New Brunswick is no longer issuing invitations to apply to candidates working as food service supervisors, food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support staff under the Skilled Worker stream of its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
“Effective March 20 … Immigration NB implemented specific measures to manage the New Brunswick Skilled Worker stream inventory through to the end of 2023,” notes the province’s immigration website.
“As allocations allow, we will continue to issue ITAs to in-province candidates with a qualifying job offer and who demonstrate a minimum of six months of residency in New Brunswick at the time of application to Immigration NB, with the following restrictions.”
Those restrictions include almost everyone with a job in the restaurant industry in New Brunswick.
Provincial immigration staff are recommending that food service supervisors, categorized under the National Occupational Classification 2021 system with the NOC code 62020, speak with their employers about other available pathways to permanent residence in the province, including the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP).
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Those working as food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations, NOC 65201, are being advised to speak with their employers about other available pathways, including the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) is also no longer issuing ITAs to out-of-province or overseas candidates whose job offers are classified under the NOC 2021 as having Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) levels 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4. Immigration officials in the Atlantic Canadian province are advising these candidates to speak with their employers about other possible pathways to immigration, including the AIP.
The New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream is aimed at candidates who have secured a permanent, full-time job offer from a New Brunswick employer.
Foreign nationals hoping to immigrate to New Brunswick through its Skilled Worker stream must have a genuine job offer, meet the qualifications of the job they are being offered, intend to reside in the province, and hold the appropriate certificates of licenses for those jobs when they are in regulated occupations.
One the eligibility requirements are met, candidates are scored based on six selection factors and must score 60 points out of a possible 100 to qualify.
Points are assigned to the candidates based on their age, language skills, education, work experience, and the sector in which they intend to work as well as how well they are expected to adapt to life in New Brunswick.
New Brunswick’s Allocation From Canada Spiked This Year
The province’s immigration allocation from Ottawa jumped 67 per cent earlier this year due to an increase in its NBPNP spaces and a boost to the number of immigrants it can welcome under the AIP.
The bilingual province in Atlantic Canada enjoyed a boost of 1,084 spaces under the NBPNP this year, bringing that total for 2023 to 5,500. Ottawa also granted the province an increase of 1,116 allocations under the AIP.
New Brunswick immigration officials are expecting additional increases in allocations next year and in 2025.
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Under a deal with Ottawa, the Canada-New Brunswick Immigration Agreement, the province is allowed to nominate qualified candidates for permanent residence in New Brunswick and can better recruit highly-skilled immigrants for accelerated processing by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
“The Canada-New Brunswick Immigration Agreement is important for addressing ongoing immigration issues such as slow population growth and labour market demands,” said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.
“It also demonstrates our commitment to supporting francophone immigration outside Quebec by increasing the target for admissions of French-speaking immigrants to the province and ensuring that they have the opportunities and resources they need to settle and contribute to the vibrant francophone communities in the province.”