Steps to Immigrate to Nova Scotia

Steps to Immigrate to Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is a province of Canada. It is on the east coast of the country, on the Atlantic Ocean. There are a number of unique Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs) in the province. These programs are meant to attract and keep newcomers who can fill gaps in the workforce and make important contributions to local economies and communities.

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

When you’re ready to move to Nova Scotia, you’ll need to fill out an application for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP).

Through the NSNP, Nova Scotia can nominate people to move there if they have the skills and experience it wants. Check out the different NSNP streams to see if you meet the requirements:

  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Occupation In-Demand Stream
  • International Graduates In-Demand Stream
  • Entrepreneur Stream
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
  • Physician Stream
  • Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities
  • Labor Market Priorities for Physicians

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

This stream is for highly skilled individuals who have at least one year of work experience in Nova Scotia. The candidate must qualify for federal Express Entry under the Skilled Worker, Skilled Trades, or Canadian Experience Class categories.

Program Requirements

To immigrate to Nova Scotia under Express Entry

Express Entry Profile Yes

Express Entry Profile

Yes

Language Ability

NOC 0 or A - CLB7
NOC B - CLB 5

Educational Requirement

High School

Work Experience

NOC skill type/level 0, A, B


At least One-year Experience

Job Offer

No

Express Entry Profile age bar

22 TO 55

Investment Requirement

None

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

Express Entry is what the province of Nova Scotia requires at this time.

The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream is not accepting any new applications.

Skilled Worker Stream

This stream assists Nova Scotia firms in locating and recruiting foreign workers and foreign graduates with talents that are scarce in the province. This stream is reserved for international students and foreign workers.

Program Requirements (for the skilled worker program)
Age 21 to 55

Age

21 to 55

Language Ability

CLB 5

Educational Requirement

High School (12 years of study)

Work Experience

At least 1 year

Job Offer

Yes

Express Entry Profile

No

Investment Requirement

No

Occupation In-Demand Stream

This stream is for those who have already been offered full-time employment from a Nova Scotia employer.

This stream will be run as a test experiment for three years, according to Nova Scotia. During this period, the eligible jobs will change. The targeted jobs will vary based on the needs of the province.

Occupations in this stream include:

NOC 3413 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

NOC 6513 – Food and beverage servers 

NOC 6711- Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations

NOC 6731- Light duty cleaners 

NOC 7511- Transport truck drivers 

NOC 7521- Heavy equipment operators, except crane 

NOC 7611- Construction trades helpers and laborers

Program Requirements:
  1. An applicant must be between 21 to 55 years of age.
  2. The candidate must have a full-time, permanent job offer in one of the occupations listed above from a Nova Scotia employer.
  3. Applicants must have at least one year of relevant job experience.
  4. Applicants must have completed high school.
  5. Applicants must have the required education or training for the position.
  6. The candidate must satisfy the minimal language criterion for CLB 4.
  7. Applicants must have sufficient funds for permanent settlement in Nova Scotia.

Entrepreneur Stream

This stream is for those who intend to create or purchase a business in Nova Scotia and live there permanently.

Those selected must either start a new business or acquire an existing one that they will handle on a daily basis. After one year of firm ownership, the entrepreneur may qualify for permanent resident status.

Program Requirements:
Age 21 or Older

Age

21 or Older

Language Ability

CLB 5

Educational Requirement

High School or equivalent

Work Experience

Business ownership - 3 years

or Senior business management role - 5 years

Job Offer

No

Settlement Funds

For Investment: $150,000 CAD

Net Worth: $600,000 CAD

International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

This stream is for recent college or community college graduates from Nova Scotia. Applicants must have owned or founded a Nova Scotia business that has been operating for at least a year.

Program Requirements:
  1. You must possess a diploma or degree from a Nova Scotia post-secondary institution that you attended full-time for at least two years.
  2. During the duration of your academic program, you must reside full-time in Nova Scotia.
  3. Before submitting an expression of interest, you must have owned and operated a business in Nova Scotia for at least a year.
  4. You must meet the language criteria for CLB 7 to immigrate to Nova Scotia through this stream.
  5. Immigrating to Nova Scotia via the International Graduate stream requires a minimum age of 21.
  6. You must possess an active Post-Graduation Work Permit.
  7. You must own a minimum of one-third of the qualified business.
  8. You must have participated in the daily business operations.
  9. You must submit documentation that the corporation is compensating you with a salary.

Physician Stream

This stream allows medical professionals who received their training in Canada and possess the qualifications to work in Nova Scotia’s healthcare system to apply for immigration to the province.

The objective of this stream is to assist health organizations in Nova Scotia in recruiting highly qualified physicians from other countries to address labor shortages in the province’s health sector.

