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Nova Scotia Draw Targets International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream Candidates

Nova Scotia immigration held a new business immigration draw, aiming at International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream candidates.

The draw, which took place on May 3, saw two invitations issued through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program. Candidates required forty-four (44) points to qualify.

Detailed requirements for the stream are rendered below.

Details of Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur Draw 

Draw date Stream Number of invitations The score of the lowest-ranked candidate invited
03-May-20 International Graduate Entrepreneur 2 44

Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream is targeted at recent graduates from Nova Scotia Community College or a Nova Scotia university. They must have purchased or started a Nova Scotia business and managed it for a year on a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

Candidates are selected for Canadian permanent residence if they intend to live in the province. The stream works on an Expression of Interest format akin to the Entrepreneur stream.

International Graduate Entrepreneur: Steps

  • Expression of Interest
  • Invitation to Apply
  • In-Person Interview and Nominations
  • Apply for Permanent Residence in Canada

Candidate Requirement

  • Want to settle permanently in Nova Scotia while owning and actively operating a Nova Scotia business.
  • Minimum one year of continuous experience actively owning and running your current Nova Scotia business (100 percent ownership).
  • Have completed a diploma or degree including a minimum of two (2) academic years of full-time, in-person study at the Nova Scotia Community College or Nova Scotia university.
  • Valid post-graduation work permit.
  • A minimum score of Seven (7) on the Canadian Language Benchmark in reading, speaking, listening, and writing in English or French.

About Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

The Nova Scotia Entrepreneur Stream is for recent international graduates of a Nova Scotia Community College or the Nova Scotia university.

They must have already started or bought a Nova Scotia business and managed it for at least one year.

If they intend to settle in Nova Scotia province, the graduate may be nominated for Canadian permanent resident status.

Please note that the Application to the stream is by invitation only.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply you must:

  • want to stay permanently in Nova Scotia while owning and actively operating a Nova Scotia business;
  • have at least one year’s continuous experience actively managing and owning your current business in Nova Scotia (33.33% ownership minimum);
  • have completed a degree or diploma after at least two academic years of full-time, in-person study at a Nova Scotia university or the Nova Scotia Community College;
  • possess a valid post-graduation work permit;
  • have a score of at least Seven on the Canadian Language Benchmark in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French or English;
  • complete an online Expression of Interest;
  • Get an Invitation to Apply from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.

How To Apply Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur

  • Complete the Expression of Interest.
  • If you are invited to apply, complete the application form and include all necessary information and attachments.

More About Nova Scotia Province

Nova Scotia (Latin for New Scotland) is a Canadian Maritime province located along the eastern coastline, almost exactly halfway between the equator and the North Pole.

The province is the second-smallest in Canada in terms of landmass at only 55,283 km². Though the area is small, a population of close to 1 million people establishes the province as the second-most densely populated in Canada.

The capital city is Halifax and it is technically an island, or rather a series of over 3800 coastal islands, with a mixture of Continental and Maritime climates, which result in cold wet winters, and warm summers.

Nova Scotia is the perfect location to set up your roots, with a high quality of life and low cost of living.

The province has some of the lowest housing costs with a brand new home setting you back by approximately $143 000. This is almost half of what you would expect to pay in an area like British Columbia or Ontario.