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New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program?

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NB PNP) is a process that allows New Brunswick to nominate immigrants to settle and work in the province.

Who is eligible to make application to the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program?

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program is a government immigration program that selects applicants who demonstrate they have the potential and the desire to immigrate and settle themselves and their families in the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

Under the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program, you may qualify under one of the following two streams:

Under Business Category must I make an exploratory visit before submitting my application for permanent residence?

Yes. As a first step toward nomination, principal applicants are required to make at least one (1) exploratory visit to New Brunswick prior to submitting a formal application to the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program. The visit must be for a minimum of five (5) business days, or longer. Travel to and from New Brunswick and statutory holidays should not be included in the five (5) days.

Will I be interviewed by an Immigration Program Officer with the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program?

Yes, you will participate in an interview with an official from the Government of New Brunswick. Interviews are all held in Fredericton, New Brunswick and are conducted at the end of the exploratory visit. The interview will not be conducted on or before day five (5) of your visit.

If I make an exploratory visit will I automatically be nominated?

No, participating in an exploratory visit does not guarantee issuance of a Certificate of Nomination.

I have never owned a business. Does this affect my chances of qualifying?

Applicants must have at least two (2) years minimum experience as a senior manager, with proven decision making responsibilities in a successful business.

What kind of business will be considered?

The Provincial Nominee Program offers flexibility in the types of businesses being considered. It is essential that the approved business provides the applicant with a day-to-day management role in the company.

May I change my plans for my business venture after I arrive in New Brunswick?

You may do so only with written approval of an Immigration Program Officer with the Population Growth Secretariat. Contact the Population Growth Secretariat as soon as you think you may have difficulty fulfilling the terms and conditions of your Deposit Agreement.

What if I need more than two (2) years after landing to establish my business?

Extensions beyond two (2) years may be granted depending on your circumstances and the kinds of activities you undertook within the two (2) year period. Extensions are not automatically granted and require a reasonable explanation as to why the request should be granted.

What if I am unable to proceed with my business venture in New Brunswick?

If the business plan or proposal does not go ahead, or another approved project is not undertaken, your CDN $75,000.00 deposit may be retained by the Government of New Brunswick.

If my application is declined, can I appeal the decision, or if not, can I apply again?

New Brunswick will select applicants who best meet the qualifications and objectives of the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program. Decisions on applications are final. There is no appeal process; however, applicants can apply again two (2) years from the date of their first application if their situation changes substantively or if they have new information to submit. Applicants also have the option to apply to federal programs with New Brunswick as their destination.

What fees will I have to pay?

There is no fee for applying to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee program.