Canada has struggled recently with a shortage of food service workers. So it wasn’t surprising that Nova Scotia recently announced that it has added food service workers to the Occupations In Demand program’s list of eligible applicants.
Nova Scotia’s Occupations In Demand immigration stream was designed to recruit immigrants qualified to work in occupations that are in high demand in the province. The occupations are picked based on labor market information and are subject to change. Some of the occupations that have been included in this stream include:
The ones recently added to encourage the immigration of food service workers are:
When hiring these workers, employers won’t have to do a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Also, hired workers won’t be required to work for their employers for 6 months before being eligible to apply for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program.
To be eligible for the Nova Scotia Occupations In Demand Immigration stream, you should:
Keep in mind that any work experience or transferable skills you claim to have will have to be supported by employment documents and reference letters from former employers.
If any of the following statements describe your current situation, you won’t be allowed to apply for the Occupations In Demand Stream:
Applying for this program isn’t complicated. Once you confirm that you’re eligible and gather all the required documentation, just go to the Nova Scotia immigration webpage and submit your application online. The entire process is straightforward. It involves:
If your application is successful, you will receive a nomination certificate in your email or that of your representative. The same certificate will also be sent to IRCC so that you can apply for permanent residence directly with them. There’s one thing you need to keep in mind though – you’ll have only 6 months to apply.
If you want to stay in the province while the immigration authorities deliberates on your permanent residence application, you can request the NSOI to provide you with a Letter of Support so that you can get a temporary work permit.
If you change your mind about immigrating to Canada as a food service worker, you can withdraw your application at any time before you receive a nomination certificate – the process is penalty-free. However, if the immigration services suspect that you left out some important information or weren’t truthful in your application, you will have to pay a penalty. Moreover, the immigration office can withdraw your nomination if:
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