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Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream for Physicians View

Requirements

  • Have an approved opportunity from the NSHA or IWK as either a general practitioner and family physician (NOC 3112) or a specialist physician (NOC 3111);
  • Provide a copy of a signed Return for Service Agreement with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness indicating commitment to live and work in Nova Scotia for a minimum period of two years;
  • Receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Nominee Program within the Express Entry system;
  • You must provide documentation to show that you have education and medical training required for licensure in Nova Scotia: 
    • Proof of education in Canada (e.g., copies of your diplomas/degrees, transcripts)
    • Proof of your completed foreign educational credentials (e.g., copies of your diplomas/degrees, transcripts) AND
    • a copy of an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) issued by the Medical Council of Canada (https://mcc.ca/services/repository/educational-credential-assessment/).
  • You must provide official language tests showing that you meet the minimum language proficiency level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 
  • 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; and have legal status in your current country of residence.

 

Procedure

  • You must create an Express Entry profile within Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s online Express Entry system before you apply to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program. Your Express Entry Profile Number is necessary for your application. A Job Seeker Validation Code may also be required.
  • Gather and prepare all your application materials. Submit supporting documents as PDF attachments;
  • After your application is received and subject to application volumes, NSOI will review your application to ensure that it is complete and meets eligibility criteria before it is accepted for assessment. If your application is not complete or if you do not meet basic eligibility requirements, your application may be returned.
  • Once you are nominated, you will have 30 days to accept the nomination within the Express Entry system.
  • Following acceptance of the nomination with the Express Entry system, you will receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence by IRCC. 

Nova Scotia-Physician View

Requirements

  • Be signed and dated by a person authorized to hire physicians at the NSHA or IWK
  • Be signed and dated by the applicant who is accepting the opportunity
  • Indicate eligibility for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of NS
  • Indicate that the applicant is eligible to apply for privileges and credentials with NSHA and the IWK

Procedure

  • Gather and prepare all your application materials. The Forms and Supporting Documents Checklist at the end of this guide will assist you in preparing your NSNP application.
  • Apply through Nova Scotia’s online service at http://novascotia.ca/eNSNP
  • The Office of Immigration will conduct a full review and evaluation of the complete application subject to application volumes and the possible circumstances set out above under “Disclaimer.” The Office of Immigration reserves the right to request an interview with the applicant and/or to contact the employer to gather additional information or to clarify information provided.
  • If nominated by the Province of Nova Scotia, it is possible to request a letter of support from the Office of Immigration to support the application of a temporary work permit or the renewal of an existing work permit. 
  • If you are nominated by the Province of Nova Scotia, you may then apply to the Government of Canada for a permanent resident visa through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. 

Nova Scotia-Entrepreneur Program View

Requirements

  • 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.

Procedure

  • Prospective applicants must indicate their interest in applying for the Entrepreneur Stream by submitting an online Expression of Interest (EOI). EOIs can remain in the pool for twelve months from the date of receipt. If your EOI is not selectedduring this time, it will be removed from the pool but you will be able to submit a new EOI if you so choose.
  • If your EOI is selected, you will receive an ITA letter from NSOI, including ITA File Number;
  • After your application is received and subject to application volumes, NSOI will review your application to ensure that it is complete and meets eligibility criteria before it is accepted for assessment. If your application is not complete or if you do not meet basic eligibility requirements, your application will be rejected and your file will be closed. After assessment of the application is complete, if you appear to meet the Entrepreneur Eligibility Criteria you will be contacted to participate in an in-person interview with NSOI staff. You will be required to travel to Nova Scotia to participate in this interview.
  • Upon completion of a successful in-person interview, you will be sent a Business Performance Agreement for your review and signature.
  • If your application for a WP is approved, you will be expected to arrive in Nova Scotia within 12 months of receiving your Entrepreneur Approval Letter.
  • In order to be eligible for nomination you and your dependents must be living in Nova Scotia and you must have fulfilled the terms outlined in the Business Performance Agreement including transferring the required funds to Canada, and maintaining legal status in Canada. 
  • If you are nominated by the Province of Nova Scotia, then it is your responsibility to submit a complete application for a permanent resident visa to the Centralized Intake Office as indicated in NSOI’s Letter of Nomination, within 6 (six) months.

Nova Scotia-International Graduate Entrepreneur View

Requirements

  • want to live permanently in Nova Scotia while owning and actively managing a Nova Scotia business;
  • have at least one year’s continuous experience actively managing and owning your current Nova Scotia business (33.33% ownership minimum);
  • have completed a degree or diploma after at least 2 academic years of full-time, in-person study at a university in Nova Scotia or the Nova Scotia Community College;
  • have a valid post-graduation work permit;
  • have a score of at least 7 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.

