How to Immigrate to Canada as a Nurse?

How to immigrate to Canada as a nurse

Canada has always welcomed the immigrants who are highly capable and skilled. Canadian government has around 60 immigration programs to facilitate the skilled immigrants to come live and work in the province. This way they will be able to meet the labor market demand in the country.

How to immigrate to Canada as a nurse

Programs for Permanent residence visa for nurses

Now, if the candidate has a profession that is in-demand in the country then there is full guarantee they will be able to land a permanent residence visa. There are many immigration programs that facilitate the skilled immigrants to apply for Canadian permanent residence visa.

Express Entry Program

Nurses are qualified for express entry program under Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). They just need to meet the requirements for this program. First, they need to score 67 points in a point-assessment program that checks the eligibility of the candidates. Eligibility points are awarded based on the factors like age, language proficiency, educational qualifications and work experience.

Once the candidates have created the profile in express entry, there profile is submitted in express pool. In the pool, profiles are ranked based on Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Higher ranked profiles are then given an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to apply for permanent residence visa.

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Another option for permanent residence program is Quebec Skilled Workers Program (QSWP).

Quebec Option

Quebec province always has high demand for the nurses. Province of Quebec provides with high salaries, available jobs and a rapidly expanding health care system for the purpose to attract the best international nursing professionals into the province. QSWP offers the nurses to get the permanent residence in the province. There are two steps to apply under this program. First, is to get a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) by the immigration office of Quebec. This certificate signifies that the candidates have been selected by the province. Second step is to apply for permanent residence visa to the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) via the CSQ certificate.

In case of nurses, they are able to get very high points for the area of training selection factor as well as for their education.

Temporary Work Permit

There is another option for nurses to immigrate to Canada and that is a temporary residence option which can be achieved via the Work Permit Option.

Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) has signaled the shortage of nurses in the Quebec provinces. Educated nurses are able to work in Canada on a temporary basis. Temporary residence for them can secure if the applicant is able to get a valid job offer and subsequently, a work permit.

Nurses have to provide with an Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA) to start their process. After their ECA is assessed, anĀ applicant can register as a nurse in Canada. After registering they can start the process of obtaining a job offer and work permit in Canada. Once the candidate has started their work on a temporary basis in the country, they can go for to fulfill the requirements of permanent residence visa immigration programs like Canadian Experience Class or Provincial Nominee Program.

Now, the nurses who are planning to work in Canada must be deemed as qualified to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed/Registered Practical Nurse (LPN/RPN). Applicant must be registered with either the Canadian Nurses Association (CAN) or the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR).

To be eligible as Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) they need to have their education assessed. Once it is verified and is proved equivalent to Canadian nurses education, the regulatory body will then address whether all requirements are met or not. Once all the requirements are met, all the Canadian provinces and territories (except Quebec), requires that the nurses to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE) or Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) as part of the registration or license procedure.