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Posted on September 14 2022

Priority to New Brunswick immigration applications for 12 NOC categories

By  Editor
Updated July 25 2023

Highlights: New Brunswick prioritizes immigration applications

  • While processing applications for New Brunswick immigration, the province will prioritize specific immigrant types.
  • The province has selected 12 NOC categories, candidates under which will get their applications processed on priority.
  • Francophones and international students who graduated from New Brunswick will also get priority in processing applications.

The Canadian province of New Brunswick has decided to give certain categories of immigration candidates priority for processing their visa applications. These candidates for New Brunswick immigration include

  • Candidates who belong to 12 health-related occupations
  • International graduates who studied at New Brunswick
  • Francophones

The step of granting priority to these categories of Canada immigration candidates wanting to get Canada PR has already been taken. The ONB (Opportunities New Brunswick) Immigration is taking specific measures with the intention of managing applications received through the New Brunswick Skilled Worker stream till the end of the year 2022.

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Here are the 12-NOC classified occupations that will come under the purview of this new measure setting priority:


NOC 2016 NOC 2021 (TEER System)

Technology Occupations

Database analysts and data administrators

2172 Data Scientists 21211
Database analysts & data administrators


Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)



Computer programmers and interactive media developers

2174 Computer systems developers & programmers 21230
Software developers & programmers


Web developers & programmers


Software engineers and designers

2173 Data scientists 21211
Software engineers & designers


Computer network technicians



Web designers and developers

2175 Web designers 21233
Web developers & programmers


Information systems testing technicians

2283 22222
User support technicians 2282


Health-Related Occupations

Licensed practical nurses 3233


Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses



Home support workers, housekeepers, and related occupations

4412 Home support workers, housekeepers, & related occupations 44101
Light duty cleaners


Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates



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Applications received from candidates who don’t come under the aforementioned categories will have decisions made on them and finalized at a later date. Applicants may even expect some delays in the processing of applications.

About New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream

The aim of this immigration stream is to enable immigration candidates who have obtained a job offer from an employer in New Brunswick. The job offered must be permanent and full-time in nature.

Eligibility requirements for New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream

Hold a genuine job offer

The job offered must be a permanent, full-time position in an occupation considered eligible. Here’s a classification of requirements based on skill levels:

High-skilled workers:

NOC 0, A, B TEER 0, 1, 2 & 3
Low-skilled workers: NOC D skill types 7, 8, and 9


Semi-skilled workers:



Have the necessary qualifications

Candidates have to show that they are qualified for the job position offered to them.

Be assured of a competitive wage

It’s necessary that the wages offered must:

  • Be the same or exceeding the median wage level for the job in the specific region of New Brunswick
  • Be consistent with the wage structure of the employer
  • Be at par with the rate paid to workers who have an experience and training of similar level for same kind of jobs in New Brunswick

Have the intention to live in New Brunswick

It’s mandatory for the applicants to prove that they have a genuine intention to live in New Brunswick. Such an intention can be demonstrated in the following ways:

  • Give a description of actions taken with the intention to do permanent settlement in New Brunswick.
  • Show current employment in New Brunswick.
  • Furnish details of your search for employment.
  • State the length of any previous and/or current period in which you lived in New Brunswick.
  • Demonstrate community involvement.
  • Prove the ability to support yourself in New Brunswick.
  • Demonstrate your connections to New Brunswick via study, work, or family.
  • Show professional networks and affiliations in New Brunswick.
  • Present proof of residency like property ownership and/or household lease agreements.
  • State family ties and other social relationships and connections.
  • Give details of your prior visits to Canada.

Occupations in New Brunswick that are regulated

Candidates who apply must have the necessary certificate or license in the job offer for an occupation that's regulated.

Selection factors for New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream

If you meet the eligibility requirements, immigration candidates will be assigned scores on the basis of 6 selection factors. To qualify, it’s mandatory that candidates score at least 60 points out of 100.


Criteria Maximum points
Age 19-55 years


Language skills

CLB 4 in all four abilities in English/French) 28
Education At least secondary school education from Canada or foreign qualification subject to ECA


Work experience

Experience in working full-time in an occupation related to the job offer obtained, in the last 5 years


Priority sectors

The job offered comes under a priority sector, and the New Brunswick employer can prove that they couldn’t find qualified candidates in the local labor market 10
Adaptability Immigration candidates and their spouses/common-law partner can get a score for adaptability factors.



Know your eligibility to immigrate to Canada through Y-Axis Canada Immigration Points Calculator.

For any more information on selection factors for the visa stream, you can contact us at Y-Axis.

If you are willing to migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the leading immigration and career consultant in the UAE.

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