Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

Nova Scotia is a small province in the Maritimes region of Canada. The province consists of more than 3000 islands and includes the Nova Scotia peninsula and Cape Breton Island. Its capital Halifax is famous for its arts and culture. The province stands apart for its stunning coasts and unique cuisines.

Nova Scotia’s Provincial Nominee Program NSNP was started in 2003. It is aimed at helping appropriately skilled and experienced immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Certificate.

Overview

The NSNP was launched to deal with the province’s labor market needs and economic issues through the immigration of foreign workers and skilled people to the province. Over 70 percent of immigrants coming to Nova Scotia stay back, indicating positive working and living conditions. The NSNP aims to make the immigration journey easy for workers and international graduates to get permanent residency in the province.

Nova Scotia Immigration Stream

The streams are divided into base and enhanced streams. Enhanced streams indicate that the sub-category is aligned with the Express Entry system. The non-aligned ones are base streams.

The enhanced streams are:

  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians

In the Express Entry system, candidates are given points based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Express Entry draws are held regularly to allow the highest-ranking candidates to apply for permanent residence.

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

Minimum Requirements:

  • An Express Entry profile
  • Age between 21 and 55 years
  • A minimum of one year of full-time job experience in Nova Scotia in the last three years with a proper work permit
  • Must have a high school diploma or higher credential
  • Must have the requisite language skills
  • Must show intent to stay in the province permanently

How It Works:

All eligible candidates can apply online on the relevant website by providing all the information requested and uploading the necessary documents. Successful applicants will be emailed a provincial certificate, and a confirmation will also be posted in the Express Entry system. The acceptance must be done on the system within 30 days. You will get an extra 600 CRS points, paving the way for permanent residence when the next Express Entry draw happens.

Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities

Minimum Requirements:

  • A valid Express Entry profile
  • A Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI)
  • Must comply with the work experience requirements for your Express Entry program
  • Supporting documents to establish work experience
  • Finances to settle permanently in Nova Scotia

How It Works:

Ensure you are eligible and have a valid Express Entry profile. You must receive an LOI from NSOI. You must reply to the offer when you receive the letter, within 60 days. Upload the specific documents requested by the program. If approved, your nomination will be confirmed by email and on the Express Entry system. As you earn 600 CRS points, you will get an invitation to apply for permanent residence in the next draw.

Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians

Minimum Requirements:

  • A Valid Express Entry Profile
  • A Letter of Interest from the (NSOI) on your Express Entry profile
  • A genuine job offer as a general practitioner, specialist physician, or family physician from the local Health Authority or IWK Health Centre
  • Compliance with the work experience requirements for your Express Entry program
  • Supporting documents related to work experience
  • Commitment to stay for two years by a Return for Service Agreement to the authorities
  • Finances to settle permanently in Nova Scotia

How It Works:

You must meet all the eligibility terms for this stream, including an Express Entry profile. You will receive an LOI to your Express Entry account. You must apply to the NSNP with all the relevant documents within 30 days. A nomination certificate is offered if your papers are in order. The same must be accepted within 30 days. You will get an additional 600 CRS points and an invitation to apply for permanent residence during the next draw.

Skilled Worker Stream

Minimum Requirements:

  • Age between 21 and 55 years
  • A full-time employment offer from a local employer
  • High school education at the minimum
  • The qualification, training, licensing, or certification to carry out the duties
  • A minimum of 12 months of relevant work experience in the last five years
  • Language requirements as stated
  • Show intention of settling in Nova Scotia and the finances to do so

How It Works:

Check your eligibility, gather and upload the required documents, and submit your application. Successful applicants will get a nomination certificate in their email, and it will also go to the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). You must then take steps to apply for permanent residence directly with IRCC within six months. You can also ask for a Letter of Support for allotting a temporary work permit from the NSOI. This allows you to stay back in the province when the IRCC processes your permanent residency application.

