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PNPs (Provincial Nominee Programs) as the name propose are the immigration programs, which permit the different provinces across Canada to select the immigrants, suitable for its labor market and economy. The Candidate who wishes to move and settle in a particular province of Canada can apply in the particular PNP programs.
Every province selects a candidates based on its own needs, criteria and parameters and therefore each provinces has different set of prerequisites as well. The Quebec Province isn’t enlisted in PNP programs as it has its own selection criteria and framework to choose immigrants for its province. All provinces have an agreement with IRCC (Immigration Citizenship Refugee Canada) that grants them to pick permanent residents for their own province.
How to apply in a Provincial Nominee Program?
There are two basic ways to apply for a PNP Program of a specific province in Canada:
1. Apply to a PNP directly:
- Applicant have selected a province in Canada to settle, where they can directly apply in its Provincial Nominee Program. In direct PNP application, here are the steps you need to follow:
- Select a Province and apply in its PNP program.
- Fulfill the eligibility criteria and fill the form
- Get nominated from that province
- Receive a Nomination letter
- Apply for permanent residency status in Canada to IRCC.
2. Apply via Express Entry System:
- While registering for a new express entry profile applicant can indicate a provincial interest. And once applicant makes it to the pool, your profile can be seen and chosen by the different provinces and territories of Canada. If your profile is selected by any of the province, you will get an invitation to submit your profile with the province to be considered for their program. After applicant gets nominated by province, this increase the chance of getting invitation to apply for Permanent Residency visa.
Benefits of Applying through Provincial Nominee Programs
- Candidates have liberty to select their desired province to settle down.
- Candidate can apply for most PNP programs without job offers.
- Candidates’ gets additional points depending on their area of training.
- Candidate gets nominated directly by the province instead of pool of candidates.
Basic Eligibility Criteria and Requirements of Provincial Nominee Program
So as to move to a province, one should meet with the base criteria. Each province and territory has its own particular streams and criteria for their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). These can change without notice. A candidate must satisfy all the provincial program prerequisites. Criteria that provinces take into consideration may include the following:
- The candidate should be no less than 21 years old at the time of application.
- Candidates need to score the minimum eligibility score in the point assessment grid of particular province.
- A Candidate’s occupation must lie in category designated by the NOC Code of that province and occupation should be in-high demand.
- Candidates must have prerequisite work experience in the relevant profession.
- Each candidate needs to score at least designated grade in language proficiency tests (IELTS for English and TEF for French) according to the guidelines of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB).
- Candidates close relations in that province or any other provinces.
- Candidate’s ability to adapt life in that province.
Document Checklist for Canadian Provincial Nominee Program
Similarly as with the federal government Canadian Express Entry program, each Provincial Nominee Program expects candidates to submit relevant documents in support of their application. These documents must be submitted separately to the province, from the ones that are submitted to the Express Entry program. The documentation requirements may vary from one province to another so it will be best to visit the page of the specific province you wish to relocate to in order to know the information. So, we are presenting common required documents for a PNP:
- A declaration form signed by Principal Applicant and family members.
- Additional declaration form signed by applicant’s dependents.
- Documents related to applicants’ past history like previous work experience letters, educational papers, identity proofs etc.
- Additional documents related to applicants’ family member (parents, partner/spouse, and child).
- Applicants’ valid travelling documents like passport and visa with valid date.
- Document related to proof of Language proficiency (IELTS, PTE, TOEFL, TEF etc.)
- Applicant’s civil or legal documents showing applicant’s name, father’s name, date of birth, birth place etc.
- Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)
- Medical Documents
- Applicant’s recent photographs
Canada Provincial Nominee Program Categories
- Alberta PNP Program (AINP)
- British Columbia PNP Program (BC PNP)
- Manitoba PNP Program (MPNP)
- New Brunswick PNP Program (NB PNP)
- NewFoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NL PNP)
- Nova Scotia PNP Program (NSNP)
- Ontario PNP Program (OINP)
- Prince Edward Island Nomination Program (PEI PNP)
- Saskatchewan PNP Program (SINP)
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What is IELTS?
IELTS is also known as the International English Language Testing System. The sole purpose of IELTS test is to evaluate the language proficiency for non-native English speakers. Most of the countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, etc have made IELTS evaluation as mandatory setting the score limit depending on the category visa will be applied for.
