New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

New Brunswick is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. It is one of the three Maritime provinces and one of the four Atlantic provinces. It is the only province with both English and French as its official languages.


Name of NB PNP



Express Entry Stream


Temporarily suspended since May 2022.

Skilled Workers Stream


Nominees must have secured full-time job offers on a permanent contract.

Strategic Initiative Stream


Available to Francophone workers.

Atlantic Immigration Program


New Brunswick, as one of the four Atlantic provinces, can hire foreign employees that are not able to fit with their profession locally.

Business Immigration Stream


Requires that nominees invest $300,000 and have $600,000 in net worth.


New Brunswick Express Entry Stream Update

GNB (Government of New Brunswick) continues to process applications across all streams in a manner that best supports the goals of the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program. This can be based on application volumes, quality of individual applications, labour market information, economic forecasting and/or any other factors as determined by ONB. 

Candidates may experience a significant delay in processing times. 

If you receive an invitation to apply to the NB Express Entry stream  through INB, you may submit an application.

Please note, however, that the NB Express Entry stream currently remains paused for NB Employment Connections and NB Student Connections.



o To be eligible for nomination through the NB Express Entry Stream, you must:

** Please note you cannot have an application to the NB Express Entry Stream without a valid Federal Express Entry Profile.

To be eligible to apply to the New Brunswick Express Entry Stream, you must meet one of the three connections below:

  1. NB Employment Connection
  2. NB Student Connection
  3. NB Occupations in Demand Connection

How to Apply

  • Complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the province through the INB Portal. If you receive an ITA, you have 45 days to submit a complete application. If your application is approved, you will be nominated by the province. You will have 30 days to accept the nomination in your Federal Express Entry account.
  • Submitting an application and meeting the eligibility requirements for the New Brunswick Express Entry Stream does NOT guarantee a nomination.
  • Important: GNB reserves the right to change criteria and/or pause streams.
  • Check the NB immigration website regularly to stay up to date with all changes.


New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream



The New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream is designed for Foreign Nationals who possess the skills, education and work experience needed to contribute to New Brunswick’s economy. Candidates must meet the program’s minimum eligibility requirements, have a genuine offer of employment from a New Brunswick Employer and have the full intent to live and work in the province on a permanent basis.



  • you score 60 points (out of 100) on the selection factors for the New Brunswick skilled worker stream
  • you are age 19-55
  • you have an eligible employer, willing to support the nomination and can demonstrate genuine labour shortages
  • you have received a permanent full-time job offer in one of the following NOC skill levels:
  • NOC TEER 0, 1 or 2 (high skilled)
  • NOC TEER 3 (semi-skilled)
  • NOC TEER 4 or 5 (low-skilled) (PGWP holders are not eligible under NOC TEER 4 or 5)
  • no work experience is required for international grads; everyone else needs at least one year of qualifying work experience in the past 5 years in a related NOC
  • you have language skills sufficient for the position; minimum CLB 4
  • you have a min high school diploma (Canadian equivalent)
  • you have demonstrated an attachment to New Brunswick (work, study, family, visits, etc)

Application processing priority is being given to the following categories of applications in our inventory:

  • Francophone applicants
  • NB graduates
  • NOC 2147, 2172, 2173, 2174, 2175, 2281, 2282, 2283
  • NOC 3012, 3233, 3413, 4412


 Strategic Initiative Stream


  • you have an NCLC score of at least 5 in all four French language skills
  • you scored at least 65 points on the selection grid
  • you are between 19-55 years of age
  • you have a minimum Canadian high school diploma or equivalent
  • you have an eligible connection to NB through:
  • an exploratory visit meeting specific criteria
  • a qualifying job offer (can be NOC TEER 0 – 5), or
  • a direct invitation from the province of NB
  • you have settlement funds to support yourself and your family
  • you submit a viable settlement plan



Atlantic Immigration Program

The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) is a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates from a recognized post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada who want to work and live In New Brunswick. The program helps New Brunswick employers hire qualified candidates for jobs they haven’t been able to fill locally.



  • Employers facing shortages must first become “designated” to have their positions “endorsed” by the Province.
  • Being designated means you can hire candidates under the Atlantic Immigration Program. The province is responsible for approving employers for designation.
  • Once the employer is designated, they may apply to the province to endorse a position for a foreign worker.
  • Once the employer position(s) are endorsed, the foreign worker(s) identified by the employer, can apply directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canadafor permanent residency under the Atlantic Immigration Program. The foreign worker may also receive a temporary work permit while waiting for permanent residency.


 Business Immigration Stream


  • you have a min personal net worth of CAD $500,000
  • you will make a min investment in the business of CAD $150,000
  • for 3 of the past 5 years, you have either business ownership experience or full-time senior management experience in a for-profit entity
  • you have completed a min Canadian high school diploma or equivalent
  • you scored a min CLB 5 on a valid language test
  • you are between 21-59 years of age
  • you score a min of 65 on the selection criteria

Business criteria:

  • applicant must own at least 1/3 of the business and provide active, daily management
  • business can be a new entity or the purchase of an existing entity
  • if purchasing an existing business, it must be owned by same principals for past 3 years, and achieved a net profit for at least 2 out of 3 previous years
  • must create at least 1 full time job for Canadians not related to you
  • business must operate for at least 12 consecutive months for applicant to receive a nomination
  • a list of ineligible businesses is published by the NB PNP