Nova Scotia is one of the prime provinces in Canada which invites immigrants from all over the world to settle down. It boasts of a wonderful infrastructure, employment opportunities, and a standard of living to its residents.
If you wish to move to Nova Scotia, you can apply for permanent residency through the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program. It uses the same criteria as the Express Entry Program. The only difference is that the province has the authority to nominate the candidates from the pool of those who have applied for the program.
Nova Scotia PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) chooses candidates on the basis of some criteria as like age, education qualification, language proficiency, and employment offer. The immigration program selects only those candidates who prove to be skilled workers and are able to fill the gaps in the economy of the province.
Employment Offer remains the biggest hurdle to obtain a permanent residency through the Provincial Nominee Program. However, you can still apply for Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) without a job offer.
There are various streams in Nova Scotia PNP which let you apply for the program:
▶ International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
▶ Skilled Worker Stream
▶ Nova Scotia Experience Express Entry Program
▶ Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry Program
Out of these four streams, only Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry lets you apply for Nova Scotia PNP without the job offer.
Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry has two categories through which a candidate can apply to permanently stay in Canada. Those two categories are:
▶ Category A: Those who have a legitimate job offer
▶ Category B: Those who do not have a job offer but a valid experience in the opportunity occupation.
If you do not have a job offer and yet you wish to apply for Nova Scotia PNP, you can apply through Category B. All you need is relevant work experience and enough money to settle in the province. The stream is expected to open and close throughout the year to control the influx of immigrants through this stream.
Keep in mind that the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration holds the right to consider only certain types of occupation category depending upon the needs of the current labor market.
There are various eligibility criteria in the Nova Scotia PNP Point Calculator which you need to fulfill in order to apply in Category B of Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry Program:
There are certain occupations which are in high demand here. If you are applying for Nova Scotia PNP, make sure your work experience and occupation fall under the categories chosen by Nova Scotia Occupation in Demand List. This list keeps changing every year depending upon the needs in the labor market. So it is important to keep yourself updated.