Are you interested in immigration to Canada, and in particular immigration to Nova Scotia? Excellent! For your attention here’s a large overview article about immigration programs, the nuances of moving to Canada and the peculiarities of life in the province.

Learn about life in Nova Scotia, how the local provincial immigration program works, and some of the details of a successful moving to Canada from this post.

Nova Scotia is truly amazing! This peninsula in the southeast of Canada invites its residents to plunge into a world of harmony. Rational system of interaction with business, medical care and education of the highest level, well-developed infrastructure: there is a complete basis for a comfortable life here.

Nova Scotians often admit that they love the nature of their province. And it’s true: no matter where you live, you are surrounded by incredible beauty! The natural charm of seascapes, fragrant green forests, energy lakes are all nearby. The province’s coastline is over 7,400 kilometers. And this means that there will always be a cozy beach for you and your family, where you can be alone with the wonderful nature of Canada.

Representatives of more than 100 ethnic groups coexist harmoniously in the province. The history and diversity of the region is well represented in many local museums, as well as in many festivals and city events that are massively held throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia is the perfect place to live with children. This is evidenced by statistics: many of the original inhabitants of the province return here to live at the stage of planning children. After all, many convenient conditions for the development of the child have been created here.

The cost of living is perhaps the lowest in Canada. Interestingly, a house in Nova Scotia costs almost half the price of the average house in Canada.

Major cities are Dartmouth and the provincial capital Halifax.

Immigration to Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) Immigration Program

Like many other provinces, Nova Scotia has its own decentralized immigration program. The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is based on the federal immigration program and has a number of local differences.

The program has 9 streams. This is a fairly large number compared to other provinces. All of them allow you to get permanent residence in Canada.

Our team carefully examines all changes in each of the immigration programs. We are closely monitoring the changes that are being made that appear every week. Thanks to this, we are always guaranteed to be able to optimally determine the immigration strategy so that our clients spend as little money, effort and time as possible on the process.


Entrepreneur Stream

First, let’s talk about Entrepreneur Stream. It is designed for business immigration experienced business owners and senior managers.

To complete the Entrepreneurship Stream, you must:

  • open business in Canada, in Nova Scotia
  • buy a Nova Scotia-based business in Canada and actively participate in operations management on a daily basis.

You can get permanent residence in Canada if your company has successfully existed for more than a year.


Requirements for the applicant:

  • you have your own funds in the amount of at least $600 thousand
  • you can invest at least $150 thousand of your own funds in starting a business in Nova Scotia
  • you have at least three years of experience in active management and ownership of a business (at least 1/3 of it) or more than five years of experience in managing someone else’s business in a managerial position
  • you must be certified for the Canadian Language Benchmark. The certificate must provide you with a minimum of 5 points in the following disciplines:
  • reading
  • hearing
  • speech
  • letter

Valid languages ​​are English and French.

  • you must be 21 years of age or older
  • you must express your desire online (fill out the Expression of Interest form)
  • the Nova Scotia Immigration Office must send you an invitation to apply for immigration to Canada


International Graduate Entrepreneur stream for graduate entrepreneurs

The International Graduate Entrepreneur stream is designed for recent graduates from the University of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Community College.

This stream is for business immigration. Its prerequisite is that the applicant must successfully manage an independently created or purchased business in Canada, Nova Scotia within the last year. To go downstream, you must clearly intend to settle in Nova Scotia. Application is only possible on the basis of an invitation.


Requirements for the applicant:

  • you must want to reside permanently in Nova Scotia
  • along with this, you must own and effectively manage a local business
  • you must have at least one year of continuous business ownership and management experience in Nova Scotia (you must own at least 33.33% of the company)
  • you must have completed your degree or diploma after at least 2 academic years of full-time full-time education at a university in Nova Scotia or Nova Scotia Community College
  •  you must have an active work permit
  • you must achieve at least 7 points in the Canadian Language system. Disciplines:
  • reading
  • hearing
  • letter
  • speech
  • you must complete your Expression of Interest online
  • you must have received an invitation to apply from the Nova Scotia Administration
  • you must be a resident of Nova Scotia while actively running a local business


Stream for specialists from in-demand areas Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities

As part of the stream, candidates are selected who are included in the Express Entry federal electronic selection system. Applicants must match the actual situational needs of the provincial labor market. Only applicants who have received a letter from the Nova Scotia administration indicating that the state is interested in moving to Canada can apply for the stream. This letter is called a Letter of Interest.


