you choose a designated Personal Net worth Verifier listed above to aid with your Business Plan, your application will be refused.

    Failure to provide satisfactory evidence to verify your personal net worth and legal accumulation of funds will result in the refusal of your application

    9. Presence in New Brunswick

    During the establishment of your business, you must:

    1. Reside in New Brunswick 75% of the time of your Business Establishment Period (BEP), and
    2. Reside within 100 kms of your place of business.

    10. Site Visit

    Prior to receiving a nomination certificate, PETL will conduct a site visit and interview with you at the business premises to verify compliance with the terms and conditions set out in the signed and dated Business Performance Agreement (BPA).

    A site visit and interview will be scheduled:

    1. After PETL receives the Request for Nomination form (NBBIS-006);
    2. After PETL confirms the business has been operational for a minimum of 12 months; and
    3. After PETL reviews the submitted financial information to confirm the eligible investment obligations are met.

    During or prior to an official site visit, you must provide department officials with information and/or documents that are reasonably required to verify your compliance with the terms and conditions set out in the signed and dated business performance agreement, including but not limited to:

    • Proof of business registration and incorporation;
    • Business permits and licenses;
    • Bank statements;
    • Invoices showing proof of eligible investment;
    • Financial statements prepared by a certified or chartered accountant;
    • Business income tax assessments; /li>
    • Payroll documents.

    Unannounced site visits may occur during the establishment of your business.

    11. Eligible Seasonal Businesses

    Agriculture:

    Some agricultural businesses may be eligible:

    1. Minimum operating time 9 out of 12 months in a calendar year;
    2. Minimum farm size 100 hectares;
    3. Agricultural business plans will be evaluated by an authority committee prior to sending an ITA.

    Tourism:

    Some tourism businesses may be eligible:

    1. Minimum operating time 9 out of 12 months;
    2. Minimum operating time 6 out of 12 months if eligible equity investment exceeds $1 million CAD;
    3. Tourism business plans will be evaluated by an authority committee prior to sending an ITA.

    12. Key sectors

    The list below is not intended to be exhaustive. PETL reserves the right to modify the list:

    1. Manufacturing;
    2. Information and communication technology (ICT);
    3. Cyber security;
    4. Value added wood;
    5. Agriculture;
    6. Aquaculture;
    7. Tourism;
    8. Digital health;
    9. Food and beverage;
    10. Contact/call centers;
    11. Energy innovation; and
    12. Aerospace and defense.
    p>13. Ineligible businesses

    The list below is not intended to be exhaustive. PETL reserves the right to modify the list of excluded business activities and/or characteristics at any time.

    The following business activities are ineligible for the NB Business Immigration Stream:

    1. Adult services including but not limited to the production, distribution and/or sale of pornographic or sexually explicit products and/or services, and/or the provision of sexually oriented services;
    2. Bed and breakfast accommodations;
    3. Coin operated businesses;
    4. Consultancy (business or agency that offers expert professional advice in a field);
    5. Online language and educational training centers;
    6. E-commerce or online businesses;
    7. Facilities that provide temporary residents and/or newcomer’s settlement services;
    8. Cooperative (business or organization owned and operated by its member);
    9. Domain names;
    10. Hobby farm for personal consumption or use that does not generate a primary source of income;
    11. Brokerage businesses (a business that derives its prime source of income from acting as an intermediary for buyers and sellers);
    12. Financial services including, but not limited to cooperatives and/or credit unions, short-term borrowing including, but not limited to, payday loan, cheque cashing, money changing and cash machines, secured loans where items of personal property are used as collateral (i.e. pawnbrokers);
    13. Home-based and/or businesses operating from a residential property;
    14. Landlord property and rental management;
    15. Inn or boutique hotel that has less than five rental units with revenues less than CAD $100,000;
    16. not-for-profit businesses and organizations;
    17. property investment (purchase/construction/development of real estate for the intention of earning a return on the investment, either through rental income, the future resale of the property or both); However, construction and/or development may be eligible if multiple signed and verifiable contracts are provided; This does not include the purchase of existing properties and/or businesses;
    18. Professional practices and services where the applicant fails to provide proof of licensing and/or accreditation in New Brunswick;
    19. Is an immigration-linked passive investment scheme pursuant to Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations section 87(5)b and as defined by IRPR 87(9);
    20. Is conducted remotely from a jurisdiction outside New Brunswick;
    21. Offers products and/or services that are primarily used during a certain time of the year; Note: businesses must be operational for 12 months continuously throughout each year (exceptions for Tourism and Agriculture listed in previous section).
    22. Promotes and/or sells controlled substances and illegal drugs, prescription drugs and items used to manufacture controlled substances and/or drug paraphernalia;
    23. Promotes and/or sells illegal items and items that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activities including, but not limited to counterfeit products, copies of movies, software and trademarks, etc.; and
    24. Any business that by association could bring the department into disrepute.

