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New Brunswick Immigration 2017

New Brunswick, located in eastern Canada, is one of the three Maritime Provinces well-known for their friendly and safe communities. The Province of New Brunswick has a population of 750,000 and contains three major cities. Moncton is the largest city in New Brunswick with 120,000 residents in its metropolitan area, and is known as "The Hub" of the Maritimes due to its strategic location at the intersection of PEI, Nova Scotia, and NB. At 100,000 residents, the greater Saint John region is a bustling port city with an oil refinery and many industrial plants. The capital city of Frederiction is home to 80,000 residents, and is one of the most picturesque cities in the country with incredible parks, walking trails, and a beautiful river cutting through the middle of the city.

Because of its origins as a French colony, New Brunswick is home to a large French speaking population: one third of its residents speak French, although most are also fluent in English. The province is officially bilingual, having adopted French as an official language in 1969. New Brunswick is the perfect place for someone looking to experience a unique mix of rural, seaside, and urban lifestyle, and people living in the province typically enjoy an excellent quality of life. New Brunswick also has some of the most affordable housing in Canada with fully detached homes large enough for a family often selling for less than $200,000 in all three major cities. The Canada Express Entry immigration system is the easiest way for a foreign national to immigrate to New Brunswick.

Express Entry New Brunswick

If you are interested in moving to New Brunswick and becoming a citizen of Canada then the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) may be perfect for you. The New Brunswick PNP is designed to provide expedited entry to Canada to people who have valuable skills or resources that are in demand in the local provincial economy. A prospective immigrant can acquire a Provincial Nominee Program NB nomination certificate by sending an Expression of Interest (EOI) form to Immigration New Brunswick outside of Express Entry. If nominated, the individual can then create a new Express Entry profile and input their provincial nomination certificate credentials.

The potential immigrant can also begin the process by creating a Canada Express Entry profile and formally expressing an interest in New Brunswick immigration. The NBPNP can then contact the person directly through the Express Entry system, inviting them to apply to the program. This method is highly recommended as it also allows applicants to include their Express Entry Profile ID along with their Expression of Interest. Once nominated, a candidate's nomination certificate can be added to their Express Entry profile by the NB PNP, which will instantly credit the person with 600 points under the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System or CRS. The foreign national should then have a high enough Express Entry CRS score to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) as a Canada Permanent Resident. When done through Express Entry, this process is extremely fast taking less than 6 months from start to finish. Our experienced Canadian immigration professional can help people attract an interest letter from the New Brunswick PNP by optimizing their Express Entry profile for NB immigration. We can also help possible immigrants apply to the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program, and if given a nomination our team can also help them apply for Canadian permanent residency.

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New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program 2017

People can qualify for the NBPNP under four categories:

  • Express Entry Labour Market Stream
  • Business Applicants
  • Skilled Workers with Employer Support
  • Skilled Workers with Family Support

NB Express Entry Labour Marketing Stream

The New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market Stream (EELMS) is a new NBPNP category that enables the provincial nominee program to use the federal Express Entry selection system to target prospective immigrants. To be considered, candidates must complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) and send it to the New Brunswick PNP, which accepts forms during the first 15 days of every month. Interested candidates will be scored based on the information they provide to the PNP, and will then be adjudicated according to a number of factors.

Adjudication criteria:

  • Score
  • The likelihood of contributing positively to the local economy
  • Demonstrated ability to settle in New Brunswick
  • Proof of skills and experience in high priority labour market sectors as determined by the Government of New Brunswick

The top ranking candidates will then be contacted by the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program and invited to apply to the NBPNP. If nominated, applicants will be processed through the Government of Canada's Express Entry immigration management system, will is extremely fast and efficient and will likely process the applicant in less than six months of submission.

In order to be eligible, candidates for the PNP New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market Stream (EELMS) must:

  • Make a signed commitment to live and work in NB
  • Be between age 22 and 55, and must meet all provincial criteria such as language ability, adaptability, points assessment grid score, and NOC skill level of occupation
  • Meet all selection factors for the Canada Skilled Worker Program (scoring at least 67 / 100 points)

Candidates applying under this New Brunswick immigration stream are required to have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) if educated outside of Canada. They must also have a qualifying language test score, and must have acceptable work experience documentation.

