The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (PNP)
Nova Scotia is a small Canadian province located in the ‘Maritimes’ region of the country. The province is composed of the Nova Scotia peninsula, Cape Breton Island, and over 3,000 smaller islands. Its capital city, Halifax, is known as a major centre for culture and the arts, as well as for its high standard of living. Nova Scotians are closely connected to the sea, and the province is renowned for its coastal beauty and delicious cuisine.
The NSNP is Nova Scotia’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Certificate, which speeds up the overall immigration process.
The NSNP accepts applications under the following immigration streams:
• Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
• Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
• Skilled Worker Stream
• Family Business Worker
• Entrepreneur Stream
• International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
Nova Scotia will use the federal government’s Express Entry immigration selection system in order to select candidates for this stream. This stream, which came into effect on January 1, 2015, is for highly-skilled individuals with a have post-secondary education and qualifications that will help them successfully settle in Nova Scotia. There is a list of 29 eligible occupations for this stream.
Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
Nova Scotia will use the federal government’s Express Entry immigration selection system in order to select candidates for this stream, which provides a pathway to permanent residence for highly skilled applicants who have worked for a Nova Scotia employer for at least one year.
Skilled Worker Stream
The province accepts applications under this stream from individuals who have received a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer. Workers in skilled, semi-skilled, and low-skilled occupations may be eligible to apply.
Family Business Worker Stream
The province accepts applications under this stream from workers who have received an offer of employment from a close family member in Nova Scotia.
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) Entrepreneur Stream is designed to attract individuals who wish to start or acquire a business and settle permanently in Nova Scotia. The Entrepreneur Stream will begin accepting applications from January 1, 2016.
International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is open to graduates who have completed at least two years of full-time study from a recognized Nova Scotia university or Nova Scotia Community College, have operated their own business in Nova Scotia for at least one year, and intend to settle permanently in Nova Scotia. The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream will begin accepting applications from January 1, 2016.
International Student Sub-Stream
International graduates of Canadian colleges or universities who have received an offer of employment from a Nova Scotia employer may be eligible to apply under the Skilled Worker Stream.