Nova Scotia Nominee Program

Notice: Effective August 1, 2014, the definition of a dependent child is changing for Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC’s) immigration programs.

The age at which a child will be considered a dependent is being reduced, from under 22 to under 19.

The exception for full-time students is also being removed. Children of applicants who are 19 or over but are financially dependent on their parents and are enrolled in full-time studies will no longer be eligible to be processed as dependent children.

All permanent resident applications in CIC inventories before August 1, 2014 will continue to benefit from the pre-amendment definition of dependent child.

Transitional measures will allow Provincial Nominee Program applicants who are already in the immigration process at the time these regulations come into force on August 1, 2014, but who have not yet submitted their application for permanent residence, to have their applications completed based on the previous definition of dependent child. The age of a child whose parent applies to the Provincial Nominee Program will be “locked in” on the date that the application for nomination is received by the province.

For more information, visit the CIC website at

Notice: New Immigration Pathway for International Students.

International graduates now have a route to immigrate to Nova Scotia after changes to the Provincial Nominee Program.

Beginning today, June 6, an international graduate from a Canadian college or university, with a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer, can apply for permanent residency through the nominee program’s Skilled Worker stream. Learn more here: New Immigration Pathway Created for International Students

Notice:  The Regional Labour Market Demand stream is now closed and will not be accepting any applications that are not received in the office and/or post-marked by end-of-day April 28, 2014.

The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration is processing applications to reach the 150 nominations. Applications are being dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis.

Once the 150 nominees are identified, any applications that are not processed will be returned to applicants.

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is the first step in a two-step application process for a permanent resident visa to Canada. It allows the Government of Nova Scotia to recruit and select immigrants who intend to settle in the province, and have the skills, education, and work experience needed to make an immediate contribution to labour market and economic needs.

Step 1: Apply to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program

Once you’ve decided you want to live and work permanently in Nova Scotia, review the different NSNP streams to determine if you qualify:

To apply, complete the required application forms, attach all supporting documentation and submit your application package to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration for review. The processing time for eligible applications can be up to three (3) months or more.

Step 2: Apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for a permanent resident visa

Within six (6) months of receiving your nominee certificate, apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for your permanent resident visa. You, your spouse and dependents must meet requirements for medical, security and criminal admissibility, and in some cases you may be asked to go for an interview. CIC has the final authority to issue a permanent resident visa.

Additional information on provincial nominees.


    1. Community Identified Stream
      The Community Identified stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program is closed. The Community Identified Stream has been replaced with the new Regional Labour Market Demand stream. Please click here for more information on the Regional Labour Market Demand stream. Only complete Community Identified stream applications, per the NSNP – Community Identified Application Guide (October 2013), submitted to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration by 1600 (Atlantic Standard Time) March 6, 2014 (or post marked that date), will be considered by the Nova Scotia Nominee Program.
    2. International Graduate Stream
      The International Graduate stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program is closed. International graduates interested in acquiring permanent residence status in Canada are encouraged to explore their options through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program’s Skilled Worker stream or the federal Canadian Experience Class.
    3. Language Standards and Mandatory Testing
      As of July 1st, 2012, applicants in NOC skill levels C and D occupations must submit official language results with their application to the NSNP. This is a requirement from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. For additional information about standards, please visit the CIC website.
    4. Centralized Intake Office for Provincial Nominees
      As of December 1st, 2011, once you have been nominated by the Government of Nova Scotia, you must submit your application for permanent residence to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Centralized Intake Office.

Please note that there are additional forms to submit with your federal application as seen on the CIC provincial nominee program document checklist.

The addresses for these offices are:

Mailing Address:
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Provincial Nominee Program
Centralized Intake Office
PO BOX 1450
Sydney, NS B1P 0C9

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Provincial Nominee Program
Centralized Intake Office
47-49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, NS B1P 5Z2