The Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) provides a route to Canadian permanent residence for individuals who have experience working in Nova Scotia.
If you are working in Nova Scotia, you may have skills and experience that Nova Scotia immigration authorities hope to retain. Newcomers who have already contributed to the economy and society of Nova Scotia, and have settled in to life in a new home, are among the top candidates for immigration to Nova Scotia.
As the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream is aligned with the federal Express Entry system, successful applicants will obtain 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) leading to an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent resident status in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for nomination online on by mail to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.
The Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream is currently open and has been so for a long time. Indications are that Nova Scotia immigration authorities want to allow eligible candidates to apply whenever they are able to. However, Nova Scotia has stated that this is a pilot project and is liable to change, so it is important to stay up to date with the latest news.
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Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry eligibility
Potential candidates must have at least 12 months of work experience in a skilled occupation (a job at level 0, A, or B of the National Occupational Classification, or NOC) in Nova Scotia in the three years preceding the application. The work experience can be gained as part-time employment of an equivalent duration, as long as it was obtained in the last three years (for example, if you have worked 15 hours per week for 24 months, this adds up to the required amount of time).
There are some further requirements. Applicants must:
- be aged between 21 and 55 years old,
- hold a Canadian high school credential or equivalent,
- demonstrate language ability of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or better (for applicants working in NOC level 0 and A occupations) or CLB 5 or better (for applicants working in NOC level B occupations) in English or French,
- have a valid profile registered in the Express Entry system, and
- submit a settlement plan detailing their intention to reside in Nova Scotia permanently.
The Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream may be particularly appealing to international students. However, it should be noted that international students are not eligible to apply until they have graduated, even if they have obtained the required work experience during their studies. Work experience gained while on a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) can be eligible, but the position must be at NOC level 0, A, or B.