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Canada Immigration: Focuses On Student Entrepreneurs In Nova Scotia

Student Entrepreneurs In Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Immigration opened the welcoming doors for young entrepreneurs intending to settle in Canada permanently.

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Program

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Program was updated for including entrepreneurs, who manage a business along with their partners. Formerly, the recent graduates required 100 percent business ownership, for qualifying in permanent residency. Lena Diab, Immigration Minister of Nova Scotia, stated that the intention of the government is that the streams must be dynamic, flexible and innovative.

Nova Scotia has earned the distinction of being the first Canadian province, offering a pathway, to promising entrepreneurs, to get the Canadian permanent residency. International Graduate Entrepreneur stream, commenced in January 2016, allowing the recent graduates, belonging to Nova Scotia University or its Community College, for qualifying to get the permanent residency, through starting and managing their individual business.

The provincial nomination

The program belongs to the system of provincial nomination, where the province issues a nomination, to the candidates seeking permanent residence in Canada. Subsequently, the Federal Government processes the application, ensuring that the applicants meet the requirements, pertaining to security, health, and language in the Immigration Programs. These programs meet local economic requirements.

Before 2016, recent Nova Scotia graduates, needed one year Canadian experience, as professional and skilled workers, or they had to be managers, for qualifying to get permanent residence. There was no importance to Self employment as work experience, and entrepreneurs also did not get a path for becoming permanent residents.

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Program of Nova Scotia was emulated by other provinces, like New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Manitoba.

PR in Canada and the issues

There were only five nominations, of recent graduates, by the province, seeking permanent residence, by using the program in three and a half years. The first nominated person of the program is waiting to get the permanent resident designation, of the Federal Government. There was also a criticism of the original program, by entrepreneurs as well as immigration lawyers, stating that its design was not for proper entrepreneurs, as it involved long term planning and a big development stage for businesses, because aspirants had to own the business absolutely. The 100 percent rule stopped young entrepreneurs, to take the mentorship benefit, from many experienced partners. Additionally, these changes are a part of the drive of leadership, regarding the immigration issues. The focus now is on collaboration and innovation.

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