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New Brunswick Skilled Worker with Employer Support Stream

This category facilitates immigration for workers who have received a full-time, permanent offer of employment from a New Brunswick employer.

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

In order to be eligible under the Skilled Worker with Employer Support Stream, candidates must:

  • Be between 22 and 55 years of age;
  • Have sufficient English or French to fulfill job duties;
    • Applicants in semi- and low-skilled occupations (NOC levels C and D) are required to undergo mandatory testing at a designated testing agency and achieve a minimum standard of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 across all four categories. They may be asked to submit the results with their application.
    • Designated testing agencies include:
      • English:
        • IELTS (General Training Test only)
        • CELPIP (General Test only)
      • French:
        • TEF
  • Have the education, qualifications, and/or licenses and certification needed to perform the job in New Brunswick;
    • Applicants must have at least a high school level of education
  • Receive a genuine full-time, permanent offer of employment from an eligible New Brunswick employer;
    • The business must have been operating in the province for at least one year.
    • Applicants must demonstrate that they have been interviewed and hired by the future employer.
    • The job must be represented in one of the following NOC skill levels:
      • Skill levels 0, A, or B
      • Skill level C, Skill type 1, 3, 7, 8, or 9
      • Skill level D, Skill type 1, 3, 7, 8, or 9
    • Demonstrate an intention to live and work in New Brunswick; and
  • Score a minimum of 50 points on a selection grid.

Minimum Requirements for Employers

In addition, employers must prove that:

  • They were unable to recruit a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for the position offered;
  • The job will provide a comparable industry rate of pay and will comply with provincial employment standards.

Selection Factors

If all other eligibility criteria (outlined above) are met, applicants will be assessed according to five selection factors. In order to qualify for the Skilled Worker with Employer Support Stream, candidates must score a minimum of 50 points.

Factor 1: Age (maximum 10 points)
Age Points
22-24 5
25-55 10
Factor 2: Language (maximum 15 points)
Skill Speaking Ability English French
Advanced Operational command of the language with only occasional inaccuracies 9 9
Intermediate Effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies and misunderstandings 7 7
Basic Partial competence in familiar situations 4 4
Factor 3: Education (maximum 18 points)
Level Completed Requirements Points
Post-graduate education
  • Master's degree awarded by a graduate school of a college or university, after completing a Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate degree awarded based n at least three years of graduate studies and a thesis, after completing a Master's degree
Post-secondary education
  • Academic degree awarded by a college or university to those who complete an undergraduate curriculum that required at least three years full-time study, or
  • Diploma completed in a specific trade that required at least two years full-time study
Secondary education
  • High school diploma awarded after junior/middle school and before college, university or other formal training
Factor 4: Work Experience (maximum 10 points)
Work Experience (in the last five years) Points
5 years 10
4 years 8
3 years 6
2 years 4
1 year 2
Factor 5: Adaptability (maximum 25 points)
Adaptability Points

Family in New Brunswick

The applicant, or his/her spouse/common-law partner, has a son, daughter, brother, sister, mother, father, child, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew living in New Brunswick as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident


Education in New Brunswick

The applicant has completed at least one year of post-secondary education in NB, or

The applicant has completed at least two years of post-secondary education in NB




Employment in New Brunswick

The applicant has worked for at least one of the last five years in NB, or

The applicant has worked for at least two of the last five years in NB




Spouse's Employment in New Brunsick

The applicant's spouse/common-law partner has worked for at least six months in the last calendar year in NB



Labour Market Impact Assessment

The applicant has a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) or,

The employer demonstrates that they have been unable to find a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada to perform the job duties AND they participate in recruitment activities with the NBPNP



Additional Job Skills

The applicant can demonstrate successful employment in a second occupation, where the occupation is different from the intended occupation in New Brunswick. The occupation must be skilled and supported by a diploma or trade certificate.



When Not to Apply

Candidates should not apply if they:

  • Have an application in process under another immigration program in Canada;
  • Are not lawfully residing in their country of residence at the time an application is received at the NBPNP Office (proof of lawful residence is required);
  • Have an unresolved humanitarian and compassionate claim in Canada;
  • Are failed humanitarian and compassionate claimants living in Canada;
  • Have an unresolved refugee claim in Canada;
  • Are failed refugee claimants living in Canada;
  • Are under a removal order in Canada;
  • Are prohibited from entering Canada;
  • Are engaged in full-time post-secondary education;
  • Are live-in caregivers; or
  • Are seasonal workers.
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