Regional Labour Market Demand Stream

Posted on 25 Jun 2014 Views ( 1474 )

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Good news for International students. The Province of Nova Scotia has created a new immigration stream for aspiring permanent residents called the Regional Labour Market Demand Stream. Nova Scotia Nominee Program is administering this excitable program, through which Nova Scotia immigration officials select the eligible candidates. Aspirants need not have a job offer in hand to apply for permanent residency in Canada.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">The Regional Labour Market Demand Stream was announced in early March, and began considering applications on March 6, 2014. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">To become eligible the candidate needs to:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;">The candidate needs to attend for an interview, if required.</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;">Meet minimum language proficiency requirements,</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;">Intend to work in an eligible occupation;</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;">Have sufficient funds for settlement in Nova Scotia;</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;">Have at least two years of continuous full-time work experience within the past five years in an eligible occupation*;</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;">Have at least a high school level of education and a degree, diploma, or certificate from a post-secondary institution;</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;">Demonstrate intent to live in Nova Scotia and ability to become economically established in the province;</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;">Completed post-secondary program must be at least one year in length</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;">Complete an Employment Settlement Plan; and</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;">Be aged between 21 and 55,</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: small;">Be a legal resident in current country of residence;</span></span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">*The NSNP (Nova Scotia Nominee Program) came up with 43 eligible occupations. The list contains, occupations in the following fields: food service, skilled trades, health services (including nursing), and engineering.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">The Settlement Plan</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">NSNP is providing this stream in which, applicants need to complete an Employment Settlement Plan. The settlement plan requires applicants to answer questions on the following topics:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Where they wish to settle and why.</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Reasons for choosing Nova Scotia; and</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Intended occupation in Nova Scotia;</span></span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">By answering these questions, applicants need to demonstrate their desire to live in Nova Scotia as well as their readiness to quickly settle into their new homes.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">The Application Process</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Just like other Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), the NSNP provides a two-step process to obtain a permanent residency. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">First, applicants must apply to the NSNP for provincial approval. NSNP has stated that depending upon the volume of application documents, processing and the assessing the application documents may take up to one month or more for the Regional Labour Market Demand Stream. Nova Scotia of Immigration has the sole right to nominate the desirable candidates, which will be then issued with a Provincial Nomination Certificate. The overall application, including the Provincial Nomination Certificate, must then be approved by the Federal government.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">In the next step of the process, the Federal government assesses an applicant&rsquo;s criminality/security/ and medical concerns with his/her ability to the admission. The Federal Government has the final authority, which is ultimately accountable for granting Canadian permanent resident status.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">The Regional Labour Market Demand Stream provides an opportunity for applicants to immigrate to one of Canada&rsquo;s most economically and culturally dynamic provinces.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">According to Attorney David Cohen, many prospective immigrants possess valuable skills and experience that are needed in Canada. However, due to the gradual restriction of some immigration programs, many have not yet been successful in obtaining Canadian Permanent Residency.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">&ldquo;In recent years, many if not most new Canadian immigration programs require that individuals first obtain a job offer in Canada in order to be eligible to apply,&rdquo; said Attorney David Cohen. &ldquo;The fact that this new stream does not require a job offer is likely to generate large amounts of interest.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">At the moment there is no deadline for submission of applications. However, the NSNP notes that this can change at any time.</span></p> <p><span><span style="font-family: tahoma, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">&ldquo;This new program is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to immigrate to one of Canada&rsquo;s most beautiful provinces,&rdquo; said Attorney Cohen. &ldquo;However, such opportunities do not last forever. Now is the time for eligible applicants to seize the moment and have a chance to realize their immigration goals.&rdquo;</span></span></p>