Nova Scotia is a beautiful Canadian province situated in the ‘Maritimes’ region on the eastern coast of Canada. The quality of life there is high and one can hit the perfect balance between work, family and leisure because of its mixture of natural beauty and technological advancements. Its capital, Halifax, is known for its arts and culture. Nova Scotians are also known for their delicious coastal cuisine. The province consists of over 3,000 islands apart from the main Nova Scotia peninsula.
If you wish to move in and settle down in Nova Scotia then you will have to apply through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). Through this program the provincial authorities accept prospective immigrants with the requisite skill and experience to settle down and contribute to the growth of the province.
The Three Streams Under the NSNP
There are different streams under the NSNP through which you can apply:
1) The Skilled Worker Stream – Candidates from the skilled, semi-skilled and low skilled occupations can apply under this stream. Your application will be accepted by the province if you have a job offer from an employer in Nova Scotia. International students who have graduated from Colleges and Universities in Canada can also apply for an NSNP under this stream.
2) Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream – The province will use the federal governments’ Express Entry system to select eligible candidates under this stream. This was introduced in January 2015 for high-skilled individuals with a post-secondary educational qualification. There are 29 high-skilled occupations that are eligible under this scheme.
3) The Family Business Worker Stream – A resident of Nova Scotia can offer an employment to those of near kin under this stream. This enables individuals to help bring their close relatives to settle with work in Nova Scotia.
After you have identified a suitable stream under which you would like to apply, you should fill out the relevant application forms and attach all necessary supporting documents. You should then submit your completed application form to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, for a review.
Applying for the Permanent Resident Visa
It could take up to three months or more to process an eligible application. A Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Certificate can speed up the immigration processing time. Within 6 months of receiving a nomination certificate you can apply to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for a Permanent Resident (PR) visa. The CIC is the final authority in issuing PR visas and in certain cases you may be asked to attend an interview.
Free Services to Help New Immigrants
There are many free services available in Nova Scotia that helps new immigrants to settle down smoothly in the new environment. If you have newly arrived in Nova Scotia then you should contact the Nova Scotia Start to receive any kind of help and guidance in finding a job and settling down. If you are to be employed in a regulated occupation then you can visit the respective regulatory authorities to guide you in further processes.
There are various other services that provide similar help to new immigrants like the YMCA Centre for Immigration Programs that help immigrants to assimilate into the new culture, weather and community. Nova Scotia Community College has an English training program that help students prepare for college. The Nova Scotia Interpreting Services offers interpretations in hospitals, government departments and other public utility institutions.