Nova Scotia draws auditors and accountants from Express Entry pool
New Labour Market Priorities Stream draw targets Express Entry candidates with scores ranging from 400 to 450
The Government of Nova Scotia has issued new invitations to apply for a nomination for permanent residence to Express Entry candidates with work experience as financial auditors or accountants.
The invitations were issued January 24 through the province’s Labour Market Priorities Stream, which was launched last year.
The Labour Market Priorities Stream allows Nova Scotia’s Office of Immigration to search the federal Express Entry pool for eligible candidates with work experience in specified occupations.
Express Entry candidates invited in the stream’s first draw of 2019 were required to have at least five years of work experience in National Occupational Classification (NOC) 1111 — Financial Auditors and Accountants. For examples of professions covered under this category, see below.
Those selected in the January 24 draw submitted their Express Entry profiles on or after July 1, 2018, and had an Express Entry ranking score from 400 and 450, among other criteria.
An Express Entry candidate’s ranking score is based on factors that include their age, education, work experience and proficiency in English or French, and a set number of the highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular invitation rounds.
In order to be considered for immigration through the Labour Market Priorities Stream, and many other Express Entry-aligned provincial nominee streams, candidates must first submit an Express Entry profile.
Whereas Nova Scotia invited candidates with scores potentially as low as 400, the most recent Federal Express Entry draw only invited candidates with scores of 443 or above.
A provincial nomination provides Express Entry candidates with an additional 600 points towards their Express Entry ranking score, effectively assuring an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry invitation round.
“This draw is potentially good news for some Express Entry candidates with ranking scores below the cut-off in recent Express Entry draws,” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal. “It’s a good reminder of how provincial nominee streams can help Express Entry candidates with lower scores achieve their goal of permanent residence.”
While Express Entry profiles are valid for up to 12 months, it is worth noting that Nova Scotia only considered those submitted on or after July 1, 2018, in the January 24 draw.
Express Entry candidates selected in the latest Labour Market Priorities draw were also required to have the following:
- A bachelor’s degree OR have completed a program of three or more years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or another institute.
- A Canadian Language Benchmark score of 7 or higher in English or French for speaking, listening, and reading and writing.
- Letters of reference from employers to demonstrate proof of a minimum of 5 years of work experience in NOC 1111.