In March 2015, the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration launched a
new provincial immigration stream – Nova Scotia Experience:
This stream was created in response to concerns that some
highly-qualified individuals with work experience in Nova Scotia
who applied under the federal Canadian Experience Class were not
being drawn from the federal Express Entry pool as they did not
have either a provincial nomination or a Labour Market Impact
Assessment (LMIA) to support a job offer.
This new provincial stream will allow applicants who are currently
working in Nova Scotia on an LMIA-exempt Work Permit or who have
worked in Nova Scotia in the past to apply for permanent
The eligibility criteria for this stream are that the
Must be between the ages of 21 and 55;
Must have at least 12 months of full time (or an equivalent
amount in part-time) skilled work experience in Nova Scotia in the
3 years before applying;
Must have at least a high school education as demonstrated by
an Educational Credential Assessment;
Must demonstrate English or French language skills through a
recognized language test; and
Must demonstrate a commitment to live in Nova Scotia
Note that qualifying work experience cannot be gained through
unpaid internships, co-op placements or volunteer work. It must be
paid work experience.
As this program targets skilled immigrants, the work experience
must be in an occupation that is classified under the National
Occupation Classification ("NOC") matrix as NOC O, A or
B. Work experience in low-skilled jobs classified as either NOC C
or D will not qualify.
This new stream will not require an employer's involvement at
any stage of the process. No recruitment or advertising is required
and there are no financial requirements. This is an exciting
The Office of Immigration is only accepting 750 applications under
this stream. If you or someone you know qualifies for the Nova
Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream, now is the time to prepare
and submit your application.
As always, our immigration team here at Cox & Palmer is ready,
willing and able to provide advice on whether you qualify under
this new stream and to assist in making an application for
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September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
Canada received more than 320,000 immigrants in the last 12 months, approaching levels not seen since the early 20th century. The per capital immigration rate at .88%, is consistent with previous Liberal government policies.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
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