Applications will not be allowed from anyone who:

  • Intends to work a job that is a National Occupational Classification level C or D
  • Has an unresolved compassionate or humanitarian claim in the country
  • Has an immigration application in process under any other Canadian program
  • Is not lawfully residing in his or her current country of residence
  • Is a failed humanitarian or compassionate claimant currently living n Canada
  • Has an unresolved refugee claim in Canada, or is a failed refugee claimant living in the country
  • Is prohibited from entering Canada
  • Is under a Canadian removal order
  • Is studying full-time at a post-secondary educational facility in Canada
  • Is a live-in caregiver
  • Is a seasonal, casual, or part-time worker
  • Is in Canada on a valid post-grad work permit with a NOC skill level C or D job
  • Is working a job that is not based in the Province of New Brunswick
  • Is unable to provide proof of the necessary funds required for NB immigration
  • Intends to be self-employed or open a new business in the province

There are three tiers of applicants under the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program: top priority, second priority, and third prioty. In addition to priority requirements listed below, applicants with previous work experience in high demand occupations will be given priority. New Brunswick is particularly interested in attracting highly skilled Francophone applicants, and candidates who speak fluent French will also be given priority.

NBPNP Top Priority Applicants - Connection to New Brunswick
Candidates considered top priority under the New Brunswick PNP 2017 are individuals who sent an Expression of Interest (EOI) and who are connected to the province in one of several ways.

Priority is given to people who:

  • Have previously worked in New Brunswick for a minimum of 12 months in the past 5 years (EOI keyword: "previous work experience")
  • Have attended a post-secondary school or university in New Brunswick (EOI keyword: "education")
  • Are presently working in New Brunswick (EOI keyword: "work")
  • Have family living in New Brunswick as a citizen or permanent resident for greater than 12 months (EOI keyword: "relatives")
  • Have a permanent offer of full-time employment from a New Brunswick based company (EOI keyword: "job offer")
  • Speak French as a first language (TEF certificate required) and apply under a qualifying occupation (EOI keyword: "French")

When emailing an Expression of Interest to the NB Provincial Nominee Program, the subject line of the email must be "Connection to New Brunswick, [EOI keyword]" using the correct EOI keyword listed above. If the email subject line is not 100% correct, your Expression of Interest is void and you will not be contacted by the New Brunswick Nominee Program and invited to apply to the program.

NBPNP Second Priority Applicants - Attended a New Brunswick PNP Information Session in the Past 2 Years
Candidates considered second priority under the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program are people who have attended a NB PNP information session or recruitment event (international or domestic) in the past 24 months. Eligible candidates must prove their attendance either by having officially registered for the event, or having communicated with New Brunswick Nominee Program staff while at an event.

Candidates submitting an EOI must use the email subject line "NBPNP Information Session, [date]", using the date of the recruitment event. Incorrect email subjects will void an EOI.

NBPNP Third Priority Applicants
Candidates that have no connection to New Brunswick and have never attended a NB PNP information session will be considered third priority. Applications are sometimes restricted for third priority candidates, as the province only accepts are limited number of Expressions of Interest from people who do not qualify as first or second priority applicants. In order for a third priority applicant to be selected, they must demonstrate a genuine interest in moving to New Brunswick as well as their ability to become economically established in the province. Training or experience in a high priority employment sector is a great way to demonstrate your ability to establish yourself in the province, and the PNP New Brunswick is currently accept applications from third priority candidates with professional experience in the several occupations.

Eligible occupations:

  • Bookkeepers
  • Electricians (industrial)
  • Mechanics (industrial)
  • Hospitality managers including professional chefs
  • Business analysts
  • Retail managers
  • Information technology professionals including analysis, sales, and technical customer support
  • Computer programmers
  • Financial analysts
  • Certified accountants
  • Manufacturing managers
  • Language translators

When sending an Expression of Interest email to the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program, candidates must use the email subject line "Open - [profession]", using the occupation they are trained or experienced in. Failing to format your email subject correct will void your EOI.

Business Applicants

The New Brunswick PNP Business Applicant category is for foreign nationals interested NB immigration who can contribute to province through a business idea, management experience, and willingness to invest in the region. Applicants under this NBPNP stream may purchase an existing business in the province, enter into a partnership with a New Brunswick entrepreneur, or can start a brand new business in NB.

