Nova Scotia Immigration model targets highly skilled workers with the relevant education and skills that can contribute to the economy of Nova Scotia. There are two categories under which immigrants can move to Nova Scotia:
▶ Category 1 – Professional with a full-time job offer from the employer of Nova Scotia
▶ Category 2 – Minimum one year work experience in Nova Scotia in the last ten years
Under the other category, the province accepts direct applications and issues Expression of Interest (EOI) to the selected candidates. The candidates are selected based on the Nova Scotia Point Calculator. Those who meet the minimum score are shortlisted for nomination.
To become eligible for Nova Scotia PNP, applicants must score a minimum of 67 points out of 100 on the Nova Scotia points calculator. The points are given to candidates based on their education, language skills, work experience, age, and adaptability factors. Moreover, applicants can also get extra points if they have a valid job offer letter from an employer in Nova Scotia. This can also increase your chances of getting selected.
The Nova Scotia points calculator assesses profile based on the following factors:
Given below is a detailed description of how the points are calculated for each of the factors in the Nova Scotia Points calculator:
The maximum number of points an applicant can get for his/her level of education is 25 points.
|Level of Education||Points|
|Two or more post-secondary credentials ( One of which is three years or longer post-secondary credential)||22|
|Three-year post-secondary education||21|
|Two-year post-secondary education||19|
Language plays an important role in relocation. The two official languages that are acceptable are English and French. You can get points for both depending on your skill level. You can score a maximum of 6 points in the first official language – English and for French language skills, which is the second official language, you can get a maximum of 4 points.
|Intermediate level (IELTS = 6 bands)||4|
|High intermediate level (IELTS = 6.5 or 7.5 band)||5|
|Advanced level (IELTS =8.0)||6|
|Spouse language score (IELTS =4 bands)||5|
|CLB/NCLC 5 in all abilities||4|
|Above CLB/NCLC 5||4|
Your work experience can also help you score some points on the Nova Scotia Points Calculator. The maximum number of points that one can achieve is 15 for 6 years or more work experience.
|Work Experience (in years)||Points|
|2 – 3 years||11|
|4 – 5 years||13|
|6 years or more||15|
Age is also an important factor that can help you score points on the Nova Scotia Points calculator. Applicants can get a maximum of 12 points if they are between 18-35 years of age while applying.
|Age of applicant||Points|
|18 to 35 years||12|
An arranged employment in Nova Scotia can help you get a maximum of 10 points on the Points calculator.
|The candidate is working in Canada on an LMIA based work permit and his work is under skilled occupation type O, A or B||10|
|The candidate is working in Canada but it is on an LMIA exempt work permit or if the work permit is through a provincial nomination||10|
|No work permit but is authorized to work in Canada||10|
|Has a valid work permit and allowed to work in Canada but is not among the first two scenarios||10|
You can also get points for adaptability i.e., your ease of settling in Nova Scotia. A maximum of 10 points is given to candidates for adaptability.
|Previous work experience in Canada of a minimum of one year||10|
|Previous study in Canada||5|
|Previous study in Canada of the spouse or common- law partner||5|
|Previous work experience of the Spouse in Canada for one year||5|
|Arranged employment in Canada||5|