Nova Scotia is a small eastern Canada’s Maritime province of Atlantic and is one of the provinces of Atlantic Canada. Nova Scotia’s economy is basically resource-based and has a booming economy. To sustain the economic development of the province, Nova Scotia is in need of skilled individuals who will be able to meet the demands of the local labor market.
To meet the demands of the labour market, Nova Scotia has an immigration pathway for the skilled immigrants who will be able to help in the economic development of the province and that immigration pathway is known as Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Program (NS PNP).
Nova Scotia’ provincial nomination program - Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NS PNP) allows the province to nominate the prospective immigrants for permanent resident status in the province with skill-sets and work experience that is targeted by the Nova Scotia’s local labor market.
Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program accepts applications for the following immigration streams:
This stream uses the federal government’s express entry program selection system to select the candidates for provincial nomination. Highly skilled immigrants are selected who wants to live in the province as a permanent resident. There are two categories under this stream:
Province uses this stream to select candidates for this stream from federal government’s express entry program, to provide an immigration pathway to permanent resident for skilled immigrants who have worked for a province’s employer for a minimum of one year. In order to apply candidate must:
Via this stream, NS PNP is able to nominate the skilled express entry candidates who are able to meet the labour market needs. To be eligible to apply, candidates must:
NSNP via this stream nominates the skilled immigrants who have received a job offer from an eligible province employer. Immigrants in skilled, semi-skilled, and low-skilled occupations may be eligible to apply. To apply candidate must:
This stream is to attract immigrants who want to buy or invest in a business and settle permanently in Nova Scotia. Following are the eligibility criteria, for candidates to fulfill:
This stream is open for graduates who have completed a minimum of two years of full-time study from a recognized Nova Scotia university or Nova Scotia Community College, have operated their own business in Nova Scotia for at least one year, and intend to settle permanently via Nova Scotia process . To apply candidate must:
This stream is open to internationally-trained general practitioners, family physicians and specialist physicians with a signed employment offer from Nova Scotia’s healthcare authorities. To apply candidate must:
As we have discussed above, every streams/categories of Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NS PNP) has their own requirements that needs to fulfill in order to get nominated by the Nova Scotia’s Immigration Office. We have generalized the requirements that are occurring theme for all the streams. These requirements are as follows:
Candidates who are looking for permanent residency in the province of Nova Scotia process must meet the minimum requirement of 67 points out of 100. These points are awarded in following manner:
|Level of Education||Points|
|Master’s level or professional degree||23|
|Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential||22|
|Three-year or longer post-secondary credential||21|
|Two-year post-secondary credential||19|
|One-year post-secondary credential||15|
Candidates are awarded 28 points for their language proficiency in either English/French language. Candidate will be awarded based on the ability for – Reading, Speaking, Writing and Listening. For language proficiency, candidates have to give a language testing examination from recognized educational institution. These institutions are as follows:For English: CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program IELTS: International English Language Testing System For French: TEF: Test d’evaluation de francais
|Work Experience (In Years)||Points|
|6 or more||15|
|Age (In Years)||Points|
|18 to 35||12|
|47 and over||0|
|is currently working in Canada on an LMIA-based work permit and his or her work in Canada is considered “skilled” (NOC skill level 0, A or B)||Work permit is valid when a permanent residency is made and the employer has made a full-time skilled job offer to the applicant.*At the time the permanent resident is issued, the applicant is expected to still hold a valid work permit||10|
|is currently working in CAnada on a LMIA exempt work permit or a work permit issued under a provincial/territorial agreement||Work permit is valid when a permanent residency is made and the employer has made a full-time skilled job offer to the applicant.*At the time the permanent resident is issued, the applicant is expected to still hold a valid work permit||10|
|does not hold a valid work permit and is not otherwise authorized to work in Canada||A prospective employer has made a permanent, full time skilled job offer to the applicant; and the offer of employment has received a positive LMIA||10|
|holds a valid work permit or is otherwise authorized to work in Canada, but does not fall under one of the two above scenarios||The work permit or authorization is valid when a permanent residence application is made;A prospective employer has made permanent, full-time skilled job offer to the applicant; and the offer of employment has received a positive LMIA||10|
|PA previous work in Canada (minimum 1 year NOC skill level 0,A or B)||10|
|Previous study in Canada||5|
|Previous study in Canada – accompanying spouse/partner||5|
|Previous work in Canada – accompanying spouse/partner||5|
|Arranged employment in Canada||5|
|Relative in Canada – 18 years or older||5|
|Language ability CLB 4 or above – accompanying spouse/partner (IELTS 4.0/4.5/3.5/4.0)||5|
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