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Canada - Nova Scotia - Business Stream




Located on Canada’s East coast and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Nova Scotia is one of the four maritime provinces. Although being a very small province, Nova Scotia is the second most-densely populated province in Canada with 17.4 inhabitants per square kilometre.
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program is an immigration recruitment and selection program that allows the Government of Nova Scotia to nominate individuals to the Canadian government who can meet provincial labour market and economic needs and who intend to establish themselves in Nova Scotia. A nominee, along with his or her dependents, approved under this program may become permanent residents of Canada following approval by the federal government. 


Why choose Nova Scotia Business Stream?



General Requirements 



Business Requirements

The applicant’s proposed business must meet the following criteria:





Below, we outline the main steps of the application process. Take note that your legal advisor will gladly provide the detailed information upon request. 

Step 1: Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Province of Nova Scotia

Once meeting the preliminary eligibility criteria, prospective immigrants will indicate their interest in operating a business and residing in Nova Scotia by completing an Expression of Interest (EOI) in the form of a short online survey. On this survey, candidates will provide required information about their business ownership or management experience, language, education, investment, net worth, age, adaptability, and business.

Step 2: Invitation to Apply


Top scoring applicants will be notified by the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) that they are being invited to submit a formal application to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) in the form of an Invitation to Apply (ITA) letter. Complete applications received from those invited to apply will then undergo an assessment by the NSOI.

Step 3: In-Person Interview and Business Performance Agreement

Once the application has been assessed by the NSOI, those candidates who meet the outlined eligibility requirements will be contacted about an in-person interview with an official of the NSOI. All interviews will take place in Nova Scotia and are expected to take place within 60 days of the candidate being contacted. 
If the interview is successful, the candidate will be sent a Business Performance Agreement to review and sign. The NSOI will issue an Entrepreneur Approval Letter and instructions on how to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a work permit upon receipt of the Business Performance Agreement. 


Step 4: Temporary Work Permit and Business Establishment in Nova Scotia

Applicants who are successful in obtaining a work permit will be able to land in Nova Scotia with their family, settle, and start or acquire their business. 


Step 5: Request for Nomination

Once an applicant satisfies the conditions of the Business Performance Agreement, including, but not limited to, making the mandatory investment, operating the business continuously for a minimum of one year, and submitting a Business Establishment Progress Report to the NSOI, he or she can then apply to be nominated for permanent residence by the province of Nova Scotia under the NSNP by submitting a Nomination Request Form.

Step 6: Apply for Permanent Residence

Upon nomination, the applicant will apply to IRCC for permanent residence within six months.


Program brochure for Nova Scotia Business Stream
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