International Graduate Entrepreneur Category
About the ProgramNova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur is one of the streams of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), operated by the province of Nova Scotia. This stream is designed to target recent graduates of a Nova Scotia university or Nova Scotia Community College. Applicants must have already started or bought a Nova Scotia business and operated it for at least one year.
Connection to Nova Scotia

To be eligible for the Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur stream, candidates must have graduated from a Nova Scotia university or community college with a degree or diploma after a minimum of two years of full time study. Candidates must also demonstrate that they have owned and managed a Nova Scotia business for at least 12 months. The candidate must have one-third ownership of the business. Finally, applicants must currently be residing in Nova Scotia with a valid post-graduation work permit.

Language Proficiency

Candidates for this stream must have official language test scores showing proficiency equivalent to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher.

Level of Education

Candidates must have completed a minimum two-year diploma or degree from an eligible university or community college in Nova Scotia.

Work Experience

Candidates must have owned and operated a business in Nova Scotia for at least one (1) year while on a valid post-graduation work permit.

Business Ownership

Have at least one year’s continuous experience actively managing and owning your current Nova Scotia business (33.33% ownership minimum);

Invitation to Apply

Receive an Invitation to Apply from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.

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