Government of New Brunswick

Under the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program: NB Express Entry Stream, candidates first need to apply for and successfully obtain a provincial Express Entry Nomination Certificate. Once this certificate is obtained, they may be invited by the Federal Government of Canada to then submit a complete and correct Permanent Residence (PR) application within 60 days of that invitation.

Because both programs require many of the same documents, 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 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) 7 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   6.0   7   207   453
Writing   6.0   7   310   10
Listening   6.0   7   249   458
Speaking   6.0   7   310   10

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.

6. Express Entry Profile Number

You will require a valid federal Express Entry Profile Number to be able to apply to the NB Express Entry Stream. To obtain your Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code, begin here: canada/express-entry/submit-profile.html

If you discover that you not eligible for a federal Express Entry Profile Number, this unfortunately means that you will not be able to apply for provincial nomination under the NB Express Entry Stream. Please consult our other PR pathways to determine if you might be eligible.


Once you have all of the above items in order, visit the New Brunswick Express Entry website and consult the submission criteria posted to the site. Only when you meet the posted criteria should you send an Expression of Interest to the Government of New Brunswick. You may then be invited to submit a full application to the program. Should the application be approved, you will receive a Nomination Certificate that is valid for six months.

Upon receiving a provincial Nomination Certificate, you will be entered into a federal pool of eligible candidates. From here, you may be invited to submit a complete and correct Permanent Residence Application to the Federal Government of Canada.

7. 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