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Skills Immigration

Nova Scotia

Minimum requirements

Popular immigration programs for graduated international students, semi-skilled and skilled workers in the province

Intl Student in Demand

International students studied 50% program in NS and have a job offer in the same field

Job offer
In priority occupations related to the field of study
Graduation
Within the last 3 years prior to submission of the application and at least 50% of the program must be completed in NS
Age
Between 21 to 55 years old
Language
CLB 5
Occupations in Demand

Candidate inside or outside Canada with experience and job offer in priority occupations

Job offer
In high-demand occupations NOC 33102, 65200, 65201, 65310, 73300, 73400, 75110
Work experience
1 years work experience related to the job offer
Education
Equivalent to Canadian high-school
Age
Between 21 to 55 years old
Language
CLB 4
Physicians

Physicians inside or outside Canada with accreditation & job offer with public health agency

Job offer
With public health (NSHA or IWK) under NOC 31100, 31101 Specialist physicians or 31102 General practitioners and family physicians
Licence to practise
Meet all requirements to obtain a license to practice from College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
Education
Relevant to the job offer
Commitment to stay
Continue to live and work in Nova Scotia for at least 2 years after being nominated
Skilled Worker

Candidate inside or outside Canada with high-skilled experience and job offer

Job offer
Permanent full-time under TEER category 0, 1, 2, 3 occupations
Work experience
1 year within the last 5 years and relate to the job offer
Education
Equivalent to Canadian high-school
Age
Between 21 to 55 years old
Language
CLB 5
Semi-skilled Worker

Candidate working 6 months in semi-skilled occupation in NS (excluding intl student)

Job offer
Permanent full-time under TEER category 4 or 5 occupations
Work experience
6 months of full-time work experience with the same employer
Education
Equivalent to Canadian high-school
Age
Between 21 to 55 years old
Language
CLB 4
Critical Construction Pilot

Skilled workers with experience and job offer in construction

Job offer
Permanent full-time in construction occupations
Education
Equivalent to Canadian high-school or proof of having completed a specialized training program in the construction industry
Age
Between 21 to 55 years old
Language
CLB 5

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee the applicant will receive the invitation. Please refer the application process.
The candidate may qualify for multiple programs.

Application process

Process timeline of preparing and reviewing the application
between applicant with Provincial and Federal Government

Application submission
Stage 1

Applicant submits the completed application and supporting documents to eNSNP when all requirements are met.
Province reviews in 3 months

Decision of Nomination
Stage 2

Application approved, the applicant receives a Nomination Certificate to support their PR application to IRCC, valid for up to 6 months.
Province reviews in 30 - 90 days

PR submission
Stage 3

Maintain the conditions of nomination, attach Nomination Certificate to the PR application, and then submit them to IRCC.IRCC reviews in 15 - 19 months

Get PR Status
Stage 4

Application approved, the applicant gets Permanent Resident status after landing or confirming on IRCC Portal.Confirmation valid within 12 months

Applicant with work permit expiring within 180 days, who had submitted PR application to IRCC and is maintaining the conditions of nomination may be eligible to receive a work permit support letter from the province to renew their work permit.

Success factors

Crucial elements affect the decision

Settlement fund
Age
Language
French
Canadian work experience
Education
Work experience
Admissible
Employer supports
Occupation in Canada
Job position
Field study in Canada
Employer Letter of Support
Community referral letter
Job offer
Residential area
Provincial nomination
Study Permit
Work permit
Education in Canada

Entitlement

Benefits the applicant and their accompanying family members are entitled to when becoming permanent residents

Family-friendly
Family-friendly

The immigration application includes the applicant's spouse and children

Work and study
Work and study

Keep working legally with the letter of support for work permit renewal

Medical
Medical

Access to high-quality modern public health care as same as Canadian

Education
Education

Free or lower tuition for children depends on the level of education

Benefits
Benefits

Access to social benefits as same as Canadian

Mobility right
Mobility right

Live and work anywhere under Permanent Resident status

Sponsorship
Sponsorship

Ability to sponsor relatives if the conditions are met

Naturalization
Naturalization

Ability to obtain citizenship if residency conditions are met

Specific requirements

Important requirements the applicant should note

Immigration Ineligibility

  • Are in Canada and out of status
  • Have received a nomination under NSNP or Atlantic Immigration Pilot program within the last 12 months.
  • Are in Live-in Caregiver Program;
  • Have an unresolved refugee or humanitarian claim in Canada
  • Are under a removal order in or outside of Canada
  • Receive a government-funded grant or scholarship that requires a return to the home country after graduation and have not yet done so
  • Are self-employed
  • Have relative(s) (parent, grandparent or spouse) who is Canadian or PR
  • Are in unresolved custody or child support disputes that affect any family member
  • Intend to start a business or become self-employed
  • Are the main shareholder of a company in Nova Scotia
  • Are a passive investor in Nova Scotia
  • Are offered a position that is paid by commission, home-based or remote work

