The latest provincial draw by Nova Scotia was held on December 1, 2020. Invitations were issued to Canadian immigration hopefuls through the Labour Market Priorities Stream.
Linked with the federal Express System, the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream shortlists candidates – meeting the requirements of the provincial labour market – to apply for a nomination under the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] through Nova Scotia.
As is generally the case with a majority of PNP streams, applying to the stream is by invitation. Only those candidates might apply that have received an invitation, a Letter of Interest, from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.
The previous Nova Scotia Nominee Program [NS NP] draw was held on October 22, 2020.
The specific number of invitations issued in any draw is usually not specified by the NS NP.
The candidate must fulfil certain criteria to be eligible for the stream.
|Eligibility criteria for the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream of the NS NP|
The above-mentioned is the general criteria that is applicable to all draws for the Labour Market Priorities Stream.
However, there are “draw-specific criteria” that differ from draw to draw, depending on the labour market needs.
|Criteria for the December 1 NS NP draw|
*When equated to IELTS bands, a CLB Level 5 would be – Reading 4.0, Writing 5, Listening 5, and Speaking 5.
In the recent past, the NS NP has held targeted draws that were directed at specific occupations.
|Date of targeted draw||National Occupational Classification [NOC] code targeted|
|October 22 NS NP draw||NOC 2174 [Computer programmers and interactive media developers]|
|September 24 NS NP draw||
|May 22, 2020||NOC 3012 [Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses]|
Aligned with the federal Express Entry system, for a candidate to be invited through the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream, they must first create their Express Entry profile.
Launched in 2015, the Express Entry system of Canada is an online system used for managing applications for Canadian permanent residence from skilled workers under any of the 3 main economic immigration programs of Canada.
Programs managed by the Express Entry system are – the Federal Skilled Worker Program [FSWP], the Federal Skilled Trades Program [FSTP], and the Canadian Experience Class [CEC].
Express Entry candidates successful in securing a nomination through the PNP are allotted an additional 600 points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] score, thereby guaranteeing that they will be invited to apply for Canada PR is the next federal draw.
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