New Brunswick Express Entry – Labour Market Stream

New Brunswick Express Entry – Labour Market Stream

September 28, 2019

New Brunswick (NB) is an Atlantic province which is located on the east coast of Canada. Based on its geography, it experiences a humid continental climate, and it is a little bit more severe than other Atlantic provinces.

In New Brunswick, agriculture is quite developed. In 2015, it became the largest producer of wild blueberries when compared with other provinces. About good – producing sector, it concentrates on manufacturing and construction, while in the services sector, it focuses on social assistance, trades, and healthcare.

About the program

The population of New Brunswick is low; in fact, its population ranked the third least in Canada. Therefore, the Government of NB aligned with the Express Entry of Federal to attract skilled workers to live and work. 

New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market Stream (EELMS) is one of the streams of the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of New Brunswick. This stream is designed to target high-skilled foreign workers who can contribute to the New Brunswick economy.


You are eligible for the New Brunswick Skilled Workers Express Entry: Labour Market when you meet all the requirements below:

  1. Have to be accepted in the Express Entry pool of candidates by using the Express Entry system. You can find out more about Express Entry, what are the requirements and how to apply here.
  2. They are living and working in New Brunswick. To prove this, you must provide a letter of employment from the employer under the skill level O, A or B NOC (National Occupation Classification).
  3. Have work permit from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
  4. Hold a Canadian secondary or post-secondary degree (or equivalent qualification certified by an approved agency)
  5. Have at least 7 for all writing, speaking, listening and reading skills in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB).

In some cases, the authorities actively seek your profile in the Express Entry pool of candidates.

Application Process

After being in Express Entry pool of candidates (how to apply for Express Entry), you then:

Step 1. Apply for Expressions of Interest (EOIs)

You must apply for EOIs through the INB portal. You have to complete the EOI form.

If you are chosen from the Express Entry pool of candidates, you will receive a Letter of Interest. You should send your Letter of Interest and your federal Express Entry Profile Number to to be eligible for the next stages. You may not need to submit EOIs.

Step 2. Your application will be reviewed

After that, you will be reviewed and be ranked based on New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market Stream Selection Factors (you can see page 10 from this guideline). The current pass mark is 67 out of 100.

Step 3. Paying the processing fees

Then, you will receive an invitation to the provincial nomination. You have to pay the processing fee of CAD$250 before moving to the next stage.

After you complete your payment, you have to complete these forms:

All the forms are submitted through the online system.

Step 4. If your application passed

The authorities then check your application and if they accept, you will receive the nomination to apply for permanent residence. You then update this nomination on Express Entry Profile. Once you are approved, you will plus 600 points in your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) so that you will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence.

Step 5. Register your account

Next, you sign in to your account and click the link to apply for permanent residence under Express Entry. At this stage, you fill out the form and provide:

    • police certificates
    • medical exams
    • proof of funds

Step 6. You will be ranked

After that, you will wait for the outcome. You will be ranked based on CRS. The authorities decide the number of candidates they accept and choose from highest to lowest score. 

Step 7. If you are approved

When you are accepted for permanent residence, you will receive:

  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR)
  • A permanent resident visa (if you’re from a country that requires a visa).


  • If you have already been in Canada, you have to make an appointment to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) office or border crossing entry to ensure your information is valid, and you are still eligible for permanent residence. Besides, you info your mail so that you can receive a permanent resident card (PR card).
  • If you have not been to Canada yet, then when you arrive in Canada, you will meet an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). He or she will check your passport, your COPR, your information to make sure you are eligible to immigrate to Canada.


Besides the amount you have to pay for the Permanent Residence process, you have to pay the additional fee for the New Brunswick Provincial Nomination Program (NBPNP) to complete your nomination:

  • Application for NBPNP, CAD$250.
  • Your application with right of permanent residence fee (include spouse/partner or not): $CAD 1,040
  • Your application without right of permanent residence fee (include spouse/partner or not): $CAD 550
  • If you include dependent child: $CAS 150 per child
  • Biometrics (if you have not done before): $CAD 85 per person, maximum $CAD 170 for family
  • Medical checkups
  • Language tests
  • Police certificate
  • Other fees

How long does it take?

You have to wait up to 6 months, not including the time for biometrics, to receive the outcome. Besides, you can experience unexpected delays.

Common reasons to be rejected?

Many reasons that can low down your CSR score and so that you are refused. Here are some simple-but-important things that you should pay attention to in order not to be rejected:

  • Basic information: Make sure you upload all the documents, including your passport, expired in at least 6 months, your biometrics results,…
  • Education: Make sure you upload all of the needed academic documents. 
  • Work: Your work experience must be relevant to the required NOC. 

Last but not least, make sure all your documents are translated into English of French and are certified by an approved agency.


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