New Brunswick Has Changed Immigration Requirements for the Skilled Worker Stream

New Brunswick has updated immigration requirements and selection criteria for the candidates applying under the Skilled Worker Stream. The criteria that have been subject to changes include age, language proficiency level, education, work experience, and a job offer.

In September 2019, the province of New Brunswick changed the requirements for age, language proficiency level, education, work experience, and a job offer under the Skilled Worker immigration stream of the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP).

Changes in Requirements

Important changes have been made to the list of National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes eligible for a job offer under this stream.

According to the new requirements, the job offer and the occupation of the candidate under the Skilled Worker Stream must be for the following NOC levels:

  • High-skilled workers: NOC 0, A, B
  • Medium-skilled workers: NOC C
  • Low-skilled workers: NOC D, types 7, 8, and 9

Applicants should also have competitive wage offers and certificates or licences required for regulated occupations.

Changes in Selection Criteria 

Previously, candidates had to score 50 points based on selection criteria to be eligible to apply for immigration under the Skilled Worker Stream. Now candidates need to score 60 points out of a possible 100.


Previously, candidates had to be between the ages of 22 and 55 to be eligible to apply under the Skilled Worker stream. Now the age range is between 19 and 55.


Applicants must be proficient in English or French and have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 4, which is the base level. Candidates can score up to 28 points. The previous maximum was 15 points.


Secondary education remains the minimum requirement under this stream. Previously, you could get up to 18 points for your level of education. Now candidates can score up to 20 points.

Work Experience 

According to the new requirements, candidates must have full-time work experience within the past 5 years for the NOC code matching that of the job offer. Candidates must have at least one year of work experience, with the exception of international graduates who do not require any work experience. Now applicants can score up to 20 points for work experience, instead of the previous 10 points.

Priority Sectors

Updated requirements introduce new priority sectors. You can get an additional 10 points out of 100 if you are going to work in Canada in one of the following industries:

  • Education
  • Health care
  • Manufacture
  • Transport 
  • Business services

The new stream also includes an updated list of adaptability factors for both the main applicant and his or her spouse.

→ Other requirements can be found in the article Skilled Worker Stream.