Nova Scotia invites French-speaking Express Entry candidates

Alexandra Miekus
Published: April 27, 2020

Nova Scotia has invited Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence through its Labour Market Priorities Stream on April 27, 2020.

This latest draw targeted Express Entry candidates who had selected French as their first official language and have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 8 or higher in French in all language abilities (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

Selected candidates also had to have a CLB score of at least 6 or higher in English in all four language abilities and either a bachelor’s degree or a completed program of three years or more at a university, college, trade or technical school.

Candidates were also required to have a valid Express Entry number and meet the minimum criteria to be accepted into the pool.

The number of candidates who were issued letters of interest and the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score has yet to be confirmed.

The CRS score determines a candidate’s rank in the Express Entry pool and is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among others.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Candidates who received a letter of interest in today’s draw now have 60 calendar days to submit a complete application to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) and are asked to provide copies of their language test results as well as proof of education.

The Labour Market Priorities Stream allows the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) to search Canada’s Express Entry pool for eligible candidates who match labour market needs in the province.

Since its launch in 2018, the stream has held 10 draws, including this one,  and invited early childhood education workers, financial auditors, accountants, social workers and nurses, among other professionals.​

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