Nova Scotia draws Social and Community Service Workers from Express Entry pool

CIC News
Published: December 6, 2019

A new draw through Nova Scotia's Labour Market Priorities Stream has issued new invitations to Express Entry candidates with work experience as social and community service workers.

The Labour Market Priorities Stream allows the Nova Scotia's immigrant nominee program, the NSNP, to search the federal Express Entry pool for candidates with specific work experience and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

The December 5 draw was the NSNP's sixth through the Labour Market Priorities Stream in 2019. Previous draws this year have targeted Express Entry candidates with eligible work experience as nurses, carpenters, financial auditors and accountants, among others.

The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for the Federal Skilled Worker ClassFederal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class, which are three of Canada's main Economic Class immigration programs.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points toward their ranking score and, as a result, are effectively guaranteed an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

Find out if you are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool

The December 5 draw targeted Express Entry candidates with work experience in National Occupational Classification (NOC) 4212 — Social and Community Service Workers.

Candidates selected through the Labour Market Priorities Stream do not need a job offer in the province in order to be considered.

Candidates selected by NSNP receive a Letter of Interest through the Express Entry system and have 30 calendar days from the date the letter was issued to submit their application.

Among other criteria, applicants have to meet the following requirements in order to be eligible:

  • have a primary occupation of social worker or community service worker (NOC 4212);
  • provide letters of reference from employers that demonstrate they have two or more years of full-time or equivalent part-time experience as a social worker or community service worker within the five years preceding the application;
  • have language test results demonstrating a Canadian Language Benchmark score of 7 or higher in English or French in all four language abilities (reading, writing, speaking and listening);
  • hold a bachelor's degree or have completed a program of three or more years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other eligible institute.
  • have a valid Express Entry profile that was submitted on or after December 6, 2018.

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