Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is located on Canada’s east coast. The province has a high quality of life, and it is a great place to receive an education and explore job options. Prospective immigrants with the talents and expertise that Nova Scotia seeks may be nominated to immigrate through the NSNP. Halifax, the province’s capital, is a significant international seaport and transportation hub as well as the region’s economic and cultural center.

The PNP program enables the province to select and nominate foreign workers, international students, and entrepreneurs to help meet the province/territory labor market needs, support government priorities, and help grow their economy. If you are nominated, you and your family can apply to IRCC to become a permanent resident of Canada.
The first step to apply for provincial nomination, is to apply to the PNP in the province or territory where you want to live. You must have the skills, education, and work experience necessary to settle in Canada and support yourself and your family to qualify. The province or territory will determine if you can meet their economic and labor market needs, as well as those of Canada.
Following the approval of your application by the province or territory, you must apply for permanent residence within the timeframe set forth by the province or territory. The province or territory will inform you If you must apply through the Express Entry system or the regular application process:
• Nomination under an Express Entry PNP stream: If you are not already in the Express Entry pool, you will need to complete an Express Entry profile and be accepted into the pool.
• Nomination under a non-Express Entry PNP stream: Permanent resident applicants who were nominated through a non-Express Entry PNP stream should use the usual application process to seek for permanent residence.

You can find out who is eligible to apply for each stream of nominee program described below by looking at the table below. Please keep in mind that there are so many other qualifying conditions to meet before you can apply for a certain stream.

Main Category SubcategoryEligibility
– General practitioners and family physicians (NOC 3112) and specialist physicians (NOC 3111) with signed approved opportunities with the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre
– Experienced business owners or senior business managers who want to live in Nova Scotia
– Have at least 3 years’ experience actively managing and owning a business (1/3 ownership minimum) OR more than 5 years’ experience in a senior business management role
International Graduate Entrepreneur– Have at least one year’s continuous experience actively managing and owning your current Nova Scotia business (33.33% ownership minimum)
– Have completed a degree or diploma after at least 2 academic years of full-time, in-person study at a university in Nova Scotia or the Nova Scotia Community College
– Have a valid post-graduation work permit
WorkerInternational Graduate in Demand– Have a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in a job category listed above that corresponds with your recent field of study
– Have a high school diploma
– Workers in 2 NOC job categories:
– – NOC 3413: nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
– – NOC 4214: early childhood educators and assistants
Skilled Worker– Have a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer
– Have 1 year of work experience related to the job. (Semi-skilled and low-skilled workers must already have six months’ experience with the employer.)
Occupations in Demand– Have a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in either  NOC 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates)
– – NOC 6513 (Food and beverage servers)
– – NOC 6711 (Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations)
– – NOC 6731 (Light duty cleaners)
– – NOC 7511 (Transport truck drivers),
– – NOC 7521 (Heavy equipment operators (except crane)), or
– – NOC 7611 (Construction trades helpers and labourers)
– Have 1 year of work experience related to the job
– Have a high school diploma
Express Entry– Have at least 1 year of work experience in Nova Scotia
– Have a Canadian high school credential or equivalent
– Have a profile registered in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system

For detailed information on eligibility requirements of each of stream, and to find out more on other provincial programs please contact us or fill out our free assessment form.

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