The province of Nova Scotia is located on Canada’s east coast on the Atlantic Ocean. The province plays host to a number of unique Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs) designed to attract and retain newcomers who will be able to fill gaps in the workforce and contribute meaningfully to local economies and communities.
The province operates several immigration streams:
The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream targets highly skilled individuals who will be able to join and contribute to Nova Scotia’s economy. In order to qualify, candidates must either have a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer, or have work experience in one of Nova Scotia’s in-demand occupations. This program is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration system, enabling successful applicants to receive expedited processing on their immigration applications.
The Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream targets highly skilled individuals who intend to live and work in Nova Scotia permanently. In order to qualify, candidates must have at least one year of experience working in Nova Scotia in a high skilled occupation. This program is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration system, enabling successful applicants to receive expedited processing on their immigration applications.
The Nova Scotia Skilled Worker stream enables Nova Scotia employers to recruit foreign workers and recently graduated international students whose skills are needed in Nova Scotia. If a skilled worker receives a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer, they may be able to submit an application through this stream in order to facilitate their immigration process.
The Nova Scotia Physicians stream enables Nova Scotia to nominate individuals with a valid job offer from a Nova Scotia health organization. The stream is designed to help public health organizations in the province address critical labour needs.
The Nova Scotia Entrepreneur Stream targets experienced business owners or senior business managers who are willing to invest in a Nova Scotia business which they will manage. In order to qualify, applicants must have a significant net worth and be willing to use their business management experience to start a new business or purchase an existing business in Nova Scotia. After operating their Nova Scotia business for one year, applicants may be nominated for permanent resident status.
The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream targets recent graduates of Nova Scotia universities and colleges who have started or bought a Nova Scotia business and operated it for at least one year. If an applicant meets these requirements and intends to settle in Nova Scotia permanently, they may qualify for a provincial nomination through this stream.
The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream targets Express Entry candidates with work experience in extremely high-demand positions in the province. As of August 2018, this stream is only accepting applications from those with experience as Early Childhood Educators and Assistants (NOC 4214).
The Occupations In Demand stream targets workers holding a job offer from a Nova Scotian employer in an in demand field. Currently, the only occupations eligible for this program are NOC 3413 (nurses aides, orderlies and patient service associates), NOC 7511 (transport truck drivers), NOC 7521 (Heavy equipment operators (except crane)), or NOC 7611 (Construction trades helpers and labourers).
Nova Scotia participates in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP). The AIPP is a economic growth initiative developed in partnership between the federal government and Canada’s Atlantic provinces. AIPP facilitates the immigration process for newcomers who have obtained a job offer from a designated employer in the Atlantic region.
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