Immigrate Here

Once you are ready to move to beautiful Nova Scotia you will want to apply to a Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) stream.

Through the NSNP, prospective immigrants who have the skills and experience targeted by Nova Scotia may be nominated to immigrate. Review the different NSNP streams to determine if you qualify:

See our Guide for Candidates for an overview of the application process. The process depends on the NSNP stream you qualify for. The guide for each stream outlines the process in detail. Answers to some common immigration questions are provided in our Did You Know? document.

The processing time for eligible applications can be six (6) months or more.

Within six (6) months of receiving your nominee certificate, apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for your permanent resident visa. You, your spouse and your dependents must meet all requirements for medical, security and criminal admissibility. 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.

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

Nova Scotia is committed to support the vitality of Francophone communities by increasing the number of French-speaking newcomers. Growing Nova Scotia’s Francophone Population – An Action Plan for Success (PDF)  is a partnership between the Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration and Acadian Affairs and Francophonie. It outlines the strategic direction for furthering francophone immigration.