Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream helps the province select highly skilled foreign workers who want to live, settle and work in Nova Scotia. The program only selects applicants who either have a minimum of 1 year of work experience or can benefit the labour market on an immediate basis.

Also, the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream is linked with the federal government’s Express Entry system.

Terms to apply to the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry?

Under this stream, there are two categories you can apply such as:


Category A: Arranged employment in the province

To apply under this category, you must have a valid job offer. Also, the Nova Scotia employer offering this job offer must get a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to be able to hire a foreign skilled worker; unless the job position or skilled worker is exempt from an LMIA.

Besides, the job offer must meet the following terms:

  • Be from 1 employer;
  • Also, for a regular, full-time (minimum 30 hour per week);
  • Further, this job must be:
    • For a minimum of 1-year post-approval of permanent resident visa;
    • Must not be seasonal; and
    • In NOC skill level 0, A, or B.


Category B: Work Experience in an Opportunity Occupation

To apply under this category, you must have either a minimum of 1-year, full time or equal in part-time (1560 hours or more) paid work experience within the past 6 years in an opportunity occupation.

Besides, this category has been closed.

 

What are the terms to apply for nomination under this program?

To qualify under the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream, you must meet the terms such as:

  • Firstly, must have a Canadian diploma, degree, certificate or an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report. An ECA report also confirms whether your foreign education credentials are equal to that of Canada’s education system;
  • Secondly, have a minimum of 1 year of paid work experience, full-time/part-time. This work experience can be gained either in Canada or a foreign country within the past 6 years. But the job must fall under NOC skill level 0, A, or B;
  • Also, submit valid English/French language test results with minimum CLB 7 level in all 4 skill areas. Such as listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
  • Besides, these test results must not be more than 2 years old at the time of applying to the program.


What are the selection factors you must meet to qualify in the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream?

In addition, to the above-mentioned terms, you must meet the following 6 factors to be eligible for nomination for Canadian permanent residence under this program. After that, your profile scored out of 100 points and you must have min 67 or more to qualify for this program.

Selection Factors Maximum Points
Education 25
Language Skill Level 28
Work Experience 15
Age 12
Arranged employment in the province 10
Adaptability 10


Education

  • Submit a Canadian degree, diploma, certificate; or
  • An ECA report proving that your foreign degree, diploma, and/or certificate is at par with Canada’s education credentials. Also, ECA report must not be more than 5 years old.
Education (Maximum 25 Points)
PhD degree 25
Master’s degree

Or

University level entry-to-practice or equal

 

Entry-to-practice degree must be in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, law, chiropractic medicine, or pharmacy; and

This occupation must fall under NOC skill level A and must be licensed by a regulatory body in the province.

23
2 or more post-secondary degrees or diplomas where 1 must have a study period of a minimum of 3 years. 22
Post-secondary degree or diploma of 3 years or longer 21
Post-secondary degree or diploma of 2 years 19
Post-secondary degree or diploma of 1 year 15
Secondary school diploma 5
Less than secondary school education level Not Applicable


Language

To prove your language skills, you can submit valid language test results for English and French from:

  • IELTS (English)
  • CELPIP (English)
  • TCF (French)
  • TEF (French)
Language Skills
First Language Speaking Listening Reading Writing
CLB Level 9+ 6 6 6 6
CLB Level 8 5 5 5 5
CLB Level 7 4 4 4 4
Second Language Speaking Listening Reading Writing
Minimum CLB Level 5 4 4 4 4

 

Note

  • At the time of application, your language test results must not be more than 2 years old.
  • Further, to qualify, you must have minimum CLB 7 language skill level in your 1st language and minimum CLB 5 level in 2nd


Work Experience

Your work experience in Canada or a foreign country must:

  • Be minimum 1 year (1560 hours), regular, full time or equivalent in part-time, paid work experience;
  • It must be in the same occupation and gained within 6 years, before applying to NSOI and at the time of applying to IRCC; and
  • Must be in a NOC skill level 0, A, or B job.
  • Besides, you must submit a reference letter to prove the same.

 

Work Experience Maximum 15 Points
1 year 9
2-3 years 11
4-5 years 13
6+ years 15


Age

Age Maximum 12 Points
18-35 years 12
36 11
37 10
38 09
39 08
40 07
41 06
42 05
43 04
44 03
45 02
46 01
47+ 0

To apply under the program, you must have a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer. A valid job offer must be:

  • Offered by one employer;
  • For a regular, full-time (minimum 30 hour per week);
  • This job must be:
    • For a minimum of 1-year post-approval of permanent resident visa;
    • Must not be seasonal; and
    • In NOC skill level 0, A, or B.
  • Must give you a salary and benefits;
  • For a job position, where no Canadian or permanent resident is available to fill the position;
  • It must not clash with any existing bargaining unit agreement or be involved in any employment disputes;

Besides

  • The employer making a job offer must have a positive LMIA;

OR

  • You must be working in a NOC 0, A or B job on a work permit issues as per an LMIA, and:
    • Are working for the employer whose name is listed on the work permit;
    • You are authorized to work in Canada at the time of application for a permanent resident visa and also when the visa is issued;
    • Your current employer has offered a full-time minimum 1-year job if your permanent residence application is accepted.

OR

  • You have a valid work permit that exempts you from having an LMIA, and:
    • You are currently working for the employer named on your work permit;
    • With the same employer you have a minimum of 1 year full-time or equivalent in part-time, work experience;
    • Have a permanent job offer for a minimum period of 1 year after acceptance of your permanent residence visa application.


Adaptability

Adaptability Maximum 10 Points
You have arranged employment  5
You spouse/common-law partner has a language skill level of CLB 4 or higher in all 4 skill areas. 5
You completed a minimum of 2 years of full-time study within 5 years. Also, your study program includes a minimum of 15 hours of studies per week. However, it must have been completed from a secondary or post-secondary school in Nova Scotia. 5
Spouse or common-law partner completed a minimum of 2 years of full-time study within 5 years from a secondary or post-secondary school in Nova Scotia. Also, this study program must include a minimum of 15 hours of studies per week. 5
You have completed a minimum of 1 year of past work experience within 5 years in Nova Scotia. Also, your occupation was in an occupation under NOC Skill Level 0, A or B. 10
Spouse or common-law partner has completed a minimum of 1-year work experience within 5 years in Nova Scotia. 5
You or spouse or common-law partner has relatives in Nova Scotia. 5