COVID-19 has impacted our lives in different ways, and being an immigrant in Canada, is another story! We all land in this country, dreaming to achieve something better for ourselves.
As the impact of COVID-19 continues, New Brunswick’s economy could not remain untouched! Businesses have reduced their operations, employees are laid off, and some of them are even closed, and some sectors are even more affected than the others. However, the province is now starting to rise and has been working on the immigration programs, to evolve from the impact.
As per the COVID-19 file processing document release, the COVID-19 measures that have been implemented would not affect the eligibility of the applicants living and working in New Brunswick towards the Provincial Nominee program, because of reduced hours, temporary break in employment, or use of COVID 19 benefits.
This news brings hope to other provinces' applicants, who are affected by COVID-19 measures. While there are no specific announcements yet, except few temporary measures being implemented to support applicants during this time, chances are that other provinces may use the same strategy to build their economy, by allowing foreign workers, and graduates, with the flexibility to settle in Canada.
We are to wait for the announcement of further detailed plans from New Brunswick and if other provincial nominee programs, along with the federal immigration program would be following the same set of policies in the upcoming days.
Let’s check the programs that are currently available for immigrants in New Brunswick and in or outside Canada.
Graduates and Temporary Foreign Workers
New Brunswick province is processing the applications for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP), for international students and temporary workers in the province.
Occupations in Healthcare
The province continues to accept applications for all immigration streams under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) program and is also open to applicants in or outside Canada, and in New Brunswick.
Occupations in Transportation
As of now, the province is only considering applications under Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) program for Transport Truck Drivers – NOC 7511, applicable, if participated from the designated employers, who had participated in the recruitment mission led by the province, in the last 18 months, and no other endorsement applications are accepted under AIP.
All other applications will be redirected to the PNP Skilled Worker stream. The program is open to applicants in New Brunswick, in Canada, or outside Canada, if you meet the eligibility requirements.
Occupations in Manufacturing
Only those occupations in manufacturing, that are from designated employers, who participated in the recruitment mission led by the province, can apply for consideration under Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) program endorsement applications. Any other applications would be directed to the PNP Skilled Worker stream.
Occupations in Information Technology (IT)
New Brunswick will continue to accept and process applications under all immigration streams within the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) program. The programs are open to applicants in New Brunswick, in Canada, or outside Canada.
Occupations Excluded until further notice
Applicants, outside of New Brunswick, who are not living or working in the province, for the following occupations/sectors are not considered because of the current economic situation
• Leisure and hospitality
• Travel and tourism
• Food and accommodation
• Retail trade
• Business Service Centres (Contact Centre Industry)
• Wholesale trade
• Finance and insurance
• Real estate, rental, and leasing
• Administrative occupations
• Beauty industry (including salons and spas) and
• Arts, entertainment, and recreation
If you are an employer, who participated in an international recruitment mission with the Province, and have further questions about fulfilling the positions as per your current labor needs, you should be contacting the assigned Immigration Program Officer to discuss your options
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