The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is currently divided into seven streams: Entrepreneur, International Graduate Entrepreneur, Physician, Skilled Worker, Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry, Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry, and Nova Scotia: Labour Market Priorities.
The program nominates individuals who meet the province’s economic and labour market needs, and who have the intention and financial ability to establish themselves in Nova Scotia
Fees:There is no provincial application fee under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). You must, however, pay all the required Government of Canada immigration fees when you submit your file to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
The Entrepreneur Stream is available to those who want to live in Nova Scotia and are experienced business owners or senior business managers.
To qualify for the program the applicant must start a new business or buy an existing business and be active in its day-to-day operations.
The Entrepreneur Stream is a temporary to permanent residence program. This means that the applicant must operate a business in Nova Scotia for one year as a temporary resident before being eligible to be nominated for permanent residence.
Criteria and Requirements for the Principal Applicant
To be eligible, the applicant must:
Criteria and Requirements for the Applicant’s Business
The applicant’s business must also meet certain criteria to be eligible:
The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is only available for graduates of a Nova Scotia University or the Nova Scotia Community College.
To qualify for the program the applicant must have started or bought a Nova Scotia business and operated it for at least a year. This stream is invitation only and allows the graduate to be nominated for permanent resident status.
The Physician stream is only open to general practitioners, family physicians, and specialist physicians with signed approved opportunities with the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre.
The Skilled Worker stream allows provincial employers to hire foreign workers and international graduates for positions impacted by a skill shortage in the province.
The employer can only hire foreign workers if they have been unable to fill the position with a Canadian or permanent resident.
Criteria and Requirements for the Employer
The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream selects highly skilled individuals who wish to live in Nova Scotia permanently and either have a 1 year or longer full-time job offer from a Nova Scotia employer or have a reasonable ability to attach quickly to Nova Scotia’s labour market based on extensive eligibility criteria.
The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration reserves the right to consider only certain types of occupations for nomination, depending on current labour market needs.
There are two categories under the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream:
Category A: Arranged employment in Nova Scotia
Applicants have a permanent full-time job offer in NOC 0, A or B from a Nova Scotia employer. This requirement can be met if the applicant currently works on a work permit based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), or is offered a permanent, full-time position with a new employer who has a positive LMIA. If the applicant currently works in Canada on a work permit that is LMIA exempt under an international agreement or a federal-provincial agreement, they may also meet the requirement of arranged employment.
Category B: Paid Work Experience in an Opportunity Occupation
Applicants must have at least one year of continuous full-time (or 1,560 hours or more) or an equal amount in part-time paid work experience in the last 6 years in one of the opportunity occupations in Nova Scotia.
Once the applicant have determined that they meet the eligibility criteria in one of the two categories, they must also meet all minimum requirements for the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream, obtain sufficient points under the selection factors, and show sufficient financial resources to settle in Nova Scotia.
If all eligibility criteria are met and the applicant receives nomination under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, a nomination will be made in the Express Entry system. Once the applicant accepts the nomination within the Express Entry system, IRCC will issue an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence, and the applicant will be given 60 days to submit an electronic permanent residence application.
The Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream selects highly skilled applicants who want to live in Nova Scotia on a permanent basis. To be eligible for this stream the applicant must have at least one year of experience working in Nova Scotia in a high skilled occupation.
The Nova Scotia: Labour Market Priorities Stream selects applicants in the federal Express Entry system who meet provincial labour market needs to apply for nomination.
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