In a recent draw held on March 20, 2019, Nova Scotia invited Francophone (French-speaking) Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian Permanent Residency. However, the number of invitations issued within the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) has not been specified in this draw.
The invitations sent to candidates were through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program’s Labor Market Priorities stream.
In this stream, NSNP pursuits the Federal Express Entry pool to select candidates who meet the labor market requirements in the province.
The candidates selected for the provincial nomination will receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and will be fast-tracked for an Invitation to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence in upcoming Express Entry Draw.
According to the previous draws, data suggest that the professionals selected through Labor Market Priorities stream include educators, assistants, financial auditors, and accountants.
The Express Entry candidates invited by Nova Scotia had to meet the following eligibility criteria:
- The first official language listed by the candidate should be French with Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 7 or more in all language abilities i.e. reading, writing, speaking and listening.
- English should be the second official language with the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 5 or above in all language abilities.
- Require a Bachelor’s degree or have completed a program of three or more years from a University, Technical School or other recognized institute.
- The candidate should have submitted the Express Entry profile on or after September 25, 2018.
The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) has specified that along with the complete application for the Nova Scotia provincial nomination, the candidate will also have to produce the bachelor’s degree, related documents, and copies of both language tests.
Letter of Interest (LOI) issued by NSOI to candidates is valid for 30 calendar days from the date of issuance. Hence, candidates must complete their online application and provide all the required details and attachments before the invitation expires.
International Day of ‘La Francophonie’ & New Francophone Immigration Strategy
March 20, 2019, the draw was held to mark the 32nd International Day of La Francophonie. This day is celebrated to cherish French language and francophone culture. It is a way to appreciate and honor the contributions of French-speaking people towards the province and country.
On this day, Nova Scotia also took the opportunity to announce a new Francophone Immigration Action Plan to encourage francophone immigration to the province. The new action plan outlines Nova Scotia’s strategy of attracting Francophone immigrants to its province and support their retention and integration.