    14. Exploratory visits

    If you are planning to live in New Brunswick and to operate a business here, PETL encourages you to visit the Province to assess the viability of your business. The exploratory visit must be a minimum of five full business days, although longer trips are recommended. Travel days, and statutory holidays and weekends are not to be included as part of the minimum five full business day requirement. PETL will not incur any costs related to an exploratory visit. The purpose of the exploratory visit is for you to conduct extensive research related to business opportunities that are of economic benefit to New Brunswick.

    Suggestions for business meetings include, but are not limited to:

    1. New Brunswick business owners;
    2. Regional economic development officers;
    3. Chamber of commerce officials;
    4. Industry association officials;
    5. Commercial bankers;
    6. Commercial and/or residential real estate agents;
    7. Business brokers;
    8. Accountants that provide advice on business organizations, evaluations, book keeping and taxation
    9. Legal counsel that aids with legal transfers, purchase agreements, etc.; and
    10. New Brunswick-based ethnic and cultural associations.

    If you participate in an exploratory visit, you must submit an Exploratory Visit Report with your application. The report must include the following details:

    1. Length of stay in New Brunswick, including time spent in other Canadian jurisdictions Provide copies of all airline tickets, boarding passes and hotel receipts during your stay in Canada. Be sure to remove any credit card information prior to submission; and
    2. A record of meetings held in Province with business service providers and settlement organizations. Include the name, contact information and business card for individuals participating in the meetings, date and location, how the meeting relates to your business establishment and/or settlement in New Brunswick; and
    3. A record of visits to existing business locations. Include the name, contact information and business card for individuals participating in the meetings, date and location, how the meeting relates to your business establishment and/or settlement in New Brunswick.

    Prospective Immigrants may require a temporary resident visa (TRV) to enter Canada. If you do not require a visa to enter Canada, you may require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

    You must ensure that you have the travel documents required for travel to New Brunswick. PETL will not provide letters of support for TRVs and eTAs, or otherwise intervene on your behalf in the event you are denied admission to Canada as a temporary resident (either as a visitor, student or worker).

    Note: to be considered, an exploratory visit must have taken place within the 12 months prior to your application submission to the NB Business immigration stream

    15. 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”



    The NB Business Immigration Stream is open to entrepreneurs or senior managers, living in Canada or abroad, who are ready to establish, operate and actively manage a business while living and settling in New Brunswick permanently. To apply to the stream, you must make sure that you meet all eligibility requirements. If all eligibility requirements have been met, you will be assessed according to the following selection: age, language, education, personal net worth, business ownership and/or senior management experience, business concept and adaptability. A minimum of 65 of 100 points is required to be successful.

    1. Age

    You must be between 21-59 years of age. Your age is assessed as of the day that a complete application is submitted to PETL in response to an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

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    AGE POINTS MAX POINTS
    21-29 5 10
    30-49 10 10
    50-59 5 10

    2. Official languages

    To meet the language requirement, you must submit valid test results from a designated testing organization to show you have obtained a minimum score equal to or greater than a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for English or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 5 for French in all four language abilities: reading, writing, listening and speaking

    A speaker with benchmark of 5 can maintain conversations in small groups and possesses a range of common everyday vocabulary. It means you can communicate in common and predictable contexts about basic needs, everyday activities and familiar topics of immediate personal relevance.

    Valid language test results must be from one of the following designated language-testing organizations:

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Training;
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General;
    • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF Canada); or
    • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada).

    Your test results will be considered valid for the two years from the date of issuance. Test results must be less than two years old when you submit your application to IRCC for PR, should you receive a nomination certificate. The following table shows the minimum scores required in each of the language proficiency tests to meet CLB5.

    Language Proficiency test Reading Writing Listening Speaking
    ELTS General 4.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
    CELPIP General 5 5 5 5
    TEF Canada 151-180 226-270 181-216 226-270
    TCF Canada 375-405 6 369-397 6

    3. Education

    You must, at a minimum, have a Canadian secondary (high school) diploma or a foreign high school diploma equal to a Canadian credential. If you have a foreign education, you will need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a recognized organization to show that your credential is valid and equal to a Canadian credential. If you already have an ECA report, it must be less than five years old when IRCC receives your PR application, should you receive a nomination certificate. You do not need an assessment for a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate. To obtain an ECA Report, you must be assessed by an organization or a professional body designated by IRCC. They will give you a report that tells you what your education is equal to in Canada. Once you choose a designated organization or a professional body, they will tell you how to submit your documents to get your assessment.

