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Nova Scotia Announces New Immigration Stream – No Job Offer Needed

March, 2014

The Province of Nova Scotia has created a new immigration option for aspiring permanent residents called the Regional Labour Market Demand Stream. This stream, which is administered under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), is particularly exciting because individuals do not need a job offer in Canada to apply.

The Regional Labour Market Demand Stream was announced in early March, and began considering applications on March 6, 2014. Through this stream, Nova Scotia immigration officials are able to select individuals with skills and experience that are in-demand in the province.

Eligibility Requirements for the Regional Labour Market Demand Stream

In order to be eligible for this stream, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 21 and 55;
  • Meet minimum language proficiency requirements;
  • Have at least two years of continuous full-time work experience within the past five years in an eligible occupation*;
  • Intend to work in an eligible occupation;
  • Be legally residing in current country of residence;
  • Have sufficient funds for settlement in Nova Scotia;
  • Have at least a high school level of education and a degree, diploma, or certificate from a post-secondary institution;
    • Completed post-secondary program must be at least one year in length
  • Demonstrate intent to live in Nova Scotia and ability to become economically established in the province;
  • Complete an Employment Settlement Plan; and
  • Attend an interview, if required.

*The NSNP has listed 43 eligible occupations. They can be viewed in their entirety here. The list includes, but is not limited to, occupations in the following fields: engineering, health services (including nursing), skilled trades, and food service.

The Settlement Plan

For this stream, applicants must complete an Employment Settlement Plan, which is provided by the NSNP. The settlement plan requires applicants to answer questions on the following topics:

  • Intended occupation in Nova Scotia;
  • Reasons for choosing Nova Scotia; and
  • Where they wish to settle and why.

By answering these questions, applicants demonstrate their desire to live in Nova Scotia as well as their readiness to quickly settle into their new homes.

The Application Process

Like other Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), obtaining a permanent resident visa through the NSNP is a two-step process.

First, applicants must apply to the NSNP for provincial approval. For the Regional Labour Market Demand Stream, the NSNP has stated that processing times may be up to one month or more depending on the volume of applications received and the time required to assess the application documents. Nomination under the NSNP is solely at the discretion of the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration. Desirable applicants are then selected by the province and issued a Provincial Nomination Certificate. The overall application, including the Provincial Nomination Certificate, must then be approved by the Federal government.

In the second step of the process, the Federal government assesses an applicant’s admissibility with respect to medical and security/criminality concerns. The final authority rests with the Federal government, who is ultimately responsible for granting Canadian permanent resident status.

What This Means for Applicants

The Regional Labour Market Demand Stream is a chance for individuals to immigrate to one of Canada’s most economically and culturally dynamic provinces.

According to Attorney David Cohen, many prospective immigrants possess valuable skills and experience that are needed in Canada. However, due to the gradual restriction of some immigration programs, many have not yet been successful in obtaining Canadian Permanent Residency.

“In recent years, many if not most new Canadian immigration programs require that individuals first obtain a job offer in Canada in order to be eligible to apply,” said Attorney David Cohen. “The fact that this new stream does not require a job offer is likely to generate large amounts of interest.”

At the moment there is no deadline for submission of applications. However, the NSNP notes that this can change at any time.

“This new program is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to immigrate to one of Canada’s most beautiful provinces,” said Attorney Cohen. “However, such opportunities do not last forever. Now is the time for eligible applicants to seize the moment and have a chance to realize their immigration goals.”

To find out if you are eligible for the NSNP, or any of over 60 Canadian immigration programs, please fill out a free online assessment today.

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{ 112 comments… read them below or add one }

Vicky March 19, 2014 at 6:45 am

Is there any restriction of application quota in this stream?

Rakesh Kumar March 19, 2014 at 9:32 am

What will be the time duration for getting this VISA.

MUFTAU OLASUNKANMI ANDE March 19, 2014 at 12:24 pm

I love to live in Canada

guillermo villa March 19, 2014 at 12:27 pm

a pity for me.I am over the age limits ( 59 ) .once you visit Canada you fall in love with its landscapes and top quality of life…
regards.
guillermo.

