Canada Immigration Options For Nurses
Nurses are highly in demand in Canada and there are a lot of Canadian immigration options for nurses to choose from. Being a nurse, you are qualified to come to Canada as a skilled worker through one of the various economic immigration programs available at both the federal and provincial level.
Having said that, it is imperative as a nurse to choose the right immigration program to migrate to Canada. There are four major pathways that you can come to Canada as a nurse;
- Express Entry
- Quebec Immigration
- Provincial Nominee Programs
In this article, we will provide a brief outline of each of this pathway to live and work in Canada as well as the eligibility requirements that nurses have to meet.
Option 1: Express Entry
Nurses can qualify for Express Entry under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW) if they fulfil the Express Entry program requirements. To apply under EE, a score of 67 points out of 100 has to be scored under certain factors (age, educational qualification, language, work experience etc).
These 67 points can be met and improved upon by a highly variable factor i.e., language skills. In IELTS, though 6 bands in each module is the minimum cut off points, but you have to get a CLB 8/9 so that lack of proficiency in rest of the factors can be met with.
Besides, a competent score out of 1200 Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) also has to be there to boost your chances of invitation from the pool.
Option 2: Quebec Immigration Program
Nurses may also be eligible for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSW) if they score at least 50 points out of 100 on the Quebec selection grid.
If we go by comparing this program with other various immigration programs like the Express Entry, then Quebec is one step ahead on the basis of these-
- There is no minimum ILETS score required (may vary according to your NOC)
- You do not need ECA for your degree
- You do not need to showcase settlement funds
Option 3: Provincial Nomination Program(s)
Another possible option for nurses to come to Canada is through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). PNP are immigration programs that allows you get extra CRS of 600 points by selecting you from the pool; thereby, boosting your chances of nomination in rounds of invites by CIC.
A nomination will be given to you provided,
- You fulfill that province’s eligibility requirements
- You meet the minimum CRS score requirements including IELTS score points which may be different in case of a different province
- You are having an active Express Entry Profile in the Express Entry pool
- You are having a Valid and LMIA approved Job offer from a particular Canadian province
Option 4: Study-2-Immigrate
Even if you are not currently eligible for any of the immigration options listed above, you may still be able to immigrate to Canada. As an international student, you can build on your nursing degree to help improve your career, while studying, living, and even working in Canada.
Your Canadian education may even help improve your eligibility to migrate permanently when you graduate.