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|Program Name||Processing||Language||Fees||Location||Favours International Students?||Requires Canadian Work Experience?|
|Nova Scotia Entrepreneur||Very Slow||4-5 (IELTS)||$1,040.00||Nova Scotia||No||No|
|Federal Start-Up Visa||Slow||IELTS 4 to 5||$1,040.00||Canada||No||NO|
|New Brunswick Post-Graduate Entrepreneur Stream||Slow||IELTS 6||$1,290.00||New Brunswick||YES||Must own and run a Business in New Brunswick for at least one year|
|Nova Scotia International Graduate Entrepreneur||Slow||6 (IELTS)||$1,040.00||Nova Scotia||Yes||Yes|
|Nova Scotia Skilled Worker||Slow||3.5 to 5 (IELTS) Skilled workers may not have to take a test.||$1,040.00||Nova Scotia||No||No|
|Nova Scotia Experience||Fast||4 or 6 (IELTS) depending on your work experience||$1,040.00||Nova Scotia||No||YES. At least one year working in Nova Scotia in a managerial, skilled or semi-skilled job.|
|Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry||Fast||6 (IELTS)||$1,290.00||Newfoundland||Yes||No|
|Newfoundland and Labrador Skilled Worker||Slow||3.5 to 4 (IELTS) if your work experience is entry-level. No language test for managerial and skilled work.||$1,290.00||Newfoundland||No||No|
|Newfoundland and Labrador International Graduate||Slow||3.5 to 4 (IELTS) if your work experience is entry-level. No language test for managerial and skilled work.||$1,040.00||Newfoundland||YES||NO for students who graduated in Newfoundland. International students who studied elsewhere in Canada must work in Newfoundland for one year before applying.|
|Federal Express Entry Skilled Worker||6 (IELTS)||$1,040.00||Canada||Yes||No|
|Federal Express Entry Skilled Trades||Fast||4 (IELTS)||$1,040.00||Canada||Yes||No|
|Federal Express Entry Canadian Experience||Fast||4 or 6 (IELTS) depending on your work experience||$1,040.00||Canada||Yes||YES: At least one year in Canada working in a managerial, skilled or semi-skilled job.|
|Atlantic Immigration Pilot||Fast||3.5 to 4.5 (IELTS)||$1,040.00||New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island||Yes||No|
|New Brunswick Express Entry||Fast||6 (IELTS)||$1,290.00||New Brunswick||Yes||YES: You must currently be living in New Brunswick.|
|New Brunswick Skilled Worker with Employer Support||Slow||3.5 to 4.5 (IELTS) for entry-level jobs; no test for skilled work.||$1,290.00||New Brunswick||Yes||No|
|New Brunswick Skilled Worker with Family Support||Slow||4 (IELTS)||$1,290.00||New Brunswick||No||YES: Two years of working in New Brunswick. Entry-level work experience counts.|
|PEI Express Entry||Fast||3.5 to 6 (IELTS) depending on your job category||$1,340.00||Prince Edward Island||Yes||No|
|PEI Skilled Worker||Slow||No test required||$1,340.00||Prince Edward Island||No||No|
|PEI Critical Worker||Slow||3.5 to 4.5 (IELTS)||$1,340.00||Prince Edward Island||No||No|
|PEI International Graduate||Slow||No test required||$1,340.00||Prince Edward Island||Yes||YES You must work in PEI for six months in a managerial, skilled or semi-skilled job before you apply.|
|PEI Entrepreneur||Slow||4 (IELTS)||$11,040.00||Prince Edward Island||No||No|
|Nova Scotia Demand||Fast (Paused)||6 (IELTS)||$1,040.00||Nova Scotia||Yes||NO for certain occupations|
Processing times are an estimate of how long it will take government officials to accept or reject your case after you file a formal application or an expression of interest. Estimates are based on published averages and discussions with provincial officials and experienced immigration lawyers and consultants. Your application may take longer than the estimate, particularly if you have a serious medical condition, have ever been arrested or were in the military.
Fast = Less than 12 months
Slow = Less than 30 months
Very slow = More than 36 months
The language column shows the lowest language skills required to qualify for each program. Click here to find out more about how language skills affect immigration options.
The fees column only lists application fees charged by the federal and provincial government for a single person. You will also need to pay other organizations to get documents needed for your application such as a police certificate, medical certificate, school transcripts, translations and financial assessments. Fees will be higher if your application includes a partner or children.
The student column shows which immigration programs give extra points or consideration to applicants who have studied in Canada.
The work experience column shows which immigration programs accept applicants who have never worked in Canada, and the minimum requirements for programs that do require Canadian work experience.