New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program
The NBPNP (New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program) allows the immigration office of NB to select foreign immigration candidates who satisfy to the target criteria established by the province and who want to contribute economically to the province. The nominated candidates are then presented to the federal government of Canada to apply to become permanent residents.
The NBPNP is one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), with three categories for skilled workers (including one that is aligned with Express Entry), and two other entrepreneur categories.
Choosing New Brunswick Immigration
New Brunswick, located at the east of Canada, is one of the four Atlantic provinces of Canada. Being a coastal province, New Brunswick has some of the best beaches in Canada. The province is actively looking for immigrants to settle in their province, since the trend in population growth in downward in New Brunswick.
Apart from some federal programs, New Brunswick proposes its own immigration streams. Only one of the NBPNP streams are Express Entry aligned, and the rest of them are not.
In case of a successful application for the Express Entry aligned stream, a provincial nomination is issued which will lead to receiving 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. This, in turn, will head the applicant towards obtaining an invitation to apply (ITA) in the following Express Entry draw.
Concerning the other non-aligned Express Entry streams, there is no need to be in the pool. There are streams for Skilled Workers with job offers in New Brunswick, and for entrepreneurs already established in the province or foreigners wishing to invest their money in the province as well.
Overview of New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program
|Stream||Main Criteria (not exhaustive)||Job Offer Required||Aligned with Express Entry||Application Fees|
|Category: Skilled Workers|
|Skilled Workers Express Entry||Score min 67pts in the EE self-assessment grid
Be in the Express Entry pool as a FSW or CEC candidate with previous work experience in an eligible occupation (see link below)
|Skilled Workers with Employer Support||Score min 50pts in the selection factors
Have a permanent, full-time employment offer from an NB employer with compensation that aligns with comparable industry rates
|Skilled Workers with Family Support||Must be a non-dependent child, brother, sister, niece, nephew or grandchild of a permanent resident or Canadian citizen living in NB
Have at least 2 years of continuous full-time work experience
|Entrepreneurial||Min 3 years business owner or 5 years management experience
Min net worth of $600,000 (of which $300,000 must be liquid)
Min investment of $250,000
|Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial||Have a full-time NB post-secondary degree or diploma
Have owned and operated a business in NB for at least one year (100% ownership)
Have between 22 and 40 years of age
Processing times for an NBPNP Express Entry application are 6 to 8 weeks after the acknowledging of receipt of the application.
The other NBPNP streams do not publish processing times.