Canada has recently introduced a new immigration policy that allows individuals to immigrate to the province of Nova Scotia without the requirement of a job offer. This policy aims to boost the population and economic growth of Nova Scotia by welcoming immigrants from all over the world.
The province is actively encouraging immigration, making it an attractive destination for those looking to settle in Canada. This change in policy is expected to bring new talent and diverse perspectives to the region, driving innovation and growth.
How to immigrate to Nova Scotia?
Immigrating to Nova Scotia, Canada is made possible through various economic immigration pathways such as the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Express Entry.
The Express Entry program utilizes a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which assigns points based on factors like age, education, and language proficiency. Having a job offer can give an additional 600 points and improve one’s chances of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
The PNP on the other hand, offers a network of immigration streams with specific criteria set by each province. In order to immigrate to Canada through a PNP, an individual must first obtain a nomination from the province they wish to settle in.
Nova Scotia has its own nominee program called the Nominee Program of Nova Scotia (NSPN) and like many other Canadian provinces, it is linked to the federal Express Entry system, which means it is an enhanced nominee program, this stream increase your chances to be selected for permanent residence in Canada.
Immigrate to Nova Scotia Without a Job Offer
If you’re looking to immigrate to Nova Scotia without a job offer, the Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities Program may be an option for you. This program is one of many immigration programs offered by the province and is specifically designed to help individuals who want to relocate to Nova Scotia but do not yet have a job offer.
To be eligible for the program, you will need to meet certain requirements:
- You must have a valid Express Entry profile number and have stated in your profile that you intend to move to Nova Scotia.
- You will need to have received a letter of interest from Nova Scotia, and meet the criteria outlined in that letter. These criteria may vary from round to round of invitations.
- You must have the work experience required by the Express Entry system you qualify for (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Experience Class Canadian). You will also need to provide documents to prove your work experience, evidence of your immigration status in the country you currently live in, and proof that you have the means to support yourself and your family.
If you meet all of the above requirements, the next step in the application process is:
- Create an Express Entry profile
- Ensure that you meet all of the eligibility requirements listed in the Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities Table
- Submit your application.
Benefits of Express Entry Profile Creation
Creating an Express Entry profile offers many benefits for those looking to immigrate to Canada. Firstly, it allows provinces such as Nova Scotia to identify you as a candidate for their provincial programs, and also puts you in a position to be directly invited to apply for federal programs by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), if you meet the requirements of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).
Once you’re in the Express Entry pool, you may receive a letter of interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) inviting you to apply for a provincial nomination. If you receive this letter, you will have 60 days to submit your nomination application to the province. If your application is successful, you will be given a Certificate of Nomination, and your candidacy will also be uploaded to the Express Entry system.
Accepting a nomination from Nova Scotia gives you an additional 600 CRS points. These extra points give you a much higher chance of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw. The opportunity to receive the nomination itself and the additional CRS points are the main benefits of creating an Express Entry profile.
Note that the nomination certificate expires six months after its issuance. You will need to apply for permanent residence at IRCC during this period.