The Government of Nova Scotia is launching its second new immigration stream for this year called Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry. It complements the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream that was launched in January 2015 and administered under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). Both streams use the federal government’s new intake system, Express Entry.
Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry is a response to the recognition that some highly qualified candidates with work experience in Nova Scotia, such as recent international graduates, are not selected from the federal Express Entry pool.
“I have seen some recent international graduates who are working for Nova Scotia employers falling through the cracks of the federal intake system,” said Colin Dodds, international chair of the Premier’s Immigration Advisory Council. “Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry is an opportunity for hundreds of highly-skilled international graduates.”
Applicants must have at least one year of work experience in Nova Scotia. Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab said that “the new immigration stream is a positive step to ensure well-qualified candidates, who are already working for Nova Scotia employers, have a viable immigration pathway.”
“As with all our Provincial Nominee Program streams, our new stream is intended to attract individuals who are able to contribute to the Nova Scotia economy and attach to the labour market,” said Ms. Diab.
“Nova Scotia Office of Immigration is listening to employers and finding solutions to our needs,” said Michele Williams, managing partner of Grant Thornton, Nova Scotia. “This stream is another way for employers to attract and retain good international employees.”