The Canadian province of Nova Scotia reopened its Express Entry ‘Demand’ immigration stream (category B) for up to 225 new applications, at approximately 9 a.m. AST on Saturday, November 17. The intake was filled within hours of the category having reopened.
Eligible Express Entry candidates do not need a job offer in order to apply to this category.
Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry is one of many under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Successful applicants obtain 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, effectively guaranteeing them an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.
For the previous intake, which occurred on April 28, the application intake limit was also reached within a few hours.
Category B of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream was tweaked earlier this year, with five occupations having been removed from the list of targeted occupations. The current list now includes 11 occupations.
|Financial auditors and accountants||1111|
|Other financial officers||1114|
|Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations||1123|
|Accounting technicians and bookkeepers||1311|
|Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses||3012|
|Licensed practical nurses||3233|
|College and other vocational instructors||4021|
|Paralegal and related occupations||4211|
|Social and community service workers||4212|
To apply under Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry (category B), you must:
- have an Express Entry profile;
- have at least one year of skilled work experience in one of the targeted occupations listed above;
- score 67 points or more on the stream’s six selection factors listed below;
- have a Canadian high school credential or equivalent;
- prove language ability in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or higher; and
- show enough financial resources to settle in Nova Scotia successfully.
|Pass mark:||67 Points|
|Factor 1: Education||Maximum 25 points|
|Factor 2: Ability in English and/or French||Maximum 28 points|
|Factor 3: Work experience||Maximum 15 points|
|Factor 4: Age||Maximum 12 points|
|Factor 5: Arranged employment in Nova Scotia||Maximum 10 points|
|Factor 6: Adaptability||Maximum 10 points|
|Total||Maximum 100 points|
The selection factors for Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry are exactly the same as for the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), except for factors 5 and 6, which in the case of Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry relate to the province of Nova Scotia, rather than nationally. So, if you entered the Express Entry pool as a FSWC candidate and claimed points for arranged employment (job offer) or certain adaptability factors, those points would only be awarded in the Nova Scotia system if the job offer or adaptability factor(s), as the case may be, are based in Nova Scotia, and not another province.
The category operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Express Entry candidates interested in applying to this stream likely stand a better chance of submitting a successful application if they prepare in advance and have accompanying documentation ready.
Category A of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream remains open, as it has been continuously over recent months. Unlike under Category B, applicants to Category A require a job offer from an employer in Nova Scotia.
About Nova Scotia
Situated on Canada’s Atlantic coast, the province of Nova Scotia shares the distinction of being both Canada’s second-smallest province, but also the second-most-populated (Prince Edward Island takes first place for both). The provincial capital, Halifax, is home to nearly half the provincial population, which is just under one million.
Newcomers to Nova Scotia consistently report the warm welcome they receive from locals throughout the province.
For the latest Canada immigration PNP updates, see our PNP live tracker.
For information on the other PNPs, see our main overview of Provincial Nominee Programs.
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