Government of New Brunswick

International students in New Brunswick

New Brunswick’s public post-secondary institutions welcome close to 3,000 international students each year, and that number continues to grow. And a large majority of these international students say that they would like to remain in the province or become Canadian citizens.

International students are particularly desirable candidates for permanent residency because of their Canadian credentials, proficiency in one or both official languages, entrepreneurial skills and familiarity with local culture. These factors facilitate integration into the community and labour market and in turn lead to both population and economic growth, as well as job creation. By attracting and retaining more international students, we can grow our businesses and enrich our communities.


Today’s post-secondary students are tomorrow’s skilled workforce

New Brunswick’s public post-secondary institutions teach, train, and develop the workforce of today and tomorrow. There are opportunities for New Brunswick employers to welcome students and graduates into their businesses and into their communities: there are mentorship, experiential learning, and co-op placement programs, and most colleges and universities have career development, employment services, and job boards where you can post your job vacancies or recruitment campaigns:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is also worth knowing that: 

Most Canadian study permits allow international students to work part-time (20 hours/week) during regular study periods, and work full-time (min. 30 hours/week) while classes are not in session (e.g. during the summer months). Spouses of international students may also qualify for a spousal open work permit.

International students at eligible Canadian public post-secondary institutions will usually qualify for a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) upon graduation. These open work permits may be valid for 1-3 years.

Of New Brunswick’s provincial economic immigration programs, the NB Skilled Worker stream and the Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP) are the most accessible pathways to permanent residence for international graduates from New Brunswick and from the Atlantic provinces.


Together we can keep more international graduates in New Brunswick

To learn how you can support your international graduate employees in the pursuit of Canadian permanent residence, reach out to your provincial immigration program officer, or contact us at immigration@gnb.ca or 1-506- 453-3981.