Express Entry draws in New Brunswick issued 144 Invitations to Apply in February

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New Brunswick Ends Canada Immigration Invitations For Restaurant Workers For Rest Of Year
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There were 93 Invitations to Apply (ITA) sent to foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in New Brunswick and another 51 invitations sent to those hoping to get Post-Graduate Work Permits (PGWP) in that Atlantic Canadian in February.

That’s a total of 144 ITAs issued by New Brunswick that month.


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The bilingual province in Atlantic Canada does not post the results of its immigration draws but does publish the monthly results of those draws.

Four occupations were removed from EC program in February 

The latest monthly results reveal New Brunswick issued 86 ITAs through its Express Entry  Occupations In Demand Connection (OIDC) program and another seven ITAs through its New Brunswick Employment Connection (EC) program last month. 

The province also issued ITAs for PGWPs through its New Brunswick Student Connection (SC) program.

Since the start of February, New Brunswick has stopped accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) through its EC program for four categories of workers, those with the  National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes:

  • 62010 – Retail sales supervisors
  • 60030 – Restaurant and food service managers
  • 62020 – Food service supervisors
  • 63200 – Cooks

Those workers can still apply, though, through the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) and New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) Skilled Worker stream. 

Applicants under the EC must meet the minimum work experience, language proficiency, and educational requirements and demonstrate proof of sufficient funds. 

Under that program, the work requirement is at least one year of full-time paid work (1,560 hours total) or an equal amount of part-time work. That work experience must be in the NOC TEER categories 0, 1, 2 or 3 and must be in the same type of job as indicated on the immigration application.

All applicants submitting an application through that NB Express Entry stream must also have a valid language test in English or French, administered by an agency designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

That language test must be less than 18 months old at the time the application is submitted to the province of New Brunswick and the applicant must have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 for English or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 7 for French.

Applicants who have not graduated from a Canadian educational institution must also provide a copy of an Educational Credential Assessment completed by a designated organization.

Settlement funds are not required for open work permit holders with a minimum of one-year work experience in TEER 0,1, 2, or 3 occupations in Canada. 

Occupations In-Demand Connection applicants must create an EOI within 45 days of getting LOI

Through the OIDC program, applicants are issued a Letter of Interest (LOI) from the federal Express Entry system and must have a valid Express Entry profile. 

Upon receiving that LOI, the applicant can create an Expression of Interest (EOI) in the INB Portal, the province’s immigration portal, and has 45 days from the date of receiving the LOI to do that.

The minimum work experience required under the OIDC is at least one year of full-time paid work (1,560 hours total) or an equal amount of part-time work in occupations with NOC codes in the 0,1,2, or 3 categories.

That work experience can be in Canada or abroad but must be paid work and in the same occupation as used on the immigration application.

Since this is an NB Express Entry stream application, it must also meet the language and educational requirements and the applicant must demonstrate that he or she intends to live in New Brunswick and have sufficient funds to do so. 

Settlement funds are not required for open work permit holders with a minimum one-year work experience in Canada. 

Grads must apply for a PGWP within six months of completing their studies

Those applying for a PGWP through the NB Student Connection program do not need to have a job offer but must have completed their studies within the last six months, be living in the province, and actively looking for work. 

Graduate students in thesis-based programs can apply once that school work has been officially submitted for evaluation. 

The grads applying through this program must also meet the same work experience and language proficiency requirements as for the other two programs and intend to live in New Brunswick.

They do not, however, have to demonstrate proof of funds provided they are already open work permit holders and have the required work experience.

Applicants under this program provide a copy of at least two of the following documents showing successful completion of a PGWP-eligible program of study in New Brunswick within the past six months:

  • final transcripts;
  • diploma or certificate, or
  • a letter of completion from the institution.

Those who have completed their education in Canada do not need to provide Educational Credential Assessments (ECA) but post-grads applying at the point of the submission of their thesis do need to provide such an ECA by a designated organization.

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