The allocations for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) and the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) for 2022 have been verified by Nova Scotia.
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has raised the number of province nominations to 5,340 and added 1,173 more endorsement spots to the AIP, representing a 75 percent increase over 2021. Annual allocations are determined by IRCC based on the Immigration Levels Plan.
In 2021, Nova Scotia welcomed a record-breaking 9,025 new legal residents, 19 percent more than the previous peak in 2019. To promote economic growth, the province continues to invest extensively in immigration efforts.
The provincial budget for 2022-23, for instance, adds $1 million for immigration and population increase marketing efforts. In addition, the province is allocating an additional $1,4 million for settlement assistance in towns across Nova Scotia and $895 thousand for additional personnel to support immigration programs.
“Nova Scotia is a great place, and we are thrilled that an increasing number of individuals envision a future for themselves and their families here,” said Jill Balser, Minister of Labour, Skills, and Immigration. “Population increase is essential to our economic prosperity.
Working with companies, communities, and settlement groups, we have been preparing for more people to call Nova Scotia home.”
The province has also granted Canada Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel to 500 Ukrainians (CUAET). CUAET participants are not included in the newcomer allocation total.
Atlantic Immigration Program
The Atlantic immigration program was launched in 2017 to attract talented immigrants to reside in one of the four Atlantic provinces. It was made permanent in January 2022 due to its tremendous performance.
The initiative encourages Atlantic Canadian firms to apply to the provincial for official designation, exempting them from the Labour Market Impact Assessment if they recruit a foreign person (LMIA).
If a worker accepts a job offer from a certified employer, the company must connect them with a settlement service provider. The provider will undertake a needs assessment for the candidate and any accompanying family members to develop a settlement plan.
Last year, 1,564 new permanent residents were allowed to Nova Scotia under the AIP, contributing to the province’s population surpassing one million for the first time in its history.
Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program works separately from the AIP and provides nine distinct immigration options to prospective applicants.
Express Entry stream
The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities, Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry, and Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities for Physicians programs are restricted to applicants having Express Entry profiles, including a valid work authorization (IRCC).
IRCC utilizes the Express Entry application management system for its economic immigration programs. The Comprehensive Ranking System assigns scores to candidates who fulfill qualifying requirements for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) (CRS).
These scores are compared, and those with the highest scores have a greater chance of receiving an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence status.
Skilled Worker stream
The Skilled Worker stream necessitates an offer of employment from a Nova Scotia company and evidence of work experience under the applicant’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill category.
This stream is applicable for NOCs 0, A, B, C, and D. The language requirements might vary depending on a candidate’s NOC.
Occupation: In-Demand stream
The Occupation: In-Demand Stream needs a job offer in one of the currently-listed in-demand occupations, often those with NOC codes C and D.
International Graduates: In-Demand stream
Applicants for the In-Demand stream must have completed a 30-week program for a high-demand vocation, such as early childhood education or housekeeping. An employment offer inside the province is necessary, along with completing fifty percent of the program in Nova Scotia.
International Graduate: Entrepreneur stream
The entrepreneur stream is for international graduates who have earned a Post-Graduation Work Permit after completing a two-year postsecondary program in Nova Scotia (PGWP). Additionally, candidates must have at least one year of experience as a business owner.
Entrepreneur stream applicants must have at least three years of the company ownership experience, a business plan, and the desire to invest $150,000 to acquire or develop a Nova Scotia firm.
Atlantic Canada’s immigration program is a success.
Population increase in Nova Scotia is mostly attributable to the NSNP and the Atlantic Immigration Program. Over 10,000 people came to Nova Scotia under the AIP between 2017 and 2021. During this period, around 91% of immigrants lived in the province.
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