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The NB Business Immigration Stream is an economic immigration pathway for experienced entrepreneurs who are ready to establish, operate, and actively manage a business while living and settling in New Brunswick permanently.

NB Business Immigration Stream application is a two-stage process.

Stage 1: submit application ---->Temporary Work Permit

Stage 2: Implement business plan----> Permanent Residence


New Brunswick Business

Immigration Stream


01/ Age: 21-59 years old

02/ Language requirement:
    at least CLB 5 ( IELTS: Listening 5/Speaking 5/Writing 5/Reading 4). 

03/ Education
    at a minimum, have a Canadian secondary (high school) diploma or a foreign high school diploma equal to a Canadian credential.

04/ Personal Net Worth
    at least CAD $500,000.

05/ Business Ownership / Work experience
   Business Owner:
   a) you must be the business owner (of at least 51%) for at least three out of the last five years;
    b) be responsible for supervising at least two employees.
   senior management experience
   a) you are the senior manager in a business in three out of the last five years; 
   b) you are responsible for supervising at least two employees.

06/ Eligible connections
    a) You have visited New Brunswick for at least five business days within the previous 12 months prior to submitting your EOI; or
    b) You or your spouse have been awarded a diploma or certificate that required at least one year of full-time study at a post-secondary institution in New Brunswick after completion of high school; or
    c) You or your spouse have worked 30 hours per week for at least 6 consecutive months in a high-skilled occupation (NOC O, A, B) for a company located in New Brunswick in the last two years; or
    d) You or your spouse have family members (i.e., son or daughter over the age of 18 years, brother, sister, mother, father, grandparents, aunt and/or uncle) who are Permanent Residents or citizens of Canada living in New Brunswick for at least 12 months.

07/ Investment
    a) make an eligible investment of not less than CAD$150,000.
     b) control at least 33.3% equity in the business

08/ Job Creation
    The business must create at least one full-time job for a permanent resident or citizen of Canada living in New Brunswick. The one full-time job cannot include you, your spouse or common-law partner, your dependent children, and/or other family members. Full-time means that an employer is expected to provide a minimum of 30 hours per week of work to their employee(s).

09/ EOI Points:
    A minimum of 65 of 100 points is required to be successful.

Application Process

 5 business days exploratory visit

Submit EOI

1-2 months

Receive ITA

Submit Full Application

90 days

3 months

Apply for Work Permit

Receive Work Permit

1 month

2 months

Open business within 9 months upon arriving in Canada

Apply for Provincial Nomination

Apply for Permanent Residency

Receive Permanent Residency

Operating a business at least 12 consecutive month

3 months

12 months

Receive Work Permit Letter

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