Procedure

  • Prospective applicants must indicate their interest in applying for the International Graduate Entrepreneur (IGE) Stream by submitting an online Expression of Interest (EOI). EOIs can remain in the pool for twelve months from the date of receipt. If your EOI is not selectedduring this time, it will be removed from the pool but you will be able to submit a new EOI if you so choose.
  • If your EOI is selected you will receive an ITA letter from NSOI. You will have 20 calendar days from the issuance date of the ITA letter in which to: a. select a NSOI designated Audit Services Verifier; and b. notify NSOI of your chosen Audit Services Verifier. You will have 90 calendar days from the issuance date of the ITA letter to submit: a. a complete application form; b. all required supporting documents; and c. your Audit Opinion and Special Purpose Report.
  • After your application is received and subject to application volumes, NSOI will review your application to ensure that it is complete and meets eligibility criteria before it is accepted for assessment. If your application is not complete or if you do not meet basic eligibility requirements, your application will be rejected and your file will be closed. If you appear to meet the IGE Eligibility Criteria you will be contacted to participate in an in-person interview with NSOI staff. The interview will include a site visit to the eligible business.
  • If you are nominated by the Province of Nova Scotia, then it is your responsibility to submit a complete application for a permanent resident visa to the Centralized Intake Office as indicated in NSOI’s Letter of Nomination, within 6 (six) months.

Nova Scotia-Skilled Worker View

Requirements

  • have a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer;
  • have 1 year of work experience related to the job. (Semi-skilled and low-skilled workers must already have six months’ experience with the employer.);
  • 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.

Procedure

  • submit your application through Nova Scotia’s online service (novascotia.ca/ensnp) and ensure that you include all the required supporting documents.
  • The employer must complete the NSNP 200 form to confirm the details of your job offer. 
  • If you meet the Skilled Worker stream criteria, NSOI will communicate the decision and provide the nomination certificate to you or your representative via email. The certificate expires six months after the date of nomination. NSOI will also send proof of nomination directly to IRCC.
  • After you have been nominated by the Province of Nova Scotia, you must submit a complete application for a permanent resident visa to IRCC within six months. 
  • When you are granted permanent residence, you must contact NSOI within 30 days of your arrival in Nova Scotia. 

Nova Scotia-Occupation in Demand View

Requirements

  • 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;

Procedure

  • submit your application through Nova Scotia’s online service (novascotia.ca/ensnp) and ensure that you include all the required supporting documents.
  • If you meet the Occupation in Demand stream criteria, NSOI will communicate the decision and provide the nomination certificate to you or your representative via email. The certificate expires six months after the date of nomination. NSOI will also send proof of nomination directly to IRCC.
  • After you have been nominated by the Province of Nova Scotia, you must submit a complete application for a permanent resident visa to IRCC within six months. 
  • When you are granted permanent residence, you must contact NSOI within 30 days of your arrival in Nova Scotia. 

 

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry View

Requirements

  • 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. There are a few exceptions: cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/exempt.asp;
  • 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.

OR

  • 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.

Procedure

  • You must create an Express Entry profile within Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s online Express Entry system before you apply to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program. Your Express Entry Profile Number is necessary for your application. A Job Seeker Validation Code may also be required.
  • Gather and prepare all your application materials. Submit supporting documents as PDF attachments;
  • After your application is received and subject to application volumes, NSOI will review your application to ensure that it is complete and meets eligibility criteria before it is accepted for assessment. If your application is not complete or if you do not meet basic eligibility requirements, your application may be returned.
  • Once you are nominated, you will have 30 days to accept the nomination within the Express Entry system.
  • Following acceptance of the nomination with the Express Entry system, you will receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence by IRCC. 

 

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry View

Requirements

  • 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

Procedure

  • You must create an Express Entry profile within Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s online Express Entry system before you apply to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program. Your Express Entry Profile Number is necessary for your application. A Job Seeker Validation Code may also be required.
  • Gather and prepare all your application materials. Submit supporting documents as PDF attachments;
  • After your application is received and subject to application volumes, NSOI will review your application to ensure that it is complete and meets eligibility criteria before it is accepted for assessment. If your application is not complete or if you do not meet basic eligibility requirements, your application may be returned.
  • Once you are nominated, you will have 30 days to accept the nomination within the Express Entry system.
  • Following acceptance of the nomination with the Express Entry system, you will receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence by IRCC. 

Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream View

Requirements

Procedure