Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

This is one of the streams of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, a PNP operated by the province of Nova Scotia, which especially targets newcomers who have work experience in Nova Scotia and will be able to join the workforce of Nova Scotia.

As this program is aligned with the federal Express Entry system, successful applicants to this stream get additional 600 points to their Express Entry profiles, nearly guaranteeing an Invitation to Apply for Canadian PR.

Program Requirements



Express Entry Profile


Connection to Province

Work Experience

Job Offer


Language Proficiency

CLB 7 NOC 0 or A

CLB 5 for NOC B

Level of Education

High School

Work Experience

Employed in Nova Scotia

NOC 0, A, or B

1 year

Investment Requirement


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.

Connection to Nova Scotia

To be eligible for this program, the candidate must have full-time experience of at least 1 year or an equivalent amount in part-time experience in NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B, which must have been while working with a Nova Scotia employer.

Language Proficiency

Work Experience in Position

Language Proficiency Score

NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B

CLB Level 7 or higher

NOC Skill Level B


Application Procedure

This stream is open to new applications throughout and accepts applications electronically via the Nova Scotia online immigration portal. Successful applicants get a nomination from Nova Scotia, which upon acceptance by the applicant adds 600 points to their CRS score, 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 for Canadian PR within the stipulated timeframe. Such applications get processed within 6 months.