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Nova Scotia Skilled Worker Stream

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Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

The Nova Scotia Skilled Worker stream helps Nova Scotia employers recruit and hire foreign workers and international graduates whose skills are in limited supply in the province.

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MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

The following requirements must be met if you are applying to the Nova Scotia Skilled Worker Stream:

1- Job Offer Requirement

At the time of your application and at the time the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) assesses your application for nomination, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer from Nova Scotia employer in an eligible occupation. Your job offer must be full-time (at least 30 hours per week) and permanent (meaning job has no end date).
If your job offer is in TEER 4 or 5 (➨Appendix 1), you must have at least six (6) months of work experience at the time of application with the Nova Scotia employer supporting the application. Applications must also demonstrate strong employer support such as contribution to the immigration fees, housing supports, language training, and career training plans.

2- Work Experience

At the time of application, you must have work experience of 12 complete calendar months within the last five (5) years and a minimum of 1,560 hours related to the position and skills for the job. Volunteer work and unpaid internships are not eligible.

3- Age

You must be between 21 and 55 years old.

4- Education

At the time of application, you must have completed a high-school diploma and have the appropriate training, skills, and/or accreditation required for the job.

Candidates with a foreign education must provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report (➨Appendix 3) for their foreign education.

The ECA Report must not be more than five (5) years old prior to the date the application is submitted.

5- Language Ability

If you are an applicant in a TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3 occupation, you must have taken an approved test results and have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 5 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5).
Your abilities may also be verified by one or more of the following:
  • Educational transcripts or other documentation indicating English or French as the principal language of instruction or communication.
  • Employment history and references with English or French as the principal language of communication.
If you are an applicant in a TEER 4 or 5 occupation, you must have taken an approved test results and have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5).

6- Settlement Funds

You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada based on %50 of Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) (➨Appendix 2). This amount is reduced in the case of a principal applicant who is already living in Nova Scotia or has arranged employment.

The Office of Immigration will not approve your application if it appears likely that your family income in Nova Scotia (based on your job offer and any spousal income) will be below Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO).

7- Ineligibility

You are not eligible to apply under the Nova Scotia Skilled Worker Stream if:
  • You are under humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
  • You are an international student who is currently studying at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • You are an international graduate who has studied in Canada, whose studies have been sponsored by an agency or government and who is contractually obligated to return to their country of origin.
  • You have received a nomination or endorsement (NSNP or Atlantic Immigration Pilot) within the last 12 months.
  • 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.

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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WHAT STEPS SHOULD YOU TAKE?

Step 1: Get a Job Offer

Before you can submit your application under the Nova Scotia Skilled Worker Stream, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in an eligible occupation.
If your job offer is in TEER 4 or 5, you must have at least six (6) months of work experience at the time of application with the Nova Scotia employer supporting the application.

If you don’t already have a qualified job offer with the criteria explained in “Minimum Requirements”, you need to find an employer and secure the job for yourself.

Step 2: Submit NSNP Application

If you have all the above requirements, you may submit your application by providing the Application Forms and All supporting documentation through Nova Scotia’s online system (immilib.com/NSSW-Apply).  

All supporting documents must be provided as portable document format (PDF) files.
If your application is complete, you will receive an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This will include your NSNP file number.
An NSNP officer will contact you if information is needed to assess your application and will tell you how to send the information.
You will receive a decision on your application by email. If your application is approved, you will become a Provincial Nominee and get a nomination package by email.

Step 3: 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.

NSNP Application
Submit Online Application:
immilib.com/NSSW-Apply
Official Program Guide:
immilib.com/NSSW-Guide
NSNP Application Fee:
None
Processing Time:
immilib.com/NS-PT
Document Checklist:

immilib.com/NSSW-Doc

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Contact:
902-424-5230
[email protected]
Apply for a Temporary Work Permit

After you have been nominated by the province of Nova Scotia, you will also receive a work permit support letter so you can apply for work permit or to renew your existing work permit with IRCC (➨Page) and start living and working in Canada while your application for permanent residence is in process.

If you are in Nova Scotia on a valid work permit and your PR application is still not finalized, you may be able to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) (➨Page). This will let you to stay and continue working on a valid work permit until your PR application is finalized.

You may apply for BOWP only if your PR application is approved in principle meaning you have passed the eligibility stage and still have to pass the medical, security and background checks.

Step 4: 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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