Nova Scotia Nominee Program

The NSNP - Nova Scotia Nominee Program is the Provincial Nominee Program of the Province of Nova Scotia through which it offers multiple immigration pathways to a wide range of immigrants to arrive in Canada. Innumerable migrants ranging from overseas students, skilled workers, and entrepreneurial talents to provisional overseas workers in Nova Scotia obtain Canada PR Visa through one of these migration streams. Some of these streams are also allied with the Federal Express Entry System. 

Nova Scotia aims at prospective applicants through one of the Nova Scotia PNP streams by considering their human capital factors and experience that it needs to build the communities and economy of the province. Candidates who fulfill the eligibility criterion of any one of the 8 immigration streams of the province can receive a nomination for Nova Scotia immigration. The current target processing times of NSNP applications for Canadian immigration are around 3 months.

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What are the different Immigration streams under NSNP?

The eight streams of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program are:

  • Express Entry - Nova Scotia Experience
  • Express Entry - Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities
  • Express Entry - Nova Scotia Physicians Labor Market Priorities 
  • Physician
  • Skilled Worker
  • Entrepreneur
  • Overseas Graduate Entrepreneur


Express Entry - Nova Scotia Experience

This stream of the Nova Scotia PNP program is aligned with the Federal Express Entry Program. Highly skilled immigrants who have work experience in the Nova Scotia Province qualify for this stream. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Minimum of 1-year experience in the province in a NOC - National Occupational Classification B, A, or A position.
  • The age must be between 55 years and 21 years.
  • Graduate degree on par with High School in Canada or equivalent.
  • French or English language proficiency at CLB - Canadian Language Benchmark level 7 for those with skilled experience in NOC A and 0 jobs and CLB level 5 for jobs under NOC B.
  • Register your profile in the Federal Express Entry pool of Canada.


Nova Scotia Express Entry LMP - Labor Market Priorities

The stream Labor Market Priorities LMP of Nova Scotia province allows it to prioritize precise occupations for migration. It offers Letters of Interest to target occupations and the first focus job is Early Childhood Educators. 

Applicants are required to: 

  • Have a Letter of Interest LOI - offered by the NSNP in the Federal Express Entry system.
  • Fulfill the threshold work knowledge criteria of the Express Entry stream in which you are competent.
  • Prove access to ample funds for establishing yourself fruitfully in Nova Scotia along with your family and payment for travel expenses and immigration costs.
  • Possess status of legal resident in your present nation of residence.
  • Fulfill the eligibility criteria as applicable at the time of your receipt of the Letter of Interest.

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Express Entry - Nova Scotia Physicians Labor Market Priorities

The stream Physicians Labor Market Priorities of Nova Scotia permits the province to choose candidates from the federal Express Entry pool who are qualified doctors. It categorically targets 2 codes in the NOC - National Occupational Classification: 

  • Specialist Physicians - NOC 3111
  • Family Physicians - NOC 3112

Requirements: 

  • Possess an authorized job offer as NOC 3111 - Specialist Physician or NOC 3112 Family Physician from the IWK Health Centre or Nova Scotia Health Authority.
  • Commit to reside and work in the province for at least 2 years. 
  • Obtain an NSNP LOI - Letter of Interest through the Express Entry.
  • Furnish your application within thirty days from the date of the offer of the Letter of Interest.
  • Fulfill the threshold eligibility criteria of work knowledge for the Express Entry aligned program for which you are competent. 
  • Prove access to required funds for establishing yourself along with the family in Nova Scotia.
  • Possess a status of lawful resident in the present nation of residence.


Nova Scotia Skilled Worker

This stream is employer-driven and aimed at overseas workers and graduates. Employers in Nova Scotia who are not in a position to fill the job vacancies with Citizens or PR status holders in Canada can access the Skilled Worker after obtaining an affirmative LMIA - Labor Market Impact Assessment. 

Requirements:

  • A permanent and full-time job offer from an employer in Nova Scotia.
  • Minimum of 1-year experience relevant to the job (low-skilled and semi-skilled workers are required to have a minimum of 6 months of experience with the employer offering the job).
  • The age must be between 55 years and 21 years.
  • Have at least High School Diploma.
  • Have suitable skills, training, and/or accreditation if necessary. 
  • Proficiency in French or English language on par with CLB Level 5 in case of skilled workers and Level 4 CLB for low-skilled and semi-skilled workers.
  • Fiscal resources for settling fruitfully in Nova Scotia. 


Nova Scotia Occupations In Demand

The Occupations in Demand Pilot of Nova Scotia is aimed at highly demanded intermediate-skilled jobs in the province. It was originally aimed at Transport Truck Drivers, Patient Service Associates, Orderlies, and Nurses. The targeted occupations are variable based on the demands of the labor market. The stream categorically targets jobs classified as NOC C level under National Occupational Classification. 

