Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia draws applications aimed at nurses through Express Entry Stream.

Nova Scotia Immigration held a draw of application targeting nurses through Nova Scotia’s Express Entry-linked Labor Market Priorities stream. The draw was held on May 22nd, which was followed by sending a letter of interest to all the candidates. The Department also issues the guidelines and eligibility criteria for the program. All the selected applicants have 60 days to submit their application with all the details.

One of the major requirements is a benchmark score of 8 in English or French apart from other obligations. In this post, you will get to know each detail of the program and the requirements. Only registered nurses with experience in accordance with National Occupational Classification 3012 (NOC 3012) were selected at random.

Let’s discuss the requirements as informed by the Nova Scotia Department –

  1. The primary occupation of the candidate must be a registered nurse or a psychiatric nurse.
  2. Must be having an experience of more than three years working as a registered nurse. This experience must be proved by a letter of reference from the employer.
  3. The candidate must have a benchmark score of 8 in English or French. The main point here is that the score must be 8 in all of the language abilities, including Reading, writing, listening, and talking.
  4. The candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree or have completed a three-year program at a registered university, college, trade or technical school, or an institute.

Now that we are aware of the requirements of the program, we must also look at the needs of the Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities which even a significant part of this program –

  • The candidate must have received a letter of Interest from the Nova Scotia Nominee program, which comes under the express entry scheme.
  • The candidate must qualify for the minimum experience requirements of the specific express entry stream that you have applied for.
  • The candidate must show enough proof of the ability to bear immigration costs, including the cost of travel. Additionally, the candidate must have enough funds to settle him/her and his/her family in Nova Scotia.
  • The candidate must have legal status in their country of residence.
  • The candidate must qualify for all the eligibility criteria in place at the time of selection.

Talking a bit about the Labor Market Priorities Stream, the program began in August of 2018 to accommodate for the growing demand of particular professions in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia was facing the shortage of various specific occupations, and fulfilling these using the standard express entry scheme was impossible. To accommodate for this, a new program called The Labor Market Priorities stream was started which gave the Nova Scotia province to hold draws for specific requirements according to their choice.

In the past, draws have been conducted for marketing, PR, carpentry, accountancy, and various other occupations.

Just like all other countries, Canada has also been struck by the COVID-19 outbreak. It has spread evenly, and a shortage of medical staff and equipment is common all over the world. To account for this discrepancy, we estimate that the draw for nurses was held to fulfill this requirement.

Knowledge about all the programs in order to be eligible for intakes that will happen in the future     

To understand the whole process, you must understand that you are considered in this draw, your application should have been in the express entry scheme. After applying in the express entry schemes, candidates can further apply to schemes in provinces that are easier to get through. One such example is the Nova Scotia Provincial express entry program.

All the entries in the express entry program are further managed in three divisions namely –

1. Federal Skilled Worker Program

2. Federal Skilled Trades Program

3. Canadian Experience Class

The system of awarding points to all these applications is called the CRS or the comprehensive Ranking System. Various factors, including age, education, experience, language level in English, and French, are considered while ranking all these applicants.

The point’s equivalent to all these nurses’ candidates who have been selected in the Nova Scotia draw will be 600. Adding 600 points to their overall CRS score assures their selection in the upcoming draw of lots for the express Entry scheme Draw.

For all the aspirants of the permanent residency schemes in Canada, we would like to provide further information about the programs.

Just like Nova Scotia, numerous other provinces operate similar programs –


British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia


Prince Edward Island



Each of these provinces has their program, and you can easily apply for specific requirements related to your skills.

The express entry scheme, in general, is for people to help them migrate to Canada with a permanent residency if they fall under specific categories of Age, Skills, Work-experience, and Education. The whole set up of all these schemes is pretty interlinked and is confusing for aspirants.

We help Canadian permanent residency seekers to get their choice of program and apply. With years of experience, we can provide you with insightful recommendations to apply for the best programs according to your needs. After having students sent in almost all of the provinces in Canada, we have gathered experience about the best programs. There are numerous ways to increase your CRS scores in all the express entry schemes.

After analyzing and applying for the best programs, you can expedite your application to months in many cases. Many of our applicants were able to migrate within a few months because of proper guidance in selecting the best programs. Fulfilling the requirement of various provinces and choosing the appropriate one according to the candidates’ goals is what we do for all our customers. Contact Us to get a free audit of your application and get an insightful recommendation from our experts about your file and useful programs. We will put all the efforts to make sure that you get selected in one of the upcoming draws of the Express Entry Scheme by the Canadian Government.