How To Apply for NBPNP EELMS

The New Brunswick Express Entry Stream is designed for Foreign Nationals with the skills, education and work experience to contribute to New Brunswick’s economy, who are ready to live and work in New Brunswick and meet the requirements for each stage of the Express Entry Stream.

1.  The New Brunswick Express Entry stream is currently accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) via the INB portal from individuals who meet all of the following submission criteria:

a. The applicant has submitted a federal Express Entry Profile and has a valid Federal Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code.

b. The applicant is currently living and working in New Brunswick; a letter of employment from the employer must be provided

c. The applicant has a valid Canadian Work Permit; a pdf copy must be provided

d. The NOC Code for this current employment is for a position that matches NOC Level 0, A, or B: NOC Code must be provided

e. The applicant has valid language test scores (IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF Canada) with scores equivalent to CLB 7 in all four language competencies: test scores, and a pdf copy of these test results must be provided

f.  The applicant has a valid Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) which attests to the minimum equivalent of a Canadian High School diploma: a pdf copy of the ECA must be provided

All candidates invited in this manner must meet regular eligibility requirements of the program and submit a complete and correct application to be considered for provincial nomination.

2. New Brunswick will, on occasion, invite candidates directly from the federal Express Entry pool in response to provincial labour-market needs.

Candidates selected in this manner will receive a Letter of Interest from the Province of New Brunswick via their Federal Express Entry account. Candidates who do receive a Letter of Interest from the Province of New Brunswick should contact and include a copy of the Letter received, as well as their federal Express Entry Profile Number, to then receive an Invitation to Apply to the New Brunswick Express Entry Stream.

All candidates invited in this manner must meet regular eligibility requirements of the program and submit a complete and correct application to be considered for provincial nomination.

This does change and get updated, so please keep checking the NBPNP website for this.

NBPNP Express Entry Steps to Become a Permanent Resident:

Step #1 – Offer of employment (if applicable)
You must accept a genuine offer of full-time (non-seasonal), permanent (indeterminate) employment from a New Brunswick employer who is willing to support you through the NBPNP process.


Step #2 – PR Readiness
When applying to any of New Brunswick’s immigration streams, you must be PR Ready.

In the New Brunswick Express Entry Stream, it means that you meet all minimum eligibility requirements and selection factors and have all the required documents on hand to prepare and submit a complete and correct application to the Government of New Brunswick and to the Government of Canada. Being PR Ready means more efficient processing, fewer delays and a better experience navigating the New Brunswick and Canadian immigration programs. In most cases, this means your application will be processed faster.


Step #3 –  Online registration
You must create a candidate profile. You can check the most up-to-date information regarding the status of your application at any time by logging in to view My Dashboard.
Keep your profile up-to-date

You are responsible for updating your profile and ensuring that all required information is accurate, current and up-to-date throughout all stages of the immigration process. You must notify PETL of any changes in your life circumstances throughout the application process, including but not limited to: family composition, marital status, country of residence, employment, contact information, decrease in salary, change in immigration status, etc. Failure to notify PETL of any changes may result in the refusal of your application.


Step #4 – Invitation to Apply
Upon successful completion of the online registration your application will be placed in a pool with others who are also eligible. Candidates will be selected from the pool, and invited to apply based on immigration allocations, application volumes and New Brunswick labour market needs.

If you meet one of the following requirements you will receive an invitation to apply to the NBPNP:

  • you are living in New Brunswick and are working paid, full-time employment from a New Brunswick company in an occupation listed as skill type 0 or skill level A or B of the NOC;
  • you have an offer of continuous, paid, full-time employment from a New Brunswick company in an occupation listed as skill type 0 or skill level A or B of the NOC; or
  • your application has been selected, by PETL, from the federal express entry pool.

If invited to apply for permanent residence, you’ll get a message in your account telling you what to do next. You’ll need to show proof of the information you gave in your profile. PETL assess whether the information you submit in your application is different from what was in your profile. If they find that you gave them false information or left out important details, they could refuse your application and bar you for five years from applying to come to New Brunswick for any reason.

You have up to 45 calendar days from the date of the ITA to submit a complete application via the New Brunswick online system. If you fail to submit a complete application by the deadline, your ITA will be automatically removed and you will have to start the process again.

You can only apply if the PETL send you an ITA. An ITA does not guarantee that your application will be approved for nomination. If you receive an ITA, and you submit your application, your application may be refused if you do not meet eligibility requirements and/or selection factors as outlined in this guide.


Step #5 – Submission of provincial application to PETL
Once you have submitted your complete online application and paid the processing fee, PETL will conduct a full review of your application. It will be assessed according to eligibility requirements and selection factors outlined in the guide.

