The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is a faster way to get permanent residency for skilled workers and professional entrepreneurs.
There were 3 categories under which candidates could apply. With effect from January 1, 2016, the province introduced two more streams under which candidates could apply for the program. Thus, the 5 streams are given as under:
Category 1: The Nova Scotia demand: Express Entry category
Category 2: Skilled Worker Immigration Stream,
Category 3: Family Business Worker Immigration Stream,
Category 4: Nova Scotia Entrepreneur Stream
Category 5: Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream.
Under this program, Nova Scotia makes a distinction between the skilled, semi-skilled and low-skilled workers. According to Nova Scotia,
the individuals working within NOC skill level O, A or B are the skilled workers. As these workers possess higher skilled occupation, they will be given higher priorities.
These workers are categorized under the NOC skill level C occupations. They are examined on the basis of local labor requirement in the market conditions. They can apply if they have work for 6 months with a Nova Scotia employer. Along with the application, it is mandatory that the workers submit an official language test result.
These workers have employment falling under the NOC level D. They are taken into consideration only if they qualify eligibility criteria. It is vital that the individual under this category has worked under Nova Scotia employer for at least 6 months. This employer should be a strong support for the worker for a successful application. Along with the application, it is mandatory that the workers submit an official language test result.
The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration advances its intrinsic Express Entry stream. This program does the selection of potential immigrants from Federal Express Entry pool. It authorizes the province to select the applications without a sponsoring employer. Only those applicants are selected who have a good stand over education, required language, experience, and adaptability potential to settle in the province. They shall be able to contribute to the development of the economy. This nomination process takes places on a point basis. These points are given on the basis of following factors:
Along with the point’s allocation criteria, the following requirements should also be fulfilled by the candidate:
This is an employer directed stream that helps the employers recruit immigrant workers with the necessary skills on a full-time basis. Thus, only those candidates can apply who possess the required skills demanded by the employers.
To apply under this stream, the candidates should meet the following conditions:
This stream focuses on family-owned businesses who give work to close relatives with required skills that could not be seen in any Canadian citizens or the permanent residents.
The applicant must meet the following requirements to apply for this program:
It takes approximately 2 months to process the completed applications. Nova Scotia has also introduced E-processing which means the applicants can apply for immigration through an online system.
This program is designed for candidates who wish to initiate or buy a business and permanently settle in Nova Scotia.
The experienced business owners, as well as the senior managers, are covered in this category. These applicants must attempt to live in the province and participate in the day to day management of the business. These applicants can work in the province only if they possess a valid work permit for at least one year prior to being nominated for permanent residency. The section works on the expression of interest strategy.
This stream is open for all the graduates who have finished at least 2 years of their graduation. The minimum of 2 years of education should be a full-time study from any recognized Nova Scotia university or a Nova Scotia community college. They graduate should have conducted his own business in the province for at least one year. He should have the potential and is required to show his interest in settling permanently in Nova Scotia.
The Nova Scotia Entrepreneur program and the Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur program have come into existence from 1 January 2016 in the Nova Scotia immigration program.