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Nova Scotia Immigration 2015 – PNP to Double the Number of Immigrant Workers

With this article first published in 2012, we are now in 2015 & Nova Scotia has set ambitious plans to double the number of settled immigrants in the province by 2020.  However, those plans won’t become a reality until the federal government releases restrictions. Later this month, provincial and territorial ministers of immigration will meet with their Federal counterparts in Toronto to discuss the province’s plans and lobby the federal government to release its restrictions.

Currently, the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) places hand-picked immigrant workers on a fast track through the federal process.  However, by doubling the allocated number of certificates by the year 2015, Nova Scotia would welcome 5000 new immigrants to the province each year– with  2,500 from the provincial nominee programs and another 2,500 through federal immigration channels.

The provincial nominee programs has benefited some provinces more than others.  This is particularly true in areas where the labor supply gaps are not popular destination for new immigrants.  For example, in Manitoba, the province was able to triple the number of participants in the provincial nominee program from 4000 in 2004 to 12000 in 2010.

Nova Scotia on the other hand launched its first immigration strategy in 2005 with a goal of attracting 3600 immigrants a year by 2010.  By the 2011, the province had added an additional $750,00 into a budget of $4 million to start its second immigration strategy of attracting at least 7200 immigrants a year with half of that number consisting of new nominees and their family members with a remainder of those who qualified through various federal immigration channels.

Immigration Categories for Nova Scotia PNP

With the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) consisting of six different categories such as skilled workers, international graduates, community identified workers, non-dependent children, family businesses, and agriculture, Nova Scotia has every intention of maximizing its benefits.

On a national level, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has brought in around 36000 immigrants a year.  Once approved as a member of the program, immigrants are granted permanent resident status.

Immigration Consultant in TorontoCurrently, the Prime-minister’s office has announced proposed changes to the federal immigration system which will include a face-track to citizenship for international students, a new category of skilled tradespeople along with the system of accepting applicants being projected to move a lot smoother.  However, federal immigration officials speaking in Toronto have stated that there is a shortage of skilled tradespeople and the provincial nominee programs do not properly address these issues because the programs are primarily aimed at attracting professionals.

Under the Prime-minister’s approach, a stricter language policy will be set in place leaving some analysts to speculate that a stricter language requirement will flush out temporary foreign workers with limited English or French skills leaving them unemployed.

Along with the Federal government’s measure of imposing language requirements, the provincial nominee program will also start to introduce language testing making these tests mandatory for people apply for semi-skilled and low-skilled paying jobs that will assess listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities.

Any alien national who has every intention to capitalize on immigrating to Nova Scotia under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) must be aware that in order to impeccably process an immigration and visa application, an aspirant must be properly assisted by an immigration attorney.  If an immigration case is being handled by a decent licensed lawyer, an intending immigrant will have more chances of accomplishing the purpose.

Need Help with a Nova Scotia PNP Application?

Foreign immigrants, who find working in Nova Scotia attractive, may consult us at Niren and Associates (located in Toronto). We have been serving people with immigration problems for decades and can be reached via our contact page or at the office number, 1-866-929-0991.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

42 thoughts on “Nova Scotia Immigration 2015 – PNP to Double the Number of Immigrant Workers

  1. Amandeep Singh

    Hi,
    I am an international student in Halifax pursuing my Masters in computer science from Dal University, I have done my B. Tech from India and has 7 months of experience in IT. My course duration is 16 months and most likely I would get job after that, I would like to know when I am eligible to apply for PR?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Amandeep. There are several Canadian immigration paths that you might be qualified for. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you after they have looked at all the details of your current situation and the visa that you currently have. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  2. Harcharan Bassan

    Hello,
    This is Harcharan Bassan. It’s regarding my daughters application for migration to Canada. In express entry she has 433 points. And she has received an email from Nova Scotia immigration office if she has received any other nomination, which was duly replied. This was around June 7, 2016. It’s more than three months bow. How much time it takes to get nomination to apply for PR? And can you help in expediting the case? She is only family member living alone in India. All are in Canada. Please do revert back. Thanks 416.830.6232

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Harcharan. Thank you for writing to us. The Invitation To Apply (ITA) for permanent residency are issued every month. Your daughters Express Entry profile is valid for 12 months, at which time she will have to resubmit another application. If your daughter were to obtain a job offer, or a provincial nomination, her score would increase significantly.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  3. Vibhu

    Hello, I am Vibhu from India
    I have very less score of 304 and have few queries.
    1) Can i apply for Nova Scotia PNP. I am meeting all the Eligibility criteria like IELTS Band 7 and ECA is done. Do i have any chance of being Nominated even though i have a very less score.
    2) Any idea of when Nova Scotia will open again.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Vibhu. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will look at all your details and see what is the best strategy for you to take so that you may immigrate to Canada. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  4. Archana

