In general, Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry selects highly skilled individuals who wish to live in Nova Scotia permanently. The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration has the sole authority to consider only certain types of occupations for nomination, depending on current labour market needs.
Note: Applications will ONLY be accepted online.
There are two categories: Category A and Category B.
- Category A: Arranged Employment in Nova Scotia: requires the applicants to have a valid job offer. Applications in this category are expected to remain open.
- Category B: Paid Work Experience in an Opportunity Occupation: does not require a job offer but is not open throughout the year. Category B has certain requirements related to having work experience in an opportunity area for Nova Scotia. The stream has not opened for an intake since 2018. Learn more about it here.
Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry Category A & B – Requirements
For both Category A & Category B, the following minimum requirements must be met:
- A valid ECA or Canadian Education, which is equal to or higher than a secondary school diploma (high school graduation).
- At least 1 year of paid full-time work experience in NOC 0, A or B within the last 6 years. For Category A – 1 year of skilled work experience related to the job offer. The job offer must be for a full-time skilled work position from an NS employer that lasts at least one year after your permanent resident visa is issued; For Category B – 1 year of skilled work experience in one of the target occupations (see list of target occupations below).
- Minimum CLB7 for Language Scores in each of the 4 competencies (Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking) for English or French.
- An active Express Entry profile and jobseeker validation code.
- A score of 67 points or more on Nova Scotia’s six selection factors (Scoring system available in the application guide here).
- Proof of settlement funds as needed by IRCC.
Target Occupations / NOCs for Nova Scotia Category B Express Entry Stream
Nova Scotia Demand: Six selection factors
If you do meet the minimum requirements above, you can go ahead and start calculating your scores against Nova Scotia’s Six Selection Factors. You must meet the minimum requirements for Factors 1 to 4 and also score a minimum of 67 points in the Nova Scotia Express Entry calculator. Not meeting either of these 2 requirements makes you ineligible for Nova Scotia Express Entry Streams.
- Factor 1: Education Points
- Factor 2: Language Points
- Factor 3: Work Experience Points
- Factor 4: Age Points
- Factor 5: Arranged Employment – Max 10 points
- Factor 6: Adaptability – Max 10 points
For a job offer to be valid in Express Entry and to get points, employers will usually need an LMIA from ESDC. However, there are a few exceptions: cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/exempt.asp
How to Apply?
- Complete the online application form, including all necessary information and attachments. To apply online, click here.
- More details here:
- You can find the full document checklist, scoring system and instructions in the application guide here:
- You can also mail them at:
Nova Scotia Office of Immigration
1469 Brenton Street, 3rd floor
PO Box 1535
Halifax, NS, Canada