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The New Brunswick Express Entry Stream is a part of the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) designed for Express Entry candidates who meet specific criteria.

The New Brunswick Express Entry stream is for workers who want to live in New Brunswick and who have skills, education, and experience that can benefit the province.

Applicants who are eligible for the New Brunswick Express Entry stream may be more likely to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Express Entry from IRCC.

Key Takeaways: New Brunswick Express Entry PNP

  1. The New Brunswick Express Entry PNP is for workers looking to settle in New Brunswick and who are eligible for at least one of the Federal Express Entry Immigration Programs (Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, or Canadian Experience Class).
  2. You may receive a 600 point boost to your Comprehensive Ranking System score with a provincial nomination under the New Brunswick Express Entry stream.
  3. You must have a connection to New Brunswick to be eligible. This is a new requirement that came into effect in February 2024.

What is the New Brunswick Express Entry Stream?

The Express Entry Labour Market stream works in two ways. First, candidates who meet the eligibility criteria listed below can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) at any time. Second, certain candidates in the Express Entry pool will be contacted directly by New Brunswick within their IRCC accounts and invited to submit an application for nomination.

Submitting an Expression of Interest for the New Brunswick Express Entry Stream

In order to submit Expressions of Interest without first being contact by New Brunswick, candidates must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. The candidate has submitted an Express Entry profile;
  2. The candidate is currently living and working in New Brunswick, and a letter of employment from the employer must be included with the EOI;
  3. The National Occupational Classification (NOC) code for this current employment is for a position that matches Training, Education, Experience, Responsibilities (TEER) category 0, 1, 2, or 3;
  4. The candidates has a valid work permit authorizing their current employment in Canada; a PDF copy must be included with the submission;
  5. The candidate has valid language test scores (IELTS, CELPIP, TEF, or TCF) with scores equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or better in all four language competencies;
  6. The candidate has a valid Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) which attests to the minimum equivalent of a Canadian High School diploma, if he or she did not study in Canada.

Like many other Canadian provinces, New Brunswick, located in Atlantic Canada, offers a route for Express Entry candidates for immigration to Canada to settle in the province. The NBPNP is one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, through which provinces nominate individuals for Canadian permanent residence. Applicants may include accompanying family members on their application.

Successful applicants to the New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market stream obtain 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, effectively guaranteeing them an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

Applicants must score at least 67 points under the New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market Stream points grid. The selection factors are exactly the same as for the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), except for factors 5 and 6, which in the case of the New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market stream relate to the province of New Brunswick, rather than nationally. So, if you entered the Express Entry pool as a FSWC candidate and claimed points for arranged employment (job offer) or certain adaptability factors, those points would only be awarded in the New Brunswick system if the job offer or adaptability factor(s), as the case may be, are based in New Brunswick, and not another province.

The complete points grid for the Express Entry Labour Market stream is viewable on the NBPNP Express Entry Labour Market Stream Application Guide.

In addition, applicants must be 22 to 55 years of age, inclusive, and sign a commitment to live and work in New Brunswick.

Labour Market stream steps

Step 1Review EELMS requirements to determine if you are eligible OR receive invitation from EELMS in your IRCC account
Step 2If you meet the requirements, review the requirements to submit an EOI.
Step 3Submit your EOI electronically using the Immigration New Brunswick online portal.
Step 4Submit a full EELMS application to the NBPNP within 60 calendar days, after receiving your invitation to apply.
Step 5Accept your nomination electronically through your IRCC (Express Entry) account. You have 30 days to accept the NBPNP nomination once your application is successful, and you have been nominated.

For the latest Canada immigration PNP updates, see our PNP live tracker.

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