Nova Scotia Express Entry Stream

Nova Scotia Express Entry Stream

The Nova Scotia Express Entry Stream of the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSNP)  is a pathway for Canadian permanent residency for skilled workers having experience working in Nova Scotia.

This is tailored to attract skilled individuals, healthcare professionals, graduates, and entrepreneurs willing to work and settle in Nova Scotia. Aligned with the Federal Express Entry System, the successful candidates will receive 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)  leading to an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence status.

The Nova Scotia Express Entry Stream does not require any valid job offer documents but other eligibility requirements should be met. There are two application routes to Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream: Candidates may either apply directly to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI), or they may be selected from the Express Entry pool by the NSOI.

Benefits of Nova Scotia Express Entry Stream

The Nova Scotia Express Entry Stream provides several benefits which include:

  • Canadian Permanent Residency in a minimum of six months: This stream offers a fast-track route to obtaining permanent residency in Canada.
  • No job offer required: Unlike many other immigration programs, candidates do not require a valid employment offer to apply.
  • The application process is fast and efficient
  • Comprehensive support services are provided for successful applicants to settle in the province.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Nova Scotia Express stream the candidates must be registered in the Federal Express pool and before submitting their profile to Federal Express, candidates are required to be eligible for at least one of the three Federal Economic programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker: candidates are required to have one year of full-time skilled work experience in the last 10 years
  • Canadian Experience Class: candidates are required to have one year of full-time Canadian work experience. This work does not have to be continuous but must be obtained within the three years before the Express Entry application.
  • Federal skilled trades: candidates are required to have at least two years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade occupation. Further, they must have either an offer letter for employment in a skilled trade in Canada or a qualification certificate in their skilled trade issued by the Canadian authority.

In order to be eligible the applicants should satisfy the following:

  • Work experience: Have at least 12 months of work experience in Nova Scotia
  • Age: be aged between 21 and 55 years old,
  • Express Entry Profile: Have a valid profile registered in the Express Entry system
  • Education: Hold a Canadian high school credential or equivalent
  • Language ability in English or French on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB): You need CLB 7 for skilled work in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) category 0 and 1. You need CLB 5 for NOC category 2 and 3 positions
  • Settlement intention: Demonstrate that they will be economically established in Nova Scotia and that they intend to live in the province permanently.

International students may be interested in this track, but they cannot apply until they graduate, even if they have the required job experience. Work experience earned while on a Post-Graduate Work Permit may be eligible.

Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream

Another stream under the NSNP is the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream, which focuses on selecting candidates from the Express Entry pool who meet specific provincial labor market needs. To qualify, candidates must receive a Letter of Interest from Nova Scotia through their Express Entry profile. They must also meet the work experience and language proficiency requirements for the Express Entry stream they qualify for. The specific criteria can vary depending on the labor market needs identified by Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians stream is tailored for doctors. To be eligible, candidates must receive a Letter of Interest from Nova Scotia and have a job offer from the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre as a general practitioner, family physician, or specialist physician. They must also meet the minimum language requirements for the Express Entry stream they qualify for.

For those interested in immigrating to Nova Scotia through the NSNP, the process begins with creating an Express Entry profile with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). For streams that require a Letter of Interest, candidates must wait to receive this letter before proceeding. Once the letter is received, or if applying through the Experience stream directly, candidates can submit a complete application to the NSNP.

Upon approval of the application, candidates receive a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia. This nomination significantly boosts their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in the Express Entry system by 600 points, which virtually guarantees an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence from IRCC.

After receiving an ITA, candidates can submit their application for permanent residence. While meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee a nomination, as selection also depends on the province’s labor market needs and other factors, the NSNP provides a viable route for those looking to settle in Nova Scotia.

How Can Akrami & Associates Immigration Law Firm Help?

You can get assistance from the expert representative at Akrami and Associates Immigration Law Firm in determining whether you qualify for the Nova Scotia Express Entry Stream. With our team of legal representatives by your side at all times, you can be confident that they will thoroughly review and organize all of the documentation required for NS: EE, including the completion of all forms. This ensures that no errors occur and results in a simple visa and program application procedure.

Furthermore, the Akrami & Associates team will carefully review your supporting material to ensure that it meets Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requirements. Furthermore, we will guide you through the application process from start to finish and answer any questions you may have.

Our team of Immigration lawyers and Immigration Consultants will alleviate any stress and anxiety you may encounter during the application process.

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