Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

This is one of the streams of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), a PNP operated by the province of Nova Scotia. It has been crafted to target newcomers in order to fill shortages in the labour forces of Nova Scotia.
As it is aligned with the federal Express Entry system, the successful applicants receive 600 points towards their Express Entry profiles, which nearly guarantees them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian PR. The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry is divided into 2 separate categories with different requirements and application procedures. Here are various requirements for the categories:

-    Category A
-    Category B

Category A

Category A differentiates from Category B by one central requirement, which is that all the applicants in this category need to have a full-time, skilled job offer from a Nova Scotia employer. Furthermore, the applicants must also meet the general program requirements, which are mostly aligned with requirements for Express Entry candidates.

Program Requirements

Requirement

 

Express Entry Profile

Yes

Connection to Province

No

Job Offer

Yes

Language Proficiency

CLB 7

Level of Education

High School

Work Experience

NOC A, B, or 0

1 year

Investment Requirement

None

Express Entry Requirement

In order to be eligible for this category of the stream, the applicants must be registered in the federal Express Entry pool and be eligible for at least one of three federal Economic programs:
-   Federal Skilled Worker – This program requires the candidates to at least have a high school diploma along with at least 1 year of continuous full-time, skilled work experience.
-   Canadian Experience Class – This program doesn’t require any minimum education, but the candidates of this program must have at least 1 year of full-time Canadian skilled work experience. The work experience need not be continuous but must have been obtained within the 3 years prior to the application.
-   Federal Skilled Trades – This program doesn’t require any minimum education; however, the candidates must have full-time work experience of least 2 years in a skilled trade occupation. Furthermore, the candidates must also have either a certificate of qualification in their skilled trade issued by a Canadian authority or an offer of employment to work in a skilled trade in Canada.

Job Offer

To qualify under this program, the job offer must be for a full-time and permanent position which is at NOC Skill Level A, B, or 0. This job offer must be exempted from needing LMIA or be supported by it.

Language Proficiency

The candidates must have valid language test scores showing proficiency equivalent to CLB Level 7 or higher.

Points Assessment Grid

To be eligible for this stream, the candidates must score at least 67 points on the province’s points assessment grid.

Application Procedure

This category is open for applications throughout. Qualified applicants may submit their applications using the Nova Scotia online immigration portal. Successful applicants receive a nomination from Nova Scotia. Once the nomination is accepted, the applicant’s CRS score increases by 600 points, almost guaranteeing that they will get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for PR in the next Express Entry draw.
Upon receiving an ITA, the applicant gets 90 days to prepare and submit an official application for Canadian PR. Such applications generally get processed within six months.


Category B

This category requires all the applicants to have full-time skilled work experience of at least 1 year in one of Nova Scotia’s in-demand occupations. Furthermore, the applicants must meet the general program requirements which are primarily aligned with requirements for Express Entry candidates.

Program Requirements

Requirement

 

Express Entry Profile

Yes

Connection to Province

No

Job Offer

No

Language Proficiency

CLB 7

Level of Education

High School

Work Experience

In-Demand Occupation List

1 year

Investment Requirement

None

Express Entry Requirement

In order to be eligible for this stream, the applicants must be registered in the federal Express Entry pool for at least one of these federal Economic programs:
-    Federal Skilled Worker – This program requires the candidates to at least have a high school diploma along with at least 1 year of continuous full-time, skilled work experience.
-    Canadian Experience Class – This program doesn’t require any minimum education, but the candidates of this program must have at least 1 year full-time Canadian skilled work experience. The work experience need not be continuous but must have been obtained within the 3 years prior to the application.
-    Federal Skilled Trades – This program doesn’t require any minimum education; however, the candidates must have full-time work experience of least 2 years in a skilled trade occupation. Furthermore, the candidates must also have either a certificate of qualification in their skilled trade issued by a Canadian authority or an offer of employment to work in a skilled trade in Canada.

Language Proficiency

The candidates must have valid language test scores showing proficiency equivalent to CLB Level 7 or higher.

Work Experience

The candidates who apply through this stream must have full-time work experience of at least 1 year in one of Nova Scotia’s In-Demand Occupations.

Points Assessment Grid

In order to be eligible for this stream, the candidates must score at least 67 points on Nova Scotia’s points assessment grid.  

Settlement Funds

All the candidates applying for this stream must meet the settlement funds requirement as recognized by IRCC, which may be demonstrated through their own finances or through maintaining a valid offer of employment.
 

Nova Scotia Target Occupations List

To qualify for this stream, the candidate must have full-time, skilled work experience of at least 12 months in one of the occupations mentioned below. The work experience must have been obtained within the last 5 years.

Occupation Title

NOC Code

Skill Level

Financial auditors and accountants

1111

A

Other financial officers

1114

A

Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations

1123

A

Administrative assistants

1241

B

Accounting technicians and bookkeepers

1311

B

Civil engineers

2131

A

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

3012

A

Licensed practical nurses

3233

B

College and other vocational instructors

4021

A

Paralegal and related occupations

4211

B

Social and community service workers

4212

B

Please note that this list may change/update without any prior notice. 