Occupation In-Demand Stream

This stream is for applicants from the following occupations:

  • Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
  • Food and beverage serving workers
  • Food counter attendants, helpers in the kitchen, and related occupations
  • Light duty cleaners
  • Transport truck drivers
  • Heavy equipment operators (not of cranes)
  • Construction trades helpers and labourers

Minimum Requirements:

  • Age between 21 and 55 years
  • A full-time job offer from a local employer in any of the above occupation
  • One year of work experience in any such occupation
  • A minimum qualification of high school education
  • Relevant training or education for the job
  • Minimum language requirement of CLB 4
  • Financially stable to settle permanently in Nova Scotia

How It Works:

Ensure you are eligible for this immigration stream. Collect, upload, and submit the documents requested. You will receive a nomination certificate if your application is approved. It will be sent in your email or to the IRCC. You can apply for permanent residence but must complete the process within six months. While the IRCC is processing your application for permanent residency, you can request a Letter of Support, a temporary work permit. It allows you to stay back legally until the procedures are completed.

International Graduates In-Demand Stream

You can apply in this stream if you are in these occupations – nurse aides, patient service associates, and orderlies. Child educators and assistants can also apply.

Minimum Requirements:

A full-time employment offer from a local employer in any of the occupations listed above

  • Age must be between 21 and 55
  • A basic high school education
  • A course of study of at least 30 weeks in the last three years, half of the program must have been completed in Nova Scotia
  • Certifications for the job
  • Language requirements of CLB 5
  • Financially stable to settle in Nova Scotia permanently

How It Works:

Make sure you are eligible for this stream. Collect, upload, and submit the documents to the relevant site. On approval, a nomination certificate will be sent to your email. It will also be sent to the IRCC. You can send your nomination directly to the IRCC. You must send the same within six months. With a letter of support from NSOI, you can stay back and look for temporary work till your residence application is processed.

Entrepreneur Stream

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 21 years old
  • Must have net business and legally acquired personal assets of at least CAD 600,000
  • You must have accumulated your net worth through legal means
  • A minimum of three years of business ownership experience or worked for more than five years as a senior business manager
  • Must agree to invest a minimum of CAD 150,000 in Nova Scotia business
  • Must meet language requirements of CLB 5 in English or French
  • At least a high school education
  • Must have a Business Establishment Plan

How It Works:

Check your eligibility, submit an EOI to Nova Scotia. You will get a point score, and if you rank high enough, you will get an invitation to apply. Next, you must submit a business plan and net worth verification report.

You will be invited to an in-person interview and given a BPA to sign. You will receive an Entrepreneur Approval Letter and instructions on applying for a work permit. You must arrive in Nova Scotia within 12 months of getting the work permit and meet the NSOI staff within 60 days of arriving.

You must comply with the terms mentioned in the BPA and transfer the fund to Canada. Provide details of your business and submit Review Engagement and Special Purpose Report. If all goes well, you will get a confirmation of nomination sent to the IRCC directly. You can apply for permanent residence directly with IRCC.

International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

Minimum Requirements:

  • A full-time post-secondary degree or diploma from Nova Scotia during which you must have lived in the province
  • You prove you intend to live here
  • You already own and operate a business in Nova Scotia or must have managed one for at least one year before submitting your EOI
  • Meet the language requirement of CLB 7
  • Age must be at least 21 years
  • Must have a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit
  • You must own one-third of an eligible business and participate in its daily management
  • Prove that you receive a salary from your business as compensation

How It Works:

Make sure you are eligible and submit an EOI. You will get a score based on your answers. If your score is high, you will be invited to apply. You must provide an application, supporting papers, a review engagement, and a special purpose report when you submit the application. A chosen Financial Statement Review Service Provider will analyze your financial statements and create a report. Next comes the personal interview. You will be nominated for permanent residence if you perform well and satisfy all the conditions.

If you meet the requirements, you will be invited to attend an in-person interview. After that, if the officer is satisfied, you will be nominated for permanent residence. You can apply for permanent residency directly with IRCC within six months.

Physician Stream

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a general practitioner, family, or specialist physician
  • Must have signed approved opportunity with the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre
  • Must have the qualification or training needed for licensure in the province.

How It Works:

Make sure you are eligible and for this stream. Collect and present all the documents. Submit an application online by creating an account on the relevant website. If approved, you will get a letter confirming the same from the NSOI. The same will also be sent to IRCC. You will get an interview call. Meanwhile, you can request a temporary work permit that allows you to stay back legally while the application is processed and finalized.

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