Government of New Brunswick

New Brunswick’s immigration program streams are pathways to Permanent Residence (or PR) for foreign workers who have the skills, education and work experience necessary to successfully contribute to the New Brunswick economy:

When applying to many of these programs, you should be PR Ready. This means that you meet all minimum eligibility requirements AND that you have all the required documents on hand to prepare and submit a complete and correct application to the province of New Brunswick and to the Government of Canada.

Being PR Ready means more efficient processing, fewer delays, and a better experience navigating the New Brunswick and Canadian immigration programs. In most cases, this means your application will be processed faster.


Program eligibility

Each of our economic immigration programs have different eligibility requirements relating to age, language test scores, education levels, and professional experience.

Be sure that you are eligible for a program stream before you prepare to submit an application.

For information on eligibility requirements for each program, consult the links below:

Identity documents

You must gather all identity and civil status documents for yourself and all accompanying family members (and even some non-accompanying family members), and you must have these documents translated and notarised if they are not already in English or French.

You and all accompanying family members must have valid passports.

Consult the federal government document checklist to confirm which documents you need to gather and translate.

You may wish to gather your diplomas and other educational credentials to have these translated at the same time.

Education credentials

All our immigration programs require a minimum education level that is equivalent to a Canadian High School diploma.

If you do not have Canadian education credentials, you will need to provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) that confirms the Canadian equivalency of your education.

Visit any of the following agencies to enquire about or begin the assessment process:

If your educational documents require translation into English, you may wish to have them translated along with your other identity and civil status documents.

Language tests

Under most of our program streams, you must provide a valid Language Test, in English or in French, that was administered by a designated IRCC testing agency and that is less than two years old at the time your application is submitted to the province of New Brunswick.

A minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) is required in all language skills, in English or in French. Note: Certain employers may require a higher score than the minimum requirement for immigration.

To enquire about or to register for a language test, visit the following sites:


Minimum scores required:

CLB 4       IELTS.         CELPIP.         TEF.         TCF.  
Reading   3.5   4   121   342
Writing   4.0   4   181   4
Listening   4.5   4   145   331
Speaking   4.0   4   181   4
CLB 5       IELTS.         CELPIP.         TEF.         TCF.  
Reading   4.0   5   151   375
Writing   5.0   5   226   6
Listening   5.0   5   181   369
Speaking   5.0   5   226   6
CLB 7       IELTS.         CELPIP.         TEF.         TCF.  
Reading   6.0   7   207   453
Writing   6.0   7   310   10
Listening   6.0   7   249   458
Speaking   6.0   7   310   10
Letters of employment

You must provide letters of employment that confirm your professional experience.

Letters must be:

  • written on company letterhead;
  • signed by the responsible officer/supervisor;
  • show the company’s full address, telephone numbers, e- mail and website addresses; and
  • stamped with the company’s official seal (if applicable).

Letters must include all the following information:

  • the specific period of your employment with the company;
  • the positions you have held during the period of employment and the time spent in each position;
  • your main responsibilities and duties in each position;
  • your total annual salary plus benefits; and
  • the number of hours worked per week.

Know your National Occupation Code (NOC):

For immigration to Canada, professions are categorized into NOC codes. Consult the NOC site, to find the NOC code that matches your professional duties and experience.

Talk to your current and previous employers about obtaining a letter that meets the requirements for immigration to Canada.