To qualify under this PNP New Brunswick stream an eligible candidate must:

  • Intend to live in New Brunswick
  • Intend to operate a business in New Brunswick
  • Have at least a high school education
  • Be between 22 and 55 years old
  • Make a deposit of $75,000 that is conditionally refundable
  • Have a personal net worth greater than $300,000
  • Visit New Brunswick for at least 5 full business days to research the business environment
  • Speak enough English or French to be able to actively manage a business in the province
  • Score at least 50 points on selection grid
  • Have gained relevant management experience in 3 of the last 5 years
  • Provide a business plan that demonstrates how the enterprise will benefit New Brunswick

Skilled Worker with Family Support

The NBPNP Skilled Worker with Family Support category is for people with close ties to New Brunswick who can contribute to the region with the special skills or training that they have. Applicants for this New Brunswick PNP category do not require a job in order to be eligible, however, a family member in the province must sponsor the candidate.

Eligible applicants under this stream must:

  • Be 22-50 years of age
  • Have sufficient language ability in English or French to fulfill the duties of your intended job and settle in the province (French or English language test scores must be shown)
  • Be a close relative of your Family Supporter
  • Have the license, certification, qualification, or education to perform the job duties of your intended occupation
  • Show an intention to live and work in the province
  • Have enough money to immigrate to New Brunswick: a minimum of $10,000 plus an extra $2,000 for each additional family member accompanying you
  • Intend to work a job that is represented by National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill level A, B, O, C - category 1,3,7,8,9, or D - category 1,3,7,8,9

In order to sponsor a PNP New Brunswick applicant under this stream, a family member must:

  • Be a Canadian citizenship or permanent resident, that lives full-time in New Brunswick
  • be financially self-supportive
  • Support only a single applicant at once
  • Assist the candidate with his or her settlement plan
  • Be a close relative of the applicant, such as a non-dependent brother, sister, niece, nephew, child, grandchild, or their spouse or common-law partner
  • Have been working or operating a business in New Brunswick for a minimum of 12 months prior to submission of the NB PNP application

Skilled Worker with Employer Support

The Provincial Nominee Program New Brunswick Skilled Worker with Employer Support category is for potential immigrants that receive a permanent offer of full time employment in the province.

In order to be eligible under this NBPNP stream an applicant must:

  • Have the qualifications, education, certifications, or licenses required to perform the job
  • Have a high school diploma or above
  • Demonstrate an intention to settle in New Brunswick
  • Have sufficient language abilities in English or French in order to perform job duties. Applicants in low-skilled or semi-skilled occupations must undergo mandatory testing to show a basic level of language proficiency.
  • Be between 22 years of age and 55 years of age
  • Score at least 50 points on the NBPNP selection grid
  • Attain a legitimate full-time, permanent employment offer from an employer that has been operating in New Brunswick for at least 12 months
  • If your qualified job offer is a C or D level occupation, you must have already been working for the employer issuing the offer of employment for a minimum of one year prior to PNP application

Additionally, the eligible New Brunswick employer must:

  • Demonstrate that they were not able to recruit a citizen or permanent resident of Canada for the position offered
  • Comply with all employment standards and provincial wage requirements

New Brunswick PNP Eligibility Score

Business Applicants and Skilled Workers with Employer Support must score at least 50 points in the eligibility test to be eligible for the NBPNP 2017. Factors that influence your score include age, language proficiency, level of education, work experience, whether you have family in New Brunswick, and how long you have lived and worked in the province. Spending time in the province prior to applying to the New Brunswick PNP can be very beneficial when it comes to fulfilling these requirements as a college graduate without experience and with fluency in only one language. Prospective immigrants will only reach 34 eligibility points without having lived in New Brunswick or having any family there, which is why the program is very popular for recent graduates of the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Mount Allison University, and Université de Moncton.

New Brunswick immigration 2017 can be an exciting opportunity and the NBPNP is designed to help people realize that opportunity and to begin contributing to the economy of their new home. Once you have been nominated by Immigration New Brunswick and have received your Canada PR card, you will probably be anxious to move to New Brunswick. Thankfully there are a number of groups and programs that can assist you with moving to and settling down in New Brunswick. The province's immigration website has a list of each group that provides assistance with language training, finding employment, and getting to know more about your new community. Whether you are looking for a group based on your culture of origin or one that is more general, there will be a group that can help you.

Immigration New Brunswick Tips

When moving to New Brunswick it is important to think about the location you will be living in. This will determine what level of access you have to different services and activities, the cost of housing, and the overall feel of the neighborhood. Renting an apartment or home will most likely be the best choice for someone who is moving to New Brunswick as it will give them the flexibility to try living in a different city, town, or neighbourhood if the one they initially move to does not meet expectations. Renters can expect to cover the monthly rent, utilities, as well as a security deposit. Your rental agreement will lay out the exact amounts that you must pay and what expenses you must cover.

