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Immigration to Nova Scotia – Find out about employment opportunities and visa entry categories in Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) targets potential immigrants who have the skills and experience to stimulate the province’s economy and meet demographic challenges.

Applicants who meet the criteria of one of the nine different streams can be nominated for immigration to Nova Scotia, with a target processing time of three months.

The nine components are:

  1. Nova Scotia Application: Express Entry
  2. Experience in Nova Scotia: Express Entry
  3. Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities: Express Entry
  4. Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities for Physicians: Express Entry
  5. Qualified worker
  6. Doctor
  7. Professions in demand
  8. Contractor
  9. International graduate entrepreneur

1. Application in Nova Scotia: Express entry

Nova Scotia’s Express Request stream allows the province to nominate qualified applicants for admission to Canada under the federal immigration system Express Entry, without a sponsoring employer.

The province appoints qualified candidates from the federal Express Entry pool.

The Nova Scotia Express Request component ranks applicants based on six main factors:

  1. Education
  2. Language capacity
  3. Professional experience
  4. Age
  5. Arranged employment in Nova Scotia
  6. Adaptability (including spouse / partner identification information)

The feed has two categories. Category A requires a job offer, Category B requires experience in targeted occupations in Nova Scotia.

Category A requirements

  • The offer of permanent full-time permanent employment from a Nova Scotia employer.
  • One year of qualified work experience related to the job.
  • Canadian high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Proven language proficiency in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark 7.
  • Score 67 or more points on six selection factors.
  • Have the financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia;
  • Register a Canada Express Entrance profile.

Category B requirements

One year of qualified work experience in one of the target professions (see table below).

  • Canadian high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Proven language proficiency in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark 7.
  • Score 67 or more points on six selection factors.
  • Have the financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia;
  • Register a Canada Express Entrance profile.

2. Experience in Nova Scotia: Express entry

Highly skilled immigrants with experience in Nova Scotia are eligible for the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream. As a basic requirement, candidates must have one year of experience in an O, A or B position in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Eligibility Requirements: Experience in Nova Scotia: Express Entry

  • At least one year of work experience in Nova Scotia.
  • Be between the ages of 21 and 55.
  • Canadian high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Language proficiency in English or French: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 for qualified work in
  • CNP 0 and A, CLB 5 for CNP B jobs.
  • Save a profile in the federal government’s Canada Express Entry pool.

3. Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities: Express Entry

The Labor Market Priorities component is designed to allow the province to distinguish specific professions for immigration.

  • The component targets professions for letters of interest, with early childhood educators being the first targeted job.
  • Receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Applicant Program under the Express Entry system.
  • Meet the minimum work experience requirements of the Express Entry component for which you are qualified.
  • Demonstrate sufficient funds to successfully settle and establish your family in Nova Scotia and to pay your immigration and travel costs.
  • Have legal status in your current country of residence.
  • Meet the eligibility criteria in effect at the time you receive a letter of interest.

4. Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities for Physicians: Express Entry

The Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities for Physicians component allows the province to select candidates who are qualified physicians from the federal Express Entry pool.

The component specifically targets two codes of the National Occupational Classification (NOC):

  • NOC 3112: Family physicians
  • CNP 3111: Specialists

Requirements: Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities for Physicians

  • Have a job offer approved by the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Center as a family
  • physician (CNP 3112) or a medical specialist (CNP 3111).
  • Commit to living and working in Nova Scotia for a minimum of two years.
  • Receive a letter of interest from the NSNP via Express Entry.
  • Submit your request within 30 calendar days of the date of issue of the letter of interest.
  • Meet the minimum work experience requirements of the Express Entry program for which you are qualified.
  • Show sufficient funds to settle and establish your family in Nova Scotia.
  • Have legal status in your current country of residence.