The Nova Scotia Nominee Program announced on November 16 that it will accept up to 225 new applications under its popular Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Category B.
The category, which welcomes applications from Express Entry candidates who do not have a job offer in Nova Scotia, is set to open on Saturday, November 17, at approximately 9 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time (AST).
In order to apply through this Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry category, candidates must have at least one year of work experience in one of the 11 opportunity occupations listed by the province. A job offer is not required for this category and there is no mandatory minimum CRS score.
This popular Canadian immigration category functions on a first-come, first-served basis and applicants who obtain a nomination from Nova Scotia are awarded an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. This leaves these candidates well-positioned for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in a future federal Express Entry draw.
To become eligible for Category B of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream, individuals must also:
- Have a profile registered in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system;
- Have their foreign education credentials assessed, authenticated, and given an equivalent value in Canada by one of the four designated credential assessment agencies;
- Demonstrate, by way of a standardized language test acceptable to the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia, at least an adequate intermediate language proficiency in English or French (Canadian Language Benchmark) CLB 7; and
- Obtain at least 67 points on the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry points grid. Points are awarded based on language proficiency, age, work experience, education, and adaptability.
Experience in an Opportunity Occupation
The list of opportunity occupations represents professions where there may be employment opportunities in the province of Nova Scotia. Category B candidates are required to have at least one year experience in one of the following occupations.
|Occupation title||NOC||Skill level|
|Financial Auditors and Accountants||1111||A|
|Other financial officers||1114||A|
|Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations||1123||A|
|Accounting and related clerks||1311||B|
|Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses||3012||A|
|Licensed practical nurses||3233||B|
College and other vocational instructors
|Paralegal and related occupations||4211||B|
|Social and community service workers||4212||B|
Category A of Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry remains open and requires candidates to have an arranged job offer supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment from a Nova Scotia employer.