The Canadian nursing group, Canadian Nurses Association warns that Canada will experience an extreme shortage of nurses in the coming years. The association predicts a shortage of 60,000 nurses by the year 2022. The shortage can be overcome by inviting nurses to come and settle in the country through immigration.
According to Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), Canada is on track to have a shortage of 60,000 nurses by the year 2022. Several budget cuts, along with a failure of nursing employment to keep up with the hospital demand has put Canada in the dangerous position of experiencing severe lack of nursing professionals. Thus, the nurse shortage can lead to lack of quality in Canadian healthcare services, unless action is taken to increase the number of nurses.
If nurses are migrated from foreign location to live and work in Canada then in such a situation the labour shortage can be fulfilled. The healthcare services will also improve. There are range of immigration programs available to overseas nurses who want to come and settle in Canada to kick-start their careers in healthcare industry.
What are The Immigration Options for Nurses?
There are number of immigration programs run by the Canadian government to help nurses become permanent residents. With permanent resident status, these nurses have the right to live and work in Canada.
As a potential Canada PR applicant, nurses can immigrate using any of the immigration option mentioned below.
Express Entry is an online immigration program to manage immigration applications. There are three programs under Express Entry program and nurse’s category is most likely to come under Federal Skilled Worker Program. The nurses who have at least one year of full-time work experience might qualify for this program.
Skilled migration under FSW is two stage process and Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is used to select the best applicants. Thus, nurses having higher education, work experience and good English or French language proficiency can successfully apply under this stream.
Although, every province has its own eligibility requirements to nominate the potential applicants under Provincial Nominee Program, Nova Scotia Nominee Program is one of them. The program targets nurses living overseas who wish to migrate to Canada on a permanent basis. In order to apply as nurse under Nova Scotia Nominee Program, as a nurse you must have a one year of nursing experience and profile must be in the Express Entry pool.
The province of Quebec runs its own immigration program for overseas workers called Quebec Skilled Worker program. A point based system is used to rank applicants under this program to pick best candidates to immigrate to Quebec. More points are given to the nurses with higher levels of education and work experience, so nurses with university degree and several years of experience have an advantage.
All nurses wishing to apply for Canada PR must know that certificate is required to practice in Canada. Depending upon the level of education of nurses and work experience according to the Canada nursing credentials, new immigrant nurses may have to complete further training and sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) before they are authorized to work as nurse in Canada.
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