Government of New Brunswick

Under the New Brunswick Strategic Initiative Stream, candidates must submit a complete and correct application for Provincial Nomination followed by an application for Permanent Residence. This means that candidates must begin preparing for their PR application right away:


1. 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:

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program: NB Strategic Initiative

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program: NB Skilled Worker Stream

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program: NB Express Entry Stream

2. 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.

3. Language tests

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 18 months old at the time your application is submitted to the province of New Brunswick.

A minimum equivalent of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 in all language skills, in English or in French, is required. Note: Certain employers may require a higher score.

Minimum scores required:

        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

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

IELTS General Training



**** TCF pour le Canada

4. 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:

World Education Services (WES)

Comparative Education Service (CES)

International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)

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

5. 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.

Once you have all of the above items in order, you are ready to submit a full application to the Government of New Brunswick via INB. Should your provincial application be approved, you will receive a Nomination Certificate that is valid for six months.

When you receive the certificate, you can then proceed to submit an application for Permanent Residence to the Federal Government of Canada.

6. Police certificates

You will be contacted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) about the submission of Police Certificates.

Consult the link below so that you will be ready and prepared when the certificates are requested: citizenship/services/application/medical-police/police- certificates/about.html