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Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream

The New Brunswick Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial stream is one of the streams of the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), operated by the province of New Brunswick. This stream is designed to target foreign nationals who have graduated from a post-secondary school in New Brunswick and established a successful business in the province.

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Program Requirements

Requirements 
Express Entry ProfileNo
Connection to ProvinceStudy Experience
Job OfferNo
Language ProficiencyCLB 7
Level of EducationPost-secondary
Work ExperienceBusiness ownership
1 year
Investment RequirementNone

Connection to New Brunswick

To be eligible for the New Brunswick Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream, candidates must have completed a valid 2-year post-secondary degree in New Brunswick, and have operated a business that they own in New Brunswick for at least one year. The candidate must have studied full-time at a recognized university in New Brunswick, or the New Brunswick Community College, in a post-secondary program of at least two years. The candidate must also have lived in New Brunswick during the academic program.  

 

Language Proficiency

All candidates must demonstrate language proficiency in English or French consistent with Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7.  

 

Level of Education

Candidates must have completed at least one two-year post-secondary program in New Brunswick to be eligible for this stream.  

 

Work Experience

Candidates must have owned and operated a business in New Brunswick for at least one year. Candidate must also have a valid Post-Graduate Work Permit at the time they apply.  

 

Age

Candidates must be between 22 and 40 years old on the day their application is received.  

 

Assessment Grid

Candidates must score at least 65 points on the New Brunswick Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream Assessment Grid.  

 

Business Requirements

To be eligible for this stream, candidates must own and have operated a successful business in New Brunswick for at least one year. The New Brunswick business must also meet some additional criteria. The candidate must have full ownership (100%) of the business, and be actively involved in the daily management of it. The candidate must also receive a salary from the business which must meet at least the Low-Income Cut-Off plus ten percent (10%). The business must be a for-profit entity and employ at least one Canadian citizen or permanent resident on a full-time basis.

Application Procedure

The New Brunswick Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial stream operates on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Eligible candidates must submit an EOI and a business concept to the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP). The NBPNP also sometimes pauses intake of new EOIs. Unlike most other provinces, New Brunswick does not publish when they will open to accept new EOIs. While each candidate must score at least 65 points on the New Brunswick Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream Assessment Grid to be eligible for the stream, only the highest ranking candidates whose businesses are determined to have a significant economic benefit for the province are issued an invitation to apply.

Applicants who receive an invitation to apply from the NBPNP must submit a complete application for provincial nomination within 90 days. The stream charges a $250 CAD processing fee. Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements and submit an application will be invited to participate in an interview with NBPNP immigration officers. The interview will include a site visit to the applicant’s business. If the application and interview are successful, the applicant will be issued a certificate of nomination from New Brunswick.

After receiving a provincial nomination, an applicant has six months to submit a federal application for Canadian permanent residence. Applicants in this program must complete and submit a paper-based application for permanent residence and submit it by mail to the appropriate application centre. Paper-based PNP applications for permanent residence are generally processed within 18 months.

New Brunswick Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream Assessment Grid

Candidates must score at least 65 points on the assessment grid to be eligible to submit an Expression of Interest the New Brunswick Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial stream. The stream also uses the assessment grid to rank candidates. Only those candidates with the most competitive scores will be invited to apply to the program.

Overview of Factors

FactorPoints
Age10
Language35
Education25
Work Experience10
Economic Benefit of the Business10
Adaptability10
Maximum100

Age

AgePoints
21 or younger0
22-3410
35-405
41 or more0
Maximum10

Language

LevelPoints
First LanguageReadingWritingListeningSpeaking
CLB 9 or higher7777
CLB 86666
CLB 75555
Maximum28
Second Language
CLB 7 or higher7
Maximum7

Education

Level of EducationPoints
Doctoral level university degree (Ph.D.) Awarded by a New Brunswick university, after completion of a Master’s degree25
Masters, or Professional Degree*Awarded by a New Brunswick graduate college or university, after completion of a Bachelor’s degree *(Applicant possesses a professional degree and is licensed by the NB regulatory body in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, law, chiropractic medicine or pharmacy)23
Two or more Canadian Degrees or DiplomasAt least one degree or diploma shall be awarded by a New Brunswick college or university that required at least (3) three years of full time study22
Post-Secondary Academic degreeAwarded by a New Brunswick college or university for completion of an undergraduate curriculum that required at least three (3) years of full time study21
Post-Secondary DiplomaAwarded by a new Brunswick college or university in a specific trade that required at least two (2) years full time study after high school19
Maximum25

Work Experience

Work ExperiencePoints
6 or more years in the last 10 years in NOC O, A or B10
1 – 5 years in the last 10 years in NOC O, A or B5
Maximum10

Business Plan

Economic Benefit of the BusinessPoints
Business is located outside Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John5
Business is in the agricultural Sector5
Business is in a priority sector, as defined by the Department5
Maximum10

Adaptability

Adaptability for your spouse or common-law partnerPoints
Your spouse/common-law partner has at least one year of continuous full time employment in New Brunswick5
Your spouse/common-law partner has completed at least two years of full-time study, in a minimum two-year program at a post-secondary institution in New Brunswick, with a valid study permit(if applicable)5
Your Spouse/common-law partner meets the minimum level CLB 5 in English or NCLC 5 in French in all four language abilities (i.e. reading, writing, listening, speaking)5
You, or your spouse/common-law partner have a close family relative who is a permanent resident or citizen of Canada (i.e. son, daughter, brother, sister, mother, father, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew, 18 years or older) living in New Brunswick for at least one year at the time an EOI in submitted to the NBPNP10
You have additional job skills demonstrated through training or experience and supported by a post-secondary credential(i.e. certificate, diploma, degree) requiring at least one year of full time study after high school5
Maximum10

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