With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 where the world was placed in a pandemonium, nursing grew into becoming one of the most important professions in the world.
In Canada, nurses are among the in-demand jobs in Canada and the Canadian government has been doing its best to allow foreign trained nurses come into the country to contribute to the workforce in the healthcare sector and you should know that the healthcare sector is one of the most important sectors of the country.
Canada has one of the best healthcare systems in the world and it doesn’t joke with its healthcare system so it does well to bring in the best healthcare professionals to the country.
The government is looking to invite over 400,000 immigrants to the country this year provided you are coming to contribute to the workforce and growth of the country.
The Canadian government has created over 100 immigration programs to help immigrants come to the country and some of the programs have been designed to allow nurses immigrate to the country.
As a nurse that wants to immigrate to Canada, you fall under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill type A for registered nurses and psychiatric nurses with NOC code 3012 and Skill type B for the licensed practical nurse with NOC code 3233.
These skill types determine the immigration program that you are eligible for and can go through to immigrate to Canada as a nurse.
In this article, we will be looking at some of the most suitable immigration programs through which you can immigrate to Canada as a nurse and also the provinces in Canada where nurses are in demand.
So without further ado, let’s proceed…
How To Immigrate To Canada As A Nurse In 2022
We said that there are about 100 immigration programs that the Canadian government created to help immigrants come to Canada but there are specific programs that you can use to come to Canada as a nurse and will be looking at these programs so that you will know the best program which you are eligible for.
This information will help fast-track your immigration to Canada as a nurse.
Let’s look at these immigration programs:
- The Express Entry System
This is the most popular immigration program in Canada and it was created in 2015 to help speed up the immigration process in Canada and since then, it has been the pathway for a lot of immigrants that want to come to Canada.
A lot of foreign apply for this immigration program because it is easy and takes about six months to process. The program also offers you the opportunity to become a permanent resident in Canada.
The Express Entry System is an online program where applicants are to create an online profile and fill in some information. This information is based on the requirements of the program and they are: age, work experience, education, proof of funds and language proficiency. You don’t need to have a job offer to be eligible for the program but having a job offer will increase your chances of success.
You will be expected to complete your profile within 60 days and after this, the Canadian immigration authority will place you in the right stream under the Express Entry System based on the information you filled in your profile.
There are three streams under the Express Entry System and they are:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Federal Skilled Trade Program
- Canadian Experience Class
After you have been placed under the right stream, a score will also be given to you based on the information you filled in your profile and you will be placed in a pool with other applicants and a draw will be conducted where a Comprehensive Ranking System will be used to rank the scores of all applicants against cut-off score.
Applicants whose score meet or exceed the CRS cut-off score will be selected to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada.
How to immigrate to Canada as a Nurse under the Express Entry System
You now know that nurses are in demand in Canada and also that you can immigrate to Canada as a nurse under the Express Entry System but how do you go about your application?
Well, we will be showing you how you could apply for the Express Entry as a nurse and immigrate to Canada as a nurse.
We mentioned three immigration streams under the Express Entry System and the one stream through which nurses can immigrate to Canada is the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP).
The FSWP is designed to allow foreign professionals with skills, experience, training and competence who are willing to contribute to the workforce and development of the country immigrate to the country and become permanent residents.
So applying as a nurse through the Express Entry System will mean that you will be place in the FSWP and nursing occupation falls under the NOC 3012 skill type A for registered nurses and psychiatric nurses while the NOC 3233 skill type B is for the licensed practical nurses.
Some of the requirements for the program are:
- You must have a paid skilled work experience of at least one year as a nurse (30 hours/week) for full-time and for part-time it could be (15 hours/week)
- You must take the approved language test in English or French in writing, speaking, listening or reading and you must get a minimum score of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all abilities.
- You must have an education certificate of high school diploma or degree from secondary school or post-secondary school in Canada and if you have a foreign certificate, it must be equivalent to the Canadian standard and so you will have to go through the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to check the credentials.
- You must successfully pass the security background check which shows that you have no criminal record and also pass the medical examination check meaning that you are in good health.
- You must prove that you have sufficient funds to help you settle in Canada and also take care of any other family member coming with you unless you have a valid job offer
You will also need to attach some documents when applying for this Express Entry program. These documents are:
- Means of identification
- Birth certificate or record
- Language proficiency test results for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS ( International English Language Testing System) or TEF (Test d’ Evaluation de Francias)
- Educational Credentials Assessment
- Medical clearance certificate
- Police clearance report
- The Provincial Nominee Program
The provincial governments work together with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to help foreign nationals find work and settle in a particular province.
So if you are looking a job as a nurse in Canada, you will have to look for the provinces in Canada where nurses are in demand as this will increase your chances of getting a job as a nurse and immigrating through this program.
Each of the provinces in Canada are in charge of their requirements for the program and they have their own Provincial Nomination Program.
So some of the provinces where nurses are in demand are: Nova Scotia, Manitoba and New Brunswick.
You should know that these provinces do not approve you application for immigrating to Canada but they only nominate you for immigration to Canada and a nomination from any of the provinces in Canada will increase your chances of being selected to immigrate to Canada and get permanent residency.
Since we have shown you the provinces where nurses are in demand, you will have to go through the Provincial Nomination Program for the provinces and they are:
You can either apply through the direct application which will take about 15 to 19 months to process as you will have to submit paper through mail or courier services or you can go through the Express Entry Linked with PNP as this is quicker and takes about 6 to 8 months.
- The Atlantic Immigration Pilot
This program is for foreign workers and international graduates who want to live and work in any of the four Atlantic Provinces in Canada.
The program was created by the Atlantic Provinces in Canada to allow the provinces invite foreign nationals to come fill up job positions that cannot be filled up locally.
You must have a job offer from an employer in any of the four Atlantic Provinces in Canada and they are:
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland & Labrador
- Nova scotia
- Prince Edward Island
The program also offers you the opportunity to gain permanent residency in Canada and you must have to meet other eligibility requirement for the program like work experience, education and language proficiency under any of the following streams under the pilot program.
- Atlantic high-skilled program
- Atlantic intermediate-skilled program
- Atlantic international graduate program
As a nurse, you can go through the Atlantic high-skilled program as this program is for professional skilled workers that want to work or live in one of the four Atlantic Provinces.
From all we have said so far, you will see that Canada is the best place for you to immigrate to as a nurse as there are a lot of job opportunities for you.
We have taken time to show you some of the best immigration programs through which you can immigrate to Canada as a nurse and also the provinces in Canada where nurses are in demand.
This information is to help you narrow your search for a job as a nurse to the provinces where nurses are in demand and also go through the right immigration programs so as to increase your chances of immigrating to Canada.
This is the best time to immigrate to Canada so that you will be among the successful immigrants that will be welcomed to Canada this year.