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Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream opened for new applications

The popular Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream of the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) opened to new applicants over the weekend!

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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 1111A
Other financial officers1114A
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations1123A
Administrative assistants1241B
Accounting technicians and book-keepers1311B
Civil engineers2131A
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses3012A
Licensed practical nurses3233B
College and other vocational instructors4021A
Paralegal and related occupations 4211B
Social and community service workers4212B

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.

Category B Program Requirements

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:

Selection factor Points
Education 25
Ability in English and/or French 28
Work experience 15
Age 12
Arranged employment in Nova Scotia 10
Minimum Pass Mark67

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