This article deals with an introduction about the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and focusing mostly on New Brunswick PNP. It is a part of a series of posts called “Our Canada Immigration Journey“. We will be releasing a number of posts under this series in the next weeks.
We hope that this series will help guide you in your own journey of achieving that dream of living your life in Canada.
Still waiting for that ITA?
Now that you already have an Express Entry profile, you’re probably looking forward to getting that invitation to apply from CIC.
As you might have realized by now, Express Entry ranks all applicants via their Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS). The higher your CRS, the better your chances are of getting an invitation to apply (ITA) from CIC in the next round of draws.
If you’re like us, you probably have around 410 points in your CRS. At present, the cutoff for the last round of invitations from CIC was at 463. It is not uncommon for applicants to wait for a long time before they get a lucky break.
It’s been months since the cutoff went below 450 so get ready for a long wait. You can check out CIC’s website for the results of the previous draws. Every 2 weeks, CIC issues new invitations to apply. However, it’s limited only to the top 3,500 applicants.
While eagerly awaiting for the next round, why not try to look at the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)? This program is one of the 3 Canadian Immigration programs that are processed via the Express Entry system.
The clincher? If you’re nominated by a province, you get 600 point bonus in your CRS! For us, what used to be 410 points got boosted to 1,010 CRS points. And it was enough to get us an ITA in our Express Entry profile.
You can read more about the Provincial Nominee Program in our previous article ‘Available Canadian Immigration programs for you‘.
New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
As applicants, we were probably in the same boat as you where our CRS points were stuck at 410 (or below) and had a slim chance of getting that ITA from CIC.
As such, we looked around at the various provincial programs available. Most of the provinces were open during that time but they only accommodate applicants that already have existing job offers from employers. Except for New Brunswick’s Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP).
Personally, there were 2 main reasons why we decided to go through NBPNP:
First, when we looked at New Brunswick, we realized that our current job experience and NOC were in-demand in the province. New Brunswick even had our specific NOCs listed as one of those they were actively inviting to apply.
Second, during that time, New Brunswick were the only province actively recruiting immigrants to apply. How dedicated were they? They scheduled info sessions in various cities in the Philippines – Manila, Cebu and Davao. These info sessions were designed primarily to market New Brunswick as a good destination for immigrants. And to solicit applications as well.
As far as I know, they not only scheduled info sessions in the Philippines but they went to Vietnam, Dubai and other countries as well.
As such, it felt like they really wanted immigrants to go to their province.
Priority Processing for NBPNP
How important is that info session?
NBPNP categorizes applicants according to the following priorities:
- If you already have an existing job offer in New Brunswick OR if you have immediate family already living in New Brunswick
- You attended an info session they scheduled
- Others – Last priority
Your NBPNP application falls into the last priority if you don’t qualify in the first 2 categories.
Priority 1 will probably have a lower number of applicants compared to the needs of the province. Given that, the 2nd priority in the application pool can definitely give you a leg up when competing with other applicants.
Luckily for us, New Brunswick scheduled a series of info sessions starting January 2016 across the Philippines. We immediately signed up for a Saturday session.
Registering for the New Brunswick info session is easy.
You can register online and go straight to the NBPNP website where they list their current info sessions. There you’ll find a list of scheduled info sessions and their respective locations. Just click on the button beside the info session you want to attend and it will lead you to another landing page. The landing page will ask you for a number of details that you need to provide and answer accurately.
Once completed, you’ll get a message similar to below:
Upon clicking on ‘Complete‘, there’s nothing left to do but wait for the email response and confirmation from New Brunswick. They will let you know via email if you’re invited to attend the info session date you chose.
- When we were applying, we didn’t have this online application yet. We were asked to fill up an Excel sheet and submit via email.
- Some individuals we know took the time to fly from Singapore (and other countries) to Manila just to attend the info sessions. You might want to do that as well if an info session is not scheduled in your country.
- Make sure that the NOC codes mentioned for each info session date matches your job experience. Otherwise, NB won’t send you an invitation to attend the info session.
While waiting for day of the info session to arrive, you might want to take the opportunity to get your documents ready in advance. New Brunswick’s PNP webpage have an excellent resource that provides a detailed summary of requirements for each stream of their PNP program. It’s worth checking out.
The Day of the Info Session
If you’re one of the individuals who will receive an invitation to attend the info session, consider yourself lucky.
On the scheduled date, make sure to arrive at the venue 30 minutes in advance. In this way, you get to choose a seat right in front. Also, there’s a risk that they will lock the door once the info session starts and they won’t let anyone in.
Maximize the opportunity to ask questions about the process and requirements. Don’t be shy.
After the info session, they’ll provide you with more instructions and give you some idea on what to expect. Listen carefully.
After the info session, NBPNP asked us to fill up and submit an Expression of Interest form. This is basically just a form that provides New Brunswick with some basic information about us. It also serves as a formal notification to New Brunswick of our interest to apply in their Provincial Nominee Program. We will have more discussions about that in future articles.
We understand that this article is mostly focused on New Brunswick’s Provincial Nominee Program. This is because all of us here in Roadtripping Juans went through the same NBPNP process. And it’s in New Brunswick where we became close friends.
However, this doesn’t mean that you will not be able to pick up some tips form what we went through. Even if you’re applying to a different province.
Before closing off this article, we would like to leave you with some tips:
Check in-demand occupations for each Provincial Nominee Program
Each province have their own set of requirements as far as in-demand occupations are concerned. Some might be looking for experienced fisherfolks (looking at you Atlantic provinces) and some might be looking for nurses or elderly care professionals (looking at you New Brunswick). Each province will have different occupation requirements.
Check on each Provincial Nominee Program below and try to look for their in-demand occupations:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Be on the look out for info sessions
While you’re at each province’s PNP webpage, check if they have info sessions scheduled.
Schedule of New Brunswick info sessions are usually posted online. As such, you might want to bookmark their page and check it often.
The same might be true for other provinces so check their respective sites as well.
This article deals with an introduction about the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and focusing mostly on New Brunswick PNP. It is a part of a series of posts called “Our Canada Immigration Journey“. Check often with us here in Roadtripping Juans for more on this series.