IELTS is jointly managed by IDP, British Council, and Cambridge English Language Assessment. Although there is no minimum passing band, yet every country that accepts IELTS have a defined minimum bands requirements specifically in Academic as well as General Training. And so one has to ensure they set a target of a minimum score to be achieved.
The score ranges from 0 to 9 bands in 0.5 bands increment.
IELTS is categorized into two class:
- General Training
People wanting to migrate on the basis of work permit or PR(Permanent Residency) category to countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc, need to pass the General Test. Academic is purely for students wanting to study abroad and seek further education overseas.
There are 4 modules in IELTS: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The result once given is valid for a duration or of 2 years.
Generally, Listening and Speaking modules are same for General training as well as Academic. The Listening and speaking modules test your ability to interact with other people. How well can you communicate? How good listener you are?
People from different regions have different accents, and hence listening, understanding and replying is very important. These are the skills that are being tested in these two modules.
Reading and Writing are different for Academic and General Training. Reading will test your ability in the understanding of given articles and how well you grasp the information. For Reading and Writing modules, you need to have a sound vocabulary and understanding of language as well as requirements.
They test whether you can write effectively, and to the point. Whether you understand the purpose of the letter you are writing, how well you understand the paragraph written and answer the questions that follow.
The questions require specific answers and they check a persons attention to detail. Writing module will check how good you are into framing sentences, drafting letters, emails, or an essay. In the Academic test, writing modules check the ability to transform your understanding of graphical presentation into your words.
IELTS preparation and Tips:
For preparation, IELTS academy themselves provide various materials in the form of books, CDs, online materials such as pdf’s video tutorials etc. Practice using these materials as much as you can. Also take mock tests, certain grammar learning and with the help of other available sources one should prepare for the exam.
It is always a good habit to read English blogs, newspapers, articles, etc that are informative as well as upgrade your knowledge and vocabulary. Nowadays, various mobile applications that provide online materials and that can be accessed from anywhere. Regular practicing, reading and communicating in English to enhance speech are best learning practices.
Most of the visa consultancy services provide coaching classes for languages. Many even offer a trial session for classes. Taking coaching for IELTS is highly advisable as it is not just any language exam but it is much more into detail. Also one needs to familiarize himself with the type of questionnaire.
Taking enough mock tests and trying to reach near to the expected score is the best way to trial and error. Once the coach feels satisfactory results in mock-up, he would normally advise booking your actual test.
- Get enough sleep the night before.
- Prepare the needed documents and stationaries the day before.
- Try not to read or rehearse too much on the day.
- Be mentally stress-free and confident.
- Dress well and remember to always think and plan before you execute.
- Do not leave any question unattended.
- Finally, re-check your work before submission.
In recent times, UK’s British Indian Home Secretary Priti Patel launched a point-based system for the high-end skilled workers. With this system, the UK tries to target the high skilled workers like scientists, sports champions, engineers, and more from all over the globe.
The system shall commence from the 1st of January, 2021. This will also help the budding students and accomplished professionals in attaining permanent residency in the United Kingdom.
The new point-based system shall work similarly like Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Certain factors are essential for the applicant to meet.
In the policy published on the 19th of February, the government has mentioned down vital information to get a permanent residency.
- Having a job offer from an approved employer at a skilled level
- Must be fluent in the English language
The above two criteria will give you 50 points. But, for the eligibility of the visa, one needs 70 points. One of the simplest ways is to attain 20 points is by earning at least £25,600.
But, the applicant can also gain additional points for the additional qualification. For instance, for the relevant Ph.D. you’ll be getting 20 points.
Due to COVID-19, the world is facing an economic crisis. As per the unemployment statistics in Canada, 953,000 people found jobs in June.
But, now things are getting back to normal. The government of Canada is easing the lockdown and imposing certain restrictions. Many Canadians and permanent residents have found new jobs while some of them are rejoining to their previous employers.
In February and April, around 3 million people lost their jobs due to lockdown across the world. And, 2.5 million people were unable to work from home due to coronavirus related reasons.
Gradually with time, the economic recovery started. Around 290,000 people started working. The unemployment rate was 13.7% in May which has dropped down 12.3% in June.
Over the last two months, the labour market saw recovery by 40%. Additionally, in June the labour force participation also increased up to 63.8%. This gives a hint that people are optimistic about finding a job that meets their requirements.
The CESB i.e. Canada Emergency Student Benefit was introduced to ease the financial crisis of students due to coronavirus limitations.