Basic requirements

  • Have a valid post-graduation work permit
  • Between 21 to 55 years old

Job offer

  • Permanent full-time under NOC 33102 – Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates; or 42202 – Early childhood educators and assistants
  • Relate to the field of study

Education

  • Meet all requirements for graduation within the last 3 years prior to the submission of the application, the program must be at least 30 weeks in length and at least 50% of the program must be completed in Nova Scotia
  • Have a license to practice from the regulatory body in Nova Scotia
  • Have a high-school diploma

Language

Minimum CLB 5, assessed by 1 of 5 language proficiency tests within the last 2 years:

Settlement fund

Proof of funds to support yourself and family members during the period of adaptation after your arrival, based on Low Income Cut-Off threshold and family size:

Quy mô gia đìnhTài chính yêu cầu (CAD)
1$14,690
2$18,288
3$22,483
4$27,297
5$30,690
6$34,917
7$38,875
Each additional family member$3,958

Employer

  • Have the business registered with the province
  • Operate at least 2 consecutive years Nova Scotia

Immigration Ineligibility

  • Are in Canada and out of status
  • Have received a nomination under NSNP or Atlantic Immigration Pilot program within the last 12 months.
  • Are in Live-in Caregiver Program;
  • Have an unresolved refugee or humanitarian claim in Canada
  • Are under a removal order in or outside of Canada
  • Are currently studying at a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Receive a government-funded grant or scholarship that requires a return to the home country after graduation and have not yet done so
  • Are self-employed
  • Intend to start a business or become self-employed
  • Are the main shareholder of a company in Nova Scotia
  • Are a passive investor in Nova Scotia
  • Are offered a position that is paid by commission, home-based or remote work

Basic requirements

  • Between 21 to 55 years old

Work experience

  • At least 1 year of full-time work experience within the last 5 years and relate to the job offer

Job offer

  • Permanent full-time with a comparable wage in the priority occupations in NS such as
    ○ NOC 33102 - Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
    ○ NOC 65200 - Food and beverage servers
    ○ NOC 65201 - Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
    ○ NOC 65310 - Light duty cleaners
    ○ NOC 73300 - Transport truck drivers
    ○ NOC 73400 - Heavy equipment operators
    ○ NOC 75110 - Construction trades helpers and labourers

Education

  • Equivalent to Canadian high-school
  • Foreign education credential(s) must be assessed by Educational Credential Assessment
  • Have proper training, skills or certification related to the job offer

Language

Minimum CLB 4, assessed by 1 of 5 language proficiency tests within the last 2 years:

Settlement fund

Proof of funds to support yourself and family member during the period of adaptation after your arrivals, based on Low Income Cut-Off threshold and family size:

Quy mô gia đìnhTài chính yêu cầu (CAD)
1$14,690
2$18,288
3$22,483
4$27,297
5$30,690
6$34,917
7$38,875
Each additional family member$3,958

Employer

  • Have the business registered with the province
  • Operate at least 2 consecutive years Nova Scotia

Immigration Ineligibility

  • Are in Canada and out of status
  • Have an unresolved refugee or humanitarian claim in Canada
  • Have applied for refugee and been refused
  • Are under a removal order in or outside of Canada
  • Are in unresolved custody or child support disputes that affect any family member
  • Are currently studying at a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Receive a government-funded grant or scholarship that requires a return to the home country after graduation and have not yet done so

Basic requirements

  • Continue to live and work in Nova Scotia for at least 2 years after being nominated

Job offer

  • With public health (NSHA or IWK) under NOC 31100, 31101 Specialist physicians or 31102 General practitioners and family physicians

Education

Employer

Immigration Ineligibility

  • Are in Canada and out of status
  • Have received a nomination under NSNP or Atlantic Immigration Pilot program within the last 12 months.
  • Are in Live-in Caregiver Program;
  • Have an unresolved refugee or humanitarian claim in Canada
  • Have applied for refugee and been refused
  • Are under a removal order in or outside of Canada
  • Are currently studying at a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Receive a government-funded grant or scholarship that requires a return to the home country after graduation and have not yet done so
  • Are working under TEER category 5 occupations on a post-graduation work permit
  • Are self-employed
  • Intend to start a business or become self-employed
  • Are the main shareholder of a company in Nova Scotia
  • Are a passive investor in Nova Scotia
  • Are offered a position that is paid by commission, home-based or remote work

Basic requirements

  • Between 21 to 55 years old

Work experience

  • At least 6 months of full-time work experience with the same employer

Job offer

  • Permanent full-time with a comparable wage under TEER category 4 or 5 occupations

