On Friday November 16th, the province of Nova Scotia announced that Category B of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream would open to accept applications the following day on Saturday, November 17th at 9 a.m. ADT (12 p.m. UTC)! The stream accepted 225 new applicants, and the intake was filled in only a few hours. Nova Scotia has updated their target occupation list. To be eligible for Category B of the NSDEE you must have one year of continuous full-time work in one of the following eleven in-demand occupations.
Occupation Title NOC Skill
Financial auditors and accountants 1111 A
Other financial officers 1114 A
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 1123 A
Administrative assistants 1241 B
Accounting technicians and book-keepers 1311 B
Civil engineers 2131 A
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 3012 A
Licensed practical nurses 3233 B
College and other vocational instructors 4021 A
Paralegal and related occupations 4211 B
Social and community service workers 4212 B
Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry (NSDEE) is one of the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program streams aligned with the federal Express Entry pool. To be eligible for the stream, you must already have an active profile in the Express Entry pool. Category A of NSDEE is open to new applications at all times, but to be eligible you need to have a valid job offer from a Nova Scotia employer. Category B of NSDEE accepts applications from any Express Entry candidates with experience in one of the province’s in-demand occupations, but only opens to new applications periodically.
Category B is an incredibly popular option for many Express Entry candidates, since a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia will earn the candidate 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. The minimum CRS score required to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence in the last Express Entry draw was only 449 points. So, a provincial nomination virtually guarantees you will meet the cut-off for the next draw!
Since Nova Scotia accepts applications to Category B of NSDEE on a first-come, first-served basis, the stream is usually only open for a short amount of time before it meets its application limit and closes. The last time the stream opened was last December, and it closed again within a day. This means it’s really important for eligible candidates to prepare their complete application well in advance of the stream opening, so they are ready to submit right away.
To be eligible for Category B of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream, you must have an active profile in the Express Entry pool. You also need Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 language test results in English or French, and at least one year of experience in the province’s target occupations. Target occupations are identified by their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code, as described above. You will also need to score at least 67 points on the stream’s six selection factors:
|Ability in English and/or French||28|
|Arranged employment in Nova Scotia||10|
|Minimum Pass Mark||67|
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