Nova Scotia has added the Community Identified Stream as one of three major residency pathways thru provincial nomination.  This is in addition to the current Family Business Worker stream.

Applicants must have both a strong, established connection to the community, and you have strong employability potential in Nova Scotia which will allow successful and permanent settlement in the province.

Like New Zealand, you must express your interest to migrate to Nova Scotia, called the Letter of Intent. Applicants must also demonstrate long established association to the Nova Scotia community by a combination of the following (from the Nova Scotia PNP Website)

·       Have close family relations in the community

·       have resided in the community for extended periods in the past

·       have business connections and activities in the community

·       have significant community connections.

When assessing an applicant’s adaptability and employability, the Office of Immigration will consider the current Nova Scotia labour market conditions and requirements for job prospects. You need to demonstrate your efforts to secure employment by providing, for example:

·       Identification of your current and future occupation

·       identification of your future business plans

·       Information about your research in the community

·       Contacts with professional organizations regarding the recognition of your credentials

·       Other relevant information

The Office of Immigration may request additional information and evidence from you, may require an in person interview, and may conduct interviews with third parties during the assessment process.

You can demonstrate that you have sufficient settlement supports and financial resources, including transferable funds in your name or your spouse’s, in order to pay your immigration costs and travel expenses (if applicable) and to successfully establish yourself and your family.

The Office of Immigration recommends for an individual without arranged employment to meet the Statistics Canada Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) minimum requirements for their net worth. See Table 3 at Low-Income Cut-Off.

Who Are Not Eligible to Apply - The Office of Immigration will not consider as principal applicants under this stream:

·       Parents, spouses, common-law or conjugal partners of Canadian citizens or permanent residents. These individuals are encouraged to apply under the federal Family Class which exists for this purpose.

·       Individuals who are living in Canada and are a refugee claimant, failed refugee claimant or an applicant under humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

·       Individuals who are in Canada illegally, are under a removal order in Canada, or are prohibited from entering or being in Canada due to their inadmissibility.

·       International students enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary education program.

·       Individuals with a post-graduate work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

·       Individuals with unresolved custody or child support disputes affecting any dependent.

·       Seasonal, part-time or casual workers.

·       Sales positions that are based solely on commission for compensation.

·       Positions classified under National Occupational Classification as Level D.

·       Helpers and labourers in construction, agriculture and primary resources sectors.

·       Individuals in Canada who are in the Live-In Caregiver Program.

·       Jobs that are not based in Nova Scotia.

Passive investors – individuals who intend to invest in a Nova Scotia business with very limited or no involvement in the day-to-day management of the business. 

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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