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3rd Feb, 2019 PR Visa, Canada

The Nova Scotia Labor Market Priority paves the way for Canadian permanent residency for the Express Entry candidates who meet the labor market requirements specified in the Stream Province.

This unique stream is flexible and the specified occupations and criteria could vary from draw to draw, depending on Nova Scotia's labour market and social needs like they were invited to NOC 1111 in this last draw

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:


  1. Receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) in their Express Entry profile;
  2. Meet draw-specific eligibility criteria outlined in the draw announcement posted by the NSOI;
  3. Demonstrate that they meet the work experience requirements for their Express Entry class (i.e. FSW, FSTC AND CEC);
  4. Have the required supporting documentation/letters of reference from employers to demonstrate work experience;
  5. Show sufficient settlement funds to successfully settle in Nova Scotia alone or with accompanying family members and pay the required immigration costs and travel expenses. The NSOI will not approve an application if it seems likely that the family income (based on your job offer and their spousal income) will be below Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO); and
  6. Have legal status in their country of residence when applying for the stream.
Express Entry candidates can be invited to apply for a provincial nomination certificate on the basis of specific norms issued by the NSOI in the Draw Declaration. NSOI says that eligibility criteria for each draw can be different and depend on the requirements of Nova Scotia’s labour market.

The NSOI says that Express Entry candidates must show that their work experience matches the description of the federal government's National Occupational Classification (NOC) that is listed in the draw announcement.

Application Process:

 Application Process: Apply to the NSNP under this Stream, Nomination/Refusal Decision, Accepting the Nomination, Notification of Canadian Permanent Residence,

1. Apply to the NSNP under this Stream
  • To apply under the Labour Market Priorities stream, the Express Entry candidates must receive the Letter of first letter through their Federal Express entry profile. Candidates with a letter of interest from the Government of Nova Scotia will have 30 days to submit full application to NSOI with the necessary supporting documents online.
  • A list of the special drawback documents needed for the application process will be posted on the NSNP website.
  • Candidates will need to provide the letters of reference to support the work experience listed in the Express Entry profile and to support the requirements indicated by the NSOI.
  • Other documents include evidence of the official banking statements settlement fund and a copy of a valid passport contemporary resident visa if the applicant is not a citizen of their country of residence (including Canada).
2. Nomination/Refusal Decision 
  • If an application is approved, the candidate receives the letter from the NSOI through their online Express Entry profile.
  • The applications that are being rejected will receive the letter of intent to deny the NSOI. To re-assess these candidates, there will be 10 business days to present more documents. If the application is rejected, there is no appeal process and the decision made by NSIA is final.
3. Accepting the Nomination
  • Candidates will have 30 calendar days to accept nomination from Nova Scotia. Once accepted, the next step is to receive an invitation from the IRCC to apply for the Federal Draw. Candidates in the Express Entry Pool will receive an additional 600 points for Nova Scotia's provincial nomination certification on their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
4. Notification of Canadian Permanent Residence
  • When permanent residence is approved, foreign nationals must contact NSOI within 30 days of arrival in Nova Scotia. This can be done by providing a copy of your permanent residence confirmation, by providing a copy of your passport and providing your Nova Scotia contact information such as the current address, phone number and email address.

Who is not eligible for Nova Scotia Labor Market Priority Flow?

Foreign citizens are not eligible for this stream if:
  • Nomination has been received under NSNP within the last 12 months; Or
  • Refugee claimant or an unsuccessful refugee claimant who has not left Canada yet.