How Can You Migrate to Canada as a Nurse?
If you look to work in Canada’s healthcare sector, you ought to have the same level of qualifications as Canadian health experts working in this field. You will therefore need to prove your qualifications and your ability to meet the country’s licensing requirements. Your credentials will be assessed, and your previous work experience reviewed to prove you can provide invaluable services to the Canadian healthcare facility. As a qualified nurse, you can migrate to Canada as skilled workers through one of the provincial or federal economic immigration programs.
Express Entry Program
Nurses can also enter Canada under Express Entry through the Federal Skilled Worker Program. However, you have to prove your eligibility for the program and the capacity to meet its requirements. You are required to complete your profile and submit it to a pool of applicants for assessment, after which you will receive a Comprehensive Ranking System Score. Your CRS score is based on factors such as age, education level, work experience, and language proficiency. The top-ranking candidates are regularly selected from the pool, after which they receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. No fee is required for you to enter the Express Entry pool and the average time needed to process your ITA is approximately six months.
Provincial Nominee Program
Here is another incredible immigration option for nurses looking to establish successful careers in Canada. Almost every Canadian Province and territory runs a PNP program to bring in professional talent from all over the world to help boost their local economies. As such, most of these programs aim to address labor and skill shortages in these provinces. They are therefore designed to attract workers with skills and experience to fill the gaps in job sectors with high demand. Most Canadian provinces regularly plan and hold their own draws targeting specific occupations such as nursing, like in the recent case of Nova Scotia.
If you obtain a provincial nomination, complete and upload your profile in the Express Entry pool, you will earn yourself an additional 600 CRS points. You are also guaranteed an Invitation To Apply for permanent residence. If you wish to settle in Quebec province, you can choose to migrate to Canada under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), after which you are guaranteed permanent residence in Canada. However, successful applicants who enter Canada through the QSWP must have honest intentions to settle in this Canadian Province.