The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) offers the Skilled Worker Stream for low to highly skilled foreign workers with a valid job offer from a designated employer in the province.
This stream is not Express Entry aligned. Therefore, applicants must meet the additional eligibility criteria for this program.
Nominated applicants will be eligible to apply for permanent residency to the government body of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
What is the Eligibility Criteria for the Skilled Worker Stream (NSNP)?
You must meet the following eligibility criteria to qualify for this stream:
Job Offer: You must have a valid job offer from a designated employer based in the province. A job offer is considered valid if the business has been in operation for at least 2 years. The business must also demonstrate advertising efforts made to hire a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
If the job offer is for an occupation classified as National Occupational Classification (NOC):
Code Skill Level C - intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific or
Code Skill Level D - labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training, then you must have prior work experience of at least 6 months with the same employer.
Language Proficiency: If the job offer is for an occupation classified as NOC Code Skill Level 0 - management jobs,
Code Skill Level A - professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university or
Code Skill Level B - technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice, then you must score at least a level 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for English or French.
A CLB level 5 is sufficient for occupations classified as NOC code Skill Level C or D. If English or French is your first language, you do not need to meet the language test requirements.
Education Level: You must have a Canadian high school diploma or a foreign equivalent
Work Experience: You must have at least 1 year of full-time work experience in an occupation related to their job offer.
Settlement Funds: You must demonstrate enough financial resources to meet the settlement fund requirements determined by the IRCC.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Skilled Worker Stream (NSNP)
If you are a semi-skilled or low-skilled worker, then you must have at least 6-months of experience in working with a Nova Scotia-based employer to qualify for this stream. There must be a strong connection to the province and settlement plan.
International graduates with a PGWP can apply. However, their occupation must not be classified as NOC code Skill level C or D.
You are not eligible to apply for this stream if:
- You have received the provincial nomination from Nova Scotia in the last 12 months
- You have claimed on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds
- You have an unresolved or rejected refugee claim
- You are not currently residing in Canada
- You are barred from entering Canada or were issued a removal order
- You do not have legal status and are barred from applying until your status is restores
- You are an international student involved in a full-time study program
- You are obligated to return to your country after graduation
- You are a PGWP holder with an occupation classified as NOC code Skill level C or D
- You have unresolved custody or alimony issues
- You are a seasonal, part-time or casual worker
- You are a live-in caregiver in Canada
- Your job is located outside Nova Scotia
- You are a passive investor
- You intend to establish a business or remain self-employed in the province
You will be required to submit a completed application to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI). If you are nominated, you will be invited to apply for permanent residency to the IRCC within 6 months.
Successful applicants will also receive a letter of support to apply for a temporary work permit to legally work in the province while their permanent residency is under process. If your application is refused for some reason, you will have 10 days to submit any leftover documentation or redress the issue.
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