The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) offers several immigration streams targeting a diverse range of potential newcomers to Canada. From international graduates and temporary foreign workers in Nova Scotia, to skilled workers and entrepreneurs outside Canada, many people find their route to Canadian permanent resident status through a Nova Scotia immigration stream.
Through a range of NSNP streams, some of which are aligned with the federal Express Entry system, Nova Scotia targets applicants who have the experience and human capital factors the province needs to build its economy and communities.
The NSNP and Express Entry
The NSNP maintains an active interaction with the federal Express Entry pool, and candidates may have a range of options if they are interested in moving to Nova Scotia.
The Labour Market Priorities Stream is a dynamic and flexible stream that allows the province to select eligible candidates from the Express Entry pool based on the latest labour market needs, and invite them to apply for provincial nomination. Each invitation round selects candidates in the Express Entry pool with work experience in a particular occupation or occupations. Candidates selected through this stream may count on fruitful career opportunities in the province, as their occupation has been targeted because there is a shortage of that experience and skill set locally.
The Express Entry-aligned Demand and Experience streams allow eligible candidates in the federal Express Entry pool to choose Nova Scotia as their new home in Canada. Individuals in the Express Entry pool who have experience working in Nova Scotia may find success through the Experience stream. Meanwhile, the Demand stream operates through two sub-categories: candidates with a job offer may apply at any time through Category A, while Category B opens periodically to receive applications from individuals in targeted occupations. Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Category B applicants do not require a job offer.
Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination through an Express Entry-aligned stream receive 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool.