Immigration to Canada as a Nurse

Are you currently working and experienced as a nurse and also interested in immigrating to Canada? We have wonderful news for you! Canada is looking to hire more than 60,000 people across the country with diverse nursing skills and experiences by 2022.

Job Description (NOC 3012)

The work a nurse performs can vary depending on the type of nursing care she intends to practice. However, each nurse is responsible for interacting with patients and attending to their physical, intellectual, and social needs. Most nurses in Canada use high-tech equipment, perform complex procedures, and guide and manage staff.

Salary Average: $78,546 CAD per year

There are several NOC codes referring to Nurses.

NOC 3011 – Nursing Coordinators and Supervisors

NOC 3012 – Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses

NOC 3124 – Allied Primary Health Care Workers

NOC 3233 – Licensed Practical Nurses

NOC 3413 – Nursing assistants, assistants and patient service collaborators

Canada Nurse Requirements

To work in Canada as a nurse, you must meet the following requirements:

You must have your credentials evaluated by a recognized agency
You must submit an application to the Nursing Regulatory Body for the province or territory where you want to live and work in Canada.
Must register with the Canadian Association of Nurses (CAN) or the Canadian Council of Practical Nursing Regulators (CCPNR)
You must write the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE) or the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE). This exam can only be written in Canada.

Step-by-Step Immigration to Canada to Practice Nursing

  1. Hire an Immigration Attorney – There are many documents and requirements for those looking to work and live in Canada, even more so if you are looking to practice nursing. An immigration attorney will help you organize these documents and requirements to find the best path for Canadian immigration.
  2. Find out which province you want to reside – Depending on the province you want to move to, they will determine the requirements you must meet to practice nursing in Canada.
  3. Obtain medical license – Depending on the province in which you decide to live, you will be asked to contact the province’s nursing regulatory body to practice nursing.

Visa Options for Foreign-Born Nurses Immigrating to Canada

Since nurses are in high demand in Canada, there are many ways to immigrate to Canada as nurses. Here are some of the more popular ways to do it:

Express entry

The Canada Express Entry Program is for skilled workers who wish to relocate to Canada. To be eligible for this program, your employment must be grouped into skill level 0, A, or B. This means that all nurses, with the exception of nursing assistants, assistants, and patient service associates, can apply for residency permanent in Canada through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, administered by the Express Entry system.

Provincial Candidate Program

This program allows you to immigrate to Canada if you are a skilled or semi-skilled worker and have a valid job offer needed in a particular province or territory. Each province or territory has its own PNP with lists of required occupations designed to meet the individual needs of its labor market. This will require the submission of an expression of interest for relocation to the relevant region.

Atlantic immigration pilot

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is similar to the Provincial Candidates Program described above. It is intended for qualified individuals who know which province they would like to settle in when they arrive in Canada and assuming the province is one of the four participating provinces in this immigration pilot project.

This program aimed to address the labor shortage in the four Atlantic provinces; Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. All professions in the medical health sectors are in high demand in Atlantic Canada. If you have a valid full-time job offer in one of the four provinces listed above, you can apply for permanent residence at the same time you apply for a Canadian work permit.

Are You Interested in Migrating to Canada as a Nurse?

Immigration to Canada is not a completely simple process. The laws are a bit complex and for this reason it helps to work with an immigration professional to help you.

If so, contact VisaPlace today. All of our cases are handled by knowledgeable and experienced immigration professionals who are affiliated with VisaPlace. These professionals are comprised of attorneys, licensed paralegals, and consultants who work for VisaPlace Legal, an award-winning immigration firm that adheres to the highest standards of client service.

Ready for the next step? Book your 1-on-1 consultation now or call us at 1-888-317-5770.

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