IMPORTANT Further Information Regarding the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (Regional Labour Market Demand Stream)
March 21, 2014
On Thursday, March 20, 2014, the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration published new information, regarding the Provincial Nominee Program (Regional Labour Market Demand Stream).
Nova Scotia continues to accept Applications from interested candidates. Although Nova Scotia will only be nominating 150 applicants in 2014, those who are not chosen will be given the option of keeping their Application in the queue for reconsideration next year. The applicants with the best chance of being nominated are those who file a complete Application (i.e. include all of the information and documents that are required) and show a sincere intention to live in Nova Scotia. Once an Application is filed, supplementary documentation will NOT be accepted.
Because of the large number of Applications that Nova Scotia is receiving, selection decisions will be made within a period of three (3) months or less from the date of receipt.
NEW IMMIGRATION PROGRAM-NOVA SCOTIA NOMINEE PROGRAM-REGIONAL LABOUR MARKET DEMAND STREAM
March 12, 2014
Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s three Maritime provinces and constitutes one of the four Atlantic Canada provinces. It is the second-smallest province in Canada with an area of 55,284 square kilometres (21,300 sq mi), including Cape Breton Island and another 3,800 coastal islands. As of 2011, the population was 921,727, making Nova Scotia the second-most-densely populated province in Canada. For more information about Nova Scotia, please visit our website and, in particular, the following URL: http://www.akcanada.com/lic_novascotia.cfm.
Recently, the Government of Nova Scotia introduced the new Nova Scotia Nominee Program – Regional Labour Market Demand Stream, which is aimed at selecting individuals who meet the labour market needs, are destined to join the labour market with a full-time and permanent position, and wish to live in the Province of Nova Scotia permanently. It is ideal for those wishing to immigrate to Canada who do not otherwise qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
Applicants are not required to have a permanent, full-time job offer from a Nova Scotia employer at the time of submitting their application; however, they must intend to pursue employment in an occupation that is in demand in the Province.
Currently, the list includes the following occupations:
- Managers in Health Care
- Retail Trade Managers
- Restaurant and Food Service Managers
- Financial Auditors and Accountants
- Other Financial Officers
- Civil Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Electrical and Electronics Engineers
- Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)
- Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
- Database Analysts and Data Administrators
- Software Engineers and Designers
- Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
- Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
- Systems Testing Technicians
- Specialist Physicians
- General Practitioners and Family Physicians
- Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
- Occupational Therapists
- Registered Nurses
- Allied primary health practitioners
- Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologists’ Assistants
- Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardiopulmonary Technologists
- Medical Radiation Technologists
- Medical Sonographers
- Licensed Practical Nurses
- Other Technical Occupations in Therapy and Assessment
- Early Childhood Educators and Assistants
- Retail Trade Supervisors
- Contractors and Supervisors, Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades
- Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors
- Industrial Electricians
- Welders and Related Machine Operators
- Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
- Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers
- Crane Operators
- Supervisors, Other Mechanical and Metal Products Manufacturing
The outlook for an applicant’s intended occupation must be good-to-fair in the area he/she intends to settle in order for his/her application to be considered under the Regional Labour Market Demand stream.
Applicants eligible for nomination must meet all of the eligibility criteria below:
- An applicant must be between the ages of 21 and 55 at the time the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration receives his/her complete application;
- An applicant must have achieved a minimum language standard on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) scale or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) of at least CLB/NCLC Level 5;
- An applicant’s intended occupation is a National Occupational Classification (NOC) level 0, A, or B and there is demonstrated demand for this occupation in the regional labour market in the community in which the applicant intends to live;
- An applicant must be a citizen of or hold a passport or other documentation permitting him/her to legally reside in his/her current country of residence;
- An applicant must have the required amount of funds;
- An applicant must have completed the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma with a minimum of twelve (12) years of education and/or training from a recognized educational institution AND an applicant must have completed and received a degree, diploma or certificate from a recognized post-secondary educational institution or training program. The post-secondary education or training program must have been at least one academic year in length;
- An applicant must have at least two (2) years of continuous full-time work experience within the last five (5) years, in a field of work related to his/her intended occupation in Nova Scotia;
- An applicant must demonstrate that he/she will become economically established in Nova Scotia and that he/she intends to live in the province permanently;
- An applicant must have completed an Employment and Settlement Plan which outlines his/her potential economic, labour market and social contributions to the community; and
- If required, an applicant must be able to attend an in-person interview in Nova Scotia.
