Nova Scotia PNP

A low cost of living and a high quality of life make Nova Scotia an enjoyable and affordable place to live. Organizations designed to help you find employment, improve language skills, or enroll in university make the transition easier. Welcoming people will make you feel that you belong, and safe communities will put your mind at ease. And Nova Scotia has a health-care system that puts people first — it is based on need, not ability to pay. Come to the place where a safe and secure environment, dependable people, and opportunities for your future give you the freedom to achieve great things.

Related: Immigrate to Nova Scotia in Canada through Express Entry System


The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program is a two stage application process which allows Government of Nova Scotia to recruit and select immigrants who intend to settle in the province and have the skills, education, and work experience that would contribute to the labor market and economic needs of the province.

Eligibility criteria for the Nova Scotia Regional Labor Market Demand stream include the following:

  • You are between the ages of 21 and 55 at the time the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration receives your complete application;
  • You have achieved a minimum language standard on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) scale or Niveaux de compétence linguistic canadiens (NCLC) of at least CLB/NCLC Level 5 (see below in Further Information on Language Standards and Testing);
  • Your intended occupation is a National Occupational Classification (NOC) level 0, A, or B and there is demonstrated demand for this occupation in the regional labour market in the community in which you intend to live (see below in Further Information on Occupations and Assessing a Region’s Labor Market Needs);
  • You are a citizen of or hold a passport or other documentation permitting you to legally reside in your current country of residence;
  • You have the required amount of funds (see below for Further Information on Required Funds);
  • NSNP – Regional Labor Market Demand Stream Application Guide Page 4 of 24 February 18, 2014
  • You have completed the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma with a minimum of twelve (12) years of education and/or training from a recognized educational institution AND you have completed and received a degree, diploma or certificate from a recognized post-secondary educational institution or training program. The post-secondary education or training program must have been at least one academic year in length.
  • You have at least two (2) years of continuous full-time work experience within the last five (5) years, in a field of work related to your intended occupation in Nova Scotia;
  • You can demonstrate that you will become economically established in Nova Scotia and that you intend to live in the province permanently;
  • You have completed an Employment and Settlement Plan which outlines your potential economic, labor market and social contributions to the community.

Application Process

STEP 1:- Complete the required application forms, attach all supporting documentation and submit your application package to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration for review. The processing time for eligible applications can be up to three (3) months or more.

STEP 2:- Apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for a permanent resident visa Within six (6) months of receiving your nominee certificate, apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for your permanent resident visa. You, your spouse and dependents must meet requirements for medical, security and criminal admissibility, and in some cases, you may be asked to go for an interview. CIC has the final authority to issue a permanent resident visa. Query for this process


There is no fee for Nova Scotia Nominee Program however CIC fee is applicable for permanent residency which is equivalent to:-

  • Right of Permanent Residence Fee-490 CAD
  • Principal applicant-475
  • Principal applicant, if less than 22 years of age and not a spouse or common-law partner (including a dependent child of the sponsor, a child to be adopted and an orphaned brother, sister, niece, nephew, or grandchild)-75 CAD
  • A family member of the principal applicant who is 22 years of age or older, or is less than 22 years of age and is a spouse or common-law partner-550 CAD
  • A family member of the principal applicant who is less than 22 years of age and is not a spouse or common-law partner-150 CAD Processing Time 12-15 months


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