Now that things are opening up slowly, the rise of employment is boosting up across all the provinces. Even, IRCC conducted its first all program draw on July 8. This also means that the candidates of FSTP and FSWP received ITAs.
Since the curve of employment is increasing, the new immigrants will certainly receive growth in the labour market once they have permanent residency status.
In the nearby future, we can already see how Canada will sustain its economic growth. The country is globally oriented and already has an abundance of opportunities. So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself counselling and pursue your immigration dreams only with us. CALL NOW!
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) began on September 17th, 2008. Distinct from other programs, the program lets an applicant’s experience in Canada to be considered a key selection factor when immigrating to Canada.
For immigration to Canada, the Express Entry selection system handles the Canadian Experience Class applications. Qualified candidates must make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada, create an online Express Entry profile, and receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence before they may make an application.
Eligibility requirements for Canadian Experience Class:
- Have at least obtained 12 months of skilled work experience in Canada, in the last 36 months before you apply with proper authorization.
- Language Proficiency should meet the base level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for NOC B occupations or the base language level of CLB Level 7 for NOC 0 and A.
- Applicants should plan to live and work outside of province Quebec
- There is no Education prerequisite for Canadian Experience Class. But applicants can earn additional points for your education under Express Entry.
Note: Self-employment and while you were a full-time student, work experience gained is also not counted under this program.
Advantages for Canadian Experience Class:
- CEC candidates only require 1 year of Canadian work experience.
- Part time job is also acceptable with certain conditions.
- There is no education prerequisite for CEC; on the off chance that you will get additional points.
- Applicants under the CEC are not required to show proof of settlement funds, as FSWC and FSTC candidates are.
- With CEC program get your permanent residency status in Canada within 6 months.
Canadian Experience Class process:
Step 1: Obtain a Canadian work permit or International Students work on Post-Graduation Work Permit
Step 2: Applicants must complete a year of work experience in Canada.
Step 3: Ensure you meet other eligibility criteria
Step 4: Create an Express Entry profile
Step 5: Improve your profile and position under the CRS
Step 6: Receive an Invitation to Apply
Step 7: Complete a Medical, give security background checks, and submit an online application
Step 8: Your application is received by Canadian Immigration
Step 9: Receive affirmation of Permanent Resident Status
Step 10: Get your PR Card.
CEC Processing Time:
The process time comprise of the submission of application to the approval of it and the overall process takes up to 6 months only. Nonetheless, the processing time may vary profile to profile and it may increase if not provide required documents on time to immigration authority.
- Alberta College of Art and Design
- Red Deer College
- Portage College
- Olds College
- Northern Lakes College
- Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
- NorQuest College
- Medicine Hat College
- Lethbridge College
- Lakeland College
- Keyano College
- Grande Prairie Regional College
- Bow Valley College
- Thompson Rivers University
- Emily Carr University of Art and Design
- Vancouver Island University
- Vancouver Community College
- University of the Fraser Valley
- Selkirk College
- Okanagan College
- Northwest Community College
- Northern Lights College
- North Island College
- Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
- Native Education College
- Langara College
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- Justice Institute of British Columbia
- Douglas College
- College of the Rockies
- College of New Caledonia
- Collège Éducacentre
- Capilano University
- Camosun College
- British Columbia Institute of Technology
- Sheridan College
- Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute (KTEI)
- First Nations Technical Institute
- Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
- Sault College
- St. Lawrence College
- St. Clair College
- Northern College
- Niagara College
- Mohawk College
- Michener Institute of Education at UHN
- Loyalist College
- Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology
- Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
- Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology
- George Brown College
- Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology
- Durham College
- Confederation College
- Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
- La Cité
- Centennial College
- Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology
- Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology
- Collège Boréal
- Algonquin College
- Fleming College
- Cégep de Rimouski
- Cégep de Jonquière
- Cégep de Victoriaville
- Vanier College
- Cégep de Trois-Rivières
- Cégep de Sherbrooke
- Collège Shawinigan
- Cégep John Abbott College
- Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec
- Cégep de Sept-Îles
- Cégep Heritage College
- Cégep de Saint-Laurent
- Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles
- Cégep Garneau
- Cégep de Saint-Jérôme
- Cégep Édouard-Montpetit
- Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
- Cégep de Sainte-Foy
- Cégep de Chicoutimi
- Champlain Regional College
- Collège André-Grasset
- Cégep André-Laurendeau
- Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue
- Cégep régional de Lanaudière
- Collège Montmorency
- Cégep Marie-Victorin
- Cégep Limoilou
- Collège LaSalle
- Cégep de La Pocatière
- Collège de Maisonneuve
- Southeast College
- Saskatchewan Polytechnic
- Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT)
- Parkland College
- Northlands College
- North West College
- Plains College
- Dumont Technical Institute
- Cumberland College
- Collège Mathieu
- Carlton Trail College
- Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology
- École technique et professionnelle, Université de Saint-Boniface
- Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology
- University College of the North
- Assiniboine Community College
- Yukon College
Prince Edward Island
- Collège de l’île
- Holland College
- New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
- New Brunswick Community College
- Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
- Centre for Nursing Studies
- Marine Institute
- College of the North Atlantic (CNA)
- Collège nordique francophone
- Aurora College
- Université Sainte-Anne
- Dalhousie Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University
- Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)
- Nunavut Arctic College
You can also refer the official website of Canada’s colleges and institutes or Canadian High Commission website to check the updated list of colleges for SDS program.