Applicants are INELIGIBLE to apply if they are:
- eligible for any other stream in the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program;
- intending to work in an occupation that is a National Occupational Classification (NOC) level C or D;
- a grand-parent, parent, spouse, common-law or conjugal partner of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada, an applicant under humanitarian and compassionate grounds, a refugee claimant or a failed refugee claimant;
- in Canada illegally, under a removal order, or are prohibited from entering or being in Canada;
- an international student who is currently in study at a Canadian post-secondary institution;
- an international graduate who has graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution and is eligible for the Canadian Experience Class;
- an international graduate who has a valid post-graduate work permit in Canada;
- an international student’s spouse, and your spouse is in study in a Canadian post-secondary institution but is not in his/her last academic year of studies;
- the spouse of an international graduate who has a valid post-graduate work permit in Canada.
- an individual with unresolved custody or child support disputes affecting any dependent;
- an individual with a full-time permanent employment offer, a seasonal, part-time or casual worker. Individuals with a full-time permanent employment offer should apply under the NSNP Skilled Worker stream;
- in a sales position that is based solely on commission for compensation;
- a helper and/or labourer in construction, agriculture or primary resources sectors;
- a live-in caregiver;
- intending to start a business and/or be self-employed in Nova Scotia;
- a passive investor (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).
If you had your eligibility to immigrate to Canada in the Federal Skilled Worker Class previously assessed by Abrams & Krochak and would like to have your eligibility to immigrate to Canada reassessed under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program – Regional Labour Market Demand Stream, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. If you are already a client of Abrams & Krochak, and wish to obtain more information about this program, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. Otherwise, please complete our Online Eligibility Assessment Questionnaire at http://www.akcanada.com/assessment1.cfm and we will be pleased to assess you under this new and exciting program!
Canada to Eliminate Investor and Entrepreneur Categories
February 12, 2014
On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, the Government of Canada delivered its Budget, wherein it announced its intent to eliminate both the Federal Immigrant Investor Program and Federal Entrepreneur Program. By doing so, the Government of Canada’s goal is to eradicate a large and longstanding backlog of applications, and pave the way for new pilot programs that it claims will actually meet Canada’s labour market and economic needs.
According to the Government of Canada, the current Immigrant Investor Program provides limited economic benefit to Canada. The Government states that research has shown that immigrant investors pay less in taxes than other economic immigrants, are less likely to stay in Canada over the medium- to long-term and often lack the skills, including official language proficiency, to integrate as well as other immigrants from the same countries.
By eliminating both the Federal Immigrant Investor Program and Federal Entrepreneur Program – and the associated backlog of applications – the Government states that it will be able to focus on attracting experienced business people and raising investment capital that is of maximum benefit to Canada’s economy.
The Government of Canada states that it will replace these programs with more focused and effective pilot programs that will ensure that immigrants who come to Canada deliver meaningful benefits to our economy. Details of the new pilots will be announced in the coming months.
If you are an existing client of Abrams & Krochak and have applied for Permanent Residence in Canada as either an Investor or Entrepreneur and your case is still in process, please monitor this blog as Abrams & Krochak will post further information about the elimination of the Investor and Entrepreneur categories (and how it will affect your Application in process) once further information becomes available from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada to Reduce Federal Skilled Worker Class Backlog
March 30, 2012
On March 29, 2012, the Government of Canada announced that it will reduce the backlog of Federal Skilled Worker Applications. To achieve this goal, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will return all Federal Skilled Worker Applications for Permanent Residence filed prior to February 27, 2008, unprocessed, together with applicants’ government fees.
By adopting this strategy, the Government of Canada will reduce the Federal Skilled Worker Class backlog by nearly 300,000 Applications, leaving approximately 160,000 Federal Skilled Worker Applications, filed after February 27, 2008, in the processing queue. According to the Government of Canada, the plan will ultimately allow the government to ensure skilled newcomers actually meet current labour market needs and processing times for the Federal Skilled Worker Class will be reduced dramatically to a maximum of six (6) to twelve (12) months, regardless of the applicant’s country of origin.
While the news is good for those whose Federal Skilled Worker Applications were filed after February 27, 2008, the news is obviously not good for those who filed prior to February 27, 2008 and who have been patiently waiting for years. Notwithstanding this fact, once these applicants are returned their Applications and their government fees, nothing precludes them from reapplying for Permanent Residence in Canada either as Federal Skilled Workers (assuming they meet current eligibility requirements and selection criteria) or in any other Canadian Immigration program (i.e. Provincial Nominee Programs, the Business Class, etc.).
Within the coming weeks, Abrams & Krochak will be contacting all of its clients who filed Federal Skilled Worker Applications for Permanent Residence in Canada prior to February 27, 2008 with further details/instructions as more information becomes available from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. In the interim, those individuals are encouraged to regularly visit our website for any announcements from Citizenship and Immigration Canada that may be of benefit to them should they wish to reapply. Similarly, if they wish to have their eligibility to reapply for Permanent Residence in Canada assessed by Abrams & Krochak, they are encouraged to visit http://www.abramsandkrochak.com.