Express Entry stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
The Express Entry intake mechanism used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is connected with this stream. You, your spouse, and your dependents may apply to the Canadian government for permanent resident visas if you are accepted in this stream. The Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream is for talented workers who have worked in Nova Scotia for at least one year and desire to make the province their permanent home. In Canada, there is just one option to apply for a permanent resident visa. We recommend that you look at the possibilities provided by NSNP and IRCC. This stream is part of a program that allows people to come for economic reasons.
You may not use it as a way to immigrate to Canada for any of these reasons:
- Family reunification
- Humanitarian or compassionate grounds
Nova Scotia Express Entry can be a possible choice for you if you meet all the below mentioned criteria:
- It is mandatory to have a total work experience of 1,560 hours in the time span of 3 years before the submission of your application. This work experience can be achieved the following way:
- Full-time: 30 hours per Week at one or more occupations for a period of 12 months - Part-time for 24 months: 15 hours each Week
- None of the following apply to your work experience: - work done as a self-employed person - work done as a full-time student - co-op work terms - unpaid internships - community service
- Your work experience matches the criteria for skill levels 0, A, or B as defined by the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016.
- You performed at least 51% of the primary duties stated in NOC 2016 for your job during your work experience.
- When you earned your job experience, you were authorized to work in Canada. You had a work permit, for example.
- You're between 21 and 55 years old.
- You have documentation of graduation from a Canadian or international high school or post-secondary institution.
- You have proof that you can communicate in English or French according to our expectations.
- You intend to live in Nova Scotia and can demonstrate that you and your family will be able to support them.
What you should know before applying there are two methods to apply for the Nova Scotia Experience: Stream for Express Entry:
- You submit your application to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI), which is who we are. OR
- You will be selected from the Express Entry pool.
You must apply to both the federal and provincial governments. 1st Level: Nova Scotia is a province in Canada. (Provincial) First, in the IRCC's online Express Entry system creates an Express Entry profile. You'll be given an Express Entry profile number once you've completed your profile. To apply to the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream, you'll need this number. Throughout the application procedure, you will use the Express Entry online system. Then, submit an application for the NSNP Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream. If you are nominated for this stream, you will have 30 days to accept it using the Express Entry system. Following this, you will receive an invitation from IRCC to apply for a permanent resident visa.
The NSNP does not charge an application fee, but there may be charges associated with your application.
- Costs of translation if your required documents are not in English or French
- Fees charged by a representative if you decide to engage one
- Language testing fees in English or French
Canada (Level 2) (federal) If IRCC invites you to apply for a permanent residence visa, use your IRCC account to submit an application and supporting papers. On the Government of Canada Express Entry Website, you may learn more about applying for a permanent resident visa.
When you submit your application to IRCC, you must pay any mandatory Government of Canada immigration fees.
Documents that are not written in English or French A certified translator must translate documents written in languages other than English or French.
- Include a copy of the original document as well as a certified translation copy.
- Provide proof of certification from the translator.
Warning! These individuals are not permitted to translate any of your documents:
- Your family members
- Anyone employed by the paid consultant you hired to assist you with your application.
Mentioned below are the requirements of applicants work experience:
- A year worth of full time paid work experience – you need to work for 30 hours a week for 12 months that is 1,560 hours.
- Two years of part-time work experience – work for 15 hours in a week up till 24 months making 1,560 hours.
- In case, you have a prior work experience with an employer of Nova Scotia.
- Work experience should be within the three years before the date of application
- You accomplished at least 51 percent of the primary duties in a job that fits the criteria for NOC level 0, A, or B AND you fulfilled duties outlined in the lead statements of the occupation description. Submit documentation of your eligibility for this stream:
- Work permit – this verifies that you were legally permitted to work in Canada at the time you earned experience.
- contracts of employment
- pay stubs
- letters of recommendation
Letters of reference
You must attach letters of reference from your employers to demonstrate that you have the work experience and abilities required for the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream. These letters must be written on company letterhead and, if the company has one, stamped with its official seal.
We must also include ALL of the following:
- The company details such as the Website address, company address, telephone, e mail address and fax numbers.
- The signature of your supervisor or a responsible officer
- The dates of your employment with the company
- The names of the jobs you held throughout your employment with the company
- The length of time you spent at each job
- The key responsibilities of each position
- For each position, your annual pay plus benefits
- The amount of hours you worked in each employment per week
- The total number of hours you worked at each employment send the above list to each employer who requests a letter of recommendation. This will ensure that we contain all of the information we require.
Documents pertaining to your studies and training if you received your education or training in Canada, Please submit the following documents:
- A copy of your diploma from high school
- A copy of a post-secondary institution's certificate, diploma, or degree
- Copies of successfully completed high school or postsecondary education transcripts
- Copies of any licenses or certificates you'll need to do business in Nova Scotia. If you received your education or training outside of Canada, Please submit the documents listed above, as Well as any other proof of schooling.
- A copy of your educational credential assessment (ECA) report from an IRCC-approved provider
- NOC levels 0 and A documents relating to your ability to communicate in English or French
You must meet at least one of the following requirements:
Meets the requirements set forth in the Canadian Language Benchmarks section (CLB)
Levels 7 and up
Meet the criteria specified under Linguistic Competency Levels
Level 7 or higher (NCLC) for Canadians
You must submit the results of the following tests to demonstrate that you meet the aforementioned criteria.