- Canada immigration authorities extending its Atlantic Immigration Pilot for 2 years, to December 2021.
- The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is operated in partnership between the government and the provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.
- The AIP allows the designated employers to hire foreign skilled workers and international graduates of universities and colleges in those provinces.
- The AIP also increase its annual allotment of new admissions to Canada through this pilot program by 500 more spaces.
- The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is the main corner of the Atlantic Canada region’s growth strategy.
- Some changes will also be made in Atlantic Immigration Pilot program to make it better suited to the needs of candidates and employers.
The Changes which will cover in AIP is described below:
- Previously International graduates had only 12 months for apply, within 12 months they need to apply but from now International graduates have 24 months post-graduation for apply so Canada ministry said that from now it can increase number of the international graduates to apply in AIP for the PR application process.
- Employers can fill vacancies by hiring internationally trained nurses to work in the Healthcare sector as continuous care and home care support workers.
- Through the AIP the Atlantic provinces will have new authority to focus on in-demand labour market needs.
- From the beginning of May 1, 2019,0 IRCC will require that applicants who meet the language, education and work experience requirements of the AIP prior to being approved for a work permit.
- According to the IRCC, 1,896 employers in the Atlantic Canada region made 3,729 job offers to skilled workers and international graduates through the AIP since 2017 in which it launched and also 2,535 principal applicants and their families have been approved for PR.
- A major advantage of the AIP is only that the designated employers do not have to go through any long time wasted process for jobs supported under the pilot program.
- To be eligible, foreign workers must have a full-time job offer from the designated employer and have a full-time (or part-time equivalent) payment experience in the profession designated skill type 0, skill level, at least one year. A or Skill Level B under Canada’s National Professional Classification (NOC).
- The innovative AIP targets help employers target candidates who want to build their life in the Atlantic region through a process showing settlement plans and provincial recommendations.
There are few programs which operate under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which target different types of candidates. To learn more about eligibility prerequisites for this Atlantic Immigration Pilot program under any of that program, visit us at OSI Visa & Immigration Consultancy.
Moving to Canada is a dream for many of us. As mentioned in the earlier blogs, having an Express Entry profile and suitable requirements makes you eligible in receiving the invitation. if the applicant’s CRS is not increasing then he or she can go for the job offer.
But, before an employer hires you in Canada, they have to get an LMIA i.e. Labour Market Impact Assessment. Having a positive LMIA is similar to a confirmation letter that signifies that the employer has tried in hiring a Canadian citizen but does not meet the requirements to fill the position.
When a foreigner applies for the Canadian Work Permit then they must have a copy of positive LMIA along with the number mentioned in the application. But here’s the catch, there are some exceptions.
Typically, there are 3 types of work permits.
1. Closed Work Permit
2. Open Work Permit
3. Closed LMIA Exempt Work Permit
Most of the time, if the applicant is having a positive LMIA, then it is a closed work permit. In simpler terms, it means that the foreigner needs to work in a specific position under the employer that is mentioned in the LMIA.
An open work permit is where the foreigner works under any position with no specific employer and of course anywhere in Canada. Moreover, open work permits are not restricted to the occupational employer. Hence, there is no requirement for LMIA as well.
Lastly, a closed LMIA exempt work permit is the foreigners can work to the employer on a mentioned position. However, it does not require an LMIA.
The new immigrants have to look after a number of things before finally shifting to a new city. On a number of factors like that of household income, employment rates, transportation, house rent, city population growth and violent crimes the choice of living in a city is being judged.
