Skilled Worker

Nova Scotia Nominee Program

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

See a list of Frequently Asked Questions here: Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, call the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration 424-5230.

The Skilled Worker stream helps employers recruit and hire foreign workers whose skills are in limited supply in Nova Scotia, for positions they’ve been unable to fill with permanent residents or Canadian citizens.

Before submitting an application to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), the skilled worker must have a full-time, permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer. Provincial priorities may change as skill shortages are met by permanent residents or Canadian citizens.

Skilled workers

Defined as individuals with occupation within NOC skill level O, A or B. Priority will be awarded to these higher skilled occupations.

Semi-skilled workers

Have occupations that fall under the NOC skill level C occupations. The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration may consider applications based on local labour market requirement and conditions, and 6 months of work with the Nova Scotia employer supporting the application.

Low-skilled workers

Have occupations that fall under the NOC skill level D. The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration may consider applications from individuals in these occupations only if all other eligibility criteria are met, the principal applicant has worked for at least 6 months with the Nova Scotia employer supporting the application, there are indicators of success in the application, and there is strong employer support.

The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration reserves the right to consider only certain types of jobs and occupations for nomination, depending on the current economic situation of the Nova Scotia labour market needs.

For skilled, semi-skilled and low-skilled workers, priority will be given to workers whose employers:

Positions in all skill level occupations need to receive prevailing wages for their industry or sector as per the Government of Canada Website.