Jagdeep Singh March 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Hi

Can you please clarify what is the ceiling for the number of applications to be accepted ???

Ardit Lika March 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I would like to be a Canadian citizen.

wadidhi March 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm

i would like to be one of the lucky stars

Muhammad Arif March 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm

what is the requisite web site

Manpreet Kaur March 19, 2014 at 3:47 pm

I have done IELTS Academic , i want to apply for Nova Scotia Program. Can i submit IELTS General later after giving the test. And can i apply now with IELTS Academic

Armnajeet singh March 19, 2014 at 4:19 pm

What are the 43 eligible occupations?

HARUN BANEDAR March 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Yes, i am interested.

Rebellent March 20, 2014 at 1:59 am

what are the minimum language proficiency requirements for this province ?

ruth delos reyes chiong March 20, 2014 at 4:13 am

I am very much interested to migrate to canada

evelyn March 20, 2014 at 5:51 am

This program is open for now. There is no cap limit for now. So seize this opportunity

Asif Shahzad March 20, 2014 at 5:53 am

Superb program again launched from Canada to give another opportunity for individuals to make Canada their home.

Sukhdeep Gill March 20, 2014 at 6:29 am

i like to live in canada with my family

Lawal Hamed Alabi March 20, 2014 at 7:42 am

I love to live in Canada

Arzoo March 20, 2014 at 7:45 am

is it necessary to submit IELTS results with the application can we submit it latter as you know it takes 2 week to get the IELTS results. thank you

Muhammad Muazzam Ayub March 20, 2014 at 10:09 am

When you said “Have sufficient funds for settlement in Nova Scotia”, How much fund I should have?

Muhammad ali baig March 20, 2014 at 10:49 am

What are the 43 eligible occupations?

sumod March 20, 2014 at 10:53 am

Can you say the procesing time of this nova scotia programe.

prakash March 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Dear sir i have done Acedemic IELTS. can i apply or not?

Naba Raj Dhakal March 20, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Good! I wanna to migrate to Canada.

OSHIBAMOWO ADEYEMI PHILIP March 20, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Nice development, this new program is a wonderful opportunity.

OSHIBAMOWO ADEYEMI PHILIP March 20, 2014 at 3:28 pm

This new program is a wonderful opportunity, nice and perfect.

Signa Lawrence March 20, 2014 at 4:02 pm

How much funds do I need to have in order to settle in Nova Scotia?

Anonymous March 20, 2014 at 5:50 pm

What is the total processing time of this programme and somehow there might a changes come after in the program after getting applied then what will have to do

nzioka onesmus March 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm

I appreciate the good work of mr cohen

Waleed Khalid Abdul - Jabbar March 21, 2014 at 3:24 am

I would like to be Canadian citizen.

akhil raj p r March 21, 2014 at 5:22 am

Yes, i am interested.

michael hauschild March 21, 2014 at 5:48 am

I am very interested to migrate to your country.

Amir Ahmed March 21, 2014 at 7:39 am

Is there any restriction of application quota in this stream?

Benjamin G. Reyes March 21, 2014 at 8:56 am

Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity for us who wishes our dreams to be true soon.

ADEBAYO ADEYEMI ADEDOTUN March 21, 2014 at 9:42 am

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.I wish i would be one of the lucky winners of this great chance.

gajendran March 21, 2014 at 9:56 am

the journal and information is really useful

Abolfazl E March 21, 2014 at 11:45 am

Is it acceptable to apply with Academic IELTS ?!

Mrs jilumol jose March 21, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I would like to go.

jay patel March 21, 2014 at 3:59 pm

How we get full information about this programs..
time duration of visa processes

Richard Amadasun March 21, 2014 at 5:57 pm

I love to live in Canada.

Mcknight Emmanuel March 21, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Its real!!!

Zouar Omar March 21, 2014 at 9:37 pm

i love to live there.it’s my dream.

neha March 22, 2014 at 6:23 am

What is the total processing time.