Due to several admirable aspects such as high paying secured jobs, immigrant-friendly democracy and diversified culture, Canada is becoming the first most preference of immigrants to stay and settle. Over about 2,50,000 people are migrating to Canada on an annual basis.
All the cities in Canada specified below have some common plus points for immigration. With a well-payed job, secured job and affordable rental rates, these cities are the prime precedence for residing in Canada. Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are the most popular cities for the immigrants.
1. Vancouver, British Columbia
Surrounded by water around and having a classical moderate climate, it is one of the popular city to settle for the immigrants of Asia and Chinese countries. Having an active cultural center and various social networking spots it is one of the best living places.
With a growing economy and diversified culture, Vancouver is the best place to reside on the western coast.
2. Burlington, Ontario
Being one of the wealthiest city in Canada, the city is situated close to Toronto. For quality living with prime security and low crime rates, it is the best place to live in Canada for immigrants. Specifically for industrialist and service class occupation in sales domain, it is an ideal place.
For the individual rooms the rent is low and affordable as compared to rent of apartments. The city offers good pay-scale to the people as compared to the nearby province.
3. Toronto, Ontario
It is one of the most populous city of Canada as it consists of 50 % foreign-born persons. At present, according to recent data collection reports there are 26 % people who are South-Asian, 25 % Chinese and 18% black residing in Toronto.
The average income of all the employees have been on an increased scale since 2010. The problem of unemployment has completely vanished. As the income earned by people is good, so are the expenses.
The rent and other things are too much costly but with a top-notch salary getting credited in your account on monthly basis your heart and mind will reside in the beautiful places of Canada.
4. Mississauga, Ontario
According to safety and low costing of living as compared to other cities, Mississauga is becoming the first preference of immigrants.
Around 50% of the entire population of Mississauga consist of immigrants. Mississauga is having a prime location and it hardly takes 30 minutes from Toronto to reach Mississauga.
5. Richmond, British Columbia
The average income of people living in Richmond is higher than other cities. Calculating the expenses the costing of houses for rent purpose is low as well as it is 30 minutes journey from Vancouver city center place.
About 60 % of the population residing in Richmond is of immigrants. Real estate industries are blooming in this city and offering employment to a number of skillful persons.
Richmond is an area considered for wealthy persons and the city is offering highest employment.
These immigration paths are sometimes referred to as “Passive” streams because candidates can apply only after being selected through one of these searches.
To be invited to apply for provincial nomination by one of these streams, the immigration candidates must first enter a profile in the Express Entry Pool.
Express entry candidates who apply for a provincial nomination and receive them are given additional 600 points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and later for an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency in Express Entry Effectively to the front of the invitation is the round of invitations.
Provincial immigration streams used for exploring the express entry pool:
- Labour Market Priorities Stream
- Human Capital Priorities Stream
- French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
- Skilled Trades Stream
- The Labor Market Priority Stream of Nova Scotia is used to find the occasional search of Express Entry Pool for candidates with work experience in specified occupations facing labor constraints in the province.
- Two searches have been conducted by the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) since its creation in August 2018. The first search was for early childhood teachers and assistants and the second one was conducted on January 24, targeting financial auditors and accountants.
- Selected entries through the 24 January draws were required for at least five years of related work experience in the form of CRS points between 400 and 450 and financial auditors and accountants.
- The Express Entry Stream of Alberta, which was introduced last year, contains at least 300 CRS score and requires that the Express Entry candidates are working in a business that is “among the other criteria” of Alberta’s economic development and diversification Supports “.
- Candidates with a job offer and/or work experience in Alberta, a Canadian Post-Secondary Institute and/or a parent, child or alumnus already living in Alberta, will receive the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) Prioritization can be given to NOI.
- However, AINP warns, that the Express Entry Profile which ends three months before or after the date of a given draw cannot be considered.
- In the seven draws organized through Alberta’s Express Entry Stream last year, the choice of express entry candidates was low in CRS score 301.
- Alberta says that it will provide information about future draws from its express entry stream when the federal government will know the nomination allocation of 2019.
- Among the three express entry-linked streams of Ontario, the largest number of candidates have been invited by the Human Capital Priority in 2019 so far. The stream released 1,493 Notifications of Interest (NOI) on January 14th at its last draw in Express Entry candidates with CRS scores ranging from 439 to 448
- Find Human Capital Preferences Streams are limited to candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class, which meet its provincial and federal eligibility requirements.
