Nova Scotia Experience Express Entry

Nova Scotia Experience Express Entry

The Nova Scotia Experience Express Entry stream selects skilled foreign workers who want to live, settle, and work in Nova Scotia. It selects applicants who have a minimum of 1 year of full-time, regular, and paid work experience in Nova Scotia. This stream is also linked with the federal government’s Express Entry system. But, this stream is a pilot project and is subject to change.

Moreover, there are two ways to get a selection, either you apply to NSOI directly or NSOI will select you. In both cases, you must have an active Express Entry (EE) profile with the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)Express Entry (EE) system. Further, you must submit a complete application to NSOI.

The Nova Scotia Experience Express Entry program, in addition, helps the province meet its labour market and economic needs. It also allows skilled workers and their families to get permanent residence in Canada.

What are the terms you must meet to apply to this program?

To apply, you must meet its terms such as:

  • You must be between the age group of 21 and 55;
  • Create an EE profile and meet the terms of the EE system;
  • Must have a minimum of 12 months full-time (30 hours per week) or equivalent part-time (15 hours per week) skilled work experience within 3 years;
  • Have work experience in Nova Scotia with a valid work permit or authorization to work in Canada;
  • Must have completed Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credentials or have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report that verifies foreign educational credentials are at par with Canada’s educational credentials;
  • Have the minimum language skill level of CLB 7 for an occupation in NOC 0 and B, and CLB 5 for NOC B.
  • Also, you must prove that you intend to live, settle, and work in the province.

Work Experience

To apply, you must have skilled work experience, and this must:

  • Be gained by working for an employer in the province;
  • Gained within 3 years before applying to NSOI and IRCC;
  • Minimum 1 year (1560 hours) of full-time (30 hours per for 12 months) or equal in part-time (15 hours per week for 24 months or 30 hours per week in 12 months, in more than 1 job), is counted;
  • Paid experience gained as a student or through self-employment is not considered;
  • Must be in NOC skill level 0, A, or B.


To apply to this program, you must:

  • Submit a copy of a valid Canadian degree, diploma, certificate; or
  • Give an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report that:
    • Confirms foreign educational credentials are equal to the Canadian educational credentials;
    • Must not be more than 5 years old at the time of applying to the program;
    • Formatted and written as per IRCC guidelines;
    • Be issued on or after IRCC designated an organization to do the same.

Language Ability

To qualify under this program all applicants must submit proof of language skills in English/French. You can do so by submitting test results for English – IELTS/CELPIP, or for French – TEF/TCF.

As per your occupation, your language test results must be:

  • NOC 0 or A – a minimum of CLB level 7
  • NOC B – a minimum of CLB 5

Besides at the time of application, these test results must not be more than 2 years old.