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Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream (NSIGE)

Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

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  • P.N.P: Provincial Nominee Programs
  • E.O.I: Expression of Interest
  • P.S: Point System
  • C.E: Canadian Experience
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SUMMARY

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is for recent graduates of a Nova Scotia university or the Nova Scotia Community College. To be qualified under this stream you must have already started or bought a Nova Scotia business and operated it for at least one (1) year.
Application to the stream is by invitation only. You should first complete the online Expression of Interest (EOI). Selected applicants will be invited to apply for the program based on the information they enter online. You cannot apply directly to this program unless you are invited to apply.

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MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

The following requirements must be met (by you and all foreign partners) if you are applying to the Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream:

1- Age

You must be 21 years of age or older.

2- Language Ability

You must have taken an approved test results taken within two (2) years and have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 7 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5).

3- Education

You must have completed a full-time Nova Scotia post-secondary diploma or degree of at least two years (15 hours of class per week) in length from a recognized university in Nova Scotia or the Nova Scotia Community College.
You must have resided in Nova Scotia during the academic program (no distance-learning programs or compressed academic programs will be eligible.)

4- Post-Graduation Work Permit

You must have a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) (➨ Page) at time of application to NSOI.

5- Business Experience

You must own and operate a business in Nova Scotia for at least one (1) continuous year prior to the date of submission of Expression of Interest (EOI).
You must own 33.33% of the equity of the eligible business and provide active and on-going participation in the day-to-day management and direction of the business.

You must demonstrate that you are receiving compensation in the form of a salary from the business, which must, at minimum, meet the Statistics Canada Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) (➨ Appendix 2).

If starting a business you must have created a minimum of one full-time or equivalent part-time employment opportunity for a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident in Nova Scotia.
If you have purchased an existing Nova Scotia business, the business must have been in continuous operation in Nova Scotia by the same owner for the previous five (5) years, and must have offered employment on similar terms and conditions to existing staff, including maintaining existing wages and employment terms.

6- Ineligibility

You are not eligible to apply under the Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream if:
  • You are a passive investor (individuals who intend to invest in a Nova Scotia business with very limited or no involvement in the day-to-day management of the business).
  • You are a refugee claimant in Canada, a failed refugee claimant, had a removal order, are prohibited from entering or being in Canada, do not have status in Canada or are living illegally in your country of residence.
Businesses which are not eligible under the International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream:
  • Businesses that are conducted remotely (from another Canadian jurisdiction or from another country)
  • Property rental, investment, and leasing activities.
  • Real estate construction/development/brokerage, insurance brokerage or business brokerage. Unless the applicant can prove their business in one of these areas is of compelling benefit to the Province of Nova Scotia.
  • Any self-employed business operators requiring licensing or accreditation.
  • Pay day loan, cheque cashing, money changing and cash machines.
  • Pawnbrokers.
  • Credit unions.
  • Home-based businesses; unless the applicant can prove their business will have a compelling benefit to the Province of Nova Scotia.
  • Businesses involved in the production, distribution or sale of pornographic or sexually explicit products or services.
  • Co-operatives.
  • Investments into a business operated primarily for the purposes of deriving passive investment income.
  • Joint ventures between NSNP program applicants.
  • Any other type of business that by association could would tend to bring NSOI, NSNP, or the Government of Nova Scotia into disrepute.

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CALCULATE YOUR SCORE

If you meet the above minimum requirement, then you must calculate or estimate your total score based on the following selection factors. There is no minimum required score. But you will be ranked based upon your points assessment score and placed in an Expression of Interest (EOI) pool.
Candidates will be ranked against each other and only top ranked candidates will be invited to apply. A draw will occur with only the top ranked candidates being selected and issued an invitation to apply.

The Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream selection factors may be summarized as follows (immilib.com/NSIGE-Grid):

Selection Factor Maximum Points
Factor 1: Language Ability 35
Factor 2: Education 25
Factor 3: Experience 15
Factor 4: Adaptability 10
Factor 5: Age 10
Factor 6: Economic Priorities 5

Factor 1: Language Ability

To be awarded point for language, you must have taken an approved test results (➨Appendix 5).