If you are looking to purchase a home in New Brunswick the first steps are to do some online searching to get a feel for areas and pricing and to contact a real estate agent. Your agent will be able to show you homes for sale and assist you with the process of looking at and purchasing a home. If you need a loan there are many Canadian banks that provide mortgage services and insurance.

If you have children you will need to determine where they will attend school. Schooling is compulsory and free from kindergarten through high school and the province is divided in to a total of fourteen school districts. You can enroll your child in school by going to the local school district office. They will be able to assist you with choosing the proper school for your child as well as enrolling them in classes. Private schools are also available and you may home school your children should you choose to do so.

Students who are finishing high school should look into education resources the province provides, including government funded student loans, tuition rebates, and apprenticeships. There are 52 different apprentice-able occupations in New Brunswick and apprentices spend eighty percent of their time doing paid on the job training. Programs take between two and four weeks to complete and projections show that there will be a shortage of skilled tradespeople in Canada in the next ten years so an apprenticeship can be a valuable experience for a student enter Canada.

Residents of New Brunswick are entitled to basic, universal, government funded healthcare so new residents should be sure to register with the province's health care system. You can apply online for a New Brunswick Medicare card that will provide you with access to the health care you need. Just be sure to bring as many records of your medical history as possible to your first appointment with your new doctor. Moving can be an exciting but difficult time. Following some of these tips can make the process that little bit easier.

The 2017 NBPNP Express Entry Labour Market Stream Self-Assessment Form asks for your Express Entry Key #, so if you do not already have an Express Entry account and are interested in New Brunswick immigration you should create a new Express Entry profile before submitting an EOI to the province's PNP. The recent New Brunswick PNP Express Entry integration has greatly improved the efficiently of the province's immigration program with prospective candidates nominated via NBPNP Express Entry frequently being processed federally as permanent residents in 6 months or less. CIC New Brunswick nominated immigrants will almost always have their applications processed much more quickly under the CIC Express Entry platform than via the traditional paper-based method that was used in the past. For additional information regarding New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program processing times and checklist updates, please visit the official New Brunswick immigration website here.

About New Brunswick

New Brunswick was first explored by Europeans in 1534 when the French explorer Jacques Cartier arrived in the New World and the first settlement was established on St. Croix Island in 1604. The number of French settlements in the area grew steadily until 1713 when Nova Scotia was given to the British by the French. New Brunswick was conquered by the British around fifty years later during the French and Indian War. New Brunswick became one of Canada's original four provinces when the country was formed in 1867.

The New Brunswick economy is dominated by the health care, finance, insurance, retail, and education sectors. Saint John and Moncton are home to major ports and rail hubs, making those cities ideal for people involved in the supply chain industry. Outside of the cities New Brunswick's economy is based on mining, forestry, farming, and fishing.

New Brunswick provides a perfect mix of urban and rural feel for its residents. Whether you are looking to live, work, or play in the great outdoors, or to enjoy the nightlife of the city, living in New Brunswick means it will all be available to you. The province also has a long history with performing arts. The Atlantic Ballet Theater of Canada, Symphony New Brunswick, and Theatre New Brunswick are all major draws for those who enjoy the arts.

The government of New Brunswick operates very similarly to Canada's national government. A forty-nine seat unicameral Parliament is elected once each five years (or more often should an election be called early. The major players in the government have historically been the Liberal Party and the Progressive Conservative Party, though smaller parties occasionally win seats.

Due to the lack of major urban population centers the government of New Brunswick tends to be more responsive to rural areas of the province than governments of provinces with larger urban areas. The significant French speaking population also creates a larger need for consensus building, even when one party holds a majority in government.

New Brunswick Cities

Fredericton immigration, Moncton immigration, and Saint John immigration are all possible through the Provincial Nominee Program NB. Successful PNP New Brunswick nominees can move to any city, town, or village in the province.

Largest cities in New Brunswick:

  • Moncton
  • Saint John
  • Fredericton
  • Miramichi
  • Edmundston
  • Bathurst
  • Campbellton

Both Fredericton immigration as well as Moncton immigration are increasing in popularity, and the 2017 New Brunswick PNP has been getting a lot of interest. Receiving a Canada Permanent Resident Visa from the Federal Government is significantly easier with a NB nomination boosting your Express Entry score, since you must be selected via an Express Entry draw in order to be invited to apply. A New Brunswick nomination will increase your Express Entry CRS by 600 points, significantly increases your chances of securing an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency through the Federal Express Entry immigration system.

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