Prepared by Samuel Francis Gills; Shreeya A Pal; Edited by Veronica Laurent on February 11, 2022

Nurses who are part of the Express Entry pool are now one step closer to obtaining permanent residence in Canada. Nova Scotia invited 278 nurses to submit for a provincial nomination on February 8. The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) invited applicants who have a valid Express Entry profile. On a monthly basis, Nova Scotia invites Express Entry applicants in specified occupations to apply for a nomination through its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Nurses who were eligible for Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities Stream were invited to enter the new draw by the NSNP.

To be nominated, candidates must have their primary occupation as a registered nurse or a qualified psychiatric nurse. Their duties and responsibilities should be in line with NOC 3012, the National Occupational Classification. They’ll have to show letters of recommendation from past employers to prove that they’ve worked in their industry for at least three years.

To be considered, candidates must have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 9 or above in English or French in all language abilities. They must also have a bachelor’s degree or have completed a three-year post-secondary education. The deadline for applications is till midnight on March 10th. They will be considered for a provincial nomination in Nova Scotia if their applications are accepted.

Applicants must first create a profile in the Express Entry system to be invited to apply for Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities Stream. If invited candidates are nominated by the province, 600 points will be automatically added to the candidate’s Express Entry profile. This will help the candidate to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from a PNP-specific Express Entry draw.



Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are fast-track Canadian immigration programs and provide a unique pathway to immigrate to Canada. There are two types of provincial nomination programs:

Base nominations: these streams work outside of the Express Entry system and are managed by the provinces themselves. Base nominations are subject to streams and processing standards. The candidates opting for base nomination should meet the criteria for a PNP pathway, then apply and if successful receive a nomination certificate. Once the nomination certificate is received the candidate can apply for permanent residence status with the IRCC.

Enhanced nominations: these streams are linked with the Express Entry system suitable candidates are searched by the provincial immigration officials who match specific criteria. These provinces then invite the eligible candidates to apply for provincial nomination.

Express Entry (EE)

Express Entry is an electronic selection system used by the Federal as well as Provincial governments of Canada [to select], as well as designated Canadian employers [to nominate] candidates for Canadian permanent residence under three of its popular economic [skilled] immigration programs:

Candidates eligible for any of the above programs are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (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. And, based on scores, candidates are periodically invited (or nominated) for permanent residence.

Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn more about ways to find a new job in Canada, making your initial days in Canada stress-free and confident, etc.

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