Test must be taken no more than two (2) years prior to the date the EOI is submitted.
First official language (English or French)
Speaking Listening Reading Writing
CLB 9 or Higher 7 7 7 7
CLB 8 6 6 6 6
CLB 7 5 5 5 5
Below CLB 7 Not Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Second official language (English or French)
At least CLB 5 in all of the 4 abilities 7
CLB 4 or less in any of the 4 abilities 0 0
To prove you language abilities you must take any of the following approved tests:
  • English: IELTS General or CELPIP General or PTE Core
  • French: TEF Canada or TCF Canada

Factor 2: Education in Nova Scotia

You can receive up to 25 points for your education.

Level of Education Points
Doctoral (PhD) level 25
Master's degree or equivalent 22
University level entry-to-practice professional degree 22
Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential 17
Three-year or longer post-secondary credential 15 15
Two-year post-secondary credential 12
None of the above Not Eligible

Factor 3: Work Experience

In addition to operating the business for at least one continuous year in Nova Scotia, you can score points if you have the following work experience:
Experience Points
3 to 5 years of work experience in the last 10 years at TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3 10
Greater than 5 years of work experience in the last 10 years at TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3 15

Factor 4: Adaptability

You can get maximum of 10 points for any combination of the following factors:
Adaptability

Points

(Maximum 10)

Spouse/common-law partner Language level at least CLB 4 in all abilities in English of French 5
Spouse/Common-law partner 2 years full-time study in Nova Scotia (secondary or post-secondary) 5
Spouse/Common-law partner 1 year of full-time work in Nova Scotia 5
Yours or your spouse/Common-law partner’s relatives in Canada (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew) who are 19 years or older, living in Nova Scotia for at least one continuous year as permanent resident or citizen) 5

Factor 5: Age

You’ll get points based on your age on the day you submit your EOI.
Age Points (Maximum 10)
Under 21 Not Eligible
21-39 10
40-44 7
45-55 5
56+ 0

Factor 6: Nova Scotia Economic Priorities

You can get maximum of 5 points for any of the following factors:
Priorities Points (Maximum 10)
Export-oriented business 5
Business location outside of Halifax County 5
If you are purchasing at least 33.33% of a business in Nova Scotia that has been in operation by the same owner for the past 5 years 5
Your Total Score  
You may compare your score with previous rounds of invitations (ITA) to see how likely you are to get an invitation in the next round. The previous rounds of invitation are being regularly posted at (➨immilib.com/NSIGE-Draws)

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WHAT STEPS SHOULD YOU TAKE?

Step 1: Complete Your Studies in Nova Scotia

In order to apply under the International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream, the first step is to complete a full-time Nova Scotia post-secondary diploma or degree of at least two (2) years (15 hours of class per week) in length from a recognized university in Nova Scotia or the Nova Scotia Community College:

You need a study permit (➨Page) in order to study in Canada. Before you apply for a study permit, you need an acceptance letter from one of the above institutions.

You must reside in Nova Scotia during the academic program, so no distance-learning programs or compressed academic programs will be eligible.

Step 2: Apply for Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

After completion of studies in Nova Scotia, in order to purchase or establish a business you need to apply for and obtain a Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) (➨Page).

Step 3: Business Establishment in Nova Scotia

You must own 33.33% of the equity of the eligible business and provide active and on-going participation in the day-to-day management and direction of the business.

You must demonstrate that you are receiving compensation in the form of a salary from the business, which must, at minimum, meet the Statistics Canada Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) (➨ Appendix 2).

If starting a business you must have created a minimum of one full-time or equivalent part-time employment opportunity for a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident in Nova Scotia.

If you have purchased an existing Nova Scotia business, the business must have been in continuous operation in Nova Scotia by the same owner for the previous five (5) years, and must have offered employment on similar terms and conditions to existing staff, including maintaining existing wages and employment terms.

Step 4: Complete the online Expression of Interest (EOI)

Now that you meet all the requirements, you can complete an online Expression of Interest (➨ immilib.com/NSIGE-Apply) for yourself.

EOI is an online system where you submit information about yourself to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program.

To complete the EOI, you’ll need information from some documents including passports, language test results, etc. But you don’t need to upload any documents.

After you submit the EOI, the system will calculate your score based upon the information you enter and your EOI will be placed in a pool for potential selection. Your score will be sent to you in a confirmation email.
EOIs will be ranked against each other and only top ranked candidates will be invited to apply. A draw will occur with only the top ranked EOIs being selected and issued an invitation to apply.
If your EOI is selected, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) letter. Selection is based on nominee program targets and an assessment of your EOI.

