You may be eligible to access settlement services. Determine if you are eligible and how to confirm your eligibility to service providers in the table below:
Determine your eligibility:
|Eligibility Category||Confirmation Documents|
|Canadian citizens born outside Canada||Citizenship card, Canadian passport|
|Individuals awaiting statutory checks
Individuals from all immigration categories except Nova Scotia Nominees, who have been selected, in Canada or overseas, to become permanent residents and intend to settle in Nova Scotia, pending completion of medical, security and criminal verifications, and who have been informed by a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
|Letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada
indicating that individuals are awaiting statutory CIC
|Nova Scotia Nominees
Foreign nationals and their dependents who have been nominated under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program but have not yet received Permanent Resident status.
|Nomination certificate from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration|
|Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)
Applicants and their immediate dependents who have been endorsed by NSOI.
|Endorsement certificate from NSOI|
|Permanent Residents of Canada other than:
a) Permanent Residents of Canada – Nova Scotia Nominees
b) Permanent Residents of Canada – Refugees
|Permanent resident card|
|PR Applicants with Work Permit
Individuals (and their dependents) who have submitted an application for Permanent Resident status to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program or to Citizenship and Immigration Canada and intend to settle in Nova Scotia. Refugee claimants and off-campus work permit holders (i.e. full-time international students enrolled in post-secondary studies with a valid off-campus work permit) are excluded and hence, ineligible.
|Valid work permit, AND
– A letter from Nova Scotia Office of Immigration confirming the receipt of the application for permanent residence, OR a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada confirming the application, OR
|International post-secondary graduates (and their dependents)
Who have graduated from university or college in Canada and who are living in Nova Scotia and intend to settle in this province.
|Valid work permit|
As defined in Section 95 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). Notification letter from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada noting their protected status is conferred
|Notification letter from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada noting their protected status is conferred|
|Asylum Seekers/Refugee Claimants: Individuals and their dependents who are seeking asylum or asking for protection due to fear of persecution in their home country. This means that entering Canada without prior authorization for the purpose of seeking asylum is accepted under international and Canadian law.||