Criteria for participation in the physician stream

You need to have a legitimate job offer from the IWK Health Centre or the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) in one of the following positions to be eligible to apply for the Physician stream:

NOC 3112 – General practitioners and family physicians

NOC 3111 – Specialist physicians

Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities Stream

This stream is for people who have experience in jobs that are in very high demand or who are fluent in the province’s language priorities.

This unique stream is flexible, so the jobs and requirements can change from draw to draw based on Nova Scotia’s job market and social needs.

Program Requirements:
  1. Applicants must have a valid Express Entry profile and must receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) on their Express Entry profile.
  2. Applicants must meet the work experience requirements for your Express Entry program (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Canadian Experience Class).
  3. Applicants must have the necessary paperwork to show that you have work experience.
  4. Applicants must have enough money to live in Nova Scotia for good.
  5. Nova Scotia Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur Stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is for those who intend to create or purchase a business in Nova Scotia and live there permanently.

Those selected must either start a new business or acquire an existing one that they will handle on a daily basis. After one year of firm ownership, the entrepreneur may qualify for permanent resident status.

Eligibility Requirement for Entrepreneur stream
Job Offer No

Job Offer

No

Language Ability

CLB 5

Educational Requirement

High School or equivalent

Work Experience

Business ownership- 3 years

Senior Business Management - 5 years

Settlement Funds

For Investment: $150,000 CAD

Net Worth: $600,000 CAD

International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

You can apply for immigration to Nova Scotia through the Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), which is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) administered by the province of Nova Scotia.

This stream is for recent college or community college graduates from Nova Scotia. Applicants must have owned or founded a Nova Scotia business that has been operating for at least a year.

  • Minimum requirements for immigration to Nova Scotia via the International Graduate Stream:
  1. You must possess a diploma or degree from a Nova Scotia post-secondary institution that you attended full-time for at least two years.
  2. During the duration of your academic program, you must reside full-time in Nova Scotia.
  3. Before submitting an expression of interest, you must have owned and operated a business in Nova Scotia for at least a year.
  4. You must meet the language criteria for CLB 7 to immigrate to Nova Scotia through this stream.
  5. Immigrating to Nova Scotia via the International Graduate stream requires a minimum age of 21.
  6. You must possess an active Post-Graduation Work Permit.
  7. You must own a minimum of one-third of the qualified business.
  8. You should have participated in daily business operations.

You must offer documentation that the corporation is compensating you with a salary.

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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)

Through the Atlantic Immigration Program, skilled professionals who desire to immigrate to Nova Scotia and work there can get permanent status. The initiative assists some local firms in locating, hiring, and retaining talented individuals from around the world. The program also seeks to increase regional employment opportunities, a skilled labor force, and population growth.

The Atlantic Immigration Program has various standards for foreigners and employers.

A. Fulfill the work experience or education prerequisites in Atlantic Canada

  • If you are an international student who has graduated from an Atlantic Canada-recognized post-secondary institution, you must have work experience that satisfies the standards.You must have actually put in at least 1,560 hours of work during the previous five years.

B. Fulfill the educational prerequisites for AIP immigration to Nova Scotia

  • You should have finished at least one year of post-secondary education, or the foreign equivalent if you have a job offer at the NOC 0 or A skill level.
  • You need to possess a Canadian high school diploma or the foreign equivalent if you have a job offer at the NOC B or C skill level.

C. Fulfill the language prerequisites

  • You must have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) level 5 to qualify for NOC 0, A, and B employment.A CLB 4 or NCLC 4 is required for NOC C positions.

D. Fulfill the fund prerequisites

  • Prove that you have enough money for the settlement. It is not necessary for you to show evidence of settlement payments if you are currently authorized to work and live in Canada.
  • You can start your job search with a designated employer in Atlantic Canada if you meet all of the aforementioned requirements.
Requirements For Occupation-In-Demand Stream
  1. An applicant must be between 21 and 55 years of age.
  2. The candidate must have a full-time, permanent job offer in one of the occupations listed above from a Nova Scotia business.
  3. Applicant must have at least one year of relevant job experience;
  4. Applicant must have completed high school;
  5. Applicant must have the required education or training for the position;
  6. The candidate must satisfy the minimal language criterion for CLB 4;
  7. Applicants must have sufficient funds for permanent settlement in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream

Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities is one part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), which is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) run by the province of Nova Scotia. This stream is for people who have experience in jobs that are in very high demand or who are fluent in the province’s language priorities.

This unique stream is flexible, so the jobs and requirements can change from draw to draw based on Nova Scotia’s job market and social needs.

Minimum Requirement For Labour Market Priorities Stream-

  1. Applicant must meet the work experience requirements for your Express Entry program (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Canadian Experience Class);
  2. Applicant must have the necessary paperwork to show that you have work experience;
  3. Applicants must agree to remain in the province for two years by submitting a completed Return for Service Agreement to the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.
  4. Applicants have to have enough money to live in Nova Scotia for good.

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