    Designated organizations include:

    1. Comparative Education Service (CES)
    2. International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
    3. World Education Services (WES)
    4. International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
    5. International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
    6. Medical Council of Canada (professional body for doctors) g) Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (professional body for pharmacists)

    Processing times and costs may vary by organization or professional body.

    Educational Credentials or equivalent Points MAX Points
    Post-Graduate Master’s degree or Ph.D. Awarded by a graduate school of a college or university, after completion of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree 20 20
    Post-Secondary Academic degree Awarded by a college or university for completion of an undergraduate curriculum that required at least three years of full-time study 16 20
    Post-Secondary diploma Awarded in a specific trade that required at least two years full time study after high school 13 20
    High School diploma Awarded by a secondary school 10 20

    4. Personal Net Worth

    Points are not awarded for meeting the requirements for personal net worth.

    “Personal net worth” means value of total assets minus the value of total liabilities. It includes all your assets as well as those of your spouse or common-law partner and must be in either or both of your names. You must have a verifiable personal net worth of at least CAD $500,000. Your personal net worth must be legally obtained and must be verified by a third-party professional designated by PETL. You must disclose your full net worth. Inheritances, donations and gifts received less than six months before an application is received by PETL will not be considered eligible towards your net worth.

    “Total assets” means cash in current bank accounts; fixed (term) deposits; pensions; publicly traded stocks, bonds and mutual funds; real property and investments in one or more businesses.

    “Total liabilities” means mortgages, personal debts and other encumbrances.


    5. Business Ownership / Work experience

    As a business owner you may be awarded up to a maximum of 15 points considering:

    1. You must be the business owner (of at least 51%) for at least three out of the last five years; and
    2. ) Be responsible for supervising at least two employees.

    Based on your senior management experience you may be awarded up to a maximum of 9 points.

    1. You manage the organization, a department, division, or component of the organization; or an essential function within the organization; and
    2. You are the senior manager in a business in three out of the last five years; and
    3. You are responsible for supervising at least two employees; and
    4. You have the authority to hire and terminate employment, or recom
    5. You are personally involved in the day-to-day operations as a primary decision maker; and
    6. You must have been actively involved in a for-profit company that is not owned or operated by a government or voluntary sector.
    USINESS OWNERSHIP, OR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE POINTS MAX POINTS
    Candidate must be minimum 51% owner of a private sector company, involved in the day-to-day operations as the primary decision maker, and responsible for supervising at least two full-time employees
    • 10 in the last 10
    • 6-9 in the last 10
    • - 3 in the last 5
    • 15
    • 12
    • 8
    15
    SENIOR ,MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE, OR YEARS OF EXPERIENCE POINTS MAX POINTS
    Candidate must be a senior manager in a forprofit company, and involved in the day-to-day operations as a primary decision maker responsible for supervising at least two full-time employees
    • 10 in the last 10
    • 6-9 in the last 10
    • - 3 in the last 5
    • 9
    • 7
    • 5
    15
    SHAREHOLDER INVESTMENT YEARS OF EXPERIENCE POINTS MAX POINTS
    CCandidate who owns shares in other businesses but does not have an active day-to-day managerial role in the business Any 0 15

    6. Business Concept

    You must submit a business concept with your EOI. You may be awarded up to 25 points for your business elements. You must demonstrate that the business concept is of economic benefit to New Brunswick and operates for the primary purpose of earning profits by providing products and/or services. You must demonstrate that you have conducted extensive research and considered relevant economic, market and cultural factors. You must also take into account your personal strengths and weaknesses.

    BUSINESS PLAN-ECONOMIC BENEFIT TO NEW BRUNSWICK POINTS MAX POINTS
    Candidate visited NB for a minimum of 5 business days within one year (12 months) previous to applying and has included the trip report with the EOI 5 25
    Candidate will transfer minimum 5 years of business ownership experience to the same industry and sector in New Brunswick 4 25
    Business is located outside of the greater Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton regions (more than 20 kms from city center) 5 25
    Eligible investment is greater than $500,000 CAD Eligible investment is between $150,000 CAD and $499,999 CAD 3 OR, 2 25
    Candidate included relevant statutes, regulations, by-laws and accreditation requirements related to their business plan 3 25
    Candidate included relevant and detailed market research related to business plan 5 25

    7. Adaptability

    You may be awarded up to a maximum of 5 points if your spouse or common-law partner has studied or worked in New Brunswick and meets the minimum level CLB 5 in English or NCLC 5 in French in all four language abilities as validated by the results of a language test administered by a designated IRCC testing agency.

