Nova Scotia closes Regional Labour Market Demand stream

The Nova Scotia government has closed the Regional Labour Market Demand stream of its Provincial Nominee Programme for 2014, after receiving over 3,000 applications for the 150 places available.

nova-scotiaThe Nova Scotia Office of Immigrationwill not be accepting any further applications for the programme, which targets immigrants with specific skills being sought in the regional areas of the province, post-marked after 28thApril 2014.

The office will process the applications on a first-come, first-served basis to reach the 150 nominations. Once the 150 nominees are identified, any applications that are not processed will be returned to applicants.

The stream will open again on 1st January 2015. Anyone whose application was returned is encouraged to re-apply at that time.

It’s worth noting, however, that the Skilled Worker Stream of the Nova Scotia Nominee Programme (NSNP) remains open.

The Skilled Worker stream helps Nova Scotian employers to recruit and hire foreign workers whose skills are in limited supply in the province, for positions they’ve been unable to fill with permanent residents or Canadian citizens.

nova scotia mapBefore submitting an application to the NSNP, the skilled worker must have a full-time, permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer. Provincial priorities may change as skill shortages are met by permanent residents or Canadian citizens.

The NSNP is the first step in a two-step application process for a permanent resident visa to Canada. It allows the Government of Nova Scotia to recruit and select immigrants who intend to settle in the province, and have the skills, education, and work experience needed to make an immediate contribution to labour market and economic needs.

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