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Nova Scotia Nominee Program | Nova Scotia PNP


The Nova Scotia Nominee Program helps prospective immigrants with the right skills and experience in Nova Scotia immigration, so that they contribute to the economic and labour market needs of the province.

The Nova Scotia PNP always remain ready, capable and keen to welcome deserving newcomers to the province.In 2018, the province welcomed a record number of new PR visa holders and reached its highest-ever population as a whole.

The province select eligible candidates and nominate them to the Canadian government to apply for permanent residence.

The NSNP works in association with the federal Express Entry pool, and offer a wide range of options to candidates who are interested in moving to Nova Scotia permanently.

While, there are other streams that operate outside the Express Entry system to provide permanent resident pathway to international graduates, skilled foreign workers who have a job offer from an employer in Nova Scotia.

How to Apply For Nova Scotia PNP?

The NSNP is an active component of Canada’s PNP, which allows Nova Scotia to nominate economic immigration candidates for permanent residency of Canada.

The NSNP (Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program) has different base streams and nomination streams to select and nominate skilled workers from with and without Express Entry profile.

Once you determine your eligibility for any one of Nova Scotia Nominee Program stream, the next step is to apply for the same.

You may follow a basic online application process as mentioned below:

  • Create your online account with Government of Nova Scotia
  • Fill out the forms and application
  • Attach all the supporting documents and pay the required fee
  • Submit your application
  • Wait to hear from the NSNP office (the processing may take up to 3 months or more)

While, in order to apply under an Express Entry aligned stream, you may follow the below mentioned process:

  • Create and submit an Express Entry profile
  • Meet the Express Entry criteria and requirements for one of the three federal immigration programs
  • Select Nova Scotia as a province of your choice
  • If province finds you eligible, you ll get a “notification of interest" letter
  • Apply to the relevant PNP- Express Entry stream
  • Get a Provincial Nomination in your Express Entry account
  • Accept the nomination within 30 calendar days
  • You will get 600 additional points for nomination and subsequently, the ITA
  • Get an invitation to apply for Canada permanent residence upon accepting the nomination
  • Submit application and documents within 60 days
  • Get COPR once your application and documents are verified and processed

Nova Scotia Immigration Streams

The desire for new and skilled migrants to find their home in Nova Scotia is driven through a variety of streams linked to PNP Nova Scotia, which allows the province to invite skilled workers for Canadian PR.

The province target prospective immigrants with relevant skills and experience under the following:

  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

Under this stream, the NSNP selects highly skilled individuals who wish to work and live in Nova Scotia on a permanent basis. All the applications are accepted online only under Category A and B.

This NSNP stream is aligned with the federal Express Entry system and enables your immigration application processed within 4-6 months time.

To qualify you must have a job offer from an employer in Nova Scotia or an overseas work experience in any one of the in-demand occupations in Nova Scotia.

  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

Under this stream, NSNP selects highly skilled individuals who wish to live in Nova Scotia and contribute to it’s economy.

To qualify, applicants must have minimum one year of work experience in any high skilled occupation in Nova Scotia and minimum CLB 7 for skilled work in the NOC 0 and A or minimum CLB 5 for NOC B positions.

  • Nova Scotia Skilled Worker

The stream helps employers hire foreign skilled workers and recently graduates whose skills are particularly needed in Nova Scotia.

An employer can hire foreign workers for positions that they are unable to fill with Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

To qualify, you must have a full-time job offer (permanent) from a Nova Scotia employer and enough financial resources to settle down in Nova Scotia successfully.

  • Nova Scotia Physicians

 This stream assists public health authorities in Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre (IWK)) to hire family physicians, general practitioners and specialist physicians to live and work in Nova Scotia.

This Stream is open only to general practitioners and family physicians (NOC 3112) and specialist physicians (NOC 3111) who have signed approved opportunities with the NSHA or IWK.

It is designed helps both the organizations to hire and retain physicians who have the required skills for said positions.

  • Nova Scotia Entrepreneur

This stream is designed for experienced business managers and business owners who wish to live in Nova Scotia.

They can start a new business or buy an already existing one and should participate actively in the day-to-day management of that business.

After operating the business for up to an year, you may get a nominated for PR status, but, the application to this stream is always via invitation only.

  • Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur

 This stream is for specially designed for recent graduates from a university or Community College in the Nova Scotia.

As an applicant, you must have a newly started business or own a business in Nova Scotia and operated it for minimum one year. If you are intended to settle down in Nova Scotia, then you need to be nominated for PR status.

  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities

Under this stream, the NSNP selects candidates from the federal Express Entry pool provided they meet the provincial labour market needs to apply for nomination.

Only those who get an LIO, i.e. Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration qualify to apply under this stream and have a primary occupation of registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012).

  • Nova Scotia Occupations In Demand

This stream targets specific candidates under NOC C, intermediate-skilled occupations that are in high demand in Nova Scotia Canada.

To qualify, you must have a full-time job offer (permanent) from an employer in Nova Scotia in either NOC 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates) or NOC 7511 (Transport truck drivers).

Processing time of Nova Scotia PNP

The processing time for eligible applications under different NSNP streams is approximately 3 months or more. Within 6 months of receiving a nominee certificate, you must apply to IRCC for your PR visa.

You, your spouse (if any) and your dependents (if any) must meet the key requirements for security, criminal and medical admissibility. In a few cases, you may need to attend an interview as well.

Benefits to Immigrate to Nova Scotia

The province offers plethora of opportunities to the international students, skilled workers and budding entrepreneurs. As a new immigrants in Nova Scotia, you can have an access to a lot of benefits, including:

  • High standard of living
  • Affordable cost of living
  • Access to premium healthcare facilities without worrying much about hefty expenses
  • Access to a clean and safe environment for family
  • Access to vast pool of job opportunities and favorable working conditions
  • Fast-track immigration system under Express entry aligned streams
  • Highly tolerant and welcoming society
  • Access to excellent educational facilities for your children

Nova Scotia PNP Requirements 2022

To apply under Nova Scotia provincial nomination program in 2022, you must meet the basic documentation requirement as mentioned below:

  • Educational Credential Assessment for foreign education
  • Language test result (IELTS scorecard)
  • Reference letters from past and current employers
  • Valid passport or other travel documents
  • Marriage/divorce certificate (if applicable)
  • Proof of funds (bank statements)
  • Any other relevant documents as per specific program requirement and document checklist

Nova Scotia PNP draw

So far in 2020, the Nova Scotia has been among active provinces, which invited candidates from different streams to for provincial nomination for Canadian PR.

Use our Canada PNP Live Tracker to know about currently active PNPs

To improve your chances of obtaining an invitation to apply for Provincial Nomination via NSNP, you may work upon improving your CRS scores by re-taking language test using an online English language coaching.

Move to a Canadian province of choice and apply as a provincial nominee for Canada PR in 2022

Find out whether you qualify for any of the Nova Scotia immigration stream or any other PNP stream by completing our free profile evaluation form. We ll provide you with a detailed evaluation report within 2-4 business days.

We have helped thousands of aspiring immigrants and their families to immigrate to Canada successfully via Provincial Nominee Program or Express Entry Program.

We have a team of experienced immigration advisors who are registered with ICCRC to provide advice and guidance with your immigration case and recommend the right course of action to serve your purpose the best.

For further information, you may contact us on Toll free No. 78-18-000-777. While, to stay updated about latest Canada Immigration news and changes, you may bookmark our news section, here.


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