    BUSINESS PLAN-ECONOMIC BENEFIT TO NEW BRUNSWICK POINTS MAX POINTS
    ADAPTABILITY- SPOUSE OR COMMON - LAW PARTNER POINTS
    Completed a program of full time study of at least one year at a recognized postsecondary institution in New Brunswick after the age of 17 years and with a valid study permit, or 5
    Completed at least six months of continuous full-time employment in New Brunswick, or 5
    Meets the minimum level CLB 5 in English or NCLC 5 in French in all four language abilities (i.e. reading, writing, listening, speaking) 5

    Source:https://www.welcomenb.ca/content/wel-bien/en/nb-business-immigration-stream.html


  • The New Brunswick Strategic Initiative Stream is for French-speaking workers with the skills, education and work experience to contribute to New Brunswick’s economy, and who are ready to live and work in New Brunswick permanently.

    When applying to any of New Brunswick’s immigration streams, you must be PR Ready.

    In the New Brunswick Strategic Initiative 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.

    Being PR Ready means more efficient processing, fewer delays and a better experience navigating the New Brunswick and Canadian immigration programs. In most cases, this means your application will be processed faster.

    NBPNP applications require two stages of approval before PR status may be 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 submitting an online application. 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. In some cases, you may be asked to attend an interview.

    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). 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. There is no guarantee that IRCC will approve your PR application even if you are nominated by PETL.

    Eligibility requirements

    There are requirements for each stage of the New Brunswick Strategic Initiative Stream process including registration, application and nomination.

    First, you must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for age, language, intend to reside in the province, education, and have a qualifying connection to New Brunswick. Then score a minimum of 65 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. Meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee that you will be nominated.

    1. Age

    You must be between 19-55 years of age. Your age is assessed as of the day that a complete application is submitted to PETL in response to an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Age is not considered as of the date you register with NBPNP.

    2. Language

    You must demonstrate that you have obtained a minimum score equal to or greater than a Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 5 for French in all four language abilities: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

    3. 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 must submit a Settlement Plan to demonstrate your connection(s) to and knowledge of New Brunswick.

    Such a plan may include, but is 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; /li>
    • 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

    4. Education

    You must, at a minimum, have a Canadian secondary (high school) diploma or a foreign high school diploma equal to a Canadian credential, supported by an ECA.

    5. Qualifying Connection to New Brunswick

    To be considered under the New Brunswick Strategic Initiative Stream, you must have one (1) of the following three eligible connections (A, B, or C):

    • an exploratory visit; or
    • a job or genuine job offer with a New Brunswick employer; or
    • a direct invitation from the Province of New Brunswick

    A. Exploratory Visit to New Brunswick

    It is important for anyone intending to live and work in New Brunswick to visit the province to explore employment opportunities and other important information. Should you be planning to conduct an Exploratory Visit, you are required to inform of your arrival and departure dates, as well as a pdf or jpg copy of the photo page of your passport, at least 30 days before your arrival at: initiativestrategique@gnb.ca .

    Failure to notify the Province of New Brunswick of your Exploratory Visit will result in the refusal of your application.

    If you are planning to live and work in New Brunswick you will find it helpful to visit the province. A visit to New Brunswick will give you an opportunity to explore employment opportunities and, with regard to your application, to earn points for adaptability.

    Exploratory visits must be conducted within the 12-months prior to submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Strategic Initiative stream. The exploratory visit must be for a minimum of five full business days, although longer trips are recommended. Travel days, statutory holidays and weekends are not counted as part of the minimum five full business days.

    The purpose of the exploratory visit is for you to conduct extensive research related to employment and living opportunities in New Brunswick.

    Suggestions for meetings may include, but are not limited to:

    • New Brunswick employers;
    • Regulatory bodies, if you are in a regulated occupation;
    • Regional economic development offices/chamber of commerce officials/municipal newcomer coordinators;
    • Residential real estate agents; and/or
    • New Brunswick settlement agencies; and
    • Schools and childcare facilities.

    If you participate in an exploratory visit, you must submit an Exploratory Visit Report with your application.

    The report must include the following details:

    • Your length of stay in New Brunswick, including time spent in other Canadian jurisdictions
    • Copies of all airline tickets, boarding passes and hotel receipts during your stay in Canada. Be sure to remove any credit card information prior to submission; and
    • A record of meetings held in New Brunswick. Include the name, contact information and business card for individuals participating in the meetings, date, time and location, how the meeting relates to your establishment and/or settlement in New Brunswick.

