Employer Eligibility Requirements

To support an internationally trained worker’s path to permanent residency, employers must meet certain requirements. These requirements vary depending on the immigration program and the candidate’s status in Canada. The employers can find the employer requirements in the guide of the respective program.

As an employer, you are required to:

  • Have an established place of business, defined as a physical structure, that is located within New Brunswick.
  • Have been in continuous, active operation in New Brunswick for at least two years under the same ownership.
  • Be in good standing with any provincial and or federal legislation governing employment standards and occupational health and safety legislation.
  • Be in compliance with the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (IRPA) and the Immigration and Refugees Protection Regulations (IRPR).
  • Be actively engaged in the NB business and therefore directly connected to the employment of candidates.
  • Be actively registered with the New Brunswick Registry of Employers of Foreign Workers; and
  • For the Atlantic Immigration Program only: employers must be designated.

Any job offer you make must:

  • Be genuine.
  • Be for an unconditional, full-time, year-round (non-seasonal) employment.
  • Have wages and working conditions that are comparable to those offered to Canadians working in these types of occupations.
  • Be extended after you’ve made reasonable efforts to hire in Canada.

Candidate Eligibility

When interviewing a foreign national abroad, keep in mind that the candidate must also meet the minimum eligibility requirements and submit required documents to apply to the province of New Brunswick and to the Government of Canada.

The province’s economic immigration programs have different eligibility requirements relating to age, language test scores, education levels, and professional experience. Be sure that your candidate is eligible for a program stream before they prepare to apply.

Employers should assess the intent to reside in New Brunswick before extending a job offer to a foreign national outside of Canada, and to ensure the candidate is planning to live in the province and to be employed in your business once they arrive. You can find more information here.

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