Nova Scotia Immigration

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) provides a quicker path to becoming a Canadian permanent resident for qualified skilled workers and experienced entrepreneurs. There are three streams under which candidates can apply: The Nova Scotia Regional Labour Market Demand Stream, the Nova Scotia Skilled Worker Immigration Stream, and the Nova Scotia Family Business Worker Immigration Stream.

Nova Scotia differentiates between skilled workers, semi-skilled and low-skilled workers.

Skilled workers are defined as individuals with occupation within NOC skill level O, A or B- Priority will be awarded to these higher skilled occupations.

Semi-skilled workers have occupations that fall under the NOC skill level C occupations. These applications may be considered s based on local labour market requirement and conditions, and 6 months of work with the Nova Scotia employer supporting the application. Under this category, official language test results must be submitted with an application.

Low-skilled workers have occupations that fall under the NOC skill level D. These applications may only be considered if all other eligibility criteria are met, the principal applicant has worked for at least 6 months with the Nova Scotia employer supporting the application, there are indicators of success in the application, and there is a strong employer support. Under this category, official language test results must be submitted with an application.

Nova Scotia Regional Labour Market Demand Stream

**This stream closed on April 28, 2014 and will re-open on January 1, 2015.**

The Regional Labour Market Demand stream is aimed at selecting individuals who meet the labour market needs of particular regions of the province, and who intend to settle permanently in Nova Scotia. Applicants are not required to have an offer of employment from a Canadian employer.

The main eligibility critera for this program are:

  • Be aged between 21 and 55 years;
  • Demonstrate minimum language proficiency in English or French;
  • Intend to work in an In-Demand Occupation in Nova scotia.

Read more about the possibility of applying to the Nova Scotia Regional Labour Market Demand Stream without a sponsoring employer here.

Nova Scotia Skilled Worker Immigration Stream

This employer-driven stream helps employers recruit and retain immigrant workers with the required skills. It also targets immigrants with skills in demand.

To apply under this program, the applicant must have:

  • A guaranteed job offer from a Nova Scotia employer who has exhausted all other options for finding workers and offers standard wages and working conditions for that occupational field;
  • The Required age, language ability and education.

Nova Scotia Family Business Worker Immigration Stream

This stream helps family-owned businesses hire close relatives demonstrating skills that could not be found in Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

To apply under this program, the applicant must have:

  • A full-time, permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer who is a close relative and who owns an established business in Nova Scotia before submitting an application to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP).
  • The worker or the spouse must be related to the family business owner or spouse of the business owner in one of the following ways:
    • Son or daughter;
    • Brother or sister;
    • Niece or nephew (children of brothers or sisters);
    • Uncle or aunt (parent's brothers or sisters);
    • Grandchild;
    • A step or half-relative of the same degree.

Nova Scotia PNP Processing times:
Current processing times are estimated to be around 2 months for completed applications.

 

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