New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

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New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program  (NBPNP)


New Brunswick is on the south eastern coast of Canada.  It boarders the State of Maine in the United States to the southeast. On the  southwest  there is  Newfoundland.  To the west there is the Atlantic Ocean. An extension of land from Quebec province is New Brunswick’s northern boarder.

The Vikings were probably the first to visit New Brunswick, but it was at first a French colony. The British took over in 1713 under the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht.

New Brunswick has a very diversified economy.  There is a developed service sector covering retail, insurance, health and education. There is also heavy industry.  Added to this, there is farming, mining, forestry and fishing. For any one with a professional background or having a good skills set, there are plenty of work opportunities in New Brunswick.

There are three main urban centers in New Brunswick.  These are Moncton, having the largest urban population.  Moncton has a very developed service industry, including I.T.  St John is a sea port and an energy center. This includes, oil, liquid gas and nuclear energy. Fredericton has a university. It is the municipal capital and also has a large military base.

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program NBPNP, is run in an agreement  and in conjunction with the Canadian Federal Government.  It is designed to select recruit and nominate professionals and skilled workers from around the world. If successful,  they can then live and work in New Brunswick permanently, making a contribution to the province’s economy.


How to Apply?

You need to show an “Expression Of Interest”.  One of the first important stages will be filling out an Online Application Form. This is also part of the “Express Entry” visa entry program.

Note there is a point score.  In each category, you have a set number of points you can gain. You must score 67 points or more on this form, to be eligible for the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program. This is out of a maximum of 100 points.  A lot of work needs to be done before filling out this form. You must then be sure everything you enter is correct.

This is the form you will need to fill out if you wish to show an Expression of Interest.


Express Entry

Express Entry is an online application system.  In order to sign in to the system you will need a “sign in partner”.  These are authorized Canadian Banking groups and similar organizations. Alternatively, you can use an official Canadian Government log in , a GCKey.


Specific New Brunswick’ Express Entry: Express Entry Labor Market Scheme (EELMS)

Eligibility Requirements for this Scheme

This is based on the Federal system.  With this specific New Brunswick scheme it would be helpful if you had a prior connection with New Brunswick.  That would be relatives living in the province or you have received education in New Brunswick.   If you do not have relatives in New Brunswick or have not received education there, another alternative would be to attend a New Brunswick Provisional Nominee Program  (NBPNP) Information Session.  This has to be in the last two years.

You need to pay close attention to those occupations that are in demand.  You must also make sure that your skills are the ones that are needed in New Brunswick.

These include:

  • Information Technology in general
  • Business and Financial Analysis
  • Hospitality Managers
  • Manufacturing Managers
  • Retail Trade Managers
  • Industrial Mechanics
  • Industrial Electricians.
  • Accounting technicians and book keepers
  • Translators English to French
  • Administrative assistants


Online Application Form

Maxim marks 100.  You must achieve 67 marks or more.


You will score 12 maximum points, if you are aged between 22 – 35.  You will be awarded 1 point only if you are 46, and no points if you are older than that. In New Brunswick, the age range for application, is 22 to 55.



Brunswick operates  under the Canadian Language  Bench (CLB) system.  It is also important to note that New Brunswick is officially a bilingual province, where both English and French are official languages.

For English there are two recognized organizations for testing.  These are the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) and the International English  Language Testing System  (IELTS).

In French, the recognized organization is the test devaluation de francais.

It would be wise to contact your local consulate or embassy in you home country to ask where you can find language centers that can help you with these tests and preparation for them.  Do not be complacent.  The language test is an important part of the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program.  You may consider your self a fluent speaker in either English or French. Different languages vary in different countries. So lessons, with an authorized teacher would still be essential for you. You will have to  find an official center in your home country where you can “sit” the test.

You will be tested for your ability in four categories.  These are listening, speaking, reading and writing in either of both English and French. You are then given a CLB mark in each category.

A score of 6, across all four categories, will give you a CLB score of  9 minimum points.

A score of 4, across all categories, will give you a CLB score of 7 minimum points.

If your second language score, English or French was 4 minimum points, over all four categories, you will be given 5 points.


