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Eligibility Criteria of Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is the popular immigration program of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. The candidates willing to immigrate to Nova Scotia, through NSNP can apply in any of the below NSNP streams, i.e.

  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
  • Entrepreneur Stream

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

The people applying under this stream must be registered in federal express entry system. The candidates, who meets the criteria of the this stream can apply directly to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). There are two sub-categories under Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream, i.e.

  • Category A- Skilled Job Offer from Nova Scotia

Under this category, an applicant requires having a LMIA approved skilled job offer (in NOC- 0, A, B occupation) from Nova Scotia.

  • Category B- Skilled Work Exeirence of minimum one year

Under this category, candidates require having full time skilled work experience of minimum one year or equal amount in part time in any of the targeted occupations in the new Nova Scotia Occupation List.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

As an applicant of Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry, you:

  • Must be having an overseas diploma, certificate, or credential with ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) by a recognized authority or a Canadian educational credential;
  • Require a full-time, work experience of at least one year in the last 10 years in an NOC Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B occupation or equal amount of experience in part time
  • Must fulfill the minimum language proficiency requirement, i.e. Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all four language abilities (i.e. Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening) in either English or French Language. The Language test accepted to assess proficiency are:
    • IELTS (General Training Test only) for English;
    • CELPIP (General test only) for English; or
    • TEF for French.

Key Selection Factors

The key selection factors of this stream are:

Selection Factors

An applicant must obtain a minimum 67 out of 100 points on a point grid based on his/her age, language ability, education, work experience, adaptability, as well as the, skilled employment offer from a Nova Scotia-based employer (if applicable).

Selection factor Points
Age Maximum 12 points
Education Maximum 25 points
Work experience Maximum 15 points
Ability in English and/or French Maximum 28 points
Adaptability Maximum 10 points
Arranged employment in Nova Scotia Maximum 10 points
Total Maximum 100 points
Qualifying Marks 67 Points

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

This stream is basically for those candidates, who have worked at least for one year under a Nova Scotia employer. Candidates applying under this stream must be registered in federal express entry system. The registered candidates can apply directly to Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) to this stream.

Skilled Worker Stream

Under this stream, Nova Scotia employers hire those overseas workers and international graduates, who have skills and experience matching the shortage occupations in the province. The international students, mostly apply under this stream. This stream is further divided into three sub-categories, i.e.

  • Skilled Workers
  • Semi-Skilled Workers
  • Low-Skilled Workers

International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

This stream is designed for recent graduates from Nova Scotia post-secondary institutions, who have already begun or purchased a business in the province. This stream is based on Expression of Interest (EOI) system

Entrepreneur Stream

The Entrepreneur Stream has been designed to lure individuals, who wish to start or obtain a business and settle on a permanent basis in the province of Nova Scotia. The stream is open for experienced business owners and senior business managers willing to stay in Nova Scotia. Frequently asked questions Nova Scotia FAQs


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