9 Steps on How to Immigrate to New Brunswick Province

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Just like any other province in Canada, applicants wishing to immigrate to New Brunswick have specific processes and steps to follow. With the sometimes overwhelming amount of advice available both online and from people who apparently have experienced migrating themselves, it can be an outright confusing experience.

Worse is that with outdated policies and updates from the government, what’s perceived as correct becomes irrelevant and no longer applicable.

We’re hoping that while an application for some may be more complicated than others, this list aims to provide a simple step-by-step procedure on how to immigrate to New Brunswick province.

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Check if you are eligible

There are several program streams that admit immigrants into New Brunswick, but not everyone is eligible.

To determine if you are eligible for one or more specific immigration program streams, check the following provincial nominee program streams and specifically:

Select the program with the best chance of acceptance

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If you are eligible for more than one of the nominee program streams, choose one that offers the most promise.

Before applying, prepare the required documents (original and copies) which may include education and training certificates, proof of income, and work experience. For a complete list of documents required for your application, click on your selected stream.

Get your credentials assessed

Once you gathered your documents, an assessment by an authorized body will be made. This ensures that your qualifications is up to or acceptable to New Brunswick and Canadian standards.

After you have your documents are assessed, submit them to appropriate authorities. You will be notified if there are outstanding documents or supporting papers that you need to provide.

Find jobs in New Brunswick

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Wait for your provincial nomination or refusal letter — hopefully the former than the latter. While waiting, you may consider doing the following things:

It is wise to start looking for jobs in New Brunswick. This puts your name as a candidate for the labor pool, get potential employers to notice your credentials and possibly arrange an early interview. You can start your job hunting with www.nbjobs.ca.

Knowing that your application in New Brunswick is ongoing encourages employers to reach out to you as a higher priority than those with no active application.

Brush up on your English or French language skills

Language proficiency in English and French is part of the application so having good scores in reading, writing, listening, and speaking is crucial to get good marks and rank high on this aspect of the application.

Research on Canada and New Brunswick

It is prudent to research your future home and get to know more about settling in (looking for appropriate housing, applying for welfare and health insurance, which jobs are in demand) and culture (food, demographics, common languages spoken in the neighborhood).

Once you arrive, you’ll have a much better idea of what to do, and settling in becomes much easier for you and your family.

Await further advice regarding the nomination

Upon the nomination of your admission as an immigrant to New Brunswick, your application will be sent to Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). A review of your application will be made and a decision will be made if you can become a permanent resident.

During this process, IRCC will ask you to pass medical exams. They will also perform a criminal record check.

Prepare financial budget

Before you arrive at New Brunswick, prepare enough financial resources for the next three to six months in New Brunswick. Your budget should consider all possibilities, including the purchase of a new car, renting a house, and daily necessities.

Settle in

Arriving in New Brunswick may be overwhelming especially if you come from a place with a different environment such as climate, so be prepared to familiarize your new neighborhood. This may include locating banks, churches, clinics, and schools and connecting with fellow immigrants.


Migrating to Canada, or to any other place, can be a daunting task. That’s because you need to prepare your documents, spend on clearances, pool a huge amount of money, and perhaps more importantly, leave behind your comfort zone — your old community, family and friends. But as you settle into your new home, it’s just a matter of time you’ll get used to life there, and soon learn to embrace your new environment.

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