The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) is currently divided into four streams: Skilled Worker Applicants with Employer Support, Skilled Worker Applicants with Family Support, Business Applicants, and the Express Entry Category: New Brunswick Labour Market Stream.
Meeting the eligibility requirements under one of the above streams does not guarantee nomination, as the program gives priority to applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential to economically establish themselves in the province.
Applications under this stream are reviewed under both eligibility criteria and selection factors.
Both requirements must be met. Applicants must have a qualifying offer of employment from a provincial employer in a position that cannot be filled by a Canadian or permanent resident.
Eligibility Criteria – Eligible skilled worker applicants must:
Selection Factors – In addition, eligible skilled worker applicants must score a minimum of 50 points in the applicable selection factors. The points assessment occurs under five factors: age, language, education, adaptability and work experience. Maximum points are awarded to applicants who are between the ages of 25-55, have advanced language skills in English and/or French, have attained either post-secondary or post-graduate education, a demonstrated intention to settle in the province (ex: family ties, past work or education in the province), and multiple years of work experience in their intended occupation).
This stream allows Canadians or permanent residents who are residing full-time in New Brunswick to support an eligible family member through the NBPNP and to assist in their settlement and establishment in the province.
Eligible applicants are not required to have an offer of employment, but must meet the requirements of their intended occupation, including a minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience within the last 5 years.
Eligible family supporters must:
Eligible applicants (skilled workers) must:
Sub Category of Business Applicants
This stream is applicable to individuals who intend to operate and assume a day-to-day management role in a New Brunswick business.
The applicant can purchase an existing business, partner with an entrepreneur, or start a new business – but must control a minimum percentage of equity of 33.33% in the business. To be eligible, the applicant must also have legally obtained a personal net worth of $600,000 CAD, of which $300,000 must be liquid and unencumbered, have relevant management experience or business ownership in three of the last five years, intend to make a $250,000 investment in a New Brunswick business if investing in a business, and provide a $100,000 CAD conditionally refundable deposit to serve as a guarantee of their commitment to invest and operate a New Brunswick business.
In addition, the applicant must meet the minimum level of CLB or NCLC 5 in all language skill areas, have at minimum two (2) year post-secondary education in addition to a high school or equivalent diploma, and be between the ages of 22 and 55. Once all eligibility criteria are met, applicants will be assessed on five selection factors for which a minimum of 50 points must be attained. The factors include age, language, education, adaptability and management experience.
Multiple steps must be taken before an application is submitted under this stream. First, the prospective applicant must request and make at least one business trip to New Brunswick to learn about the business environment in the province. The second requirement is to attend an interview with an NBPNP Official to discuss various aspects of the intended business and present the results of the business trip. If, following the interview the applicant is asked to submit an application to the NBPNP, they must prepare a business plan as part of the application which outlines the operations of the business.
If the application is approved, the nominee will be required to the make several financial commitments. A conditionally refundable deposit of $100,000 will need to made, which is returnable upon the fulfillment of various commitments in a deposit agreement. These commitments include establishing the business within two years of landing and making a minimum $125,000 investment in a New Brunswick business. The deposit will be refunded once the NBPNP are satisfied that all commitments have been fulfilled.
This stream is applicable to individuals who are between the ages of 22 and 40 who have completed an eligible full-time post-secondary diploma or degree in Nova Scotia of at least two (2) years, score a minimum of CLB/NCLC 7 in all language skill areas, who have the required business experience, whose business will create some level of economic benefit in the province and at least one (1) full-time job for a Canadian, and who intend to operate and assume a day-to-day management role in a New Brunswick business.
The business may be either a continued operation of an existing business or the establishment of a new business.
In addition, the business must be a for-profit “permanent establishment”, operating legally and paying taxes, which is in good financial health, and which must have been operated for at least a year. The applicant must own 100% of the business and have intended to open the enterprise as a career objective, not simply to obtain status. Further, the business must pay the applicant compensation in the form of a salary which must, at minimum, meet the Low-Income Cut-Off + 10%.
Applicants under this stream, if nominated, will be processed through the federal government’s Express Entry electronic immigration management system.
This is a two stage application this allows the applicant to receive a nomination from New Brunswick but benefit from faster processing times as a result of applying with Express Entry.
To be eligible for this stream the applicant must meet the following criteria:
This is a 3 step process to complete this Provincial Nomination pathway to permanent residence. The Steps are:
Processing fees are applicable under all four streams, and are currently set at $250 CDN for applications under both the Skilled Worker Applicant streams and Express Entry Category: New Brunswick Labour Market Stream, and $2,000 CDN for the Business Applicant stream.
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