Requirements

  • Have a permanent and full-time job offer from an employer in Nova Scotia as either Transport Truck Drivers or Patient Service Associates, Orderlies, and Nurses.
  • Minimum of 1-year experience relevant to the job.
  • The age must be between 55 years and 21 years.
  • Have at least High School Diploma. 
  • Have suitable skills, training, and/or accreditation for the job. 
  • Proficiency in French or English language on par Level 4 CLB even if your first language is French or English.
  • Have fiscal resources for settling fruitfully in Nova Scotia. 

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Nova Scotia Physician

The Physician category of Nova Scotia assists the Public Health System in the province to appoint Specialist Physicians, Family Physicians, and General Practitioners. It has been designed in assisting recruitment and retaining Doctors for the vacancies the province is incapable of filling with a Permanent Resident or Citizen in Canada. 

Requirements

  • Possess a status of lawful resident in the current nation of residence.
  • Offer evidence of legal status if residing in Canada as a Provisional Visitor or Worker.
  • Offer evidence of legal status in the current nation of residence if residing outside Canada.
  • You are ineligible to apply if you have lost your status till the time your status gets restored.


Job Offer

Approved and written opportunity with the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre or NSHA - Nova Scotia Health Authority as a NOC 3111 - Specialist physician or NOC 3112 family physician and General practitioner

The authorized job offer must be on the official letterhead of the IWK or NSHA and needs to be: 

  • Dated and with the signature of the authorized person for hiring physicians at IWK or NSHA.
  • Dated and with the signature of the applicant accepting the opportunity.
  • Specify licensure eligibility with the NS College of Surgeons and Physicians.
  • Specify that the applicant is qualified to apply for credentials and privileges with the IWK and NSHA. 


Education and Training

A copy of ECA - Education Credential Assessment or evidence of education and medical training needed for Nova Scotia's licensure


Language Capability

The ability for performing the job in one of the official languages of Canada as demonstrated by the job offer from the IWK or NSHA 


Nova Scotia Entrepreneur

The Entrepreneur category of Nova Scotia is aimed at candidates having senior management experience or business ownership. They must reside in Nova Scotia, buy an existing business or start a new business, and participate actively in the everyday supervision of that business. 

Candidates are initially provided a Provisional Work Visa under the Entrepreneur stream and they can apply for Permanent Residence after operating the business for 1 year. By using a format of EOI - Expression of Interest the stream invites the candidates from a pool for applying. 


What are the steps to apply for NSNP as an Entrepreneur?

  • EOI - Expression of Interest
  • Trade Performance Agreement and In-Person Interview 
  • Work Visa and Launch of Business in Nova Scotia
  • Nomination Requisition 
  • Application for Permanent Residence

What are the minimum requirements for NSNP's Entrepreneur stream?

  • Be aged 21 years or more. 
  • Intend to permanently reside in Nova Scotia while possessing and actively running a business in Nova Scotia. 
  • Have a net worth of $600,000 at least. 
  • Invest $150,000 at least for establishing or purchasing a business in the province. 
  • Have at least 3 years experience of owning and actively managing a business (minimum 33% ownership) or 5 years plus experience in a senior role in business management.
  • Secure minimum of CLB Level 5 in English or French in writing, reading, listening and speaking.

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Nova Scotia Overseas Graduate Entrepreneur

The Overseas Graduate Entrepreneur category of Nova Scotia is alike the Entrepreneur category, aimed only at fresh graduates from a Community College or University in Nova Scotia. They must have bought or launched a business in Nova Scotia and operated it for 1 year while on the Post Graduate Work Visa. Candidates receive PR Nominations if they intend to settle in the province. The category operates on the format of EOI similar to the Entrepreneur category.  

Steps

  • EOI - Expression of Interest
  • ITA - Invite to Apply
  • Personal Interview and Nomination 
  • Application for Permanent Residence


Requirements

  • Intend to permanently reside in Nova Scotia while possessing and actively running a business in Nova Scotia. 
  • Have at least 1 years of experience of owning and actively managing a current business in Nova Scotia with 100% ownership.
  • Have completed a Diploma or Degree from a Community College or University in Nova Scotia that includes at least 2 academic years of in-person and full-time study.
  • Lawful Post-graduate Work Visa.
  • Secure minimum of CLB Level 7 in English or French in writing, reading, listening, and speaking.


What is the Nova Scotia Occupation in-Demand stream?

The PNP Occupation List of Nova Scotia consists of flourishing opportunities in the services sectors specifically in the education and health industries that offer adequate job prospects to the highly skilled. Though there is a sufficient labor market gap in the service sectors, there are specific occupations that require instant attention. Skilled workers who fulfill the NSNP requirements can keenly contribute to the development of the province's future. 

Here are some of the latest and major jobs in Nova Scotia that are highly in-demand: 

  • Administrative Assistants - 1241 B
  • Accounting and associated Clerks - 1311 B 
  • Professional Occupations in Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations - 1123 A 
  • Licensed Practical Nurses - 3233 B 
  • Other Financial Officers - 1114 A  
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurses and Nurses - 3012 A 
  • Financial Auditors and Accountants - 1111 A 
  • Paralegal and associated Occupations - 4211 B 
  • Other Vocational and College Instructors - 4021 A 
  • Community and Social Service workers - 4212 B  


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