The epidemic has made an already dire situation for the nursing profession in Canada much worse. In an effort to assist the nursing sector fill its vacant positions, we offer overseas nurses the opportunity to apply for permanent residence.
Even before the epidemic began, Canada was experiencing a severe shortage of registered nurses. Since the worldwide breakout of COVID-19 in March 2020, the federal government and provincial governments have both made steps to raise the number of nurses who are actively employed in the workforce.
For example, the province of Ontario plans to invest $342 million over the next five years in order to hire more than 13,000 more health care employees. Approximately 1,500 registered nurses who hold degrees from institutions located outside of Canada will be considered for financial assistance from the province of British Columbia in the amount of up to sixteen thousand dollars. This assistance will cover expenses related to the application process, English proficiency testing, and credential upgrading. In addition, the Canadian province of Quebec has committed $65 million to the recruitment and education of over one thousand nurses from other Francophone nations.
Considering the many monetary advantages that are awaiting registered nurses in Canada, you are probably curious about how to make the move there. If you are already in Canada, you should investigate the many immigration processes that are available to you.
We will not provide information on how nurses may lawfully enter the nation through each and every potential route. In Canada, one may choose from more than a hundred different economic immigration options. Because nursing is often seen as “skilled” labor, registered nurses have a good chance of being accepted into any program that seeks “skilled” employees.
Qualification is determined using the NOC code in conjunction with the experience level.
The nursing sector is one of the two sectors that are included in Canada’s National Occupation Classification system. The code for nurses, including registered nurses and mental nurses, is NOC 3012. NoC 333 is the route that LPNs may take to earn their nursing licensure. Because of how skilled they are, we have assigned them the grade of A.
You will need these codes and talents in order to determine whether or not you are eligible for a certain immigration program, what additional conditions there are that you must fulfill, and whether or not you were picked for a draw held by a provincial government. As you gain more knowledge regarding the immigration laws of Canada, you should always keep these things in mind.
Programs for Rapid Employment of Nursing Personnel
The Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Canadian Experience Class both provide opportunities for immigration to Canada for registered nurses who meet certain requirements. The Express Entry system is responsible for the administration of certain federal immigration programs.
Express Entry allows for the submission of electronic applications for various immigration advantages offered by the federal government. Candidates who are located in Canada have the opportunity to have their profiles rated by the Comprehensive Rating System (CRS).
Candidates for Express Entry have the opportunity to accrue points in a range of areas, including their talents, level of education, and level of fluency in official languages. Applicants with high scores on the Express Entry system are eligible to be chosen at random twice a week to submit applications for permanent residence.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser made the announcement that the selection process for CEC and FSWP applications will begin again in July since the pandemics impeded the screening of candidates for both programs. Expect a response to your application to take up to six months if you are a new candidate.
Criteria for Acceptance into the FSWP
Candidates for the Federal Skilled Worker Program are required to demonstrate that they have been continually employed in a skilled profession for at least a year at some point over the preceding ten years. Obtaining job experience in other countries is something that can be done. In addition, candidates need to have achieved a Canadian Language Benchmark 7 in both English and French in all four language domains in order to be considered for the FSWP (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). Their score on the six-factor exam, which includes questions regarding their education, language abilities, and work in the country, must be at least 67 out of a possible 100 points.
the Capability to Acquire CECs
CEC requires applicants to have at least one year of work experience, with the most recent three years of that year spent working full-time. The minimum amount of work experience necessary is one year. Experience gained in the Canadian workforce is necessary. CLB 7 is the minimum requirement for applicants who have experience working at the NOC level 0 or A. (such as registered nurses). The possession of a CLB is mandatory for applicants who have abilities at the NOC C level or below.
Your chances of being requested to submit an application for permanent residence might be increased if you already have a work offer, despite the fact that having a job offer is not a requirement for any of the programs.
Nominations for Provincial Positions Program
The federal government of Canada is ultimately responsible for determining immigration policy, however the Provincial Nominee Program is able to provide recommendations for persons who are suitable for permanent status (PNP). Although registered nurses are eligible for some kinds of PNPs, those seeking other types of PNPs must have previous job experience. It’s possible that PNPs will be in charge of the immigration nomination drawings for nurses.
Nurses are encouraged to submit applications to a wide range of programs available across Canada. On occasion, provincial nomination programs (PNPs) would ask Express Entry users to submit an application for provincial nomination based on the fact that they are already registered with the Express Entry system. These applicants will get an extra 600 CRS points on top of their Express Entry score if they are chosen to be nominated for the program. The amount of money awarded as the reward is sufficient to encourage the winner to submit an application for permanent residence in the United States.
Nurses may choose from a wide number of PNP tracks, some of which are described in more detail here.
In the Canadian province of Ontario, licensed practical nurses are strongly encouraged to submit an application for the Human Capital Priorities stream.
Both the Skilled Immigrant Program and the Express Entry Program in the province of British Columbia give priority to applicants who work in the medical field.
A new EEOI pool for overseas healthcare workers, such as nurses, has just been formed in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.
The Labour Market Priorities Stream of the government of Nova Scotia sends out random invitations to nursing professionals in the province to participate in random drawings for nominations every so often.
The Internationally Educated Nurses program in New Brunswick is open to potential applicants who are registered nurses from another country who are fluent in both English and French.
The province of Quebec has its own immigration system that it uses. When it comes to immigration to Quebec, the decision-making authority will always lie with Canada. Residents of Quebec, on the other hand, are not permitted to participate in either Express Entry or the PNP.
Instead, Quebec is home to its very own Regular Qualified Workers Program and Quebec Experience Program, both of which are designed to help the province recruit and retain skilled workers. It’s possible that registered nurses may participate in these classes. It is anticipated of workers in both programs that they have a level of proficiency in French that is intermediate.