    I have received a mail form Nova Scotia, stating if i have applied for any other province or not. I have responded to this. I am curious to know the status of my application and how long will it take for the processing and what the steps involved in this. I have applied in 2015 Oct. I would like to prepare my self for the next steps if they request for anything.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Archana, The processing from Nova Scotia usually takes 6 months – 15 months. To you the status of your case, you can call up the immigration office where you made your application and ask them.
      Thanks, Muga

      Reply
  5. Atul Bakshi

    Hi,
    I am Atul Bakshi from India with 10+ years of IT consultation experience. I have already receive NS PNP approval for my application and even 600 points are credited to my EE. My total score now is of 989. I need job assistance before migrating to Nova Scotia. Can some one help me with it.

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Neelu

      Hi Atul,

      How did you submitted your documents for NSNP i have hired a consultancy and they say that there is a quota which open every year and your documents are submitted during the time when quota opens. But I am finding no traces regarding it. I need to know what exactly is the process for NSNP to submit documents

      Reply
      1. Immigration Lawyers

        Hi Neelu,
        Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! I can understand how the process of immigrating can be quite confusing or frustrating. Unfortunately, if you filed your application through another consulting law firm, we would not know about your particular case. Hiring an immigration lawyer in our office will help you get answers to all of your questions and have the legal assistance to help you during your journey. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

        The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

        Reply
  6. Kumar

    Hi,

    I want to know about Nova Scotia PNP and how long they take applications that mean is there any last date and for that need job offer or something else could you please let me know details.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Kumar. The Nova Scotia PNP program is still open. There are many paths that you can take. If you want us to take a look at which path is best for you, You can book an appointment with one of our immigration professionals by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  7. Manesh

    Hi my express entry point is 335 and I had applied for demand express entry steam nsnp on Nov 2015. I am waiting to get nominated by Nova scotia for past 4 months. Do you have any idea how long will it take to get processed?

    Also the time to get PR once i receive ITA?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Manesh. Waiting can be very frustrating. The process usually takes 6-8 months. Once you have an ITA, the amount of time to get the PR is usually six months.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  8. Saurabh

    Hello sir,
    I am saurabh from India.
    I have scored 7.5 bands in ielts
    R-7
    L-8.5
    W-6.5
    S-7
    And my express entry points are 389
    How should i proceed further.
    And all my documents r ready.
    Qualification – Mechanical engineer

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Saurabh. In order for us to give you our advice on how you can successfully immigrate to Canada, we will need to know more details about your personal situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  9. Inder

    Dear Sir/Ma’am,

    I am Inder From India. One of my family friends live in Nova scotia and has the Canadian Citizenship. Hoever, He has provided me all the supporting documents which are required for Sponsorship. But , I am in dilemma wheater these documents would help me in NPNP program or not.
    Although, I have already applied in Express entry but my scores are just 322.So i am finding any hope for ITA.

    Therefore, I need your support.
    Waiting for your positive reply.

    Regards,
    Inder

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Inder. A score of 322 is too low to receive an ITA. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you to bring your score up to the level that you need for an invitation. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  10. Sadaf Mahjabeen

    Hello sir i m from pakistan and i had apply under nsnp and nominated by province in april 2015 after that i sbmitted my application along with cic fee at cio sydney on May 4 2015 it was the paper based appliction. After that i have not hear from them. I hv heard that the time for aor is 4 months. Bt in my case there is nothing.can u suggest me what should i do to track my file.reaĺy thankful to u.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Sadaf. A permanent residency application takes on average 17 months. Did you receive an Acceptance of Receipt (AOR), it will have an application tracking number on it. If you do not have an AOR, then you can call the Citizenship and Immigration Canada to get an update on your file.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  11. Muhammad

    Hello,
    My name is Muhammd and I am currently studying in Nova Scotia in One year program. My study will complete in July 2016 after that I wanna apply for NSPNP. I am working as a part time and my employer promised me to give me full time job after completion of course as a Administrative Assistant. I know that under Skilled Workers stream I need a one year of experience but what about semi skilled workers stream can I apply under that after 6 months working for him on Post graduate work permit? because I donot have experience in past. I have been working 20 hours per week since September and worked 48 hours per week in spring break i.e. after 1st semester.
    guide me what shoud I do

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Muhammad. You have an excellent chance of achieving permanent residency through the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program. Navigating through all the programs and their requirements is not easy. There is no such thing as a straight forward application. Do not try to do this on your own. What we see over and over is that people make mistakes and they lose their window of opportunity and have to leave Canada. I suggest that you make an appointment right away to talk with one of our immigration professionals who specializes in the Nova Scotia programs. You can call us at 1-855-866-8472 to make an appointment, or book a consultation on line at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Best regards,
      Vahe

      Reply
  12. MD FARUK KHAN

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I have the honor to inform your office that I am Md Faruk Khan, i intend to go to Canada with PNP Immigration visa.Because of this i have collect all the require documents to apply for PNP.Example: Work experience documents & tax paper from London & Bangladesh,Education paper,WES document from Canada,Police clearance certificate,IELTS & other relevant documents.So how can i apply for the PNP Visa by you.please help me & let me know how can i start my process with your law firm.I will be able to pay any kind of PNP document processing fees. I have given my all the information below for your easy process,I will agree to pay for any kind of processing fee.

