Canadian province of Nova Scotia has introduced Regional Market Stream under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program for permanent residence without requiring a job offer from an employer in Canada. The program is intended for those foreign skilled professionals who can meet provincial labour market and economic needs and intend to settle in Nova Scotia. The Nominee along with spouse and dependents can be approved by the province to become permanent residents of Canada after approval by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. It is a two step application process. First the foreign skilled professional applies for Nova Scotia Nominee Program and gets nominated for the program. The applicant then applies to Citizenship and Immigration Canada to get the final approval to immigrate to Canada. The province is now accepting the application under this new immigration stream.
- You must be between the ages of 21 and 55 years
- You have achieved a minimum language standard on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5
- You have required amount of funds to settle in Nova Scotia
- You occupation must be among National Occupational Classifications (NOC) A, B or O and must be in good demand
- You must have at least 2 years of continuous full time work experience within the last 5 years in the field related to your intended profession in Nova Scotia
- You must have degree, diploma or certificate from recognized post-secondary educational institution.
- You have intentions to settle in Nova Scotia permanently
- You have completed the Employment and Settlement Plan
- You have passport or travel document of the country where you are residing legally.
Eligible foreign skilled professionals apply for nomination by the Nova Scotia Immigration for the Regional Labour Market Demand Stream. Nova Scotia immigration department will assess the application to check if the applicant fulfills all the requirements or the program and if the applicant will be able establish economically in Nova Scotia. The province will nominate the applicant for permanent residence in the province.
Applicants who are successfully nominated under the Regional Labour Market Demand Stream will then apply to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada for permanent residence. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will assess the application to check if the applicant meets the admissibility requirements such as medical and security. The final decision to approve the application for permanent residence is made by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. If the application is approved, applicant can then come to Canada along with spouse and dependents as permanent resident.