Nova Scotia Nominee Program

How to Apply for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program

Nova Scotia Nominee Program

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As an alternative to federal immigration streams, Nova Scotia offers the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), which allows the province to select immigrants with specific skills who will contribute to Nova Scotia’s economy and society.  The NSNP acts as an accelerated entry into Canada for experienced workers and entrepreneurs interested in settling in the province and becoming permanent Canadian residents.

There are many different streams of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program from which you can apply, listed below.

Agri-Food Sector

Immigrants who are interested in agri-food primary production and/or value added production belong in this stream.  With an addition of workers with agricultural skills, Nova Scotia rural communities benefit from a boosted economy and new jobs.

Skilled Worker

When an employer cannot find a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for a position, they can recruit an immigrant with the appropriate skills.  The employer needs to offer a permanent, full-time job to the applicant.

Family Business Worker

An employer who owns an established business in Nova Scotia can offer a permanent, full-time job to a close relative if the immigrant has the required skills.  The immigrant could then apply for this stream.

The applicant’s relationship to the business owner would have to be:

  • son or daughter
  • brother or sister
  • niece or nephew
  • uncle or aunt
  • grandchild

Step- or half- relatives of the same degree are acceptable.

Non-dependent Child of Nova Scotia Nominees

If an immigrant is nominated under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, their non-dependent children would be eligible for selection.  The child must be planning on living permanently in Nova Scotia, and must be capable of contributing to Nova Scotia’s labour market and economy.

International Graduate

To be eligible, you would need to have graduated and received a certificate, diploma, or degree from a program of at least one year of full-time study at a provincially-recognized post-secondary institution in Canada.  You need to have been working full-time for at least three months in your field of study on a temporary work permit in Nova Scotia, and acquire a permanent, full-time job offer from your employer.

Community Identified

This stream is for immigrants who have long established connections to a Nova Scotia community, and who wish to permanently live, work, and contribute to the economy of that community.

Prior to submitting an application to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, you would need a Letter of Identification from an organization mandated by the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.

There is more than simply knowing how to apply for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program – you might need help with the application itself.

Although the Provincial Nominee Program is designed to expedite the process to immigrate to Canada, it does add an extra step.  After you are successful in getting nominated, you still need to apply for permanent residence with the federal government.  Taking both tasks into account can feel overwhelming, but experienced Canadian immigration lawyers can assist you to properly navigate both processes, so you don’t make any mistakes.

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