- While a job offer or French language proficiency is not among these requirements, Ontario has occasionally held targeted searches through the Human Capital Priorities Stream for Express Entry candidates with these qualifications. These searches saw less than the minimum CRS score of 350 for the target job-offers draw of August 9.
- Two other express entry streams of Ontario – French-Speaking Skill Worker Stream and Skilled Trades Stream – have also been active this year, which so far issued 560 notices combined with interest NOI.
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The Nova Scotia Labor Market Priority paves the way for Canadian permanent residency for the Express Entry candidates who meet the labor market requirements specified in the Stream Province.
This unique stream is flexible and the specified occupations and criteria could vary from draw to draw, depending on Nova Scotia’s labour market and social needs like they were invited to NOC 1111 in this last draw
Minimum Eligibility Requirements:
- Receive a Letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) in their Express Entry profile;
- Meet draw-specific eligibility criteria outlined in the draw announcement posted by the NSOI;
- Demonstrate that they meet the work experience requirements for their Express Entry class (i.e. FSW, FSTC AND CEC);
- Have the required supporting documentation/letters of reference from employers to demonstrate work experience;
- Show sufficient settlement funds to successfully settle in Nova Scotia alone or with accompanying family members and pay the required immigration costs and travel expenses. The NSOI will not approve an application if it seems likely that the family income (based on your job offer and their spousal income) will be below Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO); and
- Have legal status in their country of residence when applying for the stream.
Express Entry candidates can be invited to apply for a provincial nomination certificate on the basis of specific norms issued by the NSOI in the Draw Declaration. NSOI says that eligibility criteria for each draw can be different and depend on the requirements of Nova Scotia’s labour market.
The NSOI says that Express Entry candidates must show that their work experience matches the description of the federal government’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) that is listed in the draw announcement.
1. Apply to the NSNP under this Stream
- To apply under the Labour Market Priorities stream, the Express Entry candidates must receive the Letter of first letter through their Federal Express entry profile. Candidates with a letter of interest from the Government of Nova Scotia will have 30 days to submit full application to NSOI with the necessary supporting documents online.
- A list of the special drawback documents needed for the application process will be posted on the NSNP website.
- Candidates will need to provide the letters of reference to support the work experience listed in the Express Entry profile and to support the requirements indicated by the NSOI.
- Other documents include evidence of the official banking statements settlement fund and a copy of a valid passport contemporary resident visa if the applicant is not a citizen of their country of residence (including Canada).
2. Nomination/Refusal Decision
- If an application is approved, the candidate receives the letter from the NSOI through their online Express Entry profile.
- The applications that are being rejected will receive the letter of intent to deny the NSOI. To re-assess these candidates, there will be 10 business days to present more documents. If the application is rejected, there is no appeal process and the decision made by NSIA is final.
3. Accepting the Nomination
- Candidates will have 30 calendar days to accept nomination from Nova Scotia. Once accepted, the next step is to receive an invitation from the IRCC to apply for the Federal Draw. Candidates in the Express Entry Pool will receive an additional 600 points for Nova Scotia’s provincial nomination certification on their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
4. Notification of Canadian Permanent Residence
- When permanent residence is approved, foreign nationals must contact NSOI within 30 days of arrival in Nova Scotia. This can be done by providing a copy of your permanent residence confirmation, by providing a copy of your passport and providing your Nova Scotia contact information such as the current address, phone number and email address.
Who is not eligible for Nova Scotia Labor Market Priority Flow?
Foreign citizens are not eligible for this stream if:
- Nomination has been received under NSNP within the last 12 months; Or
- Refugee claimant or an unsuccessful refugee claimant who has not left Canada yet.
During the Pandemic time of Coronavirus, many countries have stopped their immigration process. President Donald Trump declared it on Twitter that he will sign an executive Order temporarily to shut down the immigration.
But, Canada will remain open during this time. Though there will strict travel restrictions that each foreign national will have to follow. The government is committed to accommodating immigrants and international students to their nation.
Due to coronavirus, the immigrants might face difficulty in gathering the necessary documents. But, the government stated that it will not reject any incomplete application because of COVID-19.
Ever since the travel restrictions were implemented, Canada was continuing the draws. From Express Entry, BCPNP, SINP, MPNP, to AINP – many draws were announced for provincial nomination and Canadian Experience Class.
Express Entry is the main way through which foreign nationals can achieve permanent residency status. If you are someone who is planning to make a bright future in Canada, contact us today