New Brunswick temporarily accepting PNP applications from labourers

Shelby Thevenot
Published: February 9, 2021

Eligible labourers in New Brunswick who want to become Canadian permanent residents can now apply for a provincial nomination.

The New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream is now open to Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holders who are working in jobs that are classified as NOC skill-level D. These jobs usually call for on-the-job training, and include fruit pickers, cleaning staff, as well as oil field workers.

Temporary workers working in these types of occupations will be able to apply for New Brunswick's Provincial Nominee Program up until April 30, 2021, according to a media release.

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) will accept applications from temporary residents who meet the following criteria:

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  • you meet all eligibility criteria of the NB Skilled Worker stream;
  • you are a graduate of a New Brunswick designated post-secondary institution (DLI); and
  • you hold a PGWP that was issued upon graduation from that New Brunswick institution.

What are the eligibility criteria for the NB Skilled Worker stream?

The New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream is open to foreign nationals in Canada and abroad, who have a full-time job offer in the province. The main eligibility criteria is that you intend to reside in New Brunswick. You also need to have a full time, permanent, year-round, job offer in an eligible occupation. You have to demonstrate that you are qualified for the position, and that you are offered a competitive wage. Your employer must also be willing to support the application. If you are working in a regulated occupation, you need to have the certification or license from the regulatory authority. The New Brunswick government website has more on regulated occupations as well as information on how to get certified or licensed in the province.

If you are eligible for the NB Skilled Worker Stream, you will be given a score based off your age, language ability, education, previous work experience, and other factors. You will need at least 60 points out of 100 points to be eligible.

You need to be between 19 and 55 years old. Your language ability in English or French should be equal to at least a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 4 in all abilities. New Brunswick is a bilingual province, and extra points go to candidates who can demonstrate a CLB 4 in both languages.

You need at least a high school diploma, and foreign education needs to come with an Educational Credential Assessment that is less than five years old.

You need at least one year of work experience, unless you graduated from a New Brunswick DLI with at least a one-year degree, diploma or certificate program. Foreign work experience counts towards your points.

New Brunswick also awards points for candidates working in priority sectors such as business service centres, education, health care, manufacturing, and transportation.

There are also points available if you have an additional connection to the province, such as education, employment, language, and other skills.

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