Nova Scotia has held its first provincial draw of 2021 on January 19, 2021. Invitations, also referred to as Letters of Interest, were issued to Express Entry candidates that had “a primary occupation of other financial officer [NOC 1114]”.
The number of invitations issued in a provincial draw is generally not disclosed by the NS NP.
Those invited must submit their application for a provincial nomination by the NS NP within 30 calendar days of receiving the Letter of Interest.
Aligned with the federal Express Entry system, the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program [NS NP] selects candidates from the Express Entry pool meeting the requirements of the labour market in the province.
The shortlisted candidates are then issued invitations to apply for a provincial nomination through Nova Scotia under the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] of Canada. There are nearly 80 immigration pathways or ‘streams’ under the PNP, each targeting a specific class of immigrants.
Many of the PNP streams are linked with the federal Express Entry system.
|Express Entry candidates that are successful in securing a provincial nomination are allotted 600 additional points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] score.
With their profile thus boosted towards the top of the Express Entry pool, they are sure of being invited in the next Express Entry draw.
Not all Express Entry profiles receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC].
While the general criteria for the NS NP are similar and are applicable across all the draws held, there are nonetheless certain draw-specific criteria that are applied as well.
Among the general criteria for the draw are the requirements of having a valid Express Entry profile and also meeting the minimum work experience requirement as per the Express Entry program – Federal Skilled Worker Program [FSWP], Federal Skilled Trades Program [FSTP], or Canadian Experience Class [CEC] – qualifying under.
The candidate must have legal status in their current country of residence. They must also be able to demonstrate having enough funds for successfully settling down within the province with their family.
Only the candidate receiving a Letter of Interest from the NS NP within the Express Entry system might apply. They must meet the eligibility criteria in place at the time that the Letter of Interest is issued.
In addition to the general criteria, certain draw-specific criteria was also applied to the January 19 NS NP draw.
Along with having their primary occupation of NOC 1114 [Other financial officers], the candidates were also required to be able to provide letters of reference from employers demonstrating that they have 4 or more years of experience in NOC code 1114.
|National Occupational Classification [NOC] code 1114 – Other financial officers
What they do?
Some of the main duties of this occupation group include developing financial plans for and analysing the financial records of their clients.
What occupations come under NOC 1114?
In terms of language ability, a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark [CLB] of 9 was required. CLB 9 when compared to IELTS is equivalent to a Band 8 on Listening and Band 7 in each of the language abilities of Reading, Writing and Speaking.
Those invited in the NS NP draw of January 19 were also required to either hold a bachelor’s degree or have completed a program of or more years at a university, college etc.
As per the NS NP, the invited candidates must “apply no later than 11:59 pm, February 18, 2021”.
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