Application Procedure

This category (B) of this stream accepts applications only during periodic intakes. The eligible applicants need to wait for the program to open in order to submit their applications. Once submitted, the applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the category opens for accepting applications, the qualified applicants may complete their applications online through Nova Scotia’s online immigration portal. The online portal stops accepting new applications as soon as it reaches its predetermined quota for the intake round.
Interested candidates must be aware of the risks related to applying to this program as the online immigration portal receives a huge amount of web traffic (or experiences technical problems) during intake periods which makes submission very difficult. The successful applicants receive a nomination from Nova Scotia.

Once the provincial nomination is accepted by the applicant, their CRS increases by 600 points, nearly guaranteeing them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for PR in the next Express Entry draw.

Once the ITA is received, the applicant must prepare and submit an official application within the stipulated timeframe. Such applications generally get processed within 6 months.

Points Assessment Grid

The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream requires that all candidates score at least 67 out of 100 points on the Nova Scotia Points Assessment Grid.

Overview of Factors

Selection Factor

Points

Education

25

Ability in English and/or French

28

Work Experience

15

Age

12

Arrange Employment in Nova Scotia

10

Adaptability

10

Minimum Pass Mark

67

 

Education

Education

Points

University degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level

25

University degree at the Master’s level

OR

University level entry-to-practice professional degree or equal

For entry-to-practice professional degrees, the degree program must have been in:

medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, law, chiropractic

medicine, or pharmacy

AND

The related occupation must be:

• NOC 2016 Skill Level A, and

• licensed by a provincial regulatory body

23

Two or more post-secondary degrees or diplomas (at least one must be for a program of at least three years)

23

Post-secondary degree or diploma for a program of three years or longer

21

Post-secondary degree or diploma for a two-year program

19

Post-secondary degree or diploma for a one-year program

15

Secondary school diploma (high school graduation)

5

Less than secondary school (high school)

Ineligible

Maximum

25

 

Language

Language Ability

Points

First Official Language

Speaking

Listening

Reading

Writing

CLB level 9 or higher

6

6

6

6

CLB level 8

5

5

5

5

CLB level 7

4

4

4

4

Below CLB 7

Not eligible to apply

Second Official Language

 

At least CLB 5 in each of the four abilities

4

CLB 4 or less in any of the four abilities

0

Maximum

28

Work Experience

Work Experience

Ranking Points

Less than one year

Ineligible

1 year

9

2-3 years

11

4-5 years

13

6 or more

15

Maximum

15

 

Age

Age

Ranking Points

Under 18 years of age

Ineligible

18-35 years of age

12

36 years of age

11

37 years of age

10

38 years of age

9

39 years of age

8

40 years of age

7

41 years of age

6

42 years of age

5

43 years of age

4

44 years of age

3

45 years of age

2

46 years of age

1

47 years of age or older

0

Maximum

12

 

Arranged Employment

Arranged Employment

Points

Valid job offer

10

Maximum

10

 

Adaptability

Adaptability

Ranking Points

A. Arranged employment (principal applicant only)

You earned points under Factor 5: Arranged Employment

5

B. Your previous study in Nova Scotia

You completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program of at least two years in duration) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Nova Scotia in the past five years. Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week, and you must have remained in good academic standing (as defined by the school) during the period of full-time study in Nova Scotia.

5

C. Your accompanying spouse or common-law partner’s previous study in Nova Scotia

Your accompanying spouse or common-law partner completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program of at least two years in duration) at a secondary or post- secondary school in Nova Scotia in the past five years. Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week, and your accompanying spouse or common-law partner must have remained in good academic standing (as defined by the school) during the period of full-time study in Nova Scotia.

5

D. Your previous work in Nova Scotia

You completed a minimum of one year of authorized, fulltime work in Nova Scotia in an occupation in Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B of NOC2016 in the past five years.

10

E. Your accompanying spouse or common-law partner’s previous work in Nova Scotia

Your accompanying spouse or common-law partner completed a minimum of one year of authorized, full-time work in Nova Scotia in the past five years.

5

F. Relatives in Nova Scotia

You or, if applicable, your accompanying spouse or common-law partner have a relative, (parent, grandparent, brother/sister, aunt/uncle or niece/nephew), who is 19 years of age or older as of the date we receive your application, and who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in Nova Scotia.

5

G. Your accompanying spouse or common-law partner’s level of language proficiency

Your accompanying spouse or common-law partner’s level of language proficiency in either English or French is at the CLB 4 level or higher in all four language abilities (speaking, listening, reading and writing). To receive points for your spouse or common-law partner’s language proficiency, you must submit a copy of the language test results from a designated testing agency with your application. Your spouse or common-law partner’s language test results must not be more than two years old at the time of application to NSOI. Language test results must remain valid throughout the assessment process with NSOI and remain valid at time of submission of a complete application for permanent residence to IRCC.

5

Maximum

10