Even if your native language is English or French, you should take one of these language tests:
- General information on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index) (CELPIP)
- Canada's Test of French Evaluation (TEF)
- Canada's Test of French Proficiency (TCF)
This table shows the scores you need in each language test to meet the
CLB/NCLC 7 standard
Level B of the NOC
Even if English or French is your native language, you must submit the results of one of these language tests:
- IELTS Preparation IELTS Preparation IELTS Preparation
- TEF Canada (Technical Education Foundation of Canada)
- TCF Canada (www.tcf.ca)
The results of your tests must show that you meet the CLB level 5 standards.
Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) OR Niveaux de langue française
Canadian linguistic expertise (NCLC)
This table shows the scores you need in each language test to meet the
CLB/NCLC 5 standard
Warning! Within two years of applying to the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream, you must have had your language abilities evaluated. They will not accept test results from more than two years prior to the date on your application.
Important! DO NOT ask for your language test results to be emailed to you. Immediately include them in your application to the Nova Scotia government.
Express Entry is a program for people who have a lot of experience. For your records, keep a copy of your test results.
For future use and records you can utilize them in the future as part of a different project.
As long as you are under the age of two years at the time of filing, you can apply for immigration.
The application process
1. Create an Express Entry profile Follow the steps on the IRCC Website: Submit an Express Entry Profile: Online form to complete your Express Entry profile. If, after completing your profile, you are accepted into the Express Entry pool, IRCC will send you an Express Entry profile number and a job seeker validation code. You need both of these numbers to apply to the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream.
2. Submit an application to the NSNP and the Nova Scotia Experience: Stream for Express Entry Submit your application at novascotia.ca/ensnp. You must fill out the eNSNP 100 form online and attach all of the required papers. You must indicate your purpose to settle in Nova Scotia on the form. Make sure to include information on:
- Why you choose to make Nova Scotia your permanent home; and
- What the province has to offer you.
- If you have a family, what Nova Scotia has to offer them
- If you are already residing in another Canadian province, please explain why you would relocate to Nova Scotia.
You might want to provide the following information:
- Where you intend to live
- How you intend to satisfy your daily requirements
- Where you will work, as Well as specifics about your position
- Where will you send your children to school or childcare, if you have any?
- How do you intend to improve your English or French?
- How you intend to integrate into the community to which you are relocating Important! All of this information must be written in your own words.
3. They will evaluate your application. They will double-check that you're eligible and that your application is comprehensive. They go over your application in detail and search for two things:
Ensure that you satisfy all of their eligibility requirements
Ensure that your application is complete; a full application contains all of the documents listed here as well as your Express Entry profile number and job seeker validation code.
Important! For the following reasons, they may return your application to you:
- In your application, you neglected to include even one of the essential documents.
- You do not meet the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream's fundamental qualifying standards.
If you don't include these numbers, they'll reject your application:
- Your job seeker validation code
- Your Express Entry profile number were they perform a thorough review of each application. For the following reasons, evaluating your application may take three months or longer:
- Verifying each of the documents you submit there takes time.
- Due to the high volume of applications they get, it may take some time for them to respond to yours.
- As part of our evaluation, they may need to interview you. This interview will take place in Nova Scotia and will be conducted in person. Important! The officers are not permitted to provide status updates on your application over the phone.
4. You will either be nominated or denied nomination. If you've been nominated, congratulations! They will send you or your representative a nomination certificate if you match the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream criteria. The certificate will expire six months after the nomination date. They’ll also use the IRCC's Express Entry online portal to confirm our nomination. Within 30 days, you must accept this nomination through the Express Entry online system. Your nomination may be extended. You may request that your nomination period be extended beyond six months. This will allow you extra time to submit your permanent resident visa application to IRCC. You must give proof of your necessity for the extension, as well as any supporting papers they want. They only allow you to use one of these extensions at a time. This extension will be valid for 6 months after the original date of expiry. After one year from the original nomination date, they do not allow extensions. You will have to reapply to the program after one year. If they decide to reject your application, they will explain why. If you do not match the criteria for the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream, they will reject your application. We are not going to turn you down right away. Instead, they'll send you or your representative an email outlining our concerns and requesting additional information. You have 10 business days to provide them with fresh information to examine. They will re-evaluate your application after 10 business days, taking into account the additional information. Then they'll make our ultimate decision. After that, they'll make our final decision and send it to you or your representative via email. If you request it, they may extend this 10-day time limit in exceptional instances. They might extend it if you were in the hospital or if a family member died. We will send you or your representative an email if they reject your application. This is a definitive decision. There is no right of appeal.
5. Submit an application to the Immigration and Refugee Council of Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence. IRCC will give you an invitation to apply for a permanent resident visa if you accept their nomination via the Express Entry online system. Using your IRCC account, you have 60 days to upload your application and supporting papers. All IRCC requirements must be met by you, your spouse or common-law partner, and your dependents. Medical, security, and criminal background checks are all included. You may also be asked to attend an in-person interview with IRCC. On the IRCC's Immigrate through Express Entry page, you can learn more about the Express Entry system.
6. The IRCC is in charge of issuing permanent resident visas. If you, your spouse or common-law partner, and your dependents complete all of the IRCC's eligibility standards, IRCC will issue Confirmation of Permanent Residence to all of you.
7. Please let them know when you will be a permanent resident. Within 30 days of your arrival in Nova Scotia, please contact them. Please provide them the following documents:
- A copy of your Permanent Residence Confirmation
- A copy of your passport
- Your contact information in Nova Scotia, including your current address, phone number, and email address Important! Before you acquire a permanent residence visa, you must notify them if your status changes at any point.