The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program, also known as the NSNP, permits qualified skilled workers and businesses to apply for permanent residency in Nova Scotia. The immigration program has undergone a few changes; this post will go over everything that has changed and how it may affect you as an applicant.
Changes in the NSNP
- The candidate should meet the labour market requirements of Nova Scotia. The province will not be able to sponsor candidates outside of the labour requirements. Also, the candidate should possess a letter of interest within the Express Entry System, including work experience in the targeted occupation. So, applicants should have these in-line if they want to work in any position with the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program or NSNP.
- The Nova Scotia PNP allows potential immigrants to apply if they have the appropriate skills and experience. It currently has a ceiling of allowing 700 candidates each year. However, the province aims to revise this number and increase it to 2500 candidates each year. According to the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy, Nova Scotia should attract 7,000 new permanent residents each year.
If you are interested in Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program, you can always check out the requirements and changes on the Croyez Immigration website or the ssnp.novascotia.ca. It is crucial to always check for the program’s details on trustworthy websites.
The following are the 2021 PNP Draws and Updates for Nova Scotia Immigration:
PNP Draw for Nova Scotia on March 29th, 2021
- Have chosen French as their official language and scored a nine or higher on the Canadian Language Benchmark in French in all language skills.
- Have a Canadian Linguistic Benchmark score of 7 or better in English in all language abilities as a second official language.
- Have a bachelor’s degree OR have finished a three-year program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other educational institution.
- With your application, include copies of both language tests and proof of education.
How does the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) work?
This program is designed for candidates who:
- Have the talents, education, and job experience to contribute to a given province or territory’s economy and desire to become permanent residents of Canada in that province.
- Each province and territory have their own distinct identity and set of requirements, including “streams” (immigration schemes that target specific populations). Provinces and territories may, for example, target the following in a program stream:
- persons in the business world
- skilled personnel
- workers who are semi-skilled
Which Provincial Nominee Program stream you apply to will determine how you apply. You may be required to apply either online or on paper using Express Entry.
You’ll need to pass a medical exam and a background check as part of the application process (certificate). These checks are required for everyone, regardless of where they wish to live in Canada.
The following steps are used in the paper-based process:
- In a non-Express Entry stream, you apply to the province or territory for nomination.
- You must meet the province’s eligibility standards before being nominated.
- You must file a written application for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada once you have been nominated.
- You must pass a medical checkup and a background check (certificate). These checks are required regardless of where you plan to live in Canada.
- The period taken to process an application is longer than it is with Express Entry.
Process of Express Entry
There are two ways to apply for the online Express Entry process:
- You apply for a nomination under the Express Entry stream by contacting the province or territory.
- If a territory or province agrees to nominate you, then you must build an Express Entry profile (or update an existing profile) and indicate that you have been nominated.
A secondary method of applying
- You fill up an Express Entry profile and indicate which provinces and territories you want to visit.
- You should contact a province or territory directly if they send you a “notice of interest” to your account.
- You apply to their Express Entry program, and if you’re selected, the province will send you an offer through your account, which you accept online.
No matter the application process you choose, it is important that you:
- Fulfill the province or territory qualifying standards
- Create an Express Entry profile and demonstrate that you fulfill the Express Entry basic requirements, which include being qualified for one of the immigration programs it covers.
- Submit an online request to IRCC if you are asked to apply.
Costas Menegakis, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander’s parliamentary secretary, noted that there is a general plan for how many individuals would be admitted to Canada each year. The federal government is in charge of the allocations, and increasing quotas for certain provinces depletes other streams.
Currently, it is doubtful that the federal government would accept Nova Scotia’s request for an increase in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allotment. These facts will be made public later this fall. Other PNPs may be found around the country, including Manitoba, Alberta, New Brunswick, and British Columbia, to name a few.
For more information, please get in touch with our experienced consultants to understand the programme thoroughly.