The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP), administered by the Department
of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour (PETL), is an immigration program that
allows the Government of New Brunswick to nominate individuals with the greatest ability
to become economically established in New Brunswick. This immigration stream is part of
an economic immigration program and is not intended for family reunification, protected
persons or for humanitarian and compassionate reasons.
The New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream helps New Brunswick employers recruit foreign
nationals and international graduates whose skills are in limited supply in the province and
who have been unable to fill job vacancies with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
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.
When applying to any of New Brunswick’s immigration streams, you must be PR Ready. In
the New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream, it means that you meet all minimum eligibility
requirements and selection factors and have all the required documents on hand to prepare
and submit a complete and correct application to the Government of New Brunswick and to
the Government of Canada.
NBPNP applications require two stages of approval before PR status may be obtained.
Stage 1: Application to the NBPNP for a nomination certificate If you meet all eligibility
criteria and selection factors, and you have the support of your New Brunswick employer as
indicated through a completed and signed Employer Information form (NBPNP-004), you
can then apply to the NBPNP by submitting an online application. The processing time varies
depending on the time required for the verification of documents included in your
application and on the volume of applications received. In some cases, you may be asked to
attend an interview.
Stage 2: Application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for a PR visa If you are
nominated by PETL, you may then apply to the Government of Canada for a PR visa, through
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). In this case, you will send your
application to the IRCC Centralized Intake Office in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. You, your
spouse and dependents must meet statutory requirements for medical, security and
criminal admissibility. IRCC has the final authority to issue a PR visa. There is no guarantee
that IRCC will approve your PR application even if you are nominated by PETL.
There are requirements for each stage of the New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream process
including registration, application and nomination. You must meet the minimum eligibility
requirements for age, language, job offer, work experience and education, and score a
minimum of 60 points in the selection factors to be considered for nomination by PETL.
Eligibility requirements must be met at the time of registration, application and nomination.
Meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee that you will be nominated.
Step 1: Offer of Employment – You must accept a genuine offer of full-time (non-seasonal),
permanent (indeterminate) employment from a New Brunswick employer who is willing to
support you through the NBPNP process.
Step 2: PR Readiness – When applying to any of New Brunswick’s immigration streams, you
must be PR Ready.
Step 3: Online Registration – You must create a candidate profile. You can check the most
up-to-date information regarding the status of your application at any time by logging in to
Step 4: Invitation to Apply – Because you have an offer of employment from a New
Brunswick company, you will receive an invitation to apply (ITA) to the NBPNP. You will have
up to 45 calendar days from the date of the ITA to submit a complete application via the
New Brunswick online system.
Step 5: Submission of provincial application to PETL – Once you have submitted your
complete application online and paid the processing fee, PETL will conduct a full review of
your application and it will be assessed according to eligibility requirements and selection
Step 6: Provincial Application Decision from PETL – PETL will advise you and your
representative, if applicable, of the final decision in writing and upload that decision to your
online profile’s dashboard.
Step 7: Submission of Federal Application to IRCC – If you are granted a nomination by PETL,
you are required to submit your application for a PR visa directly to IRCC prior to the expiry
date indicated on your Certificate of Nomination. IRCC will assess the application based on
Canadian immigration law and make the final decision for granting a PR visa.
Step 8: Federal Application Decision from IRCC – If IRCC approves your PR application, you
will be issued a PR visa which will enable you to become a PR of Canada. If you receive a PR
visa from Canada, you must report your landing to PETL within 30 days of landing in Canada.
You are not eligible to apply if you:
If you would like to settle down in New Brunswick and become a permanent residence
under the NBPNP, please get in touch with our team of professional to help you with the