Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 | Views: 6107

Nova Scotia Increases Intake Under New Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream

Nova Scotia Canada

The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration promotes its own Express Entry stream. It enables the province to nominate qualified candidates for admission to Canada under the federal Express Entry immigration system, without a sponsoring employer. The province nominates qualified applicants from the federal Express Entry pool.

The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream is aimed at selecting applicants who have the education, experience, language proficiency and adaptability to successfully establish in Nova Scotia and contribute to the province's development. Nomination is based on a points system, where applicants receive consideration under the following factors:

  • Education and Training;
  • Work Experience;
  • Language Ability; (CLB Level 7)
  • Age;
  • Connections to Nova Scotia, including family, job offer, work or study experience in the province.

Applicants must score a minimum of 67 out of a possible 100 points under the above mentioned selection factors to be considered for nomination. Applicants must also meet the following mandatory criteria:

  • Have a minimum of one year of work experience in the past five years which must be related to an occupation appearing on the Nova Scotia Opportunity Occupations list;
  • Have a minimum of one year of work experience in the past five years in their intended occupation in an occupation classified as Skill level "0" , "A" or "B" of the National Occupational Classification (NOC);
  • Demonstrate a minimum language proficiency of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7, or higher if required by employers or regulatory bodies;
  • Demonstrate sufficient settlement funds if applying without an approved job offer.

A maximum of 350 applications will be accepted in 2015 from candidates without employer sponsorship.

Nova Scotia Opportunity Occupations list

Individuals with a minimum of one year of work experience in the past five years related to one of the below Opportunity Occupations may qualify to apply under the Nova Scotia: Express Entry Stream without a sponsoring employer:

  • 1111 Financial auditors and accountants
  • 1112 Financial and Investment Analysts
  • 1121 Human Resources Professionals
  • 1125 Purchasing Agents and Officers
  • 2113 Geoscientists and Oceanographers
  • 2131 Civil engineers
  • 2132 Mechanical engineers
  • 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
  • 2141 Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers
  • 2147 Computer Engineers
  • 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
  • 2172 Database Analysts and Data Administrators
  • 2173 Software Engineers and Designers
  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2175 Web Designers and Developers
  • 2231 Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • 2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2253 Drafting Technologists and Technicians
  • 2262 Engineering Inspectors and Regulatory Officers
  • 2282 User support technicians
  • 3012 Registered Nurses
  • 3142 Physiotherapists
  • 3143 Occupational Therapists
  • 3211 Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologists’ Assistants
  • 3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
  • 4151 Psychologists
  • 4153 Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors
  • 6235 Financial Sales Representatives



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