New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

Aug 16, 2018Immigration, News

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) is an immigration program where nominees that are qualified in each given stream can live in New Brunswick and contribute in its economy.

Like other Provinces and Territories, New Brunswick has it own immigration programs with specific streams to target certain individuals who are able to qualify in the area.

Entrepreneurial Stream

The Entrepreneurial Stream was developed for experienced business owners and senior managers who wish to become permanent residents by owning a business in New Brunswick and managing it, while residing in the Province.

Eligibility Requirements

  • have an eligible connection to New Brunswick; and
  • be between 22-55 years of age; and
  • have a score of at least 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark Test in speaking, listening, reading and writing competencies in English or French; and
  • have completed a minimum of two years of full-time post-secondary education after completing high school; and
  • have a verifiable personal net worth** of at least CAD $600,000 of which CAD $300,000 must be liquid and unencumbered funds; and
  • have at least three out of five years of experience in managing and owning a business (of at least 33.3%);
    have five years out of five of experience in a senior business management role or more;
  • want to live permanently in New Brunswick, while owning and managing a local business; and
  • be able to invest at least $250,000 CAD of your own funds to establish a business in NB.

Post Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream

The Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream was developed for recent foreign graduates from a recognized university in New Brunswick (NB) or the NB Community College, who have studied for  at least two years full-time. The graduate must have subsequently started or acquired a business in NB and   operated it for at least one year, while on a valid Post-Graduate Work Permit. They must also settle in the province  permanently.

Eligibility Requirements

  • be between 22-40 years of age; and
  • have a score of at least 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark Test (CLB) in speaking, listening, reading and writing competencies in English or French; and
  • have completed a full-time New Brunswick post-secondary degree or diploma for at least two years (15 hours of class per week) from a recognized university or community college; and
  • have resided in New Brunswick during the academic program (no distance-learning programs or compressed academic programs are eligible); and
  • have owned and operated a business in NB for at least one full year (100% ownership of business equity); and
  • have a valid post-graduation work permit; and
  • demonstrate their intention and ability to settle in NB.

Skilled Workers with Employer Support Stream

Immigration Program Officers review applications based on eligibility requirements and selection factors. You must meet eligibility requirements. You should also be aware that meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee nomination. Priority will be given to Applicants who have the greatest potential to become economically established in New Brunswick.

Decisions on applications are final. There is no appeal process in the event you are refused. If you are unsuccessful, you may reapply two years from notice that your application has been refused, providing your situation changes substantially and you have new information to submit. You also have the option to apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) immigration programs with New Brunswick as your destination.

If you are nominated by the NBPNP your application is forwarded to a CIC visa office for further evaluation and final decision on permanent resident status. Final decisions on permanent resident visas are the sole responsibility of CIC. You must meet all Canadian immigration regulations including a medical examination and security and criminal checks. You should not make final travel arrangements, dispose of property (personal or business), or give up your job until you receive a permanent resident visa.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You are between 22 and 55 years old
  • You have the sufficient English and French Language ability to fulfill your job duties
  • You have the education, qualifications and, or licenses needed to fulfill your job duties
  • You will live and work in New Brunswick
  • Your offer of employment is genuine
  • You are a permanent full-time employee of a New Brunswick company
  • Your job represented in one of the following National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill levels:
    • Skill levels O, A, B
    • Skill level C, Skill type 1, 3, 7, 8, 9
    • Skill level D, Skill type 1, 3, 7, 8, 8
  • Your job is in an area of skill shortage
  • Your job must provide a comparable industry rate of pay
  • Your job complies with New Brunswick employment standards
  • You will submit all required forms and support documents
  • You score a minimum of 50 points in the selection factors

Express Entry Stream

The Express Entry New Brunswick Labour Market Stream is new to the NBPNP. Potential applicants are asked to complete an expression of interest and submit it to the NBPNP.

Please note that New Brunswick is only accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the PNP Express Entry Labour Market Stream from individuals employed in New Brunswick or applicants who:

  • have a job offer (NOC 0, A or B) from a New Brunswick company; OR
  • have a family member living in New Brunswick (principal applicant or spouse has a child, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, uncle or aunt, who is at least 18 years old and has lived in New Brunswick for at least one year as a permanent resident or citizen of Canada); OR
  • demonstrate French as a first language or a high degree of proficiency, proven by a Test d’évaluation de français (TEF), and with experience in one of the occupations below:
    • IT:
      • Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)
      • Computer network technician (2281)
      • Software engineers and designers (2173)
      • Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
      • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
    • Accounting and Finance:
      • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (1311)
      • Financial and investment analysts (1112)
    • Management:
      • Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (0013)
      • Restaurant and food service managers (0631)
      • Managers in health care (0311)
      • Retail sales supervisors (6211)
    • Administrative assistants (1241) or Executive assistants (1222)
    • Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)
    • Retail and wholesale buyers (6222) or  Purchasing agents and officers (1225)
    • Human resources professionals (1121)
    • Translators, terminologists and interpreters (5125)
    • Cooks (6322)

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) has developed and launched its Express Entry Labour Market Stream (EELMS). This stream allows the NBPNP to use IRCC’s Express Entry system to meet New Brunswick’s specific labour market and demographic needs.

NBPNP Express Entry Steps to Become a Permanent Resident:

Step 1 Review EELMS requirements to determine if you are eligible.
The eligibility requirements and selection factors are in our Guide on pages 7-10 on our website.
Step 2 Determine if you are eligible to submit your expression of interest (EOS) to the NBPNP EELMS.
If you meet the above Guide’s requirements, review the Eleigibility Requirements to Submit an EOI page on our website.
Step 3 Send you EOI to the NBPNP Express Entry mailbox at, provided you are eligible.
EOIs are accepted continuously.
Step 4 Submit a full EELMS application to the NBPNP within 60 calendar days, after receiving your invitation to apply.
Step 5 Accept your nomination electronically through your MyCIC Account.
You have 30 days to accept the NBPNP nomination once your application is successful, and you have been nominated.

Before applying to the NBPNP EELMS, you must follow two steps. First, please read the NBPNP EELMS Guide to make sure you fulfill the eligibility requirements and meet the selection factors of the program (p. 7-14).

If you have determined that you meet the requirements of the Program, your next step is to determine if you are eligible to submit an expression of the interest (EOI) to the NBPNP EELMS. Please review the Eligibility Requirements to Submit an EOI section to see if you are eligible. Once you have established both Program and EOI eligibility, complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form and email it to, along with your most recent CV. Upon receiving your information, NBPNP staff will evaluate your submission and invite the most suitable candidates to apply to the EELMS.

To effectively complete the EOI form, candidates must have completed a recognized language exam (IELTS, CELPIP or TEF) as well as a mandatory educational credential assessment (ECA), for education obtained outside of Canada, and provide a history of their work experience. If you are submitting an EOI and do not have an arranged employment offer, you must have access to the appropriate amount of settlement funds. You will also have to identify the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) code used to describe your primary occupation.

Please keep in mind that meeting the minimum Program requirements does not ensure you get an invitation to apply.

Once the above steps have been completed, nominated individuals may receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).


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