    Persons who are not Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents may require a temporary resident visa (TRV) to enter Canada. If you do not require a visa to enter Canada, you may require an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). You must ensure that you have the travel documents required for travel to New Brunswick. PETL does not provide letters of support for TRVs and ETAs, or otherwise intervene on your behalf in the event you are denied admission to Canada as a temporary resident (either as a visitor, student or worker).

    PETL will not make any arrangements nor incur any costs related to an exploratory visit. An exploratory visit does not guarantee an eventual nomination

    Genuine Job Offer

    The employment or offer of employment must be genuine.

    A New Brunswick employer has offered, and you have accepted, permanent, full time, yearround (non-seasonal) employment in an occupation classified at NOC Skill-level of 0. A, B, C, or D. Permanent means the job has no pre-determined end date; it is a long-term job offer. Fulltime means that you are expected to work a minimum of 30 hours per week, or 1,560 hours per year.

    PETL uses the NOC to classify jobs according to duties, skills, aptitudes and work settings for occupations in the Canadian labour market. The NOC helps determine whether a job meets the skill levels established for skilled, semi-skilled and low-skilled worker occupations, and whether the candidate’s qualifications and experience match the requirements of the job. PETL differentiates between skilled workers, semi-skilled and low-skilled workers. High skilled workers are defined as individuals with an occupation within NOC 0, A, B. Semiskilled workers have occupations that fall under NOC C. Low-skilled workers have occupations that fall under NOC D.

    PETL reserves the right to consider only certain types of jobs and occupations for nomination. Decisions are based on the economic situation of the New Brunswick labour market, current inventory, yearly nomination allocations distributed by IRCC, and any other factors determined by PETL.

    The wage must be competitive

    The wage you have been offered must be competitive with New Brunswick wage rates for the occupation. The wage stated on your offer of employment must:

    • meet or exceed the median wage level for the occupation in the region of New Brunswick where you will be working.
    • be comparable to the rate paid to workers with a similar level of experience and training for equivalent jobs in New Brunswick; and
    • be consistent with the wage compensation structure of your employer

    PETL will not consider bonuses, commissions, profit-sharing distributions, tips/gratuities, overtime wages, housing allowances, room and board, or other similar payments to be part of your wage. If you were originally hired on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), the wage you are earning at the time of registration and/or application must be equal or greater.

    Regulated occupations in New Brunswick

    There are a variety of regulated occupations in New Brunswick. If your intended job offer is in a regulated occupation, you are required to be certified or licensed by the regulatory authority for that occupation. A regulatory authority is an organization, usually provincial, responsible for ensuring members of the occupation follow the rules outlined by legislation. This includes making sure that workers meet all necessary requirements and follow occupational standards.

    In general, standards are set to protect the public’s health and safety, or the environment. One of the first steps in becoming certified or licensed in New Brunswick is to obtain an equivalency for the foreign qualifications you have earned outside of Canada. Your academic credentials and work experience will be evaluated to determine how your credentials and experience compare to Canadian-trained professionals.

    B. Direct Invitation

    B. Direct Invitation Based on economic priorities and capacity of the stream, on a very limited basis, the Province may directly invite a candidate from the Expression of Interest (EOI) pool to submit a full application. This is not a guarantee of nomination. Individuals contacting the Province requesting a direct invite will not be considered.

    6. Settlement Funds (to support yourself and your family - even if they are not coming with you to Canada).

    The amount of money you need to support your family depends on the size of your family. To calculate the size of your family you must include: yourself, your spouse or partner, your dependent children and your spouse’s dependent children. Include your spouse or dependent children even if they are permanent residents or Canadian citizens and/or not coming with you to Canada. These amounts are updated every year.

    Funds must be readily available to you. For example, you can't use equity on real property as proof of settlement funds.

    You also can’t borrow this money from another person. You must be able to use this money to pay the costs of living for your family (even if they aren’t coming with you).

    If your spouse is coming with you, you can count money you have together in a joint account. You may be able to count money in an account under their name only, but you must prove you have access to the money.

    The funds must be available both when you apply and when (if) Canada issues you a permanent resident visa. You must prove to an immigration officer that you can legally access the money to use here when you arrive.

