Nova Scotia invited Express Entry candidates to apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence through its Labour Market Priorities immigration stream in a new invitation round held on March 20.
The eligible Express Entry candidates, who listed French as their first official language, received invitation in this draw. However, the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) did not specify the number of invitations issued in this invitation round.
The Labour Market Priorities Stream allows the NSNP to search the federal Express Entry pool for candidates with requisite skills. The recent draws through the stream have majorly targeted early childhood educators, assistants and financial auditors & accountants.
Those invited candidates had to meet the following requirements:
- have a minimum language proficiency level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or higher in all French language abilities (listening, reading, writing and speaking) along with a CLB 5 or higher in all abilities in English.
- hold a bachelor’s degree or a program of three or more years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute.
- have an Express Entry profile submitted on or after September 25, 2018.
The invited Express Entry candidates have 30 calendar days from the date their Letter of Interest (LOI) were issued to submit a complete application for a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia.
NEW FRANCOPHONE IMMIGRATION STRATEGY
The March 20 draw was held to mark the 32nd International Day of La Francophonie and to launch Nova Scotia’s new Francophone Immigration Action Plan.
With an aim to encourage francophone immigration to the province, the plan outlines the province’s strategy for attracting French-speaking immigrants to Nova Scotia and supporting their retention as well as integration in the province.