Express Entry candidates who have work experience in Accounting or Financial Auditing received invitations to apply for nomination for Permanent Residence from the Government of Nova Scotia on the 24th of January.
The invitations were sent under Nova Scotia's Labor Market Priorities stream, an Immigration stream that was introduced just last year.
This stream allows the Immigration office in Nova Scotia to search for qualified candidates who have certain jobs in Canada's Express Entry pool.
During the first Express Entry draw held this year, the eligibility requirement was that applicants should have a minimum work experience of five years in an occupation that is listed in the National Occupational Classification 1111.
Applicants who were selected during the draw held on the24th of January had begun entering their profiles in the pool from the 1st of July last year, and their CRS scores ranged from 400 to 450.
Eligibility Requirement for Labor Market Priorities Stream
The first criteria for eligibility under this stream, or some other Provincial Nomination streams
that are Express Entry linked is that an applicant must enter an Express Entry Profile.
Another thing is that candidates should have a minimum Canadian language score of7 in reading, writing, speaking or listening to French or English language.
Also, they must have acquired a Bachelor's degree, otherwise completed a program which ran for at least 3 years in a higher institution like college, university, trade school, etc.
Applicants must provide a reference letter from their employers, attesting to the fact that they have worked for at least five years in one of the Occupations in the NOC 1111.
Express Entry Ranking Score
An Express Entry Score is calculated based on certain laid down factors like proficiency in language, age, work experience and education. During the regular draws, candidates who have the highest scores are given Invitations to Apply for the status of Permanent Residence in Canada
The minimum CRS score used in Nova Scotia was 400, and what was used for the latest Federal Express Entry draw was 443.
For Express Entry candidates, the advantage of being nominated by a province is that they get 600 bonus points in their ranking score. This means that the applicants are ascertained to get an invitation to apply for PR status.
According to David Cohen, applicants who didn't make the minimum score during previous draws would see this as an opportunity, and a very good one too. He added that it is also an opportunity to appreciate the help which provincial nominations have offered to applicants with low ranking scores.
It is important to observe that although Express Entry profiles are invalid after 12 months, the Province of Nova Scotia worked with only those that were entered on or after the 1st of July, 2018 during its 24th January, 2019 draw.
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