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Nova Scotia recently announced a new immigration program that will come into effect in January 2015. It will be referred to as ‘Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry’ and it will replace the Regional Labour Market Demand stream.
The new stream will come with an additional 350 new immigrant nomination slots for the province which represents a 50 per cent increase from last year’s slots.
Although this is great news for hopeful immigrants, those who apply must be highly skilled, and have been through post-secondary education, along with possessing relevant qualifications that will aid in their adjustment to life in Canada. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate that they fully intend to stay in the province of Nova Scotia.
The new stream will run parallel to the federal government’s highly anticipated Express Entry program. Those who apply to the Express Entry scheme must have eligibility through one of the Canadian government’s economic immigration problems, including the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
So, where does Nova Scotia come in? Well, the province will be able to select potential candidates for Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry, via the Express Entry pool. It’s also not the first province to announce this type of stream, as others have included similar methods as part of their Provincial Nominee Programs.
Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab said: “The goal of Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry is to provide a faster route for skilled immigrants to enter Nova Scotia in response to labour-market demands. The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration will work with the private sector to ensure we get maximum use out of this new stream, and others available to them.”
The provincial government’s immigration department closely worked alongside the private sector to come up with a stream that was able to potentially satisfy the local labour demand for the province.
National chair of the Premier’s Immigration Advisory Council, Wadih Fares, said of the scheme: “Nova Scotia is taking the opportunity that Express Entry provides very seriously and I believe this province has worked harder than any to ensure that business is able to take maximum advantage of the opportunity.”
The province also looked to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, along with immigration law practitioners and immigrant settlement organizations, for guidance when crafting the new program.
If you’re interested in the new stream set to be introduced by Nova Scotia, VisaPlace can help. The first step towards moving to Canada is to get an assessment of your specific situation. All you need to do is use our free online immigration assessment form here or contact us here.
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