MOSES EFFIONG SILAS March 22, 2014 at 10:06 am

I will be very happy to become a citizen of canada

Williams Osem March 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Solid opportunity, I can’t wait!

nwawoma paul owigho March 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Wow,its so amazing.canada has been my dream country.thank God for this great opportunity.

Robertson Uy March 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

If given the chance I would love to live in Canada, the most safest country in the world!

DIPEN PATEL March 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm

is there any CAP? How many applications pending for pharmacy category? i want to put my file. processing fees with term & condition ? suppose file rejected then how is there any money guarantee?

Hopeton Johnson March 22, 2014 at 4:01 pm

I would love to live and work in Canada

sherlett harvey March 22, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I am definitely interested in living in Canada and to be a valuable part of the workforce there. I meet all the requirements above! This would be great!

Parminder Sran March 23, 2014 at 4:16 am

How many applications will take under these new rules

Marinela Medina Ramos March 23, 2014 at 6:37 am

I hope that I will be one of the lucky ones to be selected

Zenia Bautista March 24, 2014 at 4:49 am

I really love to see & live in Canada..its a great country..

Gurwinder singh March 24, 2014 at 5:10 am

Is there any application limitation in numbers

Ajay sharma March 24, 2014 at 11:45 am

Hi I just want to know that can I show my full time work experience in more than one eligible occupation which are in NOC list

Dr okwuokenye Henry March 25, 2014 at 3:27 am

It’s exciting to know this exist.

Charles Edward Ogoma March 25, 2014 at 7:36 am

I would wish to live in Canada

miguela i.ocampo March 25, 2014 at 12:13 pm

what a wonderful opportunity for us to be a canadian citizen…

naresh paudel March 25, 2014 at 2:52 pm

how much money we can earn there???

naresh paudel March 25, 2014 at 2:58 pm

if somebody want to shift from qubec after going there. is that possible?? how much time it takes for visa processing?

Luz R . Rovira March 25, 2014 at 9:11 pm

It’s a one of a lifetime opportunity to settle in Canada if given the chance.

Ali Asad Javed March 26, 2014 at 7:45 pm

I hope that I will be one of the lucky ones to be selected.
i want to live in Canada.

braintabot March 26, 2014 at 11:00 pm

what an opportunity i will like to be one of the winners

Jamia March 27, 2014 at 4:28 am

Will Canada will allow us to work in the same profession for which they are giving immigration?

Nisha Sharma March 27, 2014 at 6:23 am

Respected Sir

I would like to know if we get selected and got our PR visa for Nova scotia, then up to what time period do we require to stay in nova scotia only?? can we immigrate to another place in Canada (outside nova scotia)?

You are requested to give you valuable comments and advice.

Regards
Nisha Sharma

nino fularon March 27, 2014 at 8:51 am

I would love to live and work in Canada with my family

arj March 27, 2014 at 4:31 pm

I have submitted my application on 27th march..is there a number of intakes for each occupation?how much time we expect to get reply?

Ronald March 27, 2014 at 8:34 pm

I would love to live and work in Canada.

shpresakodra March 28, 2014 at 7:33 am

i like to live in canada with my family

shpresakodra March 28, 2014 at 8:22 am

If given the chance I would love to live in Canada, the most safest country in the world!
I am definitely interested in living in Canada and to be a valuable part of the workforce there. I meet all the requirements above! This would be great!

ADENIYI OLUWAFEMI MATHEW March 28, 2014 at 8:33 am

IS THE PROGRAMME REAL?

Irene Mwende Sammy March 28, 2014 at 3:16 pm

I would like to migrate and live in Canada

MD.NAWSHAD HOSSAIN March 29, 2014 at 5:57 am

I would wish to live in Canada

Jagdish Lotey March 29, 2014 at 3:27 pm

It is an excellent program

Gabriel March 30, 2014 at 12:10 am

I learnt from the web site that only 150places will selected for the new program and i wish to find out if this 150 places is per job listed or for the entire program?

