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Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) offers a quicker entry into Canada for qualified workers and experienced entrepreneurs who wish to settle in Nova Scotia and become permanent residents of Canada.

It allows Nova Scotia to recruit and select immigrants who can contribute to meeting the labor market and economic needs of the province. Individuals nominated by Nova Scotia, together with their spouse/partner and dependent children, are eligible to apply for a permanent resident visa from Citizenship and Immigration Canada visa under the federal Economic Class known as the Provincial Nominee Class.

Under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (PNP), you may qualify under one of six categories:
- Skilled Worker
- Family Business Worker
- Community-Identified
- International Graduate
- Non-dependent Children of Nominees
- Agri-Food Sector Stream

NOVA SCOTIA Provincial Nominee Program (NSPNP)-Business

Nova Scotia PNP Agri-Food Sector Stream (Currently Closed)

To qualify under the Agri-Food Sector Stream, the applicant must:

Have experience in farm ownership, practical farming, or farm management for a period of at least three years;
Make a minimum equity investment in a new or existing farming operation;
Have sufficient financial supports;
Submit a detailed agri-business plan showing sufficient experience and knowledge of his/her chosen field of business; and
Meet the minimum qualifications requirements for the position and the minimum age, education, and language ability.

Nova Scotia PNP Skilled Worker Stream

To qualify as a Skilled Worker, the applicant must have:

- A guaranteed job offer from a Nova Scotia employer who has exhausted all other options for finding workers and offers standard wages and working conditions for that occupational field;
- A desire for permanent, full-time employment;
- Basic literacy in English; and
- Minimum of Nova Scotia grade 12 or an equivalent thirteen years of schooling.

Nova Scotia PNP Family Business Worker Stream

To qualify under the Family Business Worker Stream, the applicant must have:
- A permanent Nova Scotia job offer from an employer who is a close relative and who owns a business in Nova Scotia;
- The skills, work experience, and licensing, if applicable, for the job; and - Certain minimum criteria for age, language ability and education.

Nova Scotia PNP Community Identified Stream

To qualify under the Community Identified Stream, the applicant must:
- Have strong established connections to a Nova Scotia community;
- Have a Letter of Identification from an organization that is mandated by the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration;
- Be employable and be able to contribute to the economy and the labour market of the specific community.

Nova Scotia PNP International Graduate Stream (Currently Closed)

To qualify under the International Graduate Stream, the applicant must:
- Have received a diploma, certificate or degree from a recognized Canadian post-secondary education within the past two years, having completed a full-time program of study;
- Have job offer in their field of study from a Nova Scotia employer that is guaranteed, full-time and permanent;
- Be working for that employer before the Provincial Nomination application is submitted;
- Have legal status in Canada;
- Have sufficient financial supports;
- Meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position and the minimum age, education, and language ability.

Nova Scotia PNP Non-dependent Children of Nova Scotia Nominees Stream (Currently Closed)

To qualify under the Non-dependent Children of Nova Scotia Nominees Stream, the applicant must:
- Be the non-dependent child of Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Nova Scotia who immigrated through the Nova Scotia PNP;
- Have a minimum of one year of full-time work experience in their field of studies within the last five years, or demonstrate that they have employment prospects in Nova Scotia; and
- Fulfill certain age, language, education and training requirements.