New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream



The New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream is designed for Foreign Nationals who possess the skills, education and work experience needed to contribute to New Brunswick’s economy. Candidates must meet the program’s minimum eligibility requirements, have a genuine offer of employment from a New Brunswick Employer and have the full intent to live and work in the province on a permanent basis.


Effective January 1st, 2024, New Brunswick will :

1. Continue to issue ITAs to in-province candidates with a qualifying job offer and who demonstrate a minimum of six (6) months of residency in New Brunswick .

2. Continue to issue ITAs to out-of-province and overseas candidates whose qualifying job offer is in NOC TEER 5 only, with the following restriction:

No new ITAs will be issued for the following professions from out-of-province and overseas candidates in NOC TEER 5:

65201 – Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations [Candidates under this NOC should speak with their New Brunswick Employer about other available pathways, including the Federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)].

3. No new ITAs will be issued to any out-of-province or overseas candidates whose job offer is in NOC TEER 01, 23, or 4. [Candidates  in these TEER categories should speak with their New Brunswick Employer about other available pathways, including the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)].


New Brunswick Skilled Worker Process Map

Step 1: Receive an offer of employment.

Step 2: Be Permanent Residence (PR) Ready.

Step 3: Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). 

Step 4: Receive an Invitation to apply (ITA). 

Step 5: Submit your provincial application to the Government of New Brunswick.

Step 6: Receive a decision from the Government of New Brunswick.

Step 7: Submit your federal application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

Step 8: Receive a decision from Immigration, Refugees and Citizen Canada (IRCC).


Getting Started

Before applying to the New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream, you must:

1. Accept a genuine offer of unconditional, full-time, year-round (non-seasonal) employment in an eligible occupation from a New Brunswick employer who is willing to support you through the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) process. Learn more under Working in New Brunswick.

2. You must be Permanent Residence (PR) Ready when applying to any of New Brunswick’s immigration streams. That means you:

  • Meet all minimum eligibility requirements and selection factors.
  • Have all the required documents on hand to prepare and submit a complete and correct application to the Government 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. To make sure you are PR Ready, please visit our first steps page to learn about what you need to know before applying for Immigration Program Streams.


Submitting Your Application

1. Read Our Guide

The New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream Guide provides comprehensive information on the program. Please read it carefully before applying. Topics covered include eligibility requirements, selection factors, the application process, and other important information.

2. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

If you have a valid job offer, are PR Ready, and meet the eligibility criteria, you can create a candidate profile and complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the province through the INB Portal.

3. Receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA)

If you are selected, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in your INB account. You will need to show proof of the information submitted in your profile. You are required to submit a complete electronic application within 45 calendar days of being issued an ITA.

ITAs are not issued automatically. Only registrants who are determined to be eligible will be offered an ITA, and only those who receive an ITA will be eligible to submit a full application to the NB Skilled Worker Stream.

4. Complete Your Electronic Application

The application and all supporting documents must be submitted electronically through your INB account. All documents must be provided as PDF files. Make sure your application is complete and includes all mandatory forms and documents.

Submitting an application and meeting the eligibility requirements for the New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream does NOT guarantee a nomination. The Government of New Brunswick reserves the right to change criteria and/or pause streams. 

5. Pay the Processing Fee

Before submitting your complete application, you must pay your fees through your online account. Your spouse or common-law partner and dependent children are included in the processing fee. Processing fees are non-refundable. The Canadian $250 processing fee is payable by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, INTERAC Online or Visa/Debit.

6. Wait for a Decision

Your application will be assessed according to eligibility requirements and selection factors. The government of New Brunswick will advise you of the final decision in writing and upload that decision to your online profile’s dashboard. The decision to issue a nomination certificate will be at the sole discretion of the government of New Brunswick. If you are nominated you can apply directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Permanent Residence (PR). Remember, you must maintain the conditions of your nomination while you are awaiting a decision on your PR application.


After Nomination

If you are granted a nomination by the Government of New Brunswick, you are required to apply directly to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Permanent Residence (PR). Remember, you must maintain the conditions of your nomination while you are awaiting a decision on your PR application. The nomination certificate will be valid for six months from the date of issuance and is considered valid if you submit a complete application for PR before the expiry date on the nomination certificate.

For more information on how to apply for permanent residency, visit immigrate as a provincial nominee (non-Express Entry process).


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