Now more than ever, every country is working on its healthcare system. Canada is no exception. The pandemic has increased the demand and need for nurses in Canada. One of the most immediate ways to fill increasing job vacancies is to offer pathways to permanent residency for foreign nurses.
Since COVID-19, the federal and provincial governments of Canada have been exploring more and more ways and coming up with new pathways and relaxing the current requirements to attract more nurses to come into the labour force.
- Ontario has kept a budget of $342 million to hire more than 13000 healthcare workers over the next five years.
- BC has offered to cover expenses up to $16,000 and cover application fees, English language tests, and educational upgrading for over 1,500 internationally educated nurses.
- Quebec is planning to invest $65 million to attract nearly 1,000 nurses from francophone countries.
So, if you are a nurse and wondering which is the best way for you to move to Canada so that you can take advantage of this ever-increasing demand for nurses in the land of maple trees, here is a comprehensive guide to help you understand everything.
In this article, we will cover:
- Express Entry programs for nurses
- FSWP Eligibility
- CEC eligibility
- Provincial Nominee Program
- Who can help me migrate to Canada?
Since nursing is a skilled work, nurses could be eligible under a lot of immigration pathways. In order to understand which immigration pathway is relevant for you, it is a good idea to know the NOC code for your profession and the skill level requirements for eligibility.
Nursing as a profession falls into one of two categories in the Canadian government’s National Occupation Classification (NOC).
- Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses fall under NOC skill level A and the code is NOC 3012.
- Licenced practical nurses fall under skill level B and the code is NOC 3233.
Express Entry programs for nurses
As a nurse, you can be eligible under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). These two federal immigration programs are one of the fastest immigration programs and are managed by the Express Entry system.
Express Entry manages immigration applications for the federal government using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Under CRS, the Express Entry candidates get points based on their age, education, skilled work experience, and official language ability.
They also can get points for some special cases such as study in Canada or Canadian work experience. The highest-scoring candidates get an ITA (Invitation to Apply) under which the candidates have to submit their detailed documents within six months. These draws usually happen every 15 days but there is no set date for the same.
Draws for CEC and FSWP candidates recently resumed in July and since then 4 draws have happened till date with an average CRS cut off score above 500. Although this score is continually decreasing and is expected to come below 500 soon, the candidates are still advised to work towards improving their CRS score in order to increase their chances of selection.
Here is a comprehensive guide on Express Entry.
Under FSWP, you need to have a minimum of one year relevant work experience within the past 10 years in a skilled occupation. Also an FSWP applicant must score a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or French on all four language competencies that is reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In addition, you need to have a minimum score of 67/100 on the six-factor test that assesses candidates’ language proficiency, education level, and whether they have a job in Canada.
Here is everything you need to know about FSWP
The CEC requires one year of skilled Canadian work experience within the last three years. People applying for NOC 0 or A skill level (such as registered nurses) must have at least a CLB 7.
Here is a comprehensive guide on Canadian Experience Class Category under Express Entry.
Provincial Nominee Program
Under the Provincial Nominee Program, the provinces can nominate certain candidates that they feel can help them bridge the labour gaps in their provinces and contribute positively to the province’s economy from day one. There are a few PNPs that are dedicated specifically to nurses.
Here is a list of some of the PNP pathways for nurses.
- Human Capital Priorities Stream by Ontario
- British Columbia invites nurses through Healthcare Professional category under its Skills Immigration and Express Entry pathways.
- Saskatchewan has recently launched an International Health Worker EOI pool specifically for nurses.
- Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities Stream holds draws from time to time inviting nurses to apply for a provincial nomination.
- New Brunswick’s Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) program is a pathway for foreign nurses who can speak English or French.
You can learn everything about different Provincial Nominee Programs in our comprehensive guide on PNP.
Quebec operates its own immigration system that is it holds more authority over the selection process as compared to the other provinces.
Quebec offers its Regular Skilled Worker Program and the Quebec Experience Program and nurses are eligible for either of these programs. Both of these programs require the workers to have a working knowledge of the French language.
Here is a comprehensive guide on the Quebec Immigration program.
Who can help me migrate to Canada?
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