Education

  • Equivalent to Canadian high-school
  • Foreign education credential(s) must be assessed by Educational Credential Assessment
  • Have proper training, skills or certification related to the job offer

Language

Minimum CLB 4, assessed by 1 of 5 language proficiency tests within the last 2 years:

Settlement fund

Proof of funds to support yourself and family members during the period of adaptation after your arrival, based on Low Income Cut-Off threshold and family size:

Quy mô gia đìnhTài chính yêu cầu (CAD)
1$14,690
2$18,288
3$22,483
4$27,297
5$30,690
6$34,917
7$38,875
Each additional family member$3,958

Employer

  • Have the business registered with the province
  • Operate at least 2 consecutive years Nova Scotia

Immigration Ineligibility

  • Are in Canada and out of status
  • Have received a nomination under NSNP or Atlantic Immigration Pilot program within the last 12 months.
  • Are in Live-in Caregiver Program;
  • Have an unresolved refugee or humanitarian claim in Canada
  • Have applied for refugee and been refused
  • Are under a removal order in or outside of Canada
  • Are currently studying at a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Receive a government-funded grant or scholarship that requires a return to the home country after graduation and have not yet done so
  • Are working under TEER category 5 occupations on a post-graduation work permit
  • Are self-employed
  • Intend to start a business or become self-employed
  • Are the main shareholder of a company in Nova Scotia
  • Are a passive investor in Nova Scotia
  • Are offered a position that is paid by commission, home-based or remote work

Basic requirements

  • Between 21 to 55 years old

Work experience

  • At least 1 year of full-time work experience within the last 5 years and relate to the job offer

Job offer

  • Permanent full-time with a comparable wage under TEER category 0, 1, 2, 3 occupations

Education

  • Equivalent to Canadian high-school
  • Foreign education credential(s) must be assessed by Educational Credential Assessment
  • Have proper training, skills or certification related to the job offer

Language

Minimum CLB 5, assessed by 1 of 5 language proficiency tests within the last 2 years:

Settlement fund

Proof of funds to support yourself and family members during the period of adaptation after your arrival, based on Low Income Cut-Off threshold and family size:

Quy mô gia đìnhTài chính yêu cầu (CAD)
1$14,690
2$18,288
3$22,483
4$27,297
5$30,690
6$34,917
7$38,875
Each additional family member$3,958

Employer

  • Have the business registered with the province
  • Operate at least 2 consecutive years Nova Scotia

Immigration Ineligibility

  • Are in Canada and out of status
  • Have received a nomination under NSNP or Atlantic Immigration Pilot program within the last 12 months.
  • Are in Live-in Caregiver Program;
  • Have an unresolved refugee or humanitarian claim in Canada
  • Have applied for refugee and been refused
  • Are under a removal order in or outside of Canada
  • Are currently studying at a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Receive a government-funded grant or scholarship that requires a return to the home country after graduation and have not yet done so
  • Are self-employed
  • Intend to start a business or become self-employed
  • Are the main shareholder of a company in Nova Scotia
  • Are a passive investor in Nova Scotia
  • Are offered a position that is paid by commission, home-based or remote work

Basic requirements

  • Between 21 to 55 years old

Work experience

  • 1 years work experience related to the job offer

Job offer

  • Permanent full-time with a comparable wage under construction occupations, such as:
    • 70010 – Construction managers
    • 70011 – Home building and renovation managers
    • 72011 – Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    • 72014 – Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
    • 72020 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
    • 72106 – Welders and related machine operators
    • 72106 – Welders and related machine operators
    • 72201 – Industrial electricians
    • 72310 – Carpenters
    • 72320 – Bricklayers
    • 72401 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
    • 72402 – Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
    • 72500 – Crane operators
    • 73100 – Concrete finishers
    • 73102 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
    • 73110 – Roofers and shinglers
    • 73200 – Residential and commercial installers and servicers
    • 73400 – Heavy equipment operators
    • 75101 – Material handlers
    • 75110 – Construction trades helpers and labourers
    • 75119 – Other trades helpers and labourers

Education

  • Equivalent to Canadian high-school
  • Foreign education credential(s) must be assessed by Educational Credential Assessment
  • Or evidence of having completed a specialized training program in the construction industry.

Language

Minimum CLB 5 (TEER 0, 1, 2, 3) hoặc CLB 4 (TEER 4, 5) , assessed by 1 of 5 language proficiency tests within the last 2 years:

Settlement fund

Proof of funds to support yourself and family members during the period of adaptation after your arrival, based on Low Income Cut-Off threshold and family size:

Quy mô gia đìnhTài chính yêu cầu (CAD)
1$14,690
2$18,288
3$22,483
4$27,297
5$30,690
6$34,917
7$38,875
Each additional family member$3,958

Employer

  • Have the business registered with the province
  • Operate at least 2 consecutive years Nova Scotia
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