Last week the province of Nova Scotia announced that it would be given 300 additional spaces for its Express Entry streams, Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry and Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry. Created for the purpose of bringing highly skilled new immigrants to Canada, chances for labourers looking to immigrate have never been so high.
Last week the province of Nova Scotia announced that it would be given 300 additional spaces for its Express Entry streams, Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry and Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry. Created for the purpose of bringing highly skilled new immigrants to Canada, chances for labourers looking to immigrate have never been so high. The change will allow Nova Scotia to nominate 1,350 immigrants under the Nova Scotia Nominee program in 2015, almost double their cap last year of 700. As the odds of being accepted are now better than ever it’d be good time to learn about the options available.
Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry allows for highly skilled candidates to achieve permanent resident status if they have worked for a Nova Scotia employer for at least one year. Applicants must also be able to enter the federal Express Entry pool through one of the federal economic immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, or Canadian Experience Class, and be between the ages of 21-55. Other requirements include, having gained your experience in Nova Scotia with the proper authorization (work permit, etc.), and having completed a Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential or a foreign educational credential from a recognized institution or authority. An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report issued by an organization designated by CIC is required if the educational credential was obtained outside Canada. If the applicant meets these requirements, additionally fulfils the language speaking, reading, and writing skills needed, and shows that they will be economically established once they live in the province they have high chances of getting in.
For Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry, the provincial government uses the federal government’s Express Entry immigration selection system in order to select candidates. The stream came into effect on January 1, 2015 and is targeted at highly-skilled individuals who have a post-secondary education and qualifications that would help them settle down successfully in Nova Scotia. To get in, candidates must score at least 67 out of 100 points on a grid that measures work experience, age, adaptability factors, education, language ability, and whether the applicant has a standing job offer from a Nova Scotia based employer. In addition to this the candidate must have at least one year of full-time work experience within the past 5 years in one of the 29 skilled eligible occupations needed by the government. Though the list is subject to change depending on what jobs are in demand, a few are: Computer Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Human Resources Professionals, Geoscientists and Oceanographers, Financial Auditors and Accountants, and Physiotherapists.
There are two application routes to both of the streams. Candidates may either apply directly to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) or be selected from the federal Express Entry pool by the NSOI. In either case, the principal applicant will need to submit a complete application to the NSOI.
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