Nova Scotia Immigration Program Allows Skilled Worker Applications Without A Sponsoring Employer
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) will begin accepting applications under its new Regional Labour Market Demand stream, which creates the possibility for candidates to be nominated by the province, without a sponsoring employer.
The New Regional Labour Market Demand stream is aimed at selecting individuals who meet the labour market needs of particular regions of the province, and who intend to settle permanently in Nova Scotia.
Eligibility criteria for the Nova Scotia Regional Labour Market Demand stream include the following:
Aged between 21 and 55 years old;
Demonstrate minimum language proficiency of Canadian Language Benchmark level 5;
Have an intended occupation in Nova Scotia that is classified as Skill Level “0″, “A” or “B” of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) AND for which there is a demonstrated demand in the intended region of settlement in Nova Scotia as per the published In-Demand Occupation List. Other occupations may be considered;
Have a minimum of 2 years of work experience related to their intended occupation within the past 5 years;
Hold at least a high school diploma and a diploma from a post-secondary institution following a program of one academic year or more;
Provide a detailed settlement plan;
Have sufficient funds to support themselves upon arrival in Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia will begin accepting applications on March 6, 2014. NSNP has not published a maximum number of applications that will be received under the new stream.
However, it retains the right to suspend the program, and limit the numbers of applications received. Eligible candidates are accordingly encouraged to apply at the earliest opportunity.
This new program, announced only days before opening is in line with recent trends in the Canadian immigration industry whereby applicants who have prepared their documentation in advance are best placed to apply to skilled worker programs without employer sponsorship.
Nova Scotia Nominee Program In-Demand Occupation List
Individuals with formal post-secondary education or training and a minimum of two years of work experience in the past five years related to one of the below In Demand Occupations may qualify to apply under the NSNP Regional Labour Market Demand stream without a sponsoring employer:

  • Systems Testing Technicians
  • Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians
  • Registered Nurses
  • Head Nurses and Supervisors
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
  • Managers in Health Care
  • Computer Engineers
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • User Support Technicians
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers
  • Specialist Physicians
  • General Practitioners and Family Physicians
  • Financial Auditors and Accountants
  • Software Engineers and Designers
  • Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologists’ Assistants
  • Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
  • Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
  • Welders
  • Machinists
  • Industrial Electricians
  • Steamfitters/Pipefitters
  • Sheet Metal Workers