Nova Scotia nominated around 1,400 people through its Nova Scotia Nominee Program. It is a record number that the province achieved in 2017. The province accepts applications in five categories, but its category B received the maximum number of applications.
The five categories are as follows:
- Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
- Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
- Skilled Worker
- International Graduate Entrepreneur
Nova Scotia’s provincial nominee program
Nova Scotia’s provincial nominee program is a first-come, first-serve basis program and the positive is that doesn’t make it compulsory to have a secured job in the province. Only one requirement is that they need a minimum of one year paid work experience. Voluntary work or unpaid work doesn’t count. The program was started in 2015, but 2017 was its most successful year.
The government also informed that over 200 people applied through its Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. The Program started in 2017 by Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Labrador, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland. In 2015, the province welcomed 4,000 immigrants. It was definitely lower than 5,500 immigrants that were welcomed in the province in 2016, but there are excited for 2018 to bring in more people.
Lena Metlege Diab, Immigration Minister from Nova Scotia, said that it is her ministry’s responsibility to make immigrants feel welcome in the province and help them settle and build lives there. She feels immigration is the key to Nova Scotia’s economic growth and can’t wait to invite more people in her province.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is a part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy and is driven by employers. Once an employer has selected an employee, he has to send the employee’s details to the settlement service provider. The organization then creates a settlement plan for the employee. He or she has to apply for permanent residency within 90 days of entering the country.