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Nova Scotia Immigration – How to immigrate to Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Immigration – How to immigrate to Nova Scotia

November 12, 2019

Located in eastern Canada and surrounded by ocean with more than 7400 kilometers of ocean coastline, Nova Scotia province is a place where you can have a beautiful and relaxed quality of life. The province is composed of the Nova Scotia peninsula, Cape Breton Island, and over 3,000 smaller islands. Its capital city, Halifax, is known as a major center for culture and the arts, as well as for its high standard of living. Nova Scotia is one of the first established areas in Canada as well as one of the most affordable and family-friendly provinces to live. With these good conditions, Nova Scotia Immigration is the thing that almost people want to do.

About Nova Scotia Immigration

The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program(NSNP) nominates immigrants to Canada who have the skills and experience targeted as in demand by that province. The NSNP helps the Canadian government to support Nova Scotia’s economic growth and expedite and process permanent residence applications of work-ready immigrants much more quickly.

Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Certificate. Like all provincial selection systems, if you are nominated for permanent residence to Canada by the province of Nova Scotia, then you must apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for permanent residence. 

How to immigrate to Nova Scotia?

If you meet all the requirements for this program, you can choose one of these immigration streams. They are:

  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Occupation in Demand Stream
  • Entrepreneur Stream
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
  • Physician Stream

1. Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

This Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) stream is aligned with the federal government’s Express Entry immigration selection system to help the government nominate skilled foreigners with post-secondary education and qualifications for permanent residence. There are two categories under the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream:

  • Category A: Arranged Employment in Nova Scotia
  • Category B: Paid Work Experience in an Opportunity Occupation

2. Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry provides a pathway to permanent residence for highly skilled applicants who have at least one-year experience in working for a Nova Scotia employer. Candidates must also be eligible to enter the federal Express Entry pool through one of the three federal economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker
  • Federal Skilled Trades
  • Canadian Experience Class

There are two application routes to Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream. Candidates may either apply directly to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI), or they may be selected from the Express Entry pool by the NSOI.

3. Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream provides a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for Express Entry candidates who meet specified labor market needs in the province.

This unique stream is flexible and the specified occupations and criteria may vary from draw to draw, depending on Nova Scotia’s labor market and social needs.

Candidates interested in applying under this stream must have a valid federal Express Entry profile under one of the three federal economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

4. Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream for Physicians provides a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for general practitioners, family physicians and specialist physicians who are in the Express Entry pool.

Candidates must have an approved offer from the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the Izaak Walton Killam (IWK) Health Centre in Halifax, among other criteria, and they must receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration in order to apply.

This program pulls candidate profiles from the federal Express Entry pool under one of two federal economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW);
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)

5. Skilled Worker Stream

The Skilled Worker stream helps Nova Scotia employers recruit and hire foreign workers and international graduates whose skills are in limited supply in the province.

The NSNP accepts applications under this stream from individuals who have received a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer. Workers in skilled, semi-skilled, and low-skilled occupations may be eligible to apply.

6. Occupation in Demand Stream

Nova Scotia’s Occupation in Demand Stream is a three-year pilot for candidates with an eligible job offer in a targeted intermediate-skilled occupation.

The stream is currently open to eligible candidates with a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in the following two occupations, both of which are considered Skill Level C under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC):

  • NOC 3413 — Nurses aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
  • NOC 7511 — Transport truck drivers

7. Entrepreneur Stream

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) Entrepreneur Stream is designed to attract individuals who wish to start or acquire a business and live permanently in Nova Scotia.

The NSNP Entrepreneur Stream is a temporary to permanent residence program whereby approved applicants are required to operate a business in the province of Nova Scotia on a valid work permit for a minimum of one continuous year prior to being nominated for permanent residence in Canada. It functions on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system.

8. International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

This Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) stream is open to graduates who have completed at least two years of full-time study from a recognized Nova Scotia university or Nova Scotia Community College and functions on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system whereby candidates submit an EOI and are then awarded points based on a number of criteria. The highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply to the program by the NSNP. The IGE Stream targets international graduates who intend to reside permanently in the province while owning and actively managing a Nova Scotia business.

9. Physician Stream

The Physician Stream is open to internationally-trained general practitioners, family physicians and specialist physicians with a signed employment offer from Nova Scotia’s healthcare authorities. 

The Physician Stream allows the NSHA and the IWK Health Centre to recruit foreign physicians to fill positions that they have been unable to fill with a permanent resident or Canadian citizen. 

How to prepare for applying?

If you have already had which stream you best qualify for to apply to the NSNP, you must complete the required NSNP application forms, provide all supporting documentation and submit your application package by mail to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration for review. The processing time for complete applications is up to three months. One important thing you must keep in your mind is submitting all the requested documents and providing translations(if applicable) because applications with documents that are missing/unclear/not translated, will not be assessed.

If your application is assessed successfully by the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, you will be contacted in writing. You will receive a letter confirming that a Nomination has been made to Citizenship and Immigration on your behalf. If your application is refused, you will also be notified in writing.



2 Comments
  1. David Eke Ndukwe
    August 14, 2020

    I'm a sailor, i love canada so much and I will love to work in canada❤

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  2. David Eke Ndukwe
    August 15, 2020

    I love canada, love to work in canada

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