Nova Scotia

Skilled Worker Immigration

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

Once you are ready to move to beautiful Nova Scotia you will want to apply to a Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) stream. Through the NSNP, prospective immigrants who have the skills and experience targeted by Nova Scotia may be nominated to immigrate.

The process depends on the NSNP stream you qualify for. The processing time for eligible applications can be three (3) months or more.

Within six (6) months of receiving your nominee certificate, apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for your permanent resident visa. You, your spouse and your dependents must meet all requirements for medical, security and criminal admissibility. In some cases, you may be asked to go for an interview. CIC has the final authority to issue a permanent resident visa.

Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream selects candidates in the federal Express Entry system who meet provincial labour market needs to apply for nomination. Only candidates who receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration may apply.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply you must:

  • Receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Nominee Program within the Express Entry system;
  • Submit your application within 30 calendar days of the date on which your letter of interest was issued;
  • Meet the minimum work experience requirements of the Express Entry stream for which you have qualified;
  • Demonstrate sufficient funds to successfully establish yourself and your family in Nova Scotia and to pay your immigration costs and travel expenses;
  • Have legal status in your current country of residence;
  • Meet eligibility criteria in place at the time you are issued a Letter of Interest; and
  • Have a valid Express Entry number and meet all IRCC criteria for the Express Entry pool.

Skilled Worker Stream

The Skilled Worker stream help employers recruit foreign workers and recently graduated international students whose skills are needed in Nova Scotia. An employer can only hire foreign workers for positions they have been unable to fill with permanent residents or Canadian citizens.

Eligibility Criteria

 To apply you must:

  • Have a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer;
  • Have 1 year of work experience related to the job;
  • Be 21 to 55 years old;
  • Have a high school diploma;
  • Have the appropriate training, skills and/or accreditation for the job;
  • Prove language ability equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 5 if you are a skilled worker. If your first language is English or French, that is enough proof. Semi-skilled and low-skilled workers must have test results to prove they meet CLB 4 even if their first language is English or French;
  • Show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.

Complete the online application form and include all required information and attachments.

Occupations in Demand

The Occupations in Demand stream targets specific NOC C, intermediate-skilled occupations that are in high labour market demand in Nova Scotia. The Office of Immigration identifies occupations in demand based on labour market information and eligible occupations are subject to change.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply you must:

  • Have a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in either NOC 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates) or NOC 7511 (Transport truck drivers);
  • Have 1 year of work experience related to the job;
  • Be 21 to 55 years old;
  • Have a high school diploma;
  • Have the appropriate training, skills and/or accreditation for the job;
  • Prove language ability equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4 even if your first language is English or French;
  • Show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

NSD Express Entry stream selects highly skilled individuals who wish to live in Nova Scotia permanently. Applicants must have a good chance of quickly finding a job in Nova Scotia’s labour market. The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration reserves the right to consider only certain types of occupations for nomination, depending on current labour market needs.

Applications will only be accepted online.

  • Category A (for applicants with a job offer) will remain open.
  • Category B (for applicants with experience in an opportunity occupation) is expected to open and close throughout the year. Controlling intake will allow us to process applications more efficiently.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply under Category A, you must:

  • Have a profile registered in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system;
  • Score 67 points or more on the stream’s six selection factors;
  • Have a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer for full-time skilled work that lasts at least one year after your permanent resident visa is issued. For a job offer to be valid in Express Entry and receive points, employers will usually need an LMIA from ESDC.
  • Have 1 year of skilled work experience related to the job;
  • Have a Canadian high school credential or equivalent;
  • Prove language ability in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark 7;
  • Show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.

To apply under Category B, you must:

  • Be in one of the target occupations as identified in the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry guide;
  • Have a profile registered in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system;
  • Score 67 points or more on the stream’s six selection factors;
  • Have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in one of our target occupations;
  • Have a Canadian high school credential or equivalent;
  • Prove language ability in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark 7;
  • Show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

The Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream selects highly skilled individuals who wish to live in Nova Scotia permanently. Applicants must have at least one year of experience working in Nova Scotia in a high skilled occupation.

 Eligibility Criteria

To apply you must:

  • Have at least 1 year of work experience in Nova Scotia;
  • Be 21 to 55 years old;
  • Have a Canadian high school credential or equivalent;
  • Prove language ability in English or French on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB). You need CLB 7 for skilled work in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0 and A. You need CLB 5 for NOC B positions;
  • Have a profile registered in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system

How to Apply?

Complete the online application form and include all required information and attachments.

Business Immigration

Entrepreneur Stream

The Entrepreneur Stream is for experienced business owners or senior business managers who want to live in Nova Scotia. They must start a new business or buy an existing business and must actively participate in the day-to-day management of the business. After operating the business for a year, the entrepreneur may be nominated for permanent resident status. Application to the stream is by invitation only.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply you must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older;
  • Want to live permanently in Nova Scotia while owning and actively managing a Nova Scotia business;
  • Have a net worth of at least $600,000 CAD;
  • Be able to invest at least $150,000 CAD of your own money to establish a business in Nova Scotia;
  • Have at least 3 years’ experience actively managing and owning a business (1/3 ownership minimum) or more than 5 years’ experience in a senior business management role;
  • Have a score of at least 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French;
  • Complete an online Expression of Interest;
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.

How to Apply?

  • Complete the Expression of Interest.
  • If you are invited to apply, complete the application form and include all required information and attachments.
Age requirement 56 years
Minimum Education: 14 years of education
Language Requirement : Min IELTS Bands 5
Senior Managerial Exp: 5 years for max points
Business Exp: 5 years for max points
Net Worth Requirement: CAD $600,000
Min Required Investment: CAD $250,000
Liquid funds to be shown on applying: CAD $300,000 from actual assets
Spouse ‘s English Proficiency: Recommended
Good Faith Deposit: CAD $100, 000 for one year (refundable) since PR program
Leading to: PR