Nova Scotia is located in the maritime region of the country. Being near to the sea, means Nova Scotians have always been closely connected to seas deeply rooted in their culture and history. The province is made up of the Nova Scotia peninsula, Cape Breton Island, and over 3,000 small islands. The easiest way to immigrate to Nova Scotia is via the provincial nomination program of the province – Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Program with a different Canada PR visa process.
The Province of Nova Scotia Nomination Program was initiated to nominate skilled immigrants to the province who can assist in the development of the province. There are two ways to get appointed – the first is to apply directly for the provincial appointment to the immigration office of the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) in the province. Once they are nominated, they have to create an express profile and reflect their nomination on their profile. Second, is first create an express profile and then show an expression of interest (EOI) and select Nova Scotia as the province you want to move into. Once the candidates of Express entry program are nominated they are awarded 600 CRS points. These many points are enough for applicants to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from IRCC and apply for permanent residence in the province.
Following are the immigration streams under Nova Scotia PNP:
It is the newest provincial nominee program in NS PNP. This stream is specially designed for highly skilled immigrants who have completed post-secondary education and meet all other major labor market requirements in the province candidates who are to apply under this program needs to show their language proficiency in English or French. They have to achieve at least a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in each module. There are two subcategories in this Express Entry program stream. For the first one candidate requires a pre-arranged job offer. For the second, the candidate needs to have at least one-year full-time work experience in the last five years in any of the occupations in-demand in the province.
This category is for those highly skilled immigrants who have worked in the province for a Nova Scotian employer for more than 12 months and wants to become a permanent resident. The eligibility criteria to apply for this program are as follows:
This stream was opened to help the provincial employer recruit and hire foreign workers with limited skills in the province. There are three sub-categories under this stream:
For individuals with work experience in NOC level O, A or B categorized occupation. The highest priority is given to the candidates who have applied under this category.
For individuals with work experience in NOC level C categorized occupation. All criteria must be met and the candidate must have at least six months’ work experience with an eligible employer in the province.
For people with work experience in a level D occupation of the NOC. Same as semi-skilled workers, candidates must have work experience of at least six months with an eligible employer of the province.
Eligibility requirements for applying under this program are as follows:
Family Business Worker Stream
This stream gives province employer the ability to hire workers that are close relatives. To be eligible under this stream, immigrants must be related to the family business owner or the family business owner’s spouse in one of several ways. Eligible relationships are Son or Daughter, Brother or Sister, Niece or Nephew, Uncle or aunt, and Grandchild.
Eligibility requirements for applying under this program:
This stream is designed to help employers hire and retain recent international graduates from eligible Canadian universities. A full-time, permanent job offer must be guaranteed to the student for the student to be eligible. The student must have graduated no later than two years before the application to be eligible for immigration to the province.