What are the Nova Scotia Nominee Programs (NSNP)?

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The Nova Scotia Nominee Program operates independently of the AIP and offers prospective candidates nine separate immigration pathways.

Express Entry aligned streams

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities, Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry and Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians are only open to candidates who have Express Entry profiles with (IRCC).

Skilled Worker stream

The Skilled Worker stream requires a job offer from an employer in Nova Scotia and demonstrated work experience within their National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill code.

This stream can apply to NOC’s 0, A, B, C, or D. Language requirements can vary depending on a candidate’s NOC.

Occupation: In-Demand stream

The Occupation: In-Demand Stream requires a job offer in any of the in-demand occupations on the current list, typically those with NOC’s C and D.

International Graduates: In-Demand stream

International Graduates: In-Demand stream candidates must have completed at least a 30-week program for an in-demand occupation such as early childcare or as an orderly. Half of the program must be completed in Nova Scotia and a job offer within the province is required.

International Graduate: Entrepreneur stream

The International Graduate: Entrepreneur stream is for international graduates who have completed a two-year program in a Nova Scotian postsecondary school and have obtained a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). Candidates also require at least one year of business ownership experience.

Entrepreneur stream

Entrepreneur stream candidates need at least three years of business ownership experience as well as a business plan and willingness to invest $150,000 to purchase or establish a business within Nova Scotia.

Immigration initiatives a success in Atlantic Canada

Nova Scotia’s population growth is largely attributed to the NSNP and well as the Atlantic Immigration Program. Through the AIP, over 10,000 newcomers arrived in Nova Scotia between 2017 –2021. Over this period of time, about 91% of immigrants stayed in the province.