New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market Stream
The NBPNP uses the federal Express Entry immigration selection system to meet New Brunswick’s specific labour market and demographic needs. The stream functions on an Expression of Interest (EOI) model. Candidates may complete an EOI form and send it to the NBPNP, which accepts the forms from the first to the 15th of each month. Candidates are assigned score based on the information provided by them and are assessed based on the following criteria:
- Highest score;
- Evidence of training and experience in a high priority sector as determined by the province;
- Demonstrated ability to become economically established in the province; and
- The likelihood of positively contributing to the provincial labour market.
Highest ranked candidates are invited to apply to NBPNP by email. Applicant who are nominated, will be processed through the federal government’s Express Entry electronic immigration management system.
Below are details to the following:
To be eligible for the NBPNP - EELMS, the candidates must:
- Be between the ages of 22 and 55;
- Demonstrate language proficiency (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) equivalent to or greater than Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7. Test results from a designated agency: IELTS (General Training Test only) for English; CELPIP (General test only) for English; or TEF for French;
- Have a completed Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary educational credential (at least one academic year in length) OR a completed foreign educational credential from a recognized institution or authority. In the case of a foreign educational credential, an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report, issued by an organization designated by CIC, is required;
- If the applicant is being considered for provincial nomination under an occupation, s/he will require a valid job offer from a New Brunswick employer.
- Have at least 12 months full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) paid skilled work experience (NOC Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B) in New Brunswick in the three years before the application is made. Work experience gained through self-employment or while you were a full-time student (volunteer work, unpaid internships, co-op terms, etc.) will NOT count;
- Sign and submit a Commitment to Live and Work in New Brunswick form; and
- Show sufficient funds to support the settlement of themselves as well as all dependent family members. The required amount of funds varies depending on family size according to the following table:
|Number of Family Members||Funds Required ($CDN)|
|7 or more||$32,191|
NOTE: Proof of sufficient settlement funds is not necessary if the applicant has a valid job offer of arranged employment in Canada, or if he or she is currently working or authorized to work in Canada.
Potential candidates must score at least 67 out of 100 points on a points grid that measures education, language ability, work experience, age, adaptability factors, and whether the candidate has an arranged job offer from a New Brunswick-based employer.
|Education||Maximum 25 points|
|Language ability in English and/or French||Maximum 28 points|
|Work experience||Maximum 15 points|
|Age||Maximum 12 points|
|Arranged employment in Nova Scotia||Maximum 10 points|
|Adaptability||Maximum 10 points|
|Total||Maximum 100 points|
|Pass mark:||67 Points|
Factor 1: Education
You must have a completed Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential OR a completed foreign educational credential from a recognized institution or authority AND an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report issued by an organization designated by CIC.
An ECA is used to verify that your foreign degree, diploma, certificate (or other proof of your credential) is valid and equal to a completed credential in Canada. The ECA report will also indicate the authenticity of your foreign educational credential(s).
|Doctoral (PhD) level||25|
|University-level credential at the Master’s level OR an entry-to-practice professional degree||23|
|Two or more post-secondary credentials (at least one must be for a program of at least three years)||22|
|Post-secondary credential for a program of three years or longer||21|
|Two-year post-secondary credential||19|
|One-year post-secondary credential||15|
|Secondary school education credential (also called high school)||5|
|Less than secondary school||Ineligible|
Factor 2: Language Ability in English and/or French
You can earn up to 28 points for your skills in English and French. You will be given points based on your abilities in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. You can also earn points for your official second language capacity. If you want to earn points for your skills in both English and French, you must provide your language test results for each language at the same time.
Your results must come from one of the following designated testing agencies:
- CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (General test only)
- IELTS: International English Language Testing System (General Training test only)
- TEF: Test d’évaluation de français
Calculate your language points: You must meet the minimum level of CLB 7 (for your first official language in all four language areas). To get points for your second official language, you must meet the minimum level of CLB 5 (in all four language areas).
|First official language||Points|
|CLB level 9 or higher||6||6||6||6|
|CLB level 8||5||5||5||5|
|5CLB level 7||4||4||4||4|
|Below CLB level 7||Not eligible to apply|
|Second official language||Points|
|At least CLB 5 in all of the four abilities||4|
|CLB 4 or less in any of the four abilities||0|
Factor 3: Work Experience
Your work experience in Canada or international must be:
- At least one year (1,560 hours), full-time or an equal amount in part-time;
- Paid work (volunteer work and unpaid internships do not count);
- In the same occupation;
- Within the last 10 years before your application to NSOI and at application for permanent residence to CIC; and
- In NOC 2011 Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B.
