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Entrepreneur

The Entrepreneur Stream is for experienced business owners or senior business managers who want to live in Nova Scotia. They must start a new business or buy an existing business and must actively participate in the day-to-day management of the business. After operating the business for a year, the entrepreneur may be nominated for permanent resident status. Application to the stream is by invitation only.

The Application Process

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    Expression of Interest
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    Invitation to Apply
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    In Person Interview and Business Performance Agreement
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    Work Permit and Business Establishment in Nova Scotia
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    Request for Nomination
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    Apply for Permanent Residence

Eligibility

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    be 21 years of age or older
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    want to live permanently in Nova Scotia while owning and actively managing a Nova Scotia business
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    have a net worth of at least $600,000 CAD
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    be able to invest at least $150,000 CAD of your own money to establish a business in Nova Scotia
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    have at least 3 years’ experience actively managing and owning a business (1/3 ownership minimum) OR more than 5 years’ experience in a senior business management role
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    have a score of at least 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French
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    complete an online Expression of Interest
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    receive an Interest

International Graduate Entrepreneur

The International Graduate Entrepreneur stream is similar to the Entrepreneur stream, only aimed at recent graduates from a Nova Scotia university or the Nova Scotia Community College. They must have started or purchased a Nova Scotia business and operated it for a year on a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

Candidates are nominated for permanent residence if they intend to settle in the province. The stream works on an Expression of Interest format similar to the Entrepreneur stream.

Application Process

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    Expression of Interest
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    Invitation to Apply
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    In-Person Interview and Nomination
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    Apply for Permanent Residence

Candidate Requirements:

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    Want to live permanently in Nova Scotia while owning and actively managing a Nova Scotia business
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    Minimum one year of continuous experience actively managing and owning your current Nova Scotia business (100 per cent ownership)
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    Have completed a degree or diploma including minimum 2 academic years of full-time, in-person study at a Nova Scotia university or the Nova Scotia Community College
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    Valid post-graduation work permit
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    Minimum score of 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmark in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English or French