The new NBPNP online application system is finally live as of Monday 23rd September 2019!
The online system closely follows the paper-based system that had been in effect for the past 4 years, so all the required documents and proofs of eligibility remains the same. The main difference is, of course, that you can now simply scan and upload all your documents to submit your application, instead of having to courier it to the PETL.
In this post, I will be discussing the steps of how to register for the new system and the requirements and steps to submit an EOI to NBPNP. You can check my next post, to see what the steps are for the application process once an ITA is received from the PETL to submit a full application.
New User Registration
To access the online system, go to https://inb.gnb.ca
You will be directed to this page:
Click on “Register” to start the registration process.
On the registration page, enter your first name, last name, email address and your password. Once you have successfully created a profile using the above steps, you will receive the below message. Click “Continue” and you will automatically be brought to the Profile Creation stage.
Your NBPNP Profile
To complete a profile, you must provide information in four categories: Candidate Information, Citizenship, Family Members, and Contact Information.
1. Candidate Information:
You will need to provide your:
- Family name
- Given Name
- Date of Birth
- Current Marital Status
- Language Preference
- Current Country of Residence
- Status in Current Country of Residence
You will need to provide your:
- Country of Citizenship
- Passport Number
- Issue Date
- Expiry Date
- National ID number (if applicable)
NOTE: You may provide additional information if you have citizenship in more than one country
3. Family Members
You must indicate the total number of family members to be included in your Expression of Interest (regardless of whether they will be accompanying the primary applicant to Canada or not).
4. Contact Information:
You will need your:
- Zip/Postal Code
- Email Address
NOTE: You may provide an additional address if your mailing address differs from your residential address
Once you have entered all the necessary information, click on “Save” to save your details. If all the fields have been completed correctly, you will get a pop-up notification (“Success“).
You will then be asked to review the Terms and Conditions of the program. Indicating that you agree with the terms and conditions will prompt the following options to appear:
To continue with a Skilled Worker, Express Entry, Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, or Strategic Initiative application, select “I want to work in New Brunswick“.
To continue with an Entrepreneurial, or Post Graduate Entrepreneurial application, select “I want to operate and actively manage a business in New Brunswick“.
I’m going to show the options for the Express Entry stream, as this is the stream most people want to apply for.
Once you select “I want to work in New Brunswick“, you will get the following screen:
Your Expression of Interest (EOI)
To begin the EOI process, you must indicate your ‘NB Connection’. Please note that different streams may have different ‘NB Connection’ requirements. For example, to qualify for the Skilled Worker with Employer Support stream you must have a job offer in New Brunswick, however for other streams there may be additional options which will suitably demonstrate a connection to New Brunswick.
All possible options include:
- Offer of employment from a New Brunswick company which has been in operation for at least 12 consecutive months
- Attendance at an immigration information session hosted by the Province of New Brunswick within the last 24 months
- A certificate, diploma or degree held by the principal applicant or his/her spouse from an accredited New Brunswick institution (minimum 2-year program)
- Principal applicant or his/her spouse has worked full-time in New Brunswick for at least 12 consecutive months
- Principal applicant or his/her spouse has a close family member who is at least 18 years of age and has resided in New Brunswick for at least 12 consecutive months or is a permanent resident or citizen of Canada
- Has visited New Brunswick for at least 5 days to explore job or business opportunities
- Own at least 33.33% of a business located in New Brunswick, and working in that business on a daily basis (Note: Only applicable to entrepreneurial streams.)
Once you have established your connection to New Brunswick, an additional range of questions will appear. These questions are asked to determine whether you are inadmissible to the Provincial Nominee Program.
Possible grounds for inadmissibility include:
- Current application in process through another immigration program
- Unlawfully residing in current country of residence
- Refusal by a provincial or federal immigration program due to misrepresentation within the last 5 years
- Refugee claimant or protected person living in Canada
- Full-time post-secondary student
- Seasonal workers
NOTE: Failing to provide a truthful and complete response to these questions may result in refusal due to misrepresentation. If you are found to have misrepresented yourself, you will be prohibited from applying for Provincial Nomination and/or Permanent Residency for a period of five (5) years.
Once you have successfully established your connection to New Brunswick and have addressed all admissibility issues, click “Next” to proceed to the self-assessment portion of the EOI process.
In this portion of the EOI you will be asked to provide information with respect to your: Language, Education, Work Experience, and Adaptability.
- First official language (French or English)
- Test name
- Note: acceptable tests include IELTs, CELPIP, TEF, and TCF Canada
- Scores for each of the 4 competency areas (reading, writing, speaking, and listening)
- Reference number (provided to the applicant by the testing agency)
- Test date
Note: Applicants may also enter testing information for a second official language (French or English and opposite of indicated first official language).
- Highest level of education
- Whether this education was obtained inside or outside of Canada
Note: If you indicate that your education was obtained outside of Canada, you will be prompted to provide the following additional information:
- Educational Credential Assessment Agency. Acceptable agencies include:
- Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada
- Medical Council of Canada
- Reference number
- Assessment date
3. Work Experience
Number of years worked in intended occupation in the last 5 years
Additional points may be earned if the principal applicant:
- Has a close family member who is a permanent resident or citizen of Canada living in New Brunswick for at least one year
- Has completed at least two years of full-time study at a New Brunswick post-secondary institution
- Has an arranged offer of employment in New Brunswick
Once you have completed all necessary fields, click “Calculate Score” to generate your Self Assessment Score.
Note: The above score is an example only. Scores will vary based upon the information provided. Also note that different streams will require different minimum scores to secure an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
Be sure to complete all required information or you will not advance to the next section. Click “Next” to continue to the Validation portion of the EOI process.
At the Validation stage, you will be asked to review the information you provided when creating your User Profile. Review the information carefully and correct any errors or omissions.
You can alter content in your profile by clicking on “My Profile” on the top banner then “Edit“. After you make your changes click “Save” and you will be redirected to your dashboard where you can select “Continue” to complete your EOI.
Once satisfied with the information you have provided, click “Next” to continue to the submission portion of the EOI process.
Prior to submission, you will be asked to review your Self Assessment Score and to review a Candidate Declaration. Carefully read the Candidate Declaration. If you agree with the declaration, click “Agree” and then click “Submit” to submit your EOI.
Once you click on “Submit“, you will see a pop-up indicating that your EOI has been successfully completed and submitted to the EOI pool. Click on “Submit” in the pop-up to be re-directed to your Dashboard. From your dashboard, click your “Notification Center” to check if you have received (as a downloadable attachment) the letter issued to you by the NBPNP indicating that you have been successfully added to the EOI pool.
It should look similar to the following:
And that’s it for the EOI application process. The NBPNP will now make an assessment based on the EOI, and, if everything is in order, issue you an ITA to submit a full application.
I will talk more about the full (online) application process in my next post.