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is a system used to classify jobs in the Canadian economy. It describes duties, skills and work setting for different jobs.
|Less than 1 year||Ineligible|
|6 or more years||15|
Factor 4: Age
You will earn points based on your age on the day that you have been invited to apply for permanent residence by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
|Younger than 22||0|
|47 and older||0|
Factor 5: Arranged Employment in New Brunswick
You will receive points if you have a valid offer of permanent employment from a New Brunswick employer. The job must be arranged before you apply to come to New Brunswick as a federal skilled worker.
A valid offer of employment must be:
- for permanent full-time work in New Brunswick; and
- in an occupation in Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B of NOC.
The job must:
- have compensation in the form of salary and benefits package that meets provincial employment standards and prevailing wage rates;
- be a position which has a shortage of qualified permanent residents or Canadian citizens to fill the position; and
- not contravene any existing bargaining unit agreements or be in any employment disputes.
A person can get arranged employment points without a new LMIA. The requirements in this case are:
- The applicant is currently working in Canada on a work permit that was issued based on a positive Service Canada LMIA with respect to employment in an occupation listed in Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B of the NOC;
- the work permit is valid at the time the application for permanent residence is made;
- the applicant is currently working for an employer specified on the work permit; and
- the current employer has made an offer to employ the applicant on a full-time, non-seasonal, indeterminate basis in a NOC Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B occupation in New Brunswick once a permanent resident visa, if any, is issued.
Factor 6: Adaptability
You must demonstrate your genuine intention to settle in the province. In addition, you must meet federal criteria listed in the following table to gain points. If you have a spouse or common-law partner who will immigrate to Canada with you, he or she can earn points for adaptability, too. You cannot claim points for a spouse who is a permanent resident living in Canada or a Canadian citizen. Even if you qualify for points under several criteria, you can only receive a maximum of 10 points for adaptability.
|Arranged employment (principal applicant only) |
You earned points under Factor 5: Arranged Employment.
Your previous study in New Brunswick
|You completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program of at least two years in duration) at a secondary or post-secondary school in New Brunswick. |
Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week, and you must have remained in good academic standing (as defined by the school) during the period of full-time study in New Brunswick.
Your spouse or common-law partner’s previous study in New Brunswick
|Your spouse or common-law partner completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program of at least two years in duration) at a secondary or post-secondary school in New Brunswick. |
Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week, and your spouse or common-law partner must have remained in good academic standing (as defined by the school) during the period of full-time study in New Brunswick.
|Your previous work in New Brunswick |
You completed a minimum of one year of authorized, full-time work in New Brunswick:
|Your spouse or common-law partner’s previous work in New Brunswick |
Your spouse or common-law partner completed a minimum of one year of authorized, full-time work in New Brunswick.
You or, if applicable, your spouse or common-law partner, have a relative who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in New Brunswick and is 18 years or older. Acceptable forms of relatives include:
|Your spouse or common-law partner’s level of language proficiency |
Your spouse or common-law partner’s level of language proficiency in either English or French is at the CLB 4 level or higher in all four language abilities (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
To receive these points, you must submit a copy of the language test results from a designated testing agency with your application. Results must not be more than two years old on the date that your application is received.
If required, you may have to attend an in-person interview in New Brunswick. You will be notified if an interview is required.
When Not to Apply
Candidates should not apply if they:
- have an application in process under another immigration program in Canada;
- intend to work in an occupation that is a National Occupational Classification (NOC) level C or D;
- are not lawfully residing in their country of residence at the time an application is received at the NBPNP office (proof of lawful residence is required);
- have an unresolved humanitarian and compassionate claim in Canada;
- are failed humanitarian and compassionate claimants living in Canada;
- have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada;
- are failed refugee claimants living in Canada;
- are under a removal order in Canada;
- are prohibited from entering Canada;
- are engaged in full-time post-secondary education;
- are on a valid federal post-graduation work permit whose occupation falls under NOC skill level C or D;
- are live-in caregivers;
- are a seasonal, part-time or casual worker;
- are an individual whose job is not based in New Brunswick;
- intend to start a business and/or be self-employed in New Brunswick; or
- are unable to provide proof of required amount of funds.
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