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THE PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA INTRODUCES NEW IMMIGRATION STREAM - NO JOB OFFER REQUIRED

Posted Date:03-24-2014

Nova Scotia Announces New Immigration Stream – No Job Offer Needed

March, 2014

The Province of Nova Scotia has created a new immigration option for aspiring permanent residents called the Regional Labour Market Demand Stream. This stream, which is administered under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), is particularly exciting because individuals do not need a job offer in Canada to apply.

The Regional Labour Market Demand Stream was announced in early March, and began considering applications on March 6, 2014. Through this stream, Nova Scotia immigration officials are able to select individuals with skills and experience that are in-demand in the province.

Eligibility Requirements for the Regional Labour Market Demand Stream

Eligibility Requirements for the Regional Labour Market Demand Stream

In order to be eligible for this stream, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 55;
  • Meet minimum language proficiency requirements;
  • Have at least two years of continuous full-time work experience within the past five years in an eligible occupation*;
  • Intend to work in an eligible occupation;
  • Be legally residing in current country of residence;
  • Have sufficient funds for settlement in Nova Scotia;
  • Have at least a high school level of education and a degree, diploma, or certificate from a post-secondary institution;
    • Completed post-secondary program must be at least one year in length
  • Demonstrate intent to live in Nova Scotia and ability to become economically established in the province;
  • Complete an Employment Settlement Plan; and
  • Attend an interview, if required.

Regional Labour Market Demand Stream

This stream targets individuals whose skills and experience meet Nova Scotia labour market needs. Applicants are not required to have a job offer at the time of submitting their application. However, they must intend to pursue employment in an occupation that has been designated as ‘in demand’ by the province. The following occupations are currently designated as in-demand and thus eligible for this program:

 

The NSNP has listed 43 eligible occupations.

  • Managers in Health Care
  • Retail and wholesale trade managers
  • Restaurant and Food Service Managers
  • Financial Auditors and Accountants
  • Other Financial Officers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)
  • Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
  • Database Analysts and Data Administrators
  • Software Engineers and Designers
  • Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologistsand Technicians
  • Information systems testing technicians
  • Specialist Physicians
  • General Practitioners and Family Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • Medical Laboratory Technologists
  • Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardiopulmonary Technologists
  • Medical Radiation Technologists
  • Medical Sonographers
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • Psychologists
  • Early Childhood Educators and Assistants
  • Retail Trade Supervisors
  • Chefs
  • Cooks
  • Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
  • Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors
  • Industrial Electricians
  • Welders and related machine operator
  • Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
  • Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
  • Crane Operators
  • Supervisors, Other Mechanical and Metal Products Manufacturing

In addition, eligible applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 55
  • Demonstrate language proficiency of at least level 5 according to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) scale or the Niveaux de competence linquistique canadiens (NCLC) scale
  • Have an intended occupation in Nova Scotia that is considered skilled (NOC levels 0, A or B), and is in demand in their intended community of residence
  • Be legally residing in current country of residence
  • Have completed a high school level of education and received at least a degree, diploma or certificate from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • Have at least two years of continuous, full-time work experience in last five years related to intended occupation in Nova Scotia
  • Demonstrate the ability to become economically established in Nova Scotia
  • Demonstrate intent to live in Nova Scotia permanently
  • Complete an Employment and Settlement Plan outlining their potential contributions to Nova Scotia
  • Attend an interview in Nova Scotia, if required

 


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