The stream under which you apply cannot be changed once you submit your application. If you do not meet the requirements of the category under which you registered, your application will be refused. Afterward, you may apply under another stream providing you meet the eligibility requirements.

Additional information for submitting your application
PETL may request additional evidence and information as reasonably required to verify and process your application. Failure to provide such information in a timely manner may result in the refusal of your application. Failure to provide the information within the timeline indicated by PETL may result in the refusal of your application.

PETL may require you to participate in an interview as reasonably required to verify information related to your application, or any other reason to be disclosed at the time of the request. The interview shall be held in your preferred language of English and/or French. Interpreters are not permitted during the interview. The format, location and time of the interview shall be determined by PETL. Failure to attend your scheduled interview may result in the refusal of your application.

Age of dependent children
The age(s) of your dependent children, if any, are locked in, for federal immigration requirements, at the time you submit a complete application to PETL. The date you create your online profile or receive an ITA is not considered the lock-in-date.

Disclose previous immigration applications
You must disclose any immigration applications you made to another provincial or federal immigration program and provide copies of all relevant correspondence, regardless of the outcome. Failure to provide such information will result in your refusal.

Withdrawing your application
You may voluntarily withdraw your application at any time without penalty other than in the case of suspected or actual misrepresentation. Processing fees will not be returned.


Step #6 – Provincial application decision from PETL
PETL will advise you and your representative, if applicable, of the final decision in writing and upload that decision to your online profile’s dashboard.

Application approval
The decision to issue a nomination certificate shall be at the sole discretion PETL. If you are nominated you can apply directly to IRCC for PR. Remember, you must maintain the conditions of your nomination while you are awaiting a decision on your PR application.
The nomination certificate shall be valid for nine months from the date of issuance and is considered valid if you submit a complete application for PR before the expiry date on the nomination certificate.

Application refusal
If it is found that you do not meet the eligibility requirements, your application will be refused. If your application is refused by PETL, you will receive a letter of refusal. There is no appeal process for refused applications. Processing fees will not be returned. You may choose to submit a new application once you meet program requirements.

Extending a nomination certificate
PETL will only issue a nomination extension if you are able to demonstrate that you submitted your application for permanent residence to IRCC before the nomination expiry date listed on the Confirmation of Nomination and it was later returned by IRCC. Other extenuating circumstances may be considered on a case-by-case basis. A maximum of one amendment shall be issued by PETL; and if granted, the amended certificate is valid for three months from the date of issuance.

Withdrawing your nomination certificate
You may voluntarily withdraw your nomination at any time without penalty other than in the case of suspected or actual misrepresentation. Processing fees will not be returned.

Withdrawing a nomination certificate (by PETL)
PETL may withdraw your nomination at any time prior to the issuance of a PR visa by IRCC, if:

  • You fail to comply with the terms and conditions under which you have been nominated.
  • You fail to inform PETL of material changes in your circumstances.
  • You fail to submit a written request to amend a Certificate of Nomination prior to the expiry date on the current certificate.
  • You provide PETL with false or misleading information relating to a relevant matter that causes or could cause PETL to make an error in the processing of the application, or the decision to issue a Nomination Certificate.
  • It is proven that you lack the genuine intention to live in New Brunswick, or
  • PETL determines you are ineligible for any other reason.


Work permit support letters
At the time of nomination, PETL may include a work permit support letter in your nomination package if you do not have a valid work permit or your current work permit will expire within 180 days (approximately six months). This letter permits you to apply for a work permit from the federal government without the need for an LMIA. Support letters are issued at the sole discretion of PETL and are restricted to the employer that supported your nomination.

Most foreign nationals need a valid work permit to work to work in Canada. IRCC and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are responsible for issuing work permits. If you require a work permit, you must apply to IRCC for your own work permit. PETL cannot apply for a work permit on your behalf.

In most cases, to hire a temporary worker without an LMIA, employers must pay the employer compliance fee of $230 and sub  without an LMIA, employers must pay the employer compliance fee of $230 and sub mit an offer of employment form through the IRCC Employer Portal before you apply for a new work permit.

Before applying to the NBPNP EELMS, you must follow two steps.

First, please read the NBPNP EELMS Guide to make sure you fulfill the eligibility requirements and meet the selection factors of the program (p. 7-17).

The selection factors for NBPNP are:

  1. Language (maximum 28 points)
  2. Education (maximum 25 points)
  3. Work Experience (maximum 15 points)
  4. Age (maximum 12 points)
  5. Arranged Employment (if applicable – maximum 10 points)
  6. Adaptability (maximum 10 points)
  7. Score a minimum of 67 out 100 in the selection criteria

You also need to:

  1. Show Proof of Funds
  2. Consent to live and work in NB

If you have determined that you meet the requirements of the Program, your next step is to determine if you are eligible to submit an expression of the interest (EOI) to the NBPNP EELMS. Please review the Eligibility Requirements to Submit an EOI section to see if you are eligible.

