4 Best Ways to Immigrate to Nova Scotia

by Mansi Sahai


Posted on July 9, 2022


4 Best Ways to Immigrate to Nova Scotia

If you are planning to move to Nova Scotia, then you have to apply to NSNP, i.e. Nova Scotia Nominee Program stream.

Through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, prospective applicants with the required skills and experience by the province are nominated.

Following are the top 4 streams via which you can move to Nova Scotia:

  1. Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities:

Under this stream, Nova Scotia selects applicants who meet the labour market needs of the province from the federal Express Entry pool to apply for provincial nomination. Candidates who receive LOI (Letter of Interest) from the Immigration Office of Nova Scotia qualify to apply.

To apply under Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream, you must:

  • Receive a LOI from the NSNP under the Express Entry system
  • Submit visa application within 30 days time from date on which you got your LOI
  • Meet the criteria of minimum work experience
  • Show proof of sufficient funds to establish yourself and your family members successfully in Nova Scotia and to pay for your travel and immigration expenses
  • Obtain a legal status in your home country
  1. Occupations in Demand:

This stream targets NOC C specifically, i.e. intermediate-skilled occupations. Such occupations are highly in-demand in the labour market of Nova Scotia. The Immigration office of the province determines these occupations in demand on the basis of labour market needs and Nova Scotia occupation list.

To apply under Occupations in Demand Stream, you must:

  • Have a permanent, full-time job offer from any employer of the Nova Scotia in either NOC 3413, 6513, 6711, 6731, 7511, 7521, 7611
  • Have a minimum work experience of 1 year related to the occupation
  • Age between 21 to 55 years
  • Have a diploma from a high school
  • Have the required training, accreditation and skills for the job
  • Prove language proficiency equivalent to CLB Level 4 even if English or French is your main language
  • Provide evidence for enough funds settle in Nova Scotia successfully
  1. Skilled Worker:

This stream helps all the employers in the province to hire skilled, foreign workers as well as recently graduated international students who possess skills which are required in Nova Scotia. An employer may hire foreign workers for only those positions for which they are unable to fill the vacant positions with Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

To apply under Skilled Worker Stream, you must:

  • Have a permanent, full-time job offer from an employer of Nova Scotia
  • Have work experience of at least 1 year related to the job. (Low-skilled and semi-skilled workers must have minimum 6 months experience
  • Age between 21 to 55 years
  • Have a diploma from high school
  • Have the required training, accreditation and skills for the job
  • Prove language proficiency equivalent to CLB Level 5 in case you are skilled worker. In case English or French is first language, then that proof is enough. For semi-skilled and low-skilled workers, test results must meet CLB 4 even if English or French is their first language
  • Provide evidence for enough funds settle in Nova Scotia successfully
  1. Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

This stream is designed for those highly skilled candidates who wish to work and live permanently in Nova Scotia. They must have a fair chance of finding employment offer in the labour market of Nova Scotia.
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The Immigration office of Nova Scotia has all the rights to choose only certain occupation types for provincial nomination, which solely depends up on the current needs of its labour market.

To apply under Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream, you must:       

  • Register your profile in IRCC’s Express Entry system
  • Must be 22-55 years old
  • Have an employment offer from an employer of Nova Scotia for full-time skilled work. It may last for at least an year once your PR visa is issued. For a full-time job offer to qualify in Express Entry and obtain points, you also need an LMIA from ESDC by your employer.
  • Have a skilled work experience of minimum 1 year gained in Nova Scotia
  • Have a credential of Canadian high school
  • Prove language proficiency in English or French at CLB Level 7 for NOC O and A, CLB 5 for NOC B
  • Show proof of funds to settle in Nova Scotia successfully

Before applying for Nova Scotia’s provincial nomination under any of the above mentioned pathways, you must take your initial profile assessment and make an informed move.


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