    Your application will also be evaluated, in part, on a settlement plan, prepared by you, that clearly illustrates:

    • Your knowledge of the provincial labour market;
    • Your ability to identify employment opportunities associated with your occupation;
    • Your understanding of the how to get a job in New Brunswick;
    • Your awareness of the pathways to licensure for regulated occupations (if applicable); and
    • Ability to identify a community or region to live and work in and provide reasons how the area will help you to become economically established.

    The Settlement Plan is required of ALL applicants and is different from the Exploratory Visit Report, although the two documents may share some elements.



    If all eligibility requirements have been met, you will be assessed according to the following selection factors: age, language, education, previous work experience, arranged offer of employment and adaptability. These selection factors are categorized using a points system. You must score a minimum of 65 of 100 points to be successful.

    1. Age

    You must be between 19-55 years of age. Your age is assessed as of the day that a complete application is submitted to PETL in response to an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Age is not considered as of the date you register with NBPNP.

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    AGE POINTS MAX POINTS
    19-24 4 12
    25-44 12 12
    45-50 4 12
    51-55 0 12

    2. Official Language

    You can earn up to 28 points for your French language skills. To meet the language requirement, you must submit valid test results from a designated testing organization to show you have obtained a minimum score equal to or greater than a Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 5 for French in all four language abilities: reading, writing, listening and speaking

    French language skill Reading Writing Listening Speaking Max points
    CLB 7+ 7 7 7 7 28

    Valid language test results must be from one of the following designated language-testing organizations:

    • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF Canada); or
    • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada).

    Your test results will be considered valid for the two years from the date of issuance. Test results must be less than two years old when you submit your application to IRCC for PR, should you receive a nomination certificate.

    Language proficiency test Reading Writing Listening Speaking
    TEF Canada * 350 (151) 350 (226) 350(181) 350(226)
    TCF Canada 375 6 369 6

    * Scores in parentheses are for tests taken before October 1st 2019.


    3. Education

    You must, at a minimum, have a Canadian secondary (high school) diploma or a foreign high school diploma equal to a Canadian credential.

    Educational Credentials or equivalent Points
    Doctoral Level University Degree (PhD.) 25
    Master’s degree or professional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession.(For professional degree the degree program must be in: medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, law, chiropractic medicine, or pharmacy) 25
    Two or more certificates, degrees, diplomas or certificates from a university, college, trade or technical school, or other accredited institute. One has to be a program for at least 3 years. 22
    Bachelors Degree or a three year or more year program at a university, college, trade or technical school or other accredited institute. 21
    Two year degree, diploma, or certificate from a university, college, trade or technical school, or other accredited institute. 19
    One year degree, diploma or certificate from a university, college trade or technical school or other accredited institute. 17
    Secondary diploma (high school graduation) from a high school (after junior/middle school and before college, university or other formal training. 15

    If you were educated outside of Canada, you will need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a recognized organization to show that your credential is valid and equal to a Canadian credential. If you already have an ECA report, it must be less than five years old when IRCC receives your PR application, should you receive a nomination certificate. You don’t need an assessment for a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate.

    To obtain an ECA Report, you must be assessed by an organization or a professional body designated by IRCC. They will give you a report that tells you what your education is equal to in Canada. Once you choose a designated organization or a professional body, they will tell you how to submit your documents to get your assessment. Designated organizations include:

    • Comparative Education Service (CES)
    • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
    • World Education Services (WES)
    • International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
    • International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
    • Medical Council of Canada (professional body for doctors)
    • Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (professional body for pharmacists) Processing times and costs may vary by organization or professional body.

    Note: You must indicate to the organization that you are requesting the ECA for purposes of applying to the NBPNP and request that a copy of your report be sent to PETL. Where possible please ensure the ECA is sent electronically to immigration@gnb.ca.

    The Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Branch (PETL) and will assess certificates or licenses that are granted by a regulatory authority if they are in a trade or occupation that is similar in scope to any of the designated occupations in New Brunswick.

    4. Work Experience

    You may be awarded up to a maximum of 15 points if you have at least one year of full-time paid work the five years before submitting your application. Your work experience must be in the same type of job (have the same NOC) as the job you want to use for your immigration application. You must show that while working in your primary occupation you performed the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC. This includes all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed.

    Your work experience must:

    • be based on full-time work, which means at least 30 hours per week. [You would have worked, 1,560 hours in a year if you were working full time];
    • be with one or more employers;
    • be in a NOC related to your job offer from a New Brunswick employer;
    • be paid. [Employment that is part of unpaid internships, volunteer experiences and programs of study (such as a co-op) do not qualify towards your work experience];
    • be obtained within Canada and/or abroad;
    • If based on self-employment, be validated with official documents through independent third parties; and
    • Not be based on self-employment in the retail, food and accommodation sectors.

