Nova Scotia Reopens Popular Express Entry
Nova Scotia reopens popular Express Entry

Nova Scotia reopens popular Express Entry category for new applications on November 17

The Atlantic Canada province of Nova Scotia has reopened one of its most popular Express Entry-linked provincial nomination categories, Category B (for applicants with experience in an opportunity occupation) on Saturday, November 17, for up to 225 applications.

This first-come, first-served category, known as Category B of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream is one of four immigration pathways that allow the Atlantic Canada province to nominate candidates in the federal government’s Express Entry system for Canadian permanent residence.

This category is very popular with eligible candidates in the Express Entry system as it does not require a Canadian job offer or Canadian work experience. Moreover, it does not require a minimum Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) score.

The November 17 opening was typical of the competitive intake process for Category B. Operating on first-come, first-served basis; Nova Scotia accepts applications in the order they are submitted until the intake quota is met, which generally occurs within hours only.

The November 17 intake period was no exception to this rule, lasting for just less than two hours, which was on par with previous intakes for Category B. For the previous intake, which occurred on April 28, the application intake limit was reached within a few hours of its opening.

To apply under Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry (category B), express entry candidates must have at least one year of skilled work experience in one of Nova Scotia’s 11 opportunity occupations (given below) among other eligibility criteria.

Occupation                                                                                                                            NOC

  • Financial auditors and accountants                                                                                    1111
  • Other financial officers                                                                                                          1114
  • Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations                  1123
  • Administrative assistants                                                                                                      1241
  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers                                                                         1311
  • Civil engineers                                                                                                                        2131
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses                                                    3012
  • Licensed practical nurses                                                                                                    3233
  • College and other vocational instructors                                                                         4021
  • Paralegal and related occupations                                                                                    4211
  • Social and community service workers                                                                            4212

Other eligibility criteria:

  • Candidate must have an Express Entry profile;
  • Candidate must score at least 67 points or more on the stream’s six selection factors;
  • Candidate should have a Canadian high school credential or equivalent;
  • Candidates need to prove language ability in English or French at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or higher; and
  • Candidates have to show enough financial resources to settle in Nova Scotia successfully.

Express Entry candidates, who receive a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia, receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which further improve their chances to receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence regardless of their original ranking score.

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