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Nova Scotia Experience Express Entry
About the Program

The NS Experience: Express Entry (NSE:EE) stream is one of Nova Scotia's PNP streams that requires the candidate to have work experience in Nova Scotia to be eligible.

When receiving a nomination under the NSE:EE stream, candidates can then apply for Permanent Residence to the federal government of Canada.

Work experience requirements

To be eligible to this stream, you must demonstrate that you have at least 1 year of full-time work experience in Nova Scotia. Your work experience in Nova Scotia must be:

  • • Full-time (min. 30h/week) or an equal amount in part-time (min. 15h/week),
  • • Paid work (volunteer work, unpaid internships, co-op terms, etc. do not count),
  • • Gained with the proper authorization (work permit, etc.),
  • • within the last 3 years, and
  • • In NOC Skill Type/Level 0, A or B.

Work experience gained while you were a full-time student or through self-employment will not be considered. You have to demonstrate that you performed at least 51% of the duties listed in the lead statement of the occupation description in the NOC 2016.

Language abilities requirements You must demonstrate you have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test scores, either in French or in English:
  • • If your work experience is in an NOC Skill Type/Level 0 or A, you must have CLB7 for each language skill.
  • • If your work experience is in an NOC Skill Level B, you must CLB5 for each language skill.

These language requirements are in line with Express Entry's CEC program eligibility requirements

The TCF Canada is accepted by the NSNP for this stream (more about approved language tests here).

Age requirement You must be between 21 and 55 years old.
Settlement requirements You must show that you have a genuine intention to settle in Nova Scotia and that you will become economically established in the province. You must provide a detailed explanation of why you choose to settle permanently in Nova Scotia and what you feel Nova Scotia can offer to you and your family. Your explanation can include details such as your plans for accommodation/housing, transportation, employment/job, schools or child care, language training plans, and integration into community.
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