Once you have established both Program and EOI eligibility, complete the application process online. Once your information is received, the NBPNP staff will evaluate your submission and invite the most suitable candidates to apply to the EELMS. This can take between 6 – 8 weeks, or even longer, so please be patient.

To effectively complete the EOI form, you should have completed a recognized language exam (IELTS, CELPIP or TEF) as well as a mandatory educational credential assessment (ECA), for education obtained outside of Canada, and provide a history of your work experience in the past 10 years.

PLEASE NOTE: When calculating the points for EOI for work experience, use the number of years’ experience in your primary occupation NOC and not every NOC you may have had.

If you are submitting an EOI and do not have an arranged employment offer, you must have access to the appropriate amount of settlement funds. You will also have to identify the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) code used to describe your primary occupation.

Please keep in mind that meeting the minimum Program requirements does not ensure you get an invitation to apply.

Once the above steps have been completed, nominated individuals may receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). For more details on this process, visit the CIC Express Entry website.


14 thoughts on “How To Apply for NBPNP EELMS

  1. Hello Code Baker,

    I applied for the NBPNP EELMS EOI since I have attended a New Brunswick Virtual Information session (in March 2021 precisely). Is it okay to do that? I have not been given LOI, that is why I applied for the EOI.


    • Hi Ronke
      Yes, that should be fine – if you have all the related details of you attending the Virtual Information Session and the officers had confirmed that the session could be used to submit an EOI, then there should be no issues.


  2. Dear Code Baker,
    I have received my ITA from NB under EE stream after submission of my EOI. While submitting my ITA application, do I need to submit the proof of my work experience and my spouse’s work experience (letter)..? Is it required to be submitted/uploaded at this stage or in the next stage if I get nominated..
    Appreciate your kind advise..


    • Hello Simrat
      Unfortunately I can’t give you a specific timeline for that. It just depends. Some people had to wait weeks and months, others received an ITA or nomination within a week. When I applied, I received my ITA just over 40 days after I submitted my EOI, and I received my nomination within 16 days of NBPNP receiving my full application.


  3. Hi, just chanced upon your website. I too happen to be a graphic designer also in the UAE(currently) and longing to migrate with my family, but I am already 40 years old. What would be your advice for my approach to my Canadian dream? I already created an EE profile but unfortunately my score is very low. Any advice you can throw at me? Thanks.


    • Hello Ramon

      I would suggest checking and applying for any of the PNP programs that you qualify for. With a low CRS score, the PNP programs are the best chance for immigration to Canada. You can check out the links I’ve provided in my posts for the various PNP programs, or just google it. Most of the PNP programs are pretty clear regarding the requirements. Choose whichever one suits your current situation, qualifications and experience best, and go for it. I would also not delay in picking a PNP program and applying, as your current EE profile is only valid for a year, and it needs to be still valid when you receive the PNP nomination. Since you already have an EE profile, I assume that you have already done the ECA and an IELTS exam. Remember also that your IELTS results are also only valid for 2 years, so again, I’d suggest not delaying in applying for a PNP.

      If you are specifically looking to apply to NBPNP, then your first step would have been to apply to attend the NBPNP Info Session that will be held at the end of March for residents of the UAE. Unfortunately that is now closed, so you need to keep an eye on their website (or this blog) to see when the next one may be.

      All the best, and I hope you achieve your Canadian dream!


      • Hi, Thanks a lot for your reply. I have received an ITA after submitting my EOI. My question is, for the travel history and work experience, Should I just write down my travel and experiences within 10 years? Should I exclude the work experience and travel done beyond those 10 years? And is it also required for my spouse that I include her work and travel within 10 years? Again thanks for your meticulous responses and articles. We are grateful to have someone like you who we can rely on. Oh and Eid Mubarak to you and your family.


      • Hello Ramon

        Sorry about the late reply! Thank you for the Eid wishes 🙂

        Yes, for both your work and travel experience, you need to include everything within the last 10 years.
        Also if, for example, you started a position in 2010 and remained in the position until some time in 2011, this needs to be included. This goes for your travel as well. So, (example) if you travelled somewhere in November 2010, and returned from there in January 2011, it needs to be included.
        You have to include your spouse’s travel history as well, and their work experience if they are claiming Canadian work experience.

        For our application, we included both our travel histories for 10 years and work experience for 10 years, even though we were obviously not claiming Canadian work experience, just to be safe. Better to give extra information than not.

        Good luck with your full application!


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