Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

Nova Scotia is one of three Maritime Provinces situated on the Eastern side of Canada and one of the four provinces that make up Atlantic Canada. It is the second smallest of all ten provinces.

There are different programs to get your permanent residency for Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Nominee Program

Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities

This stream is via the Express Entry program and only applicants who receive a Invitation to Apply (ITA) can try and obtain their permanent residency this way.

It is a point-based system and therefore there is an eligibility list for applicants to meet prior to being able to lodge their Expression of Interest (EOI).

The following categories are:

Some of the requirements are:

  • Applicants must have received a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Nominee Program within the Express Entry system. The application then has to be submitted within 30 calendar days of the date of the Letter of Interest. The applicant must have legal status in their country of residence and meet eligibility criteria at the time they are issued the Letter of Interest.
  • A proficiency in French as a first language and English as a second language.
  • Hold a Bachelors degree or have completed education of three or more years at university, college, trade or technical school or some other form on education institution.
  • Have sufficient funds to support the applicant and their family.
  • Work experience in a profession specified by the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and be able to show proof of this.

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

This program is for highly skilled individuals that fit the 11 professions that the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration list as demand occupations.

In addition to being on the list of 11 professions, candidates need to comply with the following:

  • Have a profile registered with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Express Entry system. They must also score more than 67 points on the six selection factors.
  • If the application is lodged outside of Canada the applicant must have an education level of at least the equivalent of secondary education within Canada.
  • Have education certificates assessed by a designated body or by a Canadian education credential.
  • Have completed one year of full time work or the equivalent in part time within the last six years. Only certain occupations apply.
  • Have an offer of employment for at least one year after the candidate becomes a permanent resident.
  • The candidate must show proof of available funds to be able to support the dependent family and the candidate.

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

The federal government uses this scheme in order to grant permanent residency to highly skilled applicants who have worked for an employer in Nova Scotia for at least twelve months.

Again there are certain requirements that need to be met before an Expression of Interest (EOI) can be submitted.

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 55
  • Have at least twelve months full time or part time equivalent paid work experience within Nova Scotia within the last three years from the date the application is submitted.
  • The applicant must hold a valid work permit.
  • Have an education level of the equivalent of Canadian secondary education.
  • Be proficient with test results of French and/or English.
  • Shows that the candidate will become economically established in Nova Scotia and make this their permanent home.

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Skilled Worker Stream

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program helps employers recruit foreign workers and international graduates where there is a shortage of skills within the province. It only applies where the employer has tried to fill the vacancy with a Canadian citizen or a Canadian permanent resident.

There is not a specific list provided by the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) but it does refer to the National Occupation Classification (NOC) and can apply to skilled workers, semi skilled and low skilled workers.

Individual requirements are as follows:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 55
  • Have at least twelve months full time or part time equivalent paid work experience.
  • Have a valid employment offer from a Nova Scotia employer.
  • Have an education level of the equivalent of Canadian secondary education.
  • Be proficient with test results of French and/or English.
  • Demonstrate that the applicant will make their home Nova Scotia and settle with enough funds to cover the applicant and their dependents.

The employer also has to meet certain requirements:

  • Established permanently in Nova Scotia.
  • Have had an operating business in Nova Scotia for a minimum of two years.

The full time offer of employment must be:

  • Located in Nova Scotia.
  • Offer salary and benefits and minimum wage in line with the provinces benchmarks.
  • Be an offer where there is a shortage of qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Demonstrate that a recruitment drive has indeed been carried out in an effort to fill the positions with a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Historical proof of offering good business practices and compliant with applicable laws and regulations.

Entrepreneur Stream

This is designed to attract applicants who wish to settle in Nova Scotia and start or acquire an existing business.

It is a temporary to permanent stream whereby a temporary work permit is granted and after one year of running the business the applicant can apply for permanent residency.

Minimum requirements are as follows:

  • There is a minimum age of 21.
  • The entrepreneur must have a minimum CAD600,000 in business and personal assets and this needs to be verified by an independent professional third party.
  • Have owned a business for a minimum of three years with at least at 33% share or have been a senior manager for at least five years within the last ten prior to the application.
  • A minimum investment of CAD150,000 is required to establish or purchase a business in Nova Scotia.
  • Prove a proficiency in French and/or English and be verified by a recognized language institution.
  • Have completed the equivalent of at least secondary education and have results verified.
  • Compile and present a comprehensive Business Establishment Plan and demonstrate an in depth knowledge of the plan and the vision.
  • Agree to reside in Nova Scotia.

There are also requirements for the business too:

  • The applicant must own a minimum of 33% of the equity in the business.
  • The applicant must be actively involved in the day to day running and management of the business and the business must remain in Nova Scotia and cannot be managed from any other location.
  • The business cannot be a not for profit organization and has to earn profits through either the sale of services or goods.
  • The business must adhere to the legal requirements of the community it, which it operates and must be considered a permanent establishment.
  • The business must be liable to pay income tax.
  • The business must create an economic benefit to Nova Scotia.

In addition the business has to employ one Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Nova Scotia meet the minimum wage requirements.

International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

This scheme is open to graduates who have completed at least two full years of study at either a recognized Nova Scotia university or college and have operated their own business in Nova Scotia for a minimum of one year and have committed to settling in the province.

Language ability, age, education level, adaptability and economic contribution all go towards the application.

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