Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
Nova Scotia uses the federal government’s Express Entry immigration selection system in order to select candidates for this stream.
This stream is for skilled individuals with a post-secondary education and qualifications that will help them successfully settle in Nova Scotia.
There are two categories under the stream:
Category A: Arranged Employment in Nova Scotia
This category requires candidates to have an arranged job offer supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment from a Nova Scotia employer. The job offer must be in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A, or B occupation.
Category B: Paid Work Experience in an Opportunity Occupation
This category entails at least one year of continuous full-time (or 1,560 hours or more) or an equal amount in part-time paid work experience in the last six years in one of the opportunity occupations.
This page will provide details on the following topics:
- Minimum Requirements for Applicants
- Selection Factors
- Opportunity Occupations
- When Not to Apply
Minimum Requirements for Applicants
In order to be eligible for Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry, candidates must:
- Have a foreign diploma, certificate, or credential and its educational credential equivalency assessment by a designated body or a Canadian educational credential;
- Have one year of full-time, or part-time equivalent, paid work experience in the last six years in an NOC Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or B occupation; and
- Meet the minimum language proficiency threshold – currently, Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all four language components (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) in either English or French demonstrated by language test results from a designated agency:
- IELTS (General Training Test only) for English;
- CELPIP (General test only) for English; or
- TEF for French.
Potential candidates must score at least 67 out of 100 points on a points grid that measures education, language ability, work experience, age, adaptability factors, and whether the candidate has an arranged job offer from a Nova Scotia-based employer.
|Education||Maximum 25 points|
|Ability in English and/or French||Maximum 28 points|
|Work experience||Maximum 15 points|
|Age||Maximum 12 points|
|Arranged employment in Nova Scotia||Maximum 10 points|
|Adaptability||Maximum 10 points|
|Total||Maximum 100 points|
|Pass mark:||67 Points|
If required, applicants may have to attend an in-person interview in Nova Scotia. They will be notified if such an interview is required.
The following occupation list represents professions where there may be employment opportunities in Nova Scotia. The occupations are classified with National Occupational Classification (NOC). The NOC helps determine whether a job meets the skill levels established for skilled and semi-skilled occupations and whether the candidate’s qualifications and experience match the requirements of the job.
In your application to NSOI under this category you will need to demonstrate that you:
- Performed the actions described in the lead statements for the occupation as set out in the occupational description of the NOC; and
- Performed a substantial number of the main duties, including all of the essential duties, of the occupation as set out in the occupational description of NOC.
This list is subject to change.
|Occupation title||NOC||Skill Level|
|Financial Auditors and Accountants||1111||A|
|Other financial officers||1114||A|
|Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations||1123||A|
|Accounting and related clerks||1311||B|
|Information systems analysts and consultants||2171||A|
|Computer programmers and interactive media development||2174||A|
|Computer network technicians||2281||B|
|User support technicians||2282||B|
|Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses||3012||A|
|Licensed practical nurses||3233||B|
|College and other vocational instructors||4021||A|
|Paralegal and related occupations||4211||B|
|Social and community service workers||4212||B|
|Financial sales representatives||6235||B|
When Not To Apply
Candidates should not apply if they are:
- A person who has received a nomination under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program dated within the last 12 months;
- Intending to work in an occupation that is an NOC skill level C or D;
- A grandparent, parent, spouse, common-law or conjugal partner of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada;
- An applicant under humanitarian and compassionate grounds, a refugee claimant or a failed refugee claimant;
- In Canada illegally, under a removal order, or are prohibited from entering or being in Canada;
- Not legally present in their country of residence;
- An international student currently studying at a Canadian post-secondary institution;
- An international graduate who has studied in Canada, whose studies have been sponsored by an agency or government and who is contractually obligated to return to their country of origin;
- On a valid federal post-graduation work permit whose occupation falls under NOC skill level C or D;
- The spouse of an international student at a Canadian post-secondary institution who is not in his or her last academic year of studies;
- An individual with unresolved custody or child support disputes affecting any dependent;
- In a sales position that is based solely on commission for compensation;
- A seasonal, part-time or casual worker;
- An individual whose job is not based in Nova Scotia;
- A helper and/or laborer in construction, agriculture or primary resources sectors;
- An individual in Canada who is in the Caregiver Program;
- Intending to start a business and/or be self-employed in Nova Scotia;
- A passive investor (an individual who intends to invest in a Nova Scotia business with very limited or no involvement in the day-to-day management of the business); or
- Unable to provide proof of the required amount of funds.