Nova Scotia Launches New Occupation in Demand Immigration Pilot for Intermediate-Skilled Workers

   NSNP has also updated its Entrepreneur and International Graduate Entrepreneur streams

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has launched of a new three-year pilot stream to target immigration candidates with an eligible job offer in one of its targeted intermediate-skilled occupations.

Candidates approved through the stream would receive a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia and can further apply to the Government of Canada for Canadian permanent residence.

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) said initially Occupation in Demand Stream is open to eligible candidates with a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in two specific occupations – Nurses aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) and Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511), which are “in high labour market demand” in the province.

However, Nova Scotia has announced that targeted professions are subject to change as labour market needs in the province evolve.

Apart from it, candidates need to meet the following requirements in order to be eligible;

• Applicant must have one year of work experience related to the job;
• He/she must be 21 to 55 years old;
• He/she must be a high school diploma holder;
• He/she needs to have the appropriate training, skills and/or accreditation for the job;
• He/she must prove language ability equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4 through official language test results;
• He/she needs to show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.

The work experience and transferable skills of the applicant will be verified via letters of reference from employers and supporting employment documents.

The new Occupation in Demand Stream pilot brings the total number of immigration pathways operated by the NSNP to eight.

 Updates to Existing Entrepreneur and International Graduate Entrepreneur streams

Along with the introduction of the new immigration pilot stream, The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) also announced updates to its Entrepreneur and International Graduate Entrepreneur streams.

In keeping with the new change, existing business owners will now be eligible under the Entrepreneur Stream and they can include operating expenses towards the required minimum investment.

Moreover, the ownership requirements for international graduates who want to establish a business will change from 100 per cent to one third.

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