Nova Scotia PNP Frequently Asked Questions | Nova Scotia Nominee Program

The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program is currently receiving a lot of attention for its new program, the Regional Labour Market demand stream. See below for a list of some of the most common questions asked about this exciting new program.

Is there a Cap to the PNP?

The Nova Scotia PNP does have a cap however they are still accepting new application for all the available streams. The Regional Labour Market Demand Stream of the PNP is especially popular but will have a cap of 150 nominations.

The successful nominated applicants must meet all of the qualifications listed in the guidelines, and must have included all of the information and documents that are required, and show a sincere intention to live in Nova Scotia.

What are the Processing Times?
First, your application will go through a pre-screening process to determine whether or not you have submitted a complete application. Due to the fact that the Nova Scotia PNP receives a great deal of applications under their newest stream, this may take up to three months. Once they have reviewed your application and it has gone through pre-screening, you will be notified in writing. If you have not received anything from the province, they have not reviewed your application yet.

Processing times for a nomination can be extensive which is why submitting a strong and properly completed application from the beginning is very important.

Can I apply to your Nominee Program if I don’t yet have a job lined up?
Contrary to popular believe, yes, you can. This is a unique program that does not require you to have a job offer lined up in order to qualify. If you have training and experience in an occupation that needs workers, you may qualify for our Regional Labour Market Demand stream regardless of whether or not you have a job offer.

My job isn’t included on the In Demand list on your web site. Can I still apply through the Regional Labour Market Demand stream?
Unfortunately, no, you will only be eligible if your occupation is listed on the In Demand list, or on the Working In Canada list.

Do I need to take the IELTS General test if I’ve already passed the IELTS Academic?
No, you do not. You simply need to demonstrate that you have good English or French skills and the Academic Test will demonstrate that. There are also other documents you can provide instead of an English or French test, such as employment reference letters or transcripts from a Canadian institution.