ImmigrationHow to Migrate to Canada as a Nurse in 2022

How to Migrate to Canada as a Nurse in 2022

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To migrate to Canada as a Nurse, you need to be a licensed nurse in your country of origin. In addition, you will also need to prove your competence that you are well qualified to work at the same level as those qualified nurses in Canada.

Canada is among the most progressive societies where you can practice your profession. Currently, Nursing is one of the top in-demand jobs in Canada.

It was estimated that Canada would need up to 60,000 nurses by 2021, and the figure is also expected to double in the next ten years.

As a well-trained Nurse, you will find work in Canada as a registered nurse, supervisor, allied primary health practitioner, licensed practical nurse, dental nurse, psychiatric nurse, or nurse aide.

As an experienced nurse aide, you can earn up to $41,438, and as an experienced registered nurse, you can earn up to $128,700 in Canada.

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Requirements to Migrate to Canada as a Nurse

To migrate and work in Canada as a nurse, one must meet the following requirements listed below:

  •  A recognized agency must assess your credentials.
  •  apply to a nursing regulatory body of the territory or province you wish to live and work in Canada
  •  register with either the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR) or the Canadian Nurses Association (CAN)
  •  Write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE) or the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE). These exams can only be written in Canada.

IELTS Score for Canada Immigration for Nurses

 The minimum IELTS score required for Canada for nurses is a total score of 6.5, with seven at least in the Speaking component and not less than six on any other individual component.

There are two types of IELTS exams:

  • The IELTS Academic
  • and the IELTS General Training.

This application process for nurses requires that you take the IELTS Academic.

How to Migrate to Canada as a Nurse from Around the World

There are stages on how to immigrate to Canada as a Nurse, and these stages include:

  • Stage one:

As an internationally qualified Nurse who wants to migrate to Canada, the first thing to do is verify your education credentials. This is a mandatory step in the Canadian Immigration process. World Education Services must assess your Educational credentials, an Organization properly authorized and licensed by the Government of Canada to carry out education checks and verification.

We advise you to start the first major step in getting your Nursing Qualifications recognized in Canada during this period. This is managed by the Canadian National Nursing Assessment Service, NNAS.

The NNAS assessment costs $650 CAD and is the first compulsory stage in securing your Canadian Visa and your Nursing Registration in Canada.

  •  Stage Two:

With your NNAS assessment ongoing, it is time to build out your Express Entry profile.

  •  Stage Three

After your positive NNAS assessment, you have to submit the second stage of your Nursing Canada registration; you do this by applying directly to the Nursing medical board in the Province or Territory you have chosen.

All of the territory or province will use the NNAS result as the basis for bench-marking an applicant’s international nursing skills, qualifications, and experience against those laid down by their Nursing Boards.

Usually, one of two outcomes happens at this point. Either the application will progress with the applicant being invited to sit for a Provinces final nursing exam that will lead to the whole licensing and registration, or the applicant will be asked to undertake a bridging course of study.

When it comes to matching the skills, experience, and qualifications of International qualified Nurses migrating to Canada with the specific requirements of Canadian Provinces and Territories; we recommend a Free Consultation with one of the Canadian Nursing Immigration Experts.

  •  Stage Four:

Here your Canadian Immigration project will start coming together. With your Nursing registration and licensing secured/gotten, we should be seeing traction in terms of one Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker Visa, and you will be looking at securing further traction via Provincial Nomination or a Job Offer as a fallback option should an Invitation to Apply still not have materialized.

  •  Stage Five: Invitation to Apply

The second to last stage of your Immigration to Canada is receiving an Invitation to Apply via the Express Entry program.

You will be receiving this Invitation based on Express Entry Case, which will either have been strong enough to have been selected directly on a national basis, via Provincial Nomination, or based on you securing a formal Job Offer in Canada.

  •  Stage Six: 

Congratulations, you are about to migrate to Canada as a Nurse.

The Best Province for Nurses in Canada

There are 4 Best Provinces to Apply for Nursing Jobs in Canada, and they are listed below:

  • Manitoba is one of the top provinces in dire need of nurses.
  • New Brunswick is Another Canadian province where you can apply for nursing jobs.
  • Nova Scotia.
  • Quebec.

Note that you will not need a formal job offer to migrate to Canada as a nurse if your Canadian Nursing Registration has been secured.

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