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Should You Consider Nova Scotia PNP For Canada PR 2021?

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Nova Scotia has set the stage for economic recovery by admitting more than the allocated number of immigrants by the end of 2020. 

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The maritime Canadian province is said to have admitted close to 3,517 new permanent residents. Most of these immigrants had work experiences in essential services, such as care assistants, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare workers, or who were already living on a temporary visa in Canada. However, COVID-19 travel restrictions have delayed the traveling of these immigrants to Canada. 

 

The province’s immigration minister Lena Diab was quoted in a press conference saying, 

 

“Immigration will play an important role in our economy as we recover from this pandemic. We will continue to work with our stakeholders to identify labor needs in key essential service sectors and employers who need specialized skills and talent to create economic growth.”

 

The impact of the pandemic was clearly seen in the decline of overall immigration levels in 2020 compared to 2019. However, the province continued to process applications through the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) and the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). This reinforces the general empathy and dependence on immigration in Canada.  

How To Apply For Canada PR Through Nova Scotia?

Come 2021, the province seems to focus on attracting foreign talent with specialized skills or occupations that match identified labor shortages. Further, the province seeks to retain international students after they graduate from any institution in the province. 

 

Any eligible foreigner can apply for receiving a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia in two ways: the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP), and the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). 

 

Eight different immigration streams under the NSNP:

‘Enhanced’ PNP streams – 

  • Nova Scotia Experience: for candidates with their profiles registered in the federal Express Entry pool and work experience in Nova Scotia for at least one year;
  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities: for candidates with their profiles registered in the federal Express Entry pool and who meet specific labor market needs;
  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians: for candidates with their profiles registered in the federal Express Entry pool and who have a job offer as a family physician or specialist physician;

 

‘Base’ PNP streams –

  • Physician Stream: for physicians who have a job offer in Nova Scotia and are not in the Express Entry system;
  • Skilled Worker Stream: for skilled workers who have received a job offer in the province;
  • Occupation In-Demand Stream: for workers with a job offer in an occupation that is deemed “in-demand;”
  • Entrepreneur Stream: for individuals who wish to start a business in the province; and
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream: for international graduates who wish to start a business in the province.

 

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility based on your specific profile. 

 

To apply under the AIP, candidates must have a job offer from a designated employer and must have an individualized settlement plan. Atlantic Canada consists of four provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.

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