    If you indicate that you have work experience in a regulated profession that requires licensure in the province, you must demonstrate that you have taken the necessary steps toward obtaining a valid license from the applicable regulatory body during this period. See note in the previous section on Regulated Occupations in New Brunswick.

    Note: Work experience is not required for international graduates, with a minimum two-year postsecondary diploma or certificate from a New Brunswick university, college, trade or technical school, or other accredited New Brunswick institute.

    YEARS OF EXPERIENCE Points MAX Points
    6+ 15 10
    4-5 YEARS 12 10
    1-3 YEARS 10 10

    5. Adaptability

    You and your spouse or common-law partner, who will immigrate with you to Canada, can earn a maximum of 20 points for adaptability by combining any of the elements below. These elements assess how well you and your spouse are likely to settle in New Brunswick.

    PRINCIPLE APPLICANT Points MAX Points
    Exploratory Visit to New Brunswick You will be scored on factors related to your ability to become economically established in New Brunswick. For more information refer to Part 2 Eligibility Requirements. 15 20
    Previous Employment You have at least one year of full-time work, paid in New Brunswick with a valid work permit, or while authorized to work in Canada 15 20
    Employment or Genuine Offer of Employment You currently have full-time, paid employment, or you have a genuine offer of full-time, paid employment, from a New 15 20
    Brunswick company in the same occupation as your eligible work experience
    Provincial Selection You have received a letter of interest from the Province of New Brunswick inviting you to submit a full application through the Strategic Initiative stream. 15 20
    Family

    You, or your spouse/common-law partner, have a relative who is 18 years or older and who has been living in New Brunswick as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for at least 12 months prior to you submitting your application to PETL. This relative must be:

    • The child of you or your partner
    • the child of a child (grandchild)
    • a parent
    • the child of a parent (brother or sister)
    • the child of the child of a parent (niece or nephew)
    • the parent of a parent (grandparent)
    • cle)
    5 20
    15 20
    Education You have successfully completed, and you hold a diploma or certificate from a minimum one-year postsecondary program from an accredited institution in New Brunswick 5 20
    Spouse or CommonLaw Partner

    Your spouse or partner has a language level in either English or French at CLB 5 level or higher in all 4 language abilities (speaking, listening, reading and writing). To earn these points, you must submit your spouse or common-law partner’s language test results from an approved agency when you apply. The language tests are valid for two years after the date of the test result. They must be valid on the day you apply to IRCC for permanent residence

    Your spouse or partner has at least one year of full-time, paid work in New Brunswick with a valid work permit, or while authorized to work in Canada

    5 20

    6. Settlement Plan

    Each application must include a Settlement Plan as a requirement of eligibility. From this document, we evaluate your potential for economic and social integration. Your plan must reflect the seriousness of your willingness to establish and settle in New Brunswick. The Settlement Plan is required of ALL applicants, and it is different from the Exploratory Visit Report, although the two documents may share some elements.

    Note: NBPNP Strategic Initiative stream officers evaluate applications based on predetermined eligibility criteria and selection factors. You must satisfy eligibility criteria.

    Source:https://www.welcomenb.ca/content/wel-bien/en/nb_strategic_initiative_stream.html


  • The New Brunswick Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (NB AIPP), administered by the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour (PETL), is an immigration program that allows the Government of New Brunswick to help designated employers recruit and hire individuals with the skills, education and work experience to fill labour marker shortages in New Brunswick, and who are ready to live and work in New Brunswick permanently. The program is not intended for family reunification, protected persons or for humanitarian and compassionate reasons

    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

    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 (see below);
    • have been in continuous, active operation in New Brunswick for at least 2 years prior to designation; and
    • 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; and
    • Not be in violation of the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (IRPA) or Immigration and Refugees Protection Regulations (IRPR).

    Please Note: Employers must be actively engaged in the NB business, and therefore directly connected to the employment of the candidate. Consequently, recruitment-type, temporary placement-type, or broker-type agencies (i.e. where candidates are endorsed by the designated employer and then contracted out to other businesses) are not permitted.



    As an employer you are responsible for screening and selecting candidates that are best suited for the job. When hiring foreign workers, you have the additional responsibility of ensuring that candidates meet immigration requirements. The is best accomplished during the hiring process. You need to consider the following when recruiting and hiring foreign workers. Demonstrating genuine labour market needs Hiring a foreign national must not adversely affect employment for Canadian citizens or PRs living in New Brunswick. Generally, PETL will only support applications in occupations where labour market information shows that employers cannot find individuals in New Brunswick with the necessary skills to do the job and where there is indication of a skills shortage. It is the responsibility of the employer to demonstrate that there is a genuine labour market need for the position. PETL, however, will consider local labour market conditions.

