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Foreigners in Nova Scotia
What to expect?
When you first arrive in Nova Scotia, you will likely be overwhelmed by the tasks that you need to complete. Your Agent should be able to help you with some of these processes, but here is a list of the top 3 tasks to get done according to novascotiaimmigration.com.
- Apply for a Health Card – Nova Scotia Medical Service Insurance (MSI)
- This card allows you to receive free medical and hospital services in Nova Scotia. You must show your card when you see a doctor or go to the hospital. To apply for a Nova Scotia Health Card visit the Government of Nova Scotia website.
- Apply for a Permanent Resident (PR) Card
- The Permanent Resident (PR) Card is a card that replaces the paper IMM1000 Record of Landing document for travel purposes. On December 31, 2003, the permanent resident card became the proof of status document needed by permanent residents seeking to re-enter Canada on a commercial carrier (airplane, boat, train or bus).
- Application forms for your PR card are available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. If you do not find the information you are looking for and you are calling from Canada, contact the CIC Call Centre (1 888 242-2100 – in Canada only).
- Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) Card
- The Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN) card allows you to apply for a job in Nova Scotia or receive government benefits. Everyone who wants to work in Canada, including Canadian citizens, must have a SIN.
- To apply for a Social Insurance Number you must provide the true/original document that proves your identity and status in Canada. All documents must be in either French or English.
- You can pick up an application form at your local Service Canada office, or you may download an application form from the Service Canada website.
- When you submit your application, ask for a receipt or temporary card – so you can apply for jobs while you wait for your card. You will receive your card 4-6 weeks after you apply. Your first SIN card is free.
For many new Nova Scotians, there has been an organization that has attracted them to the province – such as Nova Scotia Business Inc., the Greater Halifax Business Development Agency, the Centre for Entrepreneurial Education and Development and many others. These organizations are a great resource for new Nova Scotians who aren’t sure what they are going to do for employment.