The annual provincial nomination allocations for Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) has been announced. This year, Nova Scotia has been allocated a maximum of 5420 provincial nominations. The allocation in 2021 was 3857. It means the nomination spaces have been increased by 400 spaces, 17 per cent more compared to last year. Moreover, there has also been an increase of 1173 endorsement spaces in the Atlantic Immigration Program, 75 per cent more compared to last year. In 2021, Nova Scotia welcomed 9025 new immigrants through the federal and provincial immigration programs combined.
Those who wish to settle in Nova Scotia may apply through either the Atlantic Immigration Program or the Provincial Nominee Program of Nova Scotia. Coomonly called the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). Nova Scotia’s Provincial Nominee Program has nine streams under it which provide options for potential immigrants to move to this Atlantic province. Candidates can also move to Nova Scotia through federal immigration programs.
Nova Scotia is keen to welcome more immigrants to the province to promote its population growth. The province admits that population growth is essential for its economic success. As birth rate is low in the province, it has to depend on immigration to achieve desired level of population growth.
Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program allows prospective immigrants with the desired skills and work experience to move to the province. The streams under NSNP are:
- Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
- Labour Market Priorities for Physicians
- International Graduate Entrepreneur
- International Graduates In Demand
- Skilled Worker
- Occupations in Demand
- Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
It takes at least three months to process an application. Once a nomination is received, further which the candidate may apply for permanent residence in Canada to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The candidate and the dependent family members must meet all the medical and security requirements to receive Canada PR.
Atlantic Immigration Program
Atlantic Immigration Program allows employers in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada including Nova Scotia to hire foreign nationals, skipping the requirement of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Moreover, 1564 new permanent residents moved to Nova Scotia through Atlantic Immigration program in 2021.