    Employers may be required to demonstrate genuine labour market needs through recruitment efforts and advertising.

    Genuine recruitment efforts are assessed against, but not limited to the following:

    • Recruitment methods and duration that favor Canadian citizens or PRs;
    • Recruitment efforts are consistent with industry standards and practices;
    • • Information listed in recruitment advertisements are reasonable and sufficient to allow Canadian citizens or PRs to qualify for the position;
    • Candidates are not required to have a foreign network or foreign work experience; and
    • Advertisements are not created for a particular candidate or group of people. Minimum requirements for advertising include:
    • Posting in three different locations, one being national in scope and considered to be an effective method of recruiting for the position.

    Acceptable recruitment advertisement locations include: Job Bank, recognized job posting websites, professional association websites, national newspapers, and professional journals and newsletters; and

    An employer in good standing shall, at a minimum:

    • Advertising for at least four weeks, in the six months prior to the date of the job offer to the Foreign National applicant.

    Advertisements must include the company operating name, contact information, location of work, job title and duties, language, education and/or qualifications, skill requirements and work experience.



    Employers are required to establish an employer/employee relationship. PETL will not consider applications from individuals who have not been vetted through the employer, by an executive recruitment team created by the employer, or by a specialized human resources recruitment agency. You may be asked to explain the hiring process.

    You need to ensure the candidate is qualified for the position being offered. PETL will refer to the National Occupation Code (NOC) and industry standards, etc., to determine the minimum qualifications for an occupation. PETL uses the NOC to classify jobs according to duties, skills, aptitudes and work settings for occupations in the Canadian labour market. The NOC helps determine whether a job meets the skill levels established for skilled, semi-skilled and lowskilled worker occupations, and whether the candidate’s qualifications and experience match the requirements of the job. PETL differentiates between skilled workers, semi-skilled and lowskilled workers



    When a work permit (or work permit renewal) is required, the employer must pay a federal compliance fee of $230 and submit an offer of employment form through the IRCC Employer Portal before the applicant can submit an application for their work permit. Offering competitive wages

    The wage offered must be competitive with New Brunswick wage rates for the occupation. The wage stated on the offer of employment must:

    • meet or exceed the median wage level for the occupation in the region of New Brunswick where the Foreign National applicant will be working.
    • be comparable to the rate paid to workers with a similar level of experience and training for equivalent jobs in New Brunswick; and
    • be consistent with the wage compensation structure for the business of the employer. Considering intent to reside in New Brunswick when selecting candidates

    It is the candidate’s 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 endorsed them”.

    To establish intent, PETL may ask the candidate to demonstrate their attachment to New Brunswick, including:

    • A description of any actions they 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 themselves in New Brunswick;
    • Their connections to New Brunswick through work, study or family;
    • Professional networks and affiliations;
    • 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
    • Their residency and employment in other Canadian jurisdictions.


    Foreign workers have the same rights and obligations under the Employment Standards Act as all employees in New Brunswick, and employers cannot:

    • require foreign workers to use and pay an immigration consultant;
    • recover ineligible recruitment and transportation costs from the foreign worker;
    • misrepresent employment opportunities;
    • supply false information about employer and employee rights and responsibilities;
    • prevent workers from vacating employer provided accommodations for private accommodations;
    • reduce wages or changing any other terms or conditions of employment undertaken in the recruitment of a foreign worker
    • hreaten deportation; and
    • take possession of a foreign worker’s identity documents (e.g., passport) and work permit.


    There are a variety of regulated occupations in New Brunswick. If the employer’s intended job offer is in a regulated occupation, the Foreign National applicant accepting that job offer is required to be certified or licensed by the regulatory authority for that occupation.

    A regulatory authority is an organization, usually provincial, responsible for ensuring members of the occupation follow the rules outlined by legislation. This includes making sure that workers meet all necessary requirements and follow occupational standards. In general, standards are set to protect the public’s health and safety, or the environment.

    One of the first steps in becoming certified or licensed in New Brunswick is to obtain an equivalency for the foreign qualifications that the Foreign National applicant has earned outside of Canada. Academic credentials and work experience will be evaluated to determine how the Foreign National applicant’s credentials and experience compare to Canadian-trained professionals.

    Source:https://www.welcomenb.ca/content/wel-bien/en/Employers_hiring/content/Atlantic_Immigration_Pilot_Project.html