The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is a provincial immigration program that allows the province of Nova Scotia to nominate eligible foreign nationals for permanent residency in Canada. The program is designed to attract skilled workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs to the province to contribute to its economy and communities.
The NSNP has several immigration streams, including the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream, the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry Stream, the Skilled Worker Stream, the Entrepreneur Stream, and the International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream. Each stream has its own eligibility criteria and application process, but all require applicants to meet certain education, language, work experience, and other requirements.
To apply for the NSNP, individuals must first complete an online application and provide supporting documents. If they are nominated by the province, they can then apply for permanent residency to the federal government through the Express Entry system or the paper-based process.
It’s important to note that the NSNP is just one of several provincial nominee programs in Canada, each with its own eligibility criteria and application process.
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) has several streams with their own specific requirements. However, here are some general requirements that applicants to the NSNP must meet:
- Age: Applicants must be between 21 and 55 years of age.
- Education: Applicants must have completed a high school diploma or equivalent. Some streams require post-secondary education or specific types of degrees or diplomas.
- Language proficiency: Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in either English or French by taking a language test such as IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF. Minimum language scores vary by the stream.
- Work experience: Applicants must have at least one year of work experience in their field of education or training. Some streams require more specific work experience in certain occupations or industries.
- Intent to reside in Nova Scotia: Applicants must demonstrate a genuine intent to live and work in Nova Scotia.
- Settlement funds: Applicants must show that they have sufficient funds to support themselves and their dependents for the first few months after arriving in Nova Scotia.
- Other requirements: Depending on the stream, applicants may need to provide additional documents such as a valid job offer from a Nova Scotia employer, proof of funds, a business plan, and more.
It’s important to note that meeting the above requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the NSNP. The program is highly competitive, and meeting the requirements only makes an applicant eligible to apply. The final decision on whether an applicant will be nominated for permanent residency in Canada is made by the province of Nova Scotia.
The language proficiency requirement for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) varies depending on the stream you are applying to. In general, NSNP requires applicants to demonstrate proficiency in either English or French by taking a language test such as IELTS (International English Language Testing System), CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program), or TEF (Test d’évaluation de français).
For most NSNP streams, the minimum IELTS score required is CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) 7, which corresponds to a score of at least 6.0 in each of the four language abilities (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). However, some streams may require a higher minimum score or may accept scores from other language tests.
It’s important to note that meeting the minimum language proficiency requirement does not guarantee acceptance into the NSNP. The program is highly competitive, and meeting the requirements only makes an applicant eligible to apply. The final decision on whether an applicant will be nominated for permanent residency in Canada is made by the province of Nova Scotia.
Proof Of Funds
The proof of funds required for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) varies depending on the number of family members accompanying the applicant. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that applicants have enough funds to support themselves and their dependents during their initial settlement in Canada, as they may not immediately have employment or other sources of income.
As of 2023, the minimum required funds for the NSNP are:
- $12,960 CAD for the principal applicant
- $3,492 CAD for each accompanying dependent
For example, a family of four (a principal applicant, a spouse, and two children) would need to demonstrate proof of funds of at least $19,436 CAD.
It’s important to note that these are the minimum required funds, and applicants may need to provide additional proof of funds if they plan to settle in a more expensive area or if they have additional expenses. Proof of funds can be in the form of bank statements, investment statements, or other financial documents that demonstrate that the required funds have been held in the applicant’s account for at least six months before the application.