Requirements for the applicant:

  • you must receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Nominee Program Administration under the Express Entry
  • you must apply to immigrate to Canada within 30 calendar days from the date of issue of your Letter of Interest
  • you must meet the minimum work experience requirements set forth by Express Entry
  • you must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to enable you and your family to successfully integrate into life in Nova Scotia
  • you must pay your own immigration and travel expenses
  • your status in the country of current residence must be legal
  • you must have a valid Express Entry profile number and meet all IRCC criteria for the Express Entry pool.


Physical Therapist Stream Labor Market Priorities for Physicians

This stream exists exclusively for physiotherapists applying for nomination through the Express Entry system.

Only applicants with a confirmed job offer from the Health Authority of Nova Scotia or IWK Health Center are eligible for admission. Applicants must have a letter of interest from the Nova Scotia Immigration Office.

Letters of Interest are available to general practitioners and family physicians (NOC 3112) and narrowly focused physical therapists (NOC 3111).


Another Stream for Physician Physicians

The Physician stream is a different, similar stream for therapists for immigration to Nova Scotia. As part of the flow of employees, the Nova Scotia National Health Service (NSHA) and the Izaak Walton Killam Health Center (IWK) are recruited.

The aim of the program is to help general practitioners, family doctors and therapists who will work in Nova Scotia immigrate to Canada.

Foreign specialists fall into the stream if the employer could not find the necessary specialist from people with permanent residence in Canada.


Skilled Worker Stream

The stream helps employers recruit immigrants and newly graduated international students who are required as professionals in Nova Scotia. An employer can only hire foreigners if the vacancies cannot be filled by residents of Canada and people with permanent residence in Canada.


Requirements for the applicant:

  • you must have a job offer from an employer in Nova Scotia
  • you must have at least one year of work experience in a similar position
  • your age must be between 21 and 55
  • you must have a high school diploma
  • you must have the appropriate accreditation and experience to perform the duties
  • you must know the language at level 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark. Valid languages ​​are English or French
  • you must have sufficient personal funds to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.


Occupations in Demand stream

Occupations in Demand stream is intended for representatives of professions in high demand in the Nova Scotia labor market. These professions include specialties of an intermediate level of complexity, belonging to category C in the NOC gradation.

Naturally, the list of demanded specialties is constantly changing, echoing the real staffing situation.

The applicant must have a full-time job offer in Nova Scotia. Eligible specialties in 2020: nurse, orderly, patient care assistant (NOC 3413), and also truck driver (NOC 7511).


Stream Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

This is a stream for highly qualified professionals who want to obtain permanent residence in Nova Scotia. Applicants should have a good chance of finding work quickly in the province’s labor market. Applications are submitted exclusively and only online. Specialists of different categories can apply for moving to Canada at different times of the year. Category A (for professionals with a real job offer) is open to apply for a nomination throughout the year. Category B (for professionals with experience in a similar position) opens and closes for applications several times throughout the year.

Requirements for an applicant for category A. You must:

  • have a profile registered in the Express Entry system
  • score at least 67 points on six selection criteria
  • get a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer for qualified full-time work. The contract must last at least one year after the issuance of your visa for permanent residence in Canada. For a job offer to be valid in Express Entry and earn points, employers typically require an LMIA from ESDC
  • have 1 year work experience, similar to that which would be required in the desired position
  • have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • prove proficiency in English or French as part of the Canadian Language Benchmark 7
  • demonstrate sufficient financial resources to successfully establish themselves in Nova Scotia.

Requirements for an applicant for category B. You must:

  • have one of the targeted professions of the stream
  • have a profile registered in the Express Entry system
  • score at least 67 points on six selection criteria
  • have at least 1 year of work experience in one of the target professions
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • confirm knowledge of English or French
  • show sufficient financial resources to successfully establish themselves in Nova Scotia.


Stream Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

This stream is designed to select highly qualified professionals who wish to obtain permanent residence in Canada (in particular, in Nova Scotia). In fact, this stream is not much different from the previous one. The main difference is that the applicant must have at least one year of work experience in Nova Scotia in the declared specialty.

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