If you’re not invited to apply within twelve (12) months of submitting your EOI, it will automatically expire and removed from the system. You can still create a new EOI. If you are able to acquire additional points after submitting your EOI, you will need to submit a new EOI.

Recent Draws – Nova Scotia

International Graduate

Entrepreneur Stream

Date of Draw No. of ITA Min. Score
Feb 6, 2024 2 61
Jun 9, 2023 5 47
Nov 1, 2022 6 47
Dec 22, 2021 2 53
Sep 13, 2021 2 57
May 3, 2021 2 44
Dec 9, 2020 2 42
Sep 24, 2020 5 49
Feb 5, 2020 1 67
Sep 6, 2019 1 54

Step 5: Prepare Documents

In addition to the applications forms and supporting documents, before submission of complete application, you need to obtain a Review Engagement and Special Purpose Report.

These reports must be prepared by one of NSOI’s Financial Statement Review Service Providers, as listed below.

The Review Engagement will include a review of the financial statements of your business.

The Special Purpose Report will include the following:

  • The financial viability and sustainability of the business discussing any relevant issues affecting the business’ ability to continue in the near future as a going concern;
  • Recommendations for the business to improve its viability and sustainability
  • A determination of any issues, challenges or concerns pertaining to reviewing the financial statements;
  • A business review which may for example include but not be limited to: market analysis, product analysis, competitive analysis, and financial analysis.
You must select one of the Financial Statement Review Service Providers, who will assess your financial statements and provide the required reports. You are responsible for submitting the required documents to your chosen Financial Statement Review Service Provider.
List of Nova Scotia Financial Statement Review Service Providers

MNP

200 – 100 Venture Run

Dartmouth NS B3B 0H9

(902) 493-5452

[email protected]

www.mnp.ca

Step 6: Submit Application to NSNP

If you’ve received an invitation to apply, you are expected to submit your application by providing the following:
  • Application Forms;
  • All supporting documentation;
  • Review Engagement and Special Purpose Report
There is no provincial application fee under the NSNP.
You will have twenty (20) calendar days from the issuance date of the ITA letter to select a Financial Statement Review Service Provider and notify Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) of your chosen Financial Statement Review Service Provider.

You will have ninety (90) calendar days from the issuance date of the ITA letter to submit a complete application form, all required supporting documents, and your Review Engagement and Special Purpose Report.

If you submit a complete application, it will be assessed against the eligibility criteria and your EOI points assessment will be verified.

After assessment of the application is complete, if you appear to meet the International Graduate Entrepreneur Eligibility Criteria you will be contacted to participate in an in-person interview with NSOI Staff. The interview will include a site visit to the eligible business. It is anticipated that the interview will take place within 15 business days of NSOI’s request.

Upon successful interview, you may be nominated for permanent residence in Canada.
NSNP Application
Submit Application by email to:

Nova Scotia Office of Immigration

1469 Brenton Street, 3rd floor

PO Box 1535

Halifax, NS, Canada B3J 2Y3

Official Program Guide:
immilib.com/NSIGE-Guide
NSNP Application Fee:
None
Processing Time:
immilib.com/NS-PT
Document Checklist:

immilib.com/NSIGE-Doc

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Contact:
902-424-5230
[email protected]

Step 7: Apply for Permanent Residence

If you are nominated by the province of Nova Scotia, then your next step is to submit a complete application for a permanent resident visa within six (6) months (➨Page).

You must submit your application using the IRCC Permanent Residence Portal (PR Portal) (➨ immilib.com/PR-Portal). 

If your application is complete, you will receive a letter or an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This letter is called the Acknowledge of Receipt (AOR) and will include your IRCC file number.

Once you have received your acknowledgement of receipt, you can create an online account and link your application to it. By creating an account, you will be able to receive email updates and a more detailed case status.

Step 8: Landing in Canada

If your application is approved, you will be asked to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven't already done so. You will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and if you are from a country that requires a visa you will also be issued a permanent resident visa.

You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry. This is referred to as ‘landing in Canada' (➨Page).

You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one (1) year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as the Canada Immigration Visa is received.

Ready to take the next step towards your Canadian immigration journey? Fill out the form below and embark on your path to new opportunities.

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WELCOME TO NOVA SCOTIA!

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