Last Updated on January 29, 2021

International graduates in lower skilled jobs who are already working in New Brunswick are being given a break during the pandemic, in the form of an opportunity to apply for permanent residence through the Atlantic Canadian province’s Skilled Worker Program.

Usually, that stream of the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) does not allow international graduates on a federal Post-Graduation Work Permit to apply to the program when their occupation falls under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill-level D.

But Fredericton is making an exception during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Province of New Brunswick is now accepting applications under the NB Skilled Worker stream from international graduates working in New Brunswick in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) D position.

These jobs are those labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training, such as:

  • fruit pickers;
  • cleaning staff, and;
  • oil field workers.

Those international grads who want to apply to the Skilled Worker stream have to do so before the end of April and must:

  • meet the eligibility criteria of the NB Skilled Worker stream;
  • be a graduate of a New Brunswick designated post-secondary institution, and;
  • hold a federal post-graduation work permit that was issued upon graduation from that New Brunswick institution.

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The New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream is aimed at candidates who have secured a permanent, full-time job offer from a New Brunswick employer.

New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream: Eligibility Requirements

1) Genuine Job Offer

Offer of employment for permanent, full-time position in an eligible occupation.

  • High-skilled workers: NOC 0, A, B.
  • Semi-skilled workers: NOC C. 
  • Low-skilled workers: NOC D skill type 7, 8 and 9.

2) Qualifications

Candidates must demonstrate they are qualified for the position being offered.

3) Be offered a competitive wage

The wages offered must:

  • Meet or exceed the median wage level for the occupation in the specific region of New Brunswick.
  • Be comparable to the rate paid to workers with a similar level of experience and training for equivalent jobs in New Brunswick.
  • Be consistent with the wage structure of the employer.

4) Intend to reside in New Brunswick

Candidates must prove a genuine intention to reside in New Brunswick. Examples of ways intent can be established include:

  • Description of actions taken to permanently settle in New Brunswick.
  • Current employment in New Brunswick.
  • Employment search details.
  • Length of any previous and/or current period of residence in New Brunswick.
  • Community involvement.
  • Ability to support yourself in New Brunswick.
  • Connections to New Brunswick through work, study or family.
  • Professional networks and affiliations.
  • Residency including household lease agreements and/or property ownership.
  • Family ties and other social relationships and connections.
  • Details of prior visits to Canada.

5) Regulated Occupations in New Brunswick

  • Candidates must have the required certificate or license in job offer is for a regulated occupation.

Once the eligibility requirements are met, candidates are scored based on six selection factors, age, language skills, education, work experience, priority of their sector of employment, and adaptability.  Candidates must score 60 points out of a possible 100 to qualify.

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