The pilot aims to facilitate permanent residency for international students who have graduated from one of 19 eligible programs of study.
New Brunswick has unveiled a new immigration pilot project for international students who graduate from four private career colleges in the province.
Starting April 1, 2022, international students who graduate from the Atlantic Business College, Eastern College, McKenzie College, or Oulton College and who have studied in one of 19 targeted occupations, will be able to apply to the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
The PNP allows Canadian provinces and territories to identify immigration candidates who can meet their local economic needs. Many PNP streams are geared towards international students, some are specifically tailored to them.
Specific details and requirements for the new pilot project will only be available in the fall. However, the government has indicated via a news release that the pilot project is intended for recent graduates of designated learning institutions who are not currently eligible for the federal Post-Graduation Work Permit program. In addition, participation in this pilot program will be limited to designated New Brunswick educational institutions that have held this designation for at least five years and offer eligible programs of study in the following areas:
social and community service workers;
early childhood educators and assistants;
home support workers;
licensed practical nurses;
paramedics and related occupations;
medical laboratory technologists;
medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants;
medical administrative assistants;
computer programmers and interactive media developers;
web designers and developers;
computer network technicians;
user support technicians;
accounting technicians and bookkeepers;
shippers and receivers;
supply chain and logistics supervisors; and
production logistics co-ordinators
The new pilot program is a collaboration between Opportunities NB (ONB), which is New Brunswick’s leading business development corporation, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).