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Nova Scotia Nominee Program

Frequently Asked Questions about our new stream

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.

IMPORTANT NOTICES

    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 apply through 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
Canada

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