Shakir Bukhari March 30, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Good news from Nova Scotia. very fair chance to apply for Canada.

rakesh March 31, 2014 at 6:35 am

What will be the time duration for getting this VISA

rakesh March 31, 2014 at 6:36 am

How many applications will take under these new rules

rakesh March 31, 2014 at 6:37 am

Can you please clarify what is the ceiling for the number of applications to be accepted ???

renado maurice taylor March 31, 2014 at 9:13 pm

I really l would love to be qualified for this opportunity

jenny bebs egipto April 1, 2014 at 7:03 am

im so thankful this oppurtunity

Beatrice Odicta Leones April 1, 2014 at 11:00 pm

im interested!

SUNDAY OLUWAGBEMIGA EMMANUEL April 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

i love canada

Fru Bernard Cheyson April 2, 2014 at 12:17 pm

I hope that I will be one of the lucky ones to be on the final list

Arif Hussain April 2, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Dear Sir,
Do we need of credential assessment before apply to NSNP regional stream?

Regards!
Arif Hussain

Mamun Khan April 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm

After getting work permit visa to Canada under PNP program. Can i apply for permanent residence (PR) or i have to wait for some day to apply for PR.

SANNI O.V April 2, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Nice to hear about this. I can only hope to be among the lucky winners.

Luzviminda B. Rieza April 3, 2014 at 2:52 am

better opportunity for me and my children to become a Canadian citizen in the future…

Oyedeji Adebonle Rachealla April 3, 2014 at 10:02 am

It is a great opportunity. Just like a dream reborn after I had thought hope is lost. You never know what this news meant to me, and I prayed I shall be consider this time. Thank you.

Oyedeji Adebonle Rachealla April 3, 2014 at 10:04 am

Thank you.

Jeevan Singh April 3, 2014 at 1:54 pm

1) is it necessary to submit IELTS results with the application can we submit it latter as you know it takes 2 week to get the IELTS results. thank you
2). How much fund I Shuld need ? And how many old for spouse case .

elsy alex April 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm

i started my processing for qubec ,is it possible for me to apply for ths again?

rajvir singh April 3, 2014 at 4:50 pm

I like nova scotia

Qaiser Afzal April 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Do you anticipate any intake cap on RLMD Stream Proam?

varsha patel April 4, 2014 at 2:04 pm

is there any cap in nova scotia for pnp programme?

Harsh Kumar April 5, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Hi Varsha,I’m looking to apply for PR through PNP in Nova Scotia.

Is there any limit on the cap for this

Regards
Harsh

Leksy Balo April 6, 2014 at 9:30 pm

One of the requirements is to have sufficient funds . pls what’s the idea of the sufficiency highlighted here! how much.

makwondoh felix asuanteh April 7, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I will really love to be selected as one of the numerous immigrants so as to have the chance to be a Canadian citizen.

Bilal April 8, 2014 at 9:42 am

what is the current status of provincial nominee program and when cap can occurred.

Akinwunmi oluwaseyi April 10, 2014 at 9:18 am

this is a great opportunity for those who want to become Canadian citizen.

sameena April 11, 2014 at 8:52 am

what is the current status of provincial nominee program and when cap can occurred.

Dharamveer Singh April 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm

hi there,
i just wana ask uptil when the applications can be submitted?
Thanks & Regards

muhawe celestin April 14, 2014 at 7:16 pm

is wonderful to live in Canada

Edith April 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

great opportunity for all

kaniq April 16, 2014 at 5:23 am

how much funds are required for this program

Adeogun Damilare Omolaja April 16, 2014 at 3:28 pm

I will really love to be selected as one of the numerous immigrants so as to have the chance to be a Canadian citizen.

Nain April 20, 2014 at 5:29 pm

thanks

Ehiane Paul April 24, 2014 at 7:35 am

I will like to make Canada my home , with this opportunity I stand a better chance to achieve it , Yes!

nicanor c. arguzon jr. May 1, 2014 at 2:43 pm

i want to work and live in canada together with my family

johnny albesa arpon May 2, 2014 at 7:02 am

im very much interested

majaveed May 5, 2014 at 10:04 pm

I would like to work and live with my family in Canada

kevin June 15, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Thank you

Jagroop June 17, 2014 at 1:20 am

Is NSNP accepts applications till now?

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