    Thank you so much for your precious time.

    Reply
  13. TANZINA RAHMAN

    Hi. I have applied for Nova Scotia on July,2nd,2015 under express entry, My NOC is 2282.I did not get any feedback yet. I am from Bangladesh. Can you please inform me how long does it take to review my application & inform me feedback about application?
    Thanks
    Tanzina

    Reply
  14. karan

    hi, i & my wife both are in travel & tourism field is it wise decision to apply in Nova Scotia PNP we are worried for job opportunity in our field

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your inquiry Karan.

      I am really glad that you contacted us.

      Tourism in not an explicit industry that falls under Nova Scotia PNP, however that does not mean that we cannot find a visa that will help you reach your goal of coming to Canada.

      Please Karan, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to get you here in Canada.

      Vahe

      Reply
  15. Khushbu Trehan

    Hi Friend,

    Since I am a PhD. in Canadian Literature (on Alice Munro) and looking for a job in Nova Scotia (PNP), please assist me for a job in the field of Teacher/ Trainer/Lecture jobs in Nova Scotia.

    I am keen to immigrate to this heaven like place.

    Thanks

    Khushbu Trehan

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Khushbu,

      Thank you for your inquiry. I can definitely help you in determining what options are available to you to immigrate to Nova Scotia…but in order for me to proceed, I need to learn some more details about you. Kindly complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will give me all the information I need to proceed. You will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  16. Nathan

    Hi, please could you assist me and let me know if the following job title administrative manager and administrative officer qualify for nova Scotia nominee program -express entry.

    Thanks

    Reply
  17. jay mehta

    Hi, I am done with my two year study manufacturing engineering technician diploma from Mohawk college,Hamilton,Ontario.I get my three year open work permit i am planning to move Nova Scotia.I have few question about Nova Scotia Nominee,

    1. What is processing time for NSNP?
    2. How many Nominee they will issue in 2015 ?
    3. International student sub stream is available or not?
    4.What document is needed for NSNP ?
    5. Do the issue Nominee without job offer? if yes, then how many?

    Thank you

    Reply
  18. Deepak

    Hi,
    I am planing to move Nova Scotia as I have done one year PG course in global logistics and supply chain from Toronto. Also, I am working with loblaws and I have option to get transfer to Novo Scotia. I will be semi skilled category.
    My question is that How much time it will take to get PNP if I file in in Feb 2016 as I have working visa till Nov 2016. (8 Months).
    Is it sufficient time to get PNP.
    ON the other hand I am planning to file my file under express entry on the basis of Indian experience as I have 6 years of experience in same field.

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Deepak,

      Thank you for your post. Generally, applicants with job offers from Canadian employers that have the proper credentials (ranked based on scores obtained for education, age, work experience, English proficiency, etc.) get selected from the pool of candidates quicker…especially if the applicant has an approved LMIA that is still valid from their employer; but I cannot realistically provide you with a time line. If you are planning on applying under both categories it will increase your chances of selection, but again, a rough estimate of how long it will take is difficult to determine.

      In the event that you find it is taking longer than expected, one of our Attorney’s here that specifically specializes in both the Express Entry Stream and PNP programs will definitely be able to help. You can contact us directly at [email protected] for more information. MF

      Reply
  19. Muhammad faruq

    oh plz tell when will the visa date announced for 2015
    and how much time take for visa if canadian employer sponser you for a job

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Muhammad,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Once you have a job offer from a Canadian employer (and a LMIA that is approved if you are applying for a Temporary Foreign Worker) you are then eligible to apply for the work authorization. The processing time for Visas is generally 3 months or less if the applications are completed correctly and all of the supporting documents are submitted. MF

      Reply
  20. Mohammed Muqutar

    I have submitted my application in the month of june 2014, i like to know how much time it will take to review my application, i applied from india. i awaiting for your response

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Mohammed,

      The processing time is dependent on your country of citizenship as well as the type of application that you submitted. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  21. Makanjuola Ayorinde Daniel

    hello there,

    I would like to know how long it takes Novia Scotia to review and decide on a PNP application?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thanks for the question. The processing time depends where you are applying from, and it can vary from a few months to a few years. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply

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