  • If you have a doctorate (PhD) you will receive 25 points
  • At a Masters level, (MA or M Sc) you will get a maximum of 23 points.
  • If you under taken a professional degree and are recognized and licensed by regulatory bodies in New Brunswick.  These include: Pharmacy, Chiropractic Medicine, Law, Optometry, Podiatry, Dentistry, Veterinarian Medicine and Medicine. You will collect 23 points
  • Canadian or equivalent post secondary/high school education.  This would include two and possibly more degrees, diplomas and or equivalents. The courses would have been undertaken over three years or more. This will result in 22 points
  • A Canadian degree or equivalent post secondary school/high school education for  three years, undertaking a degree, diploma or an equivalent course. This will produce 21 points
  • A Canadian or equivalent post secondary/high school degree diploma or equivalent course for two years.  This gives you 19 points
  • A Canadian or equivalent  post secondary/high school degree, diploma or equivalent course for one year results in 15 points
  • High School qualifications  or equivalent a Canadian qualification, gives 5 points maximum only.



NOC stands for National Occupation Classifications.  This is the system used to evaluate different professions and occupations across Canada.

There are four broad classifications:

  • Zero or 0 is Managerial.
  • A is professional; for example an Architect. Doctor, Dentist etc.
  • B is a skilled occupation.  This would include anyone having completed an apprenticeship or post High School/Secondary School course of two or three year. For example a skilled welder, motor mechanic, hair dresser, etc.
  • C is a semi skilled occupation. You would have completed High School/ Secondary School and would have picked up some skills “on the job”.
  • D is unskilled. This includes laborers, temporary farm workers etc.

Please notice:

This on line application form can only be used by people who are these NOC classifications:  Zero or 0, A or B.

There are specific NOC codes for the available professions and occupations in New Brunswick.

Number Of Years You Have Worked.

  • If you worked 1 year: 9 points.
  • If you have worked 2 to 3 years:  11 points.
  • If you have worked 4 to 5 years:  13 points.
  • If you have worked for 6 or more years: 15 points.

This applies to a 30 hours week, and part time equivalent working hours.

Over all the following will help in your favor as well. If you have family in New Brunswick, if you have made frequent visits to New Brunswick.  If you have already worked and been educated in New Brunswick.


Have You Got The Work Permit?

These points are gained by stage you have reached in the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program.

 Labor Market Impact Assessment LMIA

Before the points system is explain here, there needs to be some explanation on the nature of LMIA or the Labor Market Impact Assessment.  This is a document an employer needs if he or she feels there is a need to hire a foreign worker, and there are no Canadian workers available that can do that work. The employer needs to apply for a LMIA. If successful, the employer gets a confirmation letter.

The potential employee must:

  • have a job offer letter
  • have a contract
  • have a copy of the LMIA sent to her or him.
  • There must be a LMIA number

Working in Canada

The points you get are based on the following factors:

  • If your work permit (WP) is valid when you, the principal applicant (PA) apply for the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and it is accepted by the Citizens and Immigration Canada (CIC).
  • Citizens and Immigration Canada (CIC), have issued a work permit (WP), as the LMIA was successful.
  • You (PA) are working for the employer named on the work permit (WP)
  • You (PA) are given  permanent skilled employment by your employer in New Brunswick.  

10 points total

Another point needs to be explained

Foreign Workers Nominated by a Province or Territory.

In this case a LMIA is not needed. The employee has been nominated by a Province or Territory.

  • In this case a Permanent Residence Visa has been issued and all the other conditions have been met.
  • Again, you (PA) are given  permanent skilled employment by your employer in New Brunswick.

10 points total


Direct Employment Offer
  • In this case an employer has a positive LMIA and has made a direct job offer.
  • All other factors have been satisfied.

10 points total


 Job Offer from a different Employer.
  • Again this employer has made a job and satisfies the LMIA requirements .
  • All other factors have been satisfied.

10 points total


Not At Present Working in Canada.

You only intend to move and work in Canada when the visa is issued.

  • You have been made a valid offer of full time permanent employment in New Brunswick Canada, as the principal  applicant (PA).
  • Everything has been satisfied including  the

10 points total


This is to gauge your commitment and ability to adopt to life in New Brunswick. Points will be awarded according to the following criteria (note, points can also be awarded to your spouse).


