Nova Scotia invited tech professionals in October 2020. What were the criteria?

Nova Scotia invited tech professionals in October 2020. What were the criteria?

On October 22, Nova Scotia, a province in eastern Canada, invited programmers and media developers in the provincial Labour Market Priorities Stream draw.

Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities Stream is part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). Those who were invited can now get a provincial nomination and then apply for a Canadian permanent residence permit. The NSNP didn’t specify how many invitations were issued.

Programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174) include application developers, software developers, GUI designers and developers, programmer analysts, web programmers, and other tech professionals.

The NSNP published the criteria of the October draw on its official website ( The requirements were as follows:

  • Profile in the Express Entry system (Canada’s online system used to manage applications for permanent residence)
  • Primary occupation of programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Letters of reference from employers to demonstrate 3 or more years of full-time or equivalent part-time experience as a programmer or interactive media developer within 5 years before applying
  • At least 1 year of experience in NOC O, A, or B in Canada (it means work experience in management, professional or technical jobs)
  • Canadian Language Benchmark score of 7 or higher in English in all language abilities (= IELTS 6.0) plus results of an approved language test (e. g. IELTS)
  • Bachelor’s degree or a completed program of 3+ years at a university, college, or technical school plus an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report

Those who were invited must apply for a provincial nomination no later than 11:59 p.m. on November 21, 2020.

If you receive the provincial nomination from Nova Scotia, you will automatically get an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. These points will guarantee that you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities Stream invites immigration candidates based on the needs of the local labor market. During the previous draw held by Nova Scotia on September 24, invitations were sent to “motor vehicle body repairers or automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers.”

You can find information about Canada’s provincial nominee programs, Express Entry, Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), and more here:

→ Relocation process in Canada

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