How to Apply for the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program
Skilled and/or experienced workers, experienced business persons and their family members that are interested in moving to New Brunswick permanently have an opportunity to apply for the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program. This can often make the process faster than applying through the federal immigration streams.
There are two categories under which to apply for the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program: skilled workers and business.
There are two streams within this category: either a New Brunswick employer offered you permanent employment, or a family supporter who is a citizen or permanent resident of New Brunswick, and who has lived and worked in the province for at least a year, has committed to assist your settlement in New Brunswick.
In order to be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:
- your permanent, full-time employment offer is with an established New Brunswick company
- the work offered can fulfill a skill shortage
- the offer meets employment standards for New Brunswick
- there are comparable industry rates of pay for your offer
- in order to fulfill the job duties, you have all the licenses and/or qualifications
- in order to fulfill the job duties, you are proficient in English, French or both
- in the selection criteria for skilled workers with employer support, you score 50 or higher
You can be eligible if your relationship to your supportive family member is:
- daughter or son
- step-daughter or step-son
- sister or brother
- step-sister or step-brother
- sister-in-law or brother-in-law
- niece or nephew
The Family Supporter and the Applicant will both be assessed. The strength of the Supporter’s connection to New Brunswick will be considered, along with their commitment to the immigration process and the successful settlement of his/her family member. As for the Applicant, the offer of full-time employment or employment skills based on language skills, work experience, education and training, age, and an ability to adapt to New Brunswick while surrounded by supportive family members will be taken into account.
A Business Plan or Business Proposal that would benefit New Brunswick economically must be submitted by a business applicant. A Business Plan would describe how a specific business would be developed and operated by the applicant. If an applicant needs more time to explore business opportunities prior to choosing a particular business, a Business Proposal could be offered instead of a plan.
The following requirements are necessary to be eligible:
- You need to prove that you have business management experience as a senior manager or owner
- You need to prove that you will establish a business in New Brunswick and take on an active managerial role in the business, while living with your dependents in New Brunswick
- You will conduct extensive research and complete an interview with an Immigration Program Officer while visiting New Brunswick for a duration of at least five business days
- An Immigration Officer must approve your business plan or business proposal, assuring that it will benefit New Brunswick economically
- You will provide a verified personal net worth of at least CDN $300,000.00
- You will invest a minimum of CDN $125,000.00
- You need to prove your proficiency in English and/or French
- You must make a CDN $75,000.00 conditionally refundable deposit before you are nominated
You can find the application forms here.
There is more than simply knowing how to apply for the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program – you might need help with the application itself.
Although the Provincial Nominee Program is designed to expedite the process to immigrate to Canada, it does add an extra step. After you are successful in getting nominated, you still need to apply for permanent residence with the federal government. Taking both tasks into account can feel overwhelming, but experienced Canadian immigration lawyers can assist you to properly navigate both processes, so you don’t make any mistakes.
If you are interested in immigrating to New Brunswick, consider the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program – the province might be interested in you!