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Nova Scotia Fishes Out Carpenters From The Express Entry Pool

Nova Scotia immigration prioritizes it invitations for carpenters in the latest express entry draw. The province conducted its second draw this month via its Labour Market Priorities Stream but placing more priorities on qualified carpenters with a valid profile in the federal Express Entry pool to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The Labour Market Priorities Stream enables the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) to look into the Express Entry pool for qualified candidates with work experience in occupations that are experiencing a shortage of domestic workers.

Candidates selected are required to provide letters of reference from employers to show that they have at least two years of skilled trades experience as a carpenter.

Self-employed carpenters are also qualified but have to provide documentation from third parties demonstrating the service provided, and terms of the contract.

Those nominated must also have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of five (5) or higher in French or English in all four language abilities: writing, reading, speaking and listening.

Additionally, they must have to pay immigration costs and travel expenses, as well as have sufficient funds to successfully establish themselves and their families in Nova Scotia.

The Labour Market Priorities Stream was established in August 2018 and since then has been used to invite accountants, financial auditors, and early childhood education workers and French-speaking Express Entry candidates.

The nominated carpenters from the September 20 draw now have thirty (30) days to apply for a provincial nomination.

Successful nominees get 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points towards their Express Entry ranking score, practically guaranteeing them an invitation to apply for permanent residence of  Canada.

What to know about Nova Scotia Labour Market Priority Stream

Nova Scotia Labour Market Priority is one of the categories under the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program, managed by the province of Nova Scotia. This stream is created to target highly skilled workers with experience in the in-demand occupations or those with abilities in the province’s language priorities.

Application Procedure for Carpenters

The Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream operated based on an invitation. To apply to the stream, applicants who meet the minimum eligibility criteria must open an Express Entry profile. They must then wait to be granted a Letter of Interest (LOI) from Nova Scotia immigration. If the candidate is selected, the LOI will be sent directly to their IRCC account, connected to their Express Entry profile. After obtaining an LOI, the applicants must prepare and lodge an application to Nova Scotia.

If the province approves the application, Nova Scotia will inform the candidates they have been nominated for provincial nomination. This notification will be forwarded to the applicant’s IRCC online account. After receiving the provincial nomination, the applicant will be granted an additional 600 CRS score points, practically guaranteeing they will get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.

After receiving an invitation (ITA), the applicant must prepare and lodge an official application for Canadian permanent residence within the designated period. Applications for permanent residence lodged through Express Entry are normally processed within six months.