New Brunswick PNP

New Brunswick is a heavily forested province on the Atlantic Coast of Canada, more than 80% of the land is covered with woodland inhabited by moose, bears, and other wildlife.  

Most foreign nationals who have moved to New Brunswick find that they are quickly welcomed into the province’s friendly communities. Southern New Brunswick is home to the province's English-speaking communities. While French-speaking communities, who make up one-third of the population, lie in the northern part of New Brunswick. It is the only official bilingual province of Canada.  

New Brunswick is one of Canada’s smallest provinces, it is about the same size as Ireland, Scotland, or the Czech Republic. With only about 776,827 residents (in 2019), there is plenty of space to make yourself a home where you can enjoy the great outdoors. 

New Brunswick is an especially attractive immigration destination for people who desire a simpler, no-frills lifestyle among a land teeming with lakes and forests. Real estate in New Brunswick is the cheapest in Canada. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, the average house price in New Brunswick in 2020 is just $191,942. Newcomers, who have sold more expensive property elsewhere, often find that they can buy a house mortgage-free in New Brunswick.

In New Brunswick, you get the chance to own land that typically only the wealthy can afford and you get the opportunity to live in communities where people still genuinely help one another. 

Although New Brunswick does not have the fastest moving economy, the average hourly earnings for employees is consistently higher than any other Atlantic province apart from Newfoundland and Labrador.      

What Is the New Brunswick Immigrant Nominee Program? 

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To help grow the province’s population and economy the government created the New Brunswick Provincial Nomination Program (New Brunswick PNP).

The New Brunswick PNP is an immigration program made possible through an agreement with the Canadian government. As an economic program, it selects and nominates qualified skilled workers from around the world to live in New Brunswick, with the hope that they will contribute to the province’s economy through full-time, ongoing employment, and if your occupation is in-demand, you stand a great chance of immigrating to Canada through one of the following New Brunswick PNP Categories. 

Below are the 4 Canadian immigration streams under the New Brunswick Immigrant Nominee Program: 

New Brunswick PNP Categories
New Brunswick Express Entry Stream
New Brunswick Skilled Workers Stream
New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot

New Brunswick Express Entry Stream

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The New Brunswick Express Entry Stream is the fastest way to immigrate to Canada. If you would like to immigrate to New Brunswick and earn permanent residency quickly you must meet the specific eligibility criteria set by the Express Entry system.  

New Brunswick Express Entry Stream Eligibility Requirements
Express Entry ProfileYes (Minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300)
Connection to ProvinceNo
Job OfferNo
Language ProficiencyExpress Entry Requirements (CLB 7 for FSWP and CEC; CLB4 for FSTP)
Level of EducationExpress Entry Requirements (tertiary qualification, high school and/or job-specific training or on-the-job-training)
Work ExperienceExpress Entry Requirements (1 year for FSWP and CEC; 2 years for FSTP)
AgeExpress Entry Requirements
Income/Settlement FundsYes
Average Processing Time6 months

New Brunswick Skilled Workers Stream

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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. You must have a full-time job offer in an eligible position.   

New Brunswick Skilled Workers Stream Eligibility Requirements
Express Entry ProfileNo
Connection to ProvinceNo
Job OfferNo
Language ProficiencyMinimum of CLB 4 in all language competencies
Level of EducationThe minimum equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma
Work Experience1 year of work experience in a relevant job in the last 5 years
Income/Settlement FundsYes
Average Processing Time18 months

New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream 

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The Entrepreneurial stream was designed for experienced business people who want to acquire Canadian permanent residence status in New Brunswick through owning and managing a business in the province.   

The Applicant Must:
Your business has an economic benefit for the province
Conduct an exploratory visit of at least five full business days in New Brunswick
Have English and French language skills (minimum CLB or NCLC 5) required to fulfill the particular job's duties
Have at least a 2-year post-secondary education (if you have a foreign education you will require an ECA)
You must be involved and be present in the day to day running of the business
Own at least a third (33.33%) of the business
Have a personal net worth of at least $600,000 of which $300,00 must be liquid
When investing in an existing eligible business, invest no less than $250,000
Be between the ages of 22 and 55
Create or maintain at least two jobs in New Brunswick
Be able to demonstrate a purchased business is profitable and has been in operation for at least two years
Complete a New Worth Verification Report within 90 days after receiving an ITA
Submit a business plan
Demonstrate an intention to live and work in New Brunswick; and
Score a minimum of 65 points (out of 100) in the following selection factors: 
  • Age (Maximum 10 points);
  • Language (Maximum 25 points);
  • Education (Maximum 25 points);
  • Personal net worth of at least CAD$600,000;
  • Business ownership (Maximum 20 points);
  • Business concept (Maximum 15 points); and
  • Adaptability (Maximum 5 points)

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot 

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The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project is an employer-driven immigration program designed to build on the labour shortages and the population of the four Canadian Atlantic Provinces. Under this project, an additional 2,000 immigrants and their families will be invited to move to either New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Labrador or Nova Scotia. 

Immigrate to Canada Using the New Brunswick PNP

If you want to immigrate to Canada using the New Brunswick PNP, you will need expert assistance. Thankfully, we are right here to guide you through the entire visa application process starting with your immigration evaluation. Sign up with us today and we’ll be able to determine which Canadian immigration programs you qualify for. With over 100 routes to Canada at your disposal, we’ll help you select the perfect path suited to your profile.      


FAQ 1: How do I move to New Brunswick?

  • Determine if you are eligible for a immigraion program stream in order to obtain a permanent residency based on each one’s requirements.
  • Apply to the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program Stream that best suits you and that you have a higher chance of being accepted into.
  • Get your credentials assessed
  • Find a job (If needed)
  • Do a language test
  • Receive a provincial nomination letter and wait. The IRCC will further analyze your application and decide if you can become a permanent resident.
  • Medical Check
  • Criminal Record Check

Tip: Before you make your move to this province, make financial preparations and create a realistic budget for the following three to six months in New Brunswick. Consider that you will most likely acquire a vehicle and will likely be looking for work for some time.

FAQ 2: How do I find a job in New Brunswick?

There are several immigration avenues that require having a fixed job offer. Finding a job may be a long process but with these resources the task can be made easier:

  1. Become familiar with your job market opportunity within the province
  2. Search job listings specific to New Brunswick
  3. Attend Virtual Job Fairs
  4. Network with people in similar positions in New Brunswick
  5. Explore settlement programs and resources
  6. Consider self-employment opportunities

FAQ3: What kind of proof of employment must I provide to the province?

You will have to provide proof of professional experience through letters of employment.

These letters must be:
  • Written on a company letterhead
  • Be signed by a supervisor
  • Include the company’s particulars: full address, contact information and website
  • If applicable, must be stamped with the company’ official seal

They must also include the following information:

  • The period of employment
  • Each post you filled and the time spent in each position
  • The main duties responsibilities of your post and job description
  • The total annual salary you earned (plus benefits)
  • The number of hours you worked a week
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