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Express Entry Draw

Nova Scotia PNP

Labour Market Priorities Stream of the Nova Scotia PNP will target Express Entry candidates with experience as early childhood educators

The new draw of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia is touted to issue invitations to Express Entry candidates with work experience as early childhood educators and assistants through the new Labour Market Priorities Stream. The NOC code of this stream is 4214 and is based on at least two years of experience in this labour category.   The Federal Express Entry candidates who are approved for a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia automatically score additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System score and thus go very high up in the pool to get an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry draw.   In order to be considered for a nomination under the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream, candidates must meet the minimum criteria laid out in the following five areas of its application guide:   • Letter of Interest from NSOI • Additional draw-specific eligibility criteria • Work Experience • Settlement Funds • Immigration Status  

Express Entry candidates who are issued a Letter of Interest from the province will have to provide letters of reference from employers that meet the following requirements

  • Be written on company letterhead; • Be signed by the responsible human resources officer, supervisor, or manager; • Show the company’s full address, telephone number, e-mail and website addresses and be stamped with the company’s official seal (if applicable); and • Include all of the following information in one document:  
  • • The specific period of your employment with the company • The positions you have held during the period of employment and time spent in each position • Your main responsibilities and duties in each position • Your annual salary plus benefits in each position • The number of hours worked per week in each position • Proof that your work experience meets the lead statement and the majority (at least 51%) of the main duties listed for NOC 4214 found here.
  To be considered by this provincial stream of Nova Scotia (Labour Market Priorities Stream), the first step is to submit a profile to the federal government’s Express Entry system. The province will target many more sectors of employment in their future draws.   The Federal Express Entry system manages the profiles of candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Classand Canadian Experience Class.  

Express Entry Draw

Quebec EOI Canada

U.S. work experience given weightage among other ranking factors for Quebec EOI

Quebec EOI: Quebec has released new information on how candidates in its new skilled worker Expression of Interest will be organized and ranked.  
With consideration being given to US work experience, Quebec EOI system has become the first immigration system in the world that ranks candidates according to their American work among other factors.
  Candidates who submit a profile to QSWP’s new Expression of Interest Bank will be classed in two groups — one group for candidates with a job offer or who are living in Quebec and meet specific criteria, and another for candidates living outside of Quebec.  

The first group is for candidates who:

  • 1. have a job offer in Quebec; OR
  • 2. are residing in Quebec with the principal goal of working and
  • 3. have a work permit and an eligible degree from a Quebec educational institution; OR
  • 4. have a work permit that is valid for 12 months or more, six-months of full-time work experience and are currently working full-time.
 

These 7 criteria will be the basis of scores obtained by this first group:

  1. 1. Age
  2. 2. Quebec diploma
  3. 3. Canadian or U.S. work experience
  4. 4. Proficiency in French
  5. 5. Knowledge of other languages
  6. 6. Education
  7. 7. A spouse or common-law partner’s education and proficiency in French
 

Candidates in this group will also receive points for the following combinations:

  1. 1. Education combined with proficiency in French (either their own or, if applicable, their spouse’s — whichever score is highest);
  2. 2. Education combined with work experience in Canada or the US and proficiency in French;
  3. 3. Foreign work experience combined with proficiency in French;
  4. 4. Foreign work experience combined with work experience in Canada or the U.S. and proficiency in French
  The second group of candidates are people who do not live in Quebec. Candidates in this group will be ranked based on scores obtained under the following eight factors:  
  1. 1. Age
  2. 2. Quebec diploma
  3. 3. Canadian or U.S. work experience
  4. 4. Training that Quebec has listed as in-demand
  5. 5. Proficiency in French
  6. 6. Knowledge of other languages
  7. 7. Education
  8. 8. A spouse or common-law partner’s education and proficiency in French
 

Candidates in this second group will also receive points for thecombinations given above.

  The province has not yet given out the details of the points structure for the various factors and skills combinations.
It is touted that the province’s CSQ could also issue invitations to the highest scoring candidates or based on selection criteria or certain priority conditions, which relate to a foreign national’s ability to successfully stay or settle in Quebec, such as training or a trade or occupation. Other criteria could include a specific region of destination in Québec, a country or region affected by a humanitarian crisis or the existence of an international commitment.
  There are many similarities between Quebec’s Expression of Interest Bank and the federal Express Entry system, but there some very important differences too.
Like Quebec, candidates for all three classes managed by Express Entry are ranked based on core human capital factors and Skill Transferability combinations, with additional points awarded for a Canadian job offer, a provincial nomination, a sibling in Canada, Canadian education or French language proficiency.
Additional points range from 15 points to 600 points for a provincial nomination and help fast-track candidates for permanent residence.   For the moment, the ranking details outlined by Quebec do not include such additional factors. The new division of QSWP candidates into two groups depending on whether they have a Quebec job offer, education in Quebec or Quebec work experience could also have a similar fast-track effect.