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Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSNP)

The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program is a government immigration program that selects applicants who demonstrate they have the potential and the desire to immigrate and settle themselves and their families in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

Under the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program, you may qualify under one of the following categories:

Skilled Worker Stream

This category is for skilled workers, professionals or managers who have a full-time, permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer. You may qualify to apply under the NSNP Skilled Workers Category if you:

  • have a permanent, full-time job offer in Nova Scotia from an established Nova Scotia business;
  • meet the minimum criteria for age, education, work experience, and language ability requirements for this stream; and
  • have the qualifications, training or transferable skills, work experience, and licensing or accreditation required for the job or a suitable plan to obtain the necessary qualifications.

Since you need a job offer in order to apply under the Nova Scotia Skilled Worker Stream, we invite you to start your job search in Nova Scotia with our free Canada Job Search Tool

Family Business Worker Stream

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) Family Business Worker stream helps employers in hiring workers who are close relatives and also have the required skills for positions that they may have been unable to fill with a permanent resident or Canadian citizen.

This stream is employer-driven. The worker must have a guaranteed, permanent job offer in Nova Scotia from an employer who is a close relative (a son/daughter, sister/brother, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, grandchild or or a step- or half-relative of the same degree) and who owns an established business in Nova Scotia.

To qualify under the Family Business Worker Stream, the applicant must have:

  • A permanent Nova Scotia job offer from an employer who is a close relative and who owns a business in Nova Scotia;
  • The skills, work experience, and licensing, if applicable, for the job; and
  • Certain minimum criteria for age, language ability and education.

Since you need a job offer in order to apply under the Nova Scotia Family Business Worker Stream, we invite you to start your job search in Nova Scotia with our free Canada Job Search Tool

International Graduate Stream

The International Graduate stream helps employers hire and retain recent international graduates whose skills may be in limited supply in the province. This stream targets international graduates who have established strong ties to Nova Scotia and intend to live, work, and establish their careers in this province.

This stream is employer-driven. The International Graduate must have a guaranteed, full-time, permanent job offer in his/her field of study from a Nova Scotia employer before submitting an application to the NSNP.

To be eligible to apply to this stream, the International Graduate must:

  • have graduated within the last two years from a program of at least one academic year of full-time study in Nova Scotia;
  • have legal status in Canada on a temporary work permit
  • have a permanent, full-time job offer from an employer in Nova Scotia in his/her field of study and at an acceptable level and have been working for at least three months in this position;
  • have sufficient settlement supports;
  • meet the minimum criteria for age, education, work experience, and language ability requirements for this stream.

Since you need a job offer in order to apply under the International Graduate Stream, we invite you to start your job search in Nova Scotia with our free Canada Job Search Tool

Non-dependent Child of Nova Scotia Nominees Stream

The NSNP Non-Dependent Child of Nova Scotia Nominees Stream is aimed at selecting individuals who are the non-dependent children of immigrants who were nominated under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). The Principal Applicant must plan to live in Nova Scotia permanently, be employable and be able to contribute to the labour market and economy of Nova Scotia.

To qualify under the Non-dependent Children of Nova Scotia Nominees Stream, you must:

  • be the non-dependent child of Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Nova Scotia who immigrated through the Nova Scotia PNP;
  • have a minimum of one year of full-time work experience in their field of studies within the last five years, or demonstrate that they have employment prospects in Nova Scotia; and
  • meet the minimum criteria for age, education, work experience, and language ability requirements for this stream.

Community Identified Stream

The Community Identified stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is aimed at selecting individuals who have long established connections to a Nova Scotia community, wish to live there permanently, and are employable and can contribute to the labour market and economy of that specific community.

This stream is community-driven. The applicant must have a Letter of Identification from an organization mandated by the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration before submitting an application to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program.

To be eligible to apply to this category, the Community Identified candidate must:

  • not be eligible for any other NSNP streams;
  • have a Letter of Identification from a mandated community organization;
  • have long established connections in the specific community which provided the Letter of Identification; 
  • have sufficient settlement supports;
  • be employable i.e. have skills, training and work experience for future employment in a field or sector required by that community; and
  • meet the minimum criteria for age, education and language ability requirements for this stream.
     

For more information on Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSNP), see our Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program FAQ.

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