Working in New Brunswick
  • You have been in full time employment in New Brunswick.  This is is in one of these NOC categories 0, A or B.  You have been working for a year or more. You have a valid  authorized work permit.  5 points.
  • You have arranged work in New Brunswick, and also gained points under this section Arranged Offer of Employment.  5 points.
  • Your spouse has been working in New Brunswick for a year or more.  This is either with a valid work permit or your spouse had authorization to work.  5 points.


Study in New Brunswick
  • You have attended a secondary school or post secondary school for two years or more. You have achieved academic success, along with receiving good examination results and qualifications.   5 points.
  • Your spouse has  attended a secondary school or post secondary school for two years of more. Your spouse has achieved academic success, along with receiving good examination results and qualifications.   5 points.


Your Souses Language Ability
  • Your spouse has achieved a CLB score of 4 or more across all four language categories in either English or  5 points.


Close Relatives in New Brunswick
  • If either you or your souse has close relatives in New Brunswick this could give you 5 points. This includes a nephew or niece, aunt or uncle, brother or sister, parents or grandparents.  They all must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents, living in Canada

All documentation can be scanned in using a secure web site. Education qualifications need to be verified officially,  All employment information needs to be fully detailed. Keep all your documentation safe. You will need this when you arrive in New Brunswick, as this will have to be checked by immigration officials.


Other Visa Entry Schemes

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program

Skilled Worker Applicants With Employer Support

Age 22 to 50.

The overall  criteria seem to be lower than that for the Express Entry Visa.  If you are NOC skill level C or D, you could be admissible for this visa. There is a different points score system, a minimum of 50 points is required.

The key thing is that you have a genuine offer of employment from a company in New Brunswick.  The company has to be properly established and has been operating for a year or more. You have to properly demonstrate that you have been  interviewed and that the company wants to employ you.


Skilled Worker Applicants with Family Support

Criteria for the Family Supporter:

Age 22 to 50

  • You are a Canadian Resident or a permanent Canadian Resident.
  • You are a permanent resident of New Brunswick.
  • You have been operating a business twelve months prior to the application.
  • You have been working twelve months prior to the application.
  • You must be interviewed by the Population Growth Division.  
  • You will assist the applicant with the Settlement Plan
  • You are financially self sufficient.

This is also suitable for certain categories of  NOC Score C and D  workers. The minimum language score in either English or French is 4. Must you must show a good understanding of either language overall.


Business Applicants

Age 22 to 50

This is not open at present but this situation may change.  Note, that the points score here does have a focus on business skills. The main criteria remains broadly  the same regarding education and language skills .

These are the specific Business Requirements that will be needed:

You are willing to invest $125,000 CAD in a business enterprise in New Brunswick.  This is a sample of the enterprises that could be considered:

  • Purchasing land and/or land for a business.  Take into account zoning considerations.
  • Purchasing manufacturing equipment
  • The purchasing of furniture and other equipment that could be used in hospitality concerns.


To Conclude

Please also note that on the official web sites from New Brunswick, there is also a lot more important detail.  You have to be sure you get the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program application  set up in the correct order.  It would be a very good idea to visit New Brunswick first and may be attend a New Brunswick Provisional Nominee Program  (NBPNP) Information Session. This way you could make contact with potential employers.  Job opportunities can also be found on official web sites

However, you may find all of this over whelming.  The official sites have all the details you need but they may need navigating. In this case it  may be a good idea to call on the help of an experienced online agency to help you through get your visa and employment in New Brunswick.  From finding a job, to filling out the online application form, if the Express Entry is used.  Everything there will have to be properly prepared.  Then you may be invited onto the NBPNP Express Entry Scheme.  From there your application will be finally processed by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada  (CIC). At the end of all this you will get permanent residency in Canada along with a firm job offer followed by employment.  However, you may well need guidance with all of this.


Two Final Critical Checks

You will be expected to have a full police check undertaken in your country or previous countries of residence. These records must be valid and sent through the Canadian immigration. There are also a long list of other conditions connected with this.

You will be expected to have a full medical examination prior to your final application. This must be undertaken by an accredited doctor in your home country.  Full details about finding these can be found by checking the Canadian Embassy or consulate in your home country.

What to do next


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