How to Immigrate to Canada as a Nurse in 2018

As Canada opens its doors to the international trained nurses, there are definitive steps and procedures that nurses must follow to enable them to immigrate to live and work in Canada. From the beginning, it is important to understand that all Canadian provinces have their own requirements and regulations, including professional designations, such as LPN, RPN or RN and must meet the mandatory education requirements for a nurse in Canada.

The first step to living and working in Canada as a nurse is to get all your qualifications assessed and converted into North American standards by the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). To do this, you must also have a clear idea about which Canadian province you wish to live and work in. It’s important to note that registration requirements vary from province and territory, and therefore, aspiring nurses must be assessed by the nursing regulatory body in the province or territory they aim to live and work in.

As an Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) you must set up an account with NNAS before your application will be considered by any Canadian nursing regulatory body. All IEN’s must pay the application fees and submit mandatory education and work experience documents for verification.

Once the file is complete, NNAS will evaluate it and provide you with online access to an Advisory Report, which contains results of the evaluation. NNAS will also send a copy of this report to the relevant regulatory body.

You are then allowed to apply directly to the regulatory body of your choice and pay their application fee. You will be able to do all this from your NNAS online account.

It is important to note that, the regulatory body and not NNAS, will determine if you are eligible to register, or whether you need additional assessments or must take additional courses. It is the regulatory body that will make the final decision about your registration or licensure.

Permanent Residency

The next step is to determine if you want to apply for permanent residency or temporary residency, which is the work permit option. For example, Quebec has a Skilled Worker program for permanent residency. It’s a gateway to attain permanent residency without first securing a job. It’s also a point-based selection system with points awarded for work experience, education level, age, language ability and area of expertise. With enough required points, applicants can eventually attain a Canadian permanent residence Work Visa. High points are also awarded for the level of education, area of expertise, and the ability to fluently speak French.

The Federal Skilled Work program also enables qualified nurses to achieve permanent residency without the need for securing a valid job offer. However, it should be noted that both categories are highly competitive and only those applicants with outstanding skills and experience as well as high English or French language proficiency will qualify.

Temporary Residency

Temporary residency may be obtained through a work permit and a valid job offer. Educational credentials are assessed prior to approval for temporary residency. Credentials may be assessed both inside and outside the country. Once the educational credentials have been reviewed and accepted, you are then able to register as a nurse in Canada.

How can we help you?

Canada, like other countries, has a demand for qualified nurses. With proper credentials, nurses can easily immigrate to Canada and work in the healthcare field. At we can help nurses looking to immigrate to Canada by working through the different processes discussed above. will also be able to assist you through the many intricate and subtle requirements that many aren’t aware of.

At, our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC) are members in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). They have the experience and expertise to guide you through the visa application process, from the selection of immigration category to preparing and filing your application, preparing you for an interview and following up with the visa office. The fact that our offices are situated in Vancouver Canada means our clients' applications are evaluated and processed as per the latest updated rules and regulations from the Canadian government.

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