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 Demand:Express Entry, 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 Demand: Express Entry

**Nova Scotia Increases Intake Under New Express Entry Provincial Immigration Stream**

Nova Scotia will increase its annual quota by 350 under its new provincial nomination stream beginning January 2015.  The new stream – “Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry” will enable the province to increase intake by 50% in 2015.  It will replace the previous Regional Labour Market Demand Stream as a pilot project and will account for a total of 1050 skilled workers.

The program, “is intended to provide a faster route for skilled immigrants to enter Nova Scotia in response to labour-market demands,” said a provincial Office of Immigration news release.  It will complement the existing streams already in place.

Nominees will be highly skilled, have post-secondary education and the qualifications to help them successfully settle in Nova Scotia and demonstrate an intention to reside in the province.

To develop the stream provincial immigration authorities collaborated with private business, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, immigrant settlement organizations and industry professionals.

The new Nova Scotia demand express entry stream will operate in conjunction with the federal government’s Express Entry immigration system that will also launch on January 1, 2015.  Successful applicants must first meet one of the Federal economic immigration programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program or the Canadian Experience Class.  The province will be able nominate applicants from the federal Express Entry pool. 

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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