Nova Scotia’s Popular Express Entry Steam Will Reopen in Coming Weeks with More Occupations

Nova Scotia is planning to reopen a popular immigration stream in the coming weeks. This will give fresh opportunity to immigrants who have applied under the Express Entry system of Canada in one of the 16 prescribed occupations.

The province of Nova Scotia will welcome welcome applications through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) by way of its Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream for a provincial nomination certificate. This stream has remained closed for new applications since it opened last in December, 2015.

This immigration program is aligned with Express Entry program, this means candidates are given 600 additional points in Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) once they acquire the provincial nomination. With these additional points their probability of being picked up in the subsequent draw increases considerably.

The Category B of the stream will accept nearly 250 applications. Candidates need to have at least one year of work experience in the prescribed occupation. A candidate is not required to have a job offer to apply under this category.

This visa program allows candidates in the Express Entry pool to apply for a provincial nomination certificate and they are served on a first-come first-served basis. Nova Scotia is one of the most preferred destination for immigrants and there is good chance the intake cap will be reached soon once the program reopens.

It is not clear yet as to whether the Category A, wherein a candidate is required to have a full-time permanent job offer from a employer in Nova Scotia will open again of not in the coming application cycle.

Occupations with Opportunity

The occupation list that has been updated by Nova Scotia highlights the need of labor market of the economy. The new list has included eight new occupations which were not there in the previous list. The new occupations that are included are highlighted:



Financial Auditors and Accountants


Other financial officers


Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations


Administrative assistants


Accounting and related clerks


Civil engineers


Information systems analysts and consultants


Computer programmers and interactive media development


Computer network technicians


User support technicians


Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses


Licensed practical nurses


College and other vocational instructors


Paralegal and related occupations


Social and community service workers


Financial sales representatives


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