Nova Scotia is located in the maritime region of the country. Being near to sea, means Nova Scotians have always been closely connected to seas deeply rooted in their culture and history. Province is composed of the Nova Scotia peninsula, Cape Breton Island, and over 3,000 smaller islands. Easiest way to immigrate Nova Scotia is via the provincial nomination program of the province – Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Program.
Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Program was started to nominate the skilled immigrants into the province who can help in the development of the province. There are two ways to get nominated – first is via directly applying for provincial nomination in the immigration office of the province Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI). Once they are nominated, they have to create an express profile and reflect their nomination on their profile. Second, is first create an express profile and then show expression of interest (EOI) and select Nova Scotia as the province you want to move into. Once the candidates are nominated they are awarded with 600 CRS points. These many points are enough for the candidates to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) by Citizenship & Immigration of Canada (CIC) and apply for permanent residency in the province.
Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Program Streams
There are several migration streams under Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Program (NSNP) and they are as follows:
- Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream
It is the newest provincial nominee program in NS PNP. This stream is specifically designed for highly skilled immigrants who have a post-secondary education and meet all the other major requirements of labor markets of the province. Candidates who are to apply under this program needs to show their language proficiency in English or French. They have to achieve at least minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in each module. There are two sub-categories under this express entry stream. For the first one candidate requires a pre-arranged job offer. For the second, candidate needs to have at least one year full-time work experience in the last five years in any of the occupation in-demand in the province.
- Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
This category is for those highly skilled immigrants who have worked in the province for a Nova Scotian employer for more than 12 months and wants to become a permanent resident. Eligibility criteria in order to apply under this program are as follows:
- Age group must be between 21 to 55 years of age.
- Must have a minimum of 1 year of full-time work experience in last 3 years in a high skilled trade.
- Must have graduated from a Canadian high school or university, or a recognized educational institution abroad (for that Educational Credential Assessment is required).
- Must proof their language proficiency respective to the skill sets of the job. (CLB 7 for NOC O and A, and CLB 5 for NOC B).
- Must show an intention to live in the province and become economically established in the region.
- Skilled Worker Stream
This stream was opened to help the provincial employer recruit and hire foreign workers with skills that are in limited supply in the province. There are three sub-categories under this stream:
For individuals with work experience in NOC level O, A or B categorized occupation. Highest priority is given to the candidates who have applied under this category.
For individuals with work experience in NOC level C categorized occupation. All criteria must be met and candidate must have work experience of at least six months with an eligible employer of the province.
For individuals with work experience in NOC level D categorized occupation. Same as semi-skilled workers, candidate must have work experience of at least six months with an eligible employer of the province.
Eligibility requirements for applying under this program are as follows:
- Must provide legal status of living in Canada.
- Age group of 21 to 55 years of age.
- Must have a full-time, permanent job offer from an eligible employer of the province.
- Must have completed at least a high school level of education.
- Must have work experience of at least 1 year.
- Must meet the minimum language proficiency.
- Family Business Worker Stream
This stream gives province employer the ability to hire workers that are close relatives. In order to be eligible under this stream, immigrant must be related to the family business owner or the family business owner’s spouse in one of several ways. Eligible relationships are: Son or Daughter, Brother or Sister, Niece or Nephew, Uncle or aunt and Grandchild.
Eligibility requirements for applying under this program:
- Legal status in country of residence.
- Must have a full-time job offer from a Nova Scotia business that belongs to a close family member.
- Appropriate work experience for the job.
- Must have intent to settle in the province.
- International Graduate Stream
This stream is designed to help employers hire and retain recent international graduates from eligible Canadian universities. Full-time, permanent job offer must be guaranteed to the student for the student to be eligible. Student must have graduated no later than two years before the application in order to be eligible for immigration to the province.
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