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Nova Scotia Nominee Program

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) was initiated in 2003 to address the economic and labor market requirements of the province through immigration, which aims to attract prospective immigrants possessing skills and experience in demand by the province. Successful candidates may receive a Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Certificate through this program.

Over the past two decades, immigration to Nova Scotia has experienced a threefold increase, primarily attributable to the establishment and continuous advancement of the NSNP and the introduction of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) in 2017.

Presently, Nova Scotia welcomes more than 7,000 new immigrants annually, achieving a retention rate surpassing 70 percent. The improved retention rate can be attributed to the efforts of the Nova Scotia PNP and the AIP, which strive to connect newcomers with suitable employment opportunities. Furthermore, both programs facilitate the transition of international graduates and temporary workers to permanent residency, thereby simplifying the process.

Nova Scotia Immigration Streams:

Nova Scotia offers both enhanced streams and base streams within its immigration programs. The enhanced streams include:

  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities
  • Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities for Physicians

Enhanced streams are aligned with the Express Entry system, which the federal government employs to manage permanent residence applications for Canada’s primary economic class immigration programs.

Candidates in the Express Entry system are assigned a point score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Regular Express Entry draws are conducted by Canada, inviting candidates with the highest CRS scores to apply for permanent residence.

Receiving a nomination from an enhanced provincial program grants an additional 600 CRS points, significantly increasing the likelihood of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. The nomination is also linked to the candidate’s Express Entry profile.

Most of Nova Scotia’s immigration streams fall under the category of base streams, which are not aligned with the Express Entry system. Candidates who receive a provincial nomination through these streams must directly apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

For many NSNP streams, meeting the minimum language requirements is necessary. Language proficiency is assessed using the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB), which ranges from 1 to 12 and measures an individual’s language ability.

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

Requires job offer: No

Application Fee: None

Processing Time: Minimum 3 months

Minimum Requirements:

  • Possess an active Express Entry profile.
  • The age must be between 21 and 55 years.
  • Have at least one year of full-time paid work experience in Nova Scotia within the past three years.
  • Maintain proper authorization during the period spent in Nova Scotia, such as a valid work permit.
  • Hold a high school diploma or a higher level of education.
  • Demonstrate language proficiency according to the job requirements:
    1. NOC 0 and A – CLB 7
    2. NOC B – CLB 5
  • Intend to settle permanently in Nova Scotia.

How the Process Works:

To apply for immigration to Nova Scotia through the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry, ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria and possess a valid Express Entry profile.

When you are ready, submit your application online through the designated Nova Scotia webpage. Include all required information and upload the necessary documents with your application.

Upon submission, if your application is successful, you will receive a provincial nomination certificate via email. This nomination will also be confirmed in the Express Entry system. Accept the nomination within 30 days on the Express Entry system, resulting in an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. These points significantly increase your chances of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence in the subsequent Express Entry draw.

Once you receive the invitation to apply, you can proceed with your permanent residence application through the Express Entry system.

Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities

Requires job offer: No

Application Fee: None

Processing Time: Minimum 3 months

Minimum Requirements:

  • Possess a valid Express Entry profile.
  • Receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) on your Express Entry profile.
  • Meet the work experience requirements for your Express Entry program (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class).
  • Provide the necessary supporting documents to demonstrate your work experience.
  • Have sufficient funds to settle permanently in Nova Scotia.
  • Meet the specific eligibility requirements for the draw. Each draw may have additional criteria.

How the Process Works:

The initial step involves ensuring your eligibility for this stream and having a valid Express Entry profile.

To apply, you must first receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI). Once you receive the letter, you can proceed with your application within the given 60-day period.

Refer to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program website to learn about the supporting documents required for the specific draw. Upload these documents accordingly.

Upon a successful application, you will receive a nomination certificate via email, which will also be confirmed in the Express Entry system. Accept the nomination within 30 days on the Express Entry system, resulting in an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. This will lead to an invitation to apply for permanent residence in the subsequent Express Entry draw.

Once you receive the invitation to apply, you can proceed with your permanent residence application through the Express Entry system.

Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities for Physicians

Needs job offer: Yes

Application Fee: None

Processing Time: At least 3 months

Minimum Requirements:

  • You must have a valid Express Entry profile.
  • You must receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) on your Express Entry profile.
  • You must have a job offer from the Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Centre as a general practitioner, family physician or a specialist physician (NOC 3111 or NOC 3112)
  • You must meet the work experience requirements for your Express Entry program (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class)
  • You must have the required supporting documents to demonstrate work experience.
  • You must commit to stay in the province for two years, by sending a signed Return for Service Agreement to the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.
  • You must have enough money to settle permanently in Nova Scotia.

How it works:

First, make sure that you are eligible for this stream. You must have an Express Entry profile. Once you’re ready, send your Express Entry profile number to NSOI.

If you qualify, you will receive a Letter of Interest to your Express Entry account. You will then have 30 days to apply to the NSNP and submit all required documents.

After you apply, you may get a nomination certificate if successful. Your nomination will also be added to your Express Entry profile. You must accept the nomination within 30 days.

You will then be given an extra 600 CRS points, and you will be invited to apply for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw.

 

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