How to immigrate to Canada as a nurse in 2022? In fact, there are a number of ways for nurses to immigrate to Canada.
Indeed, the pandemic has exacerbated the need for nurses in Canada. One way to fill vacancies in this field is to offer foreign nurses ways to obtain permanent residence.
Canada was experiencing a nursing shortage even before the pandemic. Since COVID-19 swept the world in March 2020, the federal and provincial governments have been adding programs to encourage more nurses to join the workforce.
Ontario, for example, plans to invest $342 million over the next five years to hire more than 13,000 healthcare workers in the province. BC also promised up to $16,000 to about 1,500 internationally educated nurses to cover application fees, English language tests and educational upgrades. Also, Quebec is investing $65 million to recruit and train nearly 1,000 nurses from francophone countries.
With all these incentives for nurses, you may be wondering how you can move your career to Canada. Or if you are already in Canada, you may want to know what immigration programs are available to you.
Before we list some of the major immigration paths for nurses, it is good to keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list. As Canada has more than 100 economic immigration programs alone. Because nursing is often considered a “skilled job”. Nurses may be eligible for almost any program that includes “skilled work” as a requirement.
NOC symbol and skill level are important for eligibility
Nursing falls into one of two categories in the Government of Canada’s National Occupation Classification (NOC). Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses fall under NOC skill level A and the code is NOC 3012. Licensed practical nurses, NOC 3233, fall under skill level B.
These codes and skill levels are important in determining which immigration programs you qualify for. And what other criteria you must meet for a particular programme. and whether you have been invited to apply for a specific regional immigration draw. Keep this in mind as you learn more about Canadian immigration programs for nurses.
Express Entry programs for nursers
nursers may be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program( FSWP) and the Canadian Experience Class( CEC). These two civil immigration programs are administered by the Express Entry system.
Express Entry is an online system that manages immigration operations for the civil government. Canadian emigrants hoping to get a job submit their biographies to the system and admit a score grounded on the Comprehensive Ranking System( CRS).
Express Entry candidates earn points based on skilled work experience, age, education, and formal language ability, among other factors. The highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence in the bi-weekly Express Entry draws.
Although draws for CEC and FSWP candidates were halted during the pandemic, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced they would return in early July. Also, the processing standard for new applicants will go back to six months.
In fact the FSWP requires the applicant to have at least one year of continuous work experience within the past ten years in a skilled occupation. Work experience may have been completed abroad. The FSWP applicant must also score 7 on the Canadian Language Testing Service (CLB) in English or French in all four language proficiencies:
In addition, they must score at least67/100 on the six factor test that assesses campaigners’ education position, language chops, and whether they’ve a job in Canada.
In fact, CEC requires one year of skilled work experience within the past three years. Work experience must have been completed in Canada. Those applying with NOC 0 or A skill level work experience (eg Registered Nurses) must have CLB 7. Those applying with NOC Level B experience need CLB 5.
In fact, neither program requires a person to have a job offer. But his presence may increase the likelihood that you will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence.
Provincial Nominee Program
Although the federal government has the final say on who can immigrate to Canada. However, provinces can nominate certain candidates through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). In fact, some PNP programs are for nurses. Others require only skilled work experience. Occasionally, PNPs will run immigration nomination draws specifically for nurses.
Many counties also have more than one program that takes in nurses. Sometimes, the PNP selects candidates from the Express Entry system and invites them to apply for a provincial nomination. If nominated, these candidates will receive 600 CRS points added to their Express Entry points. In fact, these points are more than enough to allow the candidate to be invited to apply for permanent residence.
List of some PNP paths for nurses
Ontario invites nurses to apply through the Human Capital Priorities pathway. British Columbia also offers a Health Care Professional category under its Immigration Skills and Express Entry pathways. And Saskatchewan recently launched an international EOI pool for health professionals specifically for nurses. The Nova Scotia Labor Market Priorities Program also occasionally holds raffles inviting nurses to apply for a provincial nomination. Also, the Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) program in New Brunswick is a pathway for foreign nurses who can speak English or French to immigrate.
In fact, Quebec operates its own immigration system. While the Government of Canada still has the final say on applications to immigrate to Quebec, some programs such as the PNP and Express Entry are not available in Quebec.
Alternatively, Quebec offers the Regular Skilled Worker Program and the Quebec Experience Program. Nurses may qualify for any of these programs. But both programs require workers to have a working knowledge of French.