Prepared by Samuel Francis Gills; Vinay Krishnan; Edited by Veronica Laurent on January 23, 2021

Nova Scotia held its latest PNP draw on January 19, 2021, inviting immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination though the Labour Market Priorities stream. The NSNP has not disclose the number of invitations issued in this draw.

The stream is electronically enabled (that is, it is unlike the other streams because it is  Express Entry aligned). In other words, those invited must have had a valid profile in the Federal Express entry system. Candidates are required to be primarily employed as a financial officer (National Occupational Classification code 1114) in order to be eligible for this draw. To be invited under this draw, the candidates must have received a Letter of Interest from the NSNP  through the Express Entry category.

The applicant must also have fulfilled the minimum work experience requirement for the stream for which he or she is qualified and must have sufficient money to settle down in the Province of Nova Scotia. Candidates must submit reference letters from their employers to apply for a provincial nomination and must have had at least four years of work experience as financial officer with a bachelor’s degree and Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 9 or higher in English to meet the eligible criteria. CLB level 9 is interpreted as securing the following bands in a typical IELTS (general training) examination: Reading – 7, Writing – 7, Listening – 8, and Speaking – 7.

Candidates who receive the invitation are given a deadline until February 19, 2021 to submit their application. The application is to be submitted along with copy of their language tests, proof of education and proof of employment.

Express Entry: The Federal Express Entry scheme handles the selection of applicants for three of Canada’s largest economic-class immigration programs. They are:

Candidates eligible for any of these programs are given a CRS score in the Express Entry Pool. It is based on their Core/Human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in English and/or French, etc. The highest-ranked candidates in the pool are then invited to apply for permanent residence through the regular Express Entry draws. Candidates who receive express entry scores below CRS cut-offs can apply for provincial nomination programs, which are the best option to increase their scores. This effectively guarantees that they will be invited in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw to apply for permanent residence. The Government of Canada has a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.

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