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Nova Scotia Immigration Increases Visa Quota for 2016

The Government of Nova Scotia has successfully negotiated an increase of 300 immigration nominations for its two new express entry streams. “We pushed the federal government hard for this increase and they responded after they saw our proactive approach,” said Premier Stephen McNeil.

“This decision will allow Nova Scotia to nominate 1,650 immigrants under the Provincial Nominee Program, nearly double our 2014 cap of 700.”

“We have been leaning in very hard to make real progress in immigration for our province,” said Premier McNeil. “We truly appreciate the positive public and private sector response to our focus on welcoming and successfully keeping newcomers. The progress we are making points to the value and importance of having a minister dedicated full time to the file.”

These immigration programs allow the Nova Scotia Immigration office to select newcomers based on criteria set by the province.Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s Maritime provinces, located in Eastern Canada on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Over recent years, governments in this region have been vocal about the need for newcomers who can integrate into the local labour market and establish businesses.

About the Nova Scotia Immigration Nominee Program

Through the Nova Scotia Immigration programs, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by Nova Scotia may apply for and obtain a Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Certificate, after which they may apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Nova Scotia has diversified its immigration program over recent months and years, to the point where it now offers multiple streams for entrepreneurs, skilled workers and international students. In some cases, individuals with language proficiency lower than Canadian Language Benchmark 7 may be able to submit an application for Canadian permanent residency.

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

Nova Scotia uses the federal government’s Express Entry immigration selection system in order to select candidates for Nova Scotia Demand, which aims to attract skilled individuals with a post-secondary education and qualifications that will help them successfully settle in the province. Candidates must have experience in one of 29 eligible occupations. Detailed evidence in support of your intention to settle in Nova Scotia is required before a Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Certificate will be issued.

Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

This points-based immigration stream, targets skilled individuals who wish to settle in Nova Scotia permanently. Applicants must have at least one year of experience working in Nova Scotia in a skilled occupation. Additional ‘adaptability’ points may be awarded to applicants and/or accompanying spouses/common-law partners who have completed a study program in Nova Scotia.

Skilled Worker Stream

The Skilled Worker stream helps employers recruit foreign workers and recently graduated international students whose skills are needed in Nova Scotia. An employer can only hire foreign workers for positions they have been unable to fill with permanent residents or Canadian citizens.

Entrepreneur Stream

The Nova Scotia Immigration office launched two new entrepreneur streams at the beginning of 2016. The Entrepreneur Stream aims to attract experienced business owners or senior business managers who want to live in Nova Scotia. Candidates are required to have a net worth of at least $600,000 and be able to invest at least $150,000 in a new or existing Nova Scotia business. Successful applicants receive a two-year visa.

International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

The Nova Scotia Immigration office also introduced the International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream in January 2016. This stream is open to graduates who have completed at least two years of full-time study from a recognized Nova Scotia university or college, have operated their own business in Nova Scotia for at least one year, and intend to settle permanently in Nova Scotia.

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