First published in 2017, then in 2018 this in depth guide has been updated for 2019 going into 2020.
Yes, Nurses are in Huge Demand in Canada and are on the Canadian NOC List code 3012. Qualified Nurses are eligible for full Permanent Residency in under the Federal Skilled Worker Immigration Program on both a Federal and Provincial Nomination basis.
NOC List Code 3012 Nurses and Psychiatric Nurses
The Canadian National Occupation Classification Codes are a selection of occupations representing the occupations currently in demand in Canada from an Immigration perspective. It’s sent in consultation with the Department of Labor Relations and is designed to set the roadmap for Canadian Immigration policy over the next few years whereby the Canadian Government have declared their intention to import at least 1,000,000 skilled migrants by 2021.
Whilst the NOC is broad, there are several codes (we find) that seem to be in more ‘demand’ than others, all nursing codes seem to be currently in this demand category.
The NOC Code to Immigrate to Canada as a Nurse covers registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses providing direct nursing care to patients, those involved delivering health education programs and providing consultative services regarding issues relevant to the practice of nursing.
Nurses under these codes are employed across a variety of professional environments including but not limited to hospitals, care facilities, rehabilitation centres, doctors’ clinics, community centres, private medical facilities and may be self-employed.
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Emigrate Canada don’t use any fancy one size fits all computer programs when it comes to assessing your eligibility to immigrate to Canada as a Nurse. Every assessment is hand reviewed by an industry specialist with significant experience in medical migration.
If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as an Intensive Care Nurse you’re in the right place. Nurses with an Intensive care specialization are in high demand commanding salaries well above average right across Canada. As an intensive care nurse, we’ll be looking at you having experience in an Intensive care unit (ICU) providing care for patients with life-threatening medical conditions. These nurses work in the critical care unit of a hospital or healthcare facility and look after patients who have experienced invasive surgery, accidents, trauma or organ failure.
Those immigrating to Canada as an Intensive Care Nurse can expect a salary of around $75,000 to $106,000 per year
Nursing consultants immigrating to Canada bring with them a specialist skill set not often found outside of the major metropolis areas of Toronto and Vancouver and, as such, are highly sought after. Canada will be seeking skills such as acting as a liaison between physicians, clients, and attorneys. Nursing Consultants in Canada perform assessments on nursing and hospital facilities and provide expert testimony concerning the activities and duties associated with nursing and healthcare. Some are self-employed, while others work for consulting firms, hospital risk management departments, HMOs, and law firms.
After you successfully immigrate to Canada as a Nursing Consultant you should expect to earn between $78,000 and $109,000 per year.
Of particular interest to Canadian Immigration at both a Federal and Provincial (State / Territory) Level are those looking to immigrate to Canada as a Mental Health or Psychiatric Nurse. Psychiatric unit nurses care for patients with illness or disease that has led them to temporary or long-term hospitalization. They are responsible for direct care of a set of patients, facilitating their recovery through social interaction and traditional therapies. Psychiatric unit nurses are required to complete state nursing licensure requirements, and due to the complexity of this specialization, many employers prefer that these nurses hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
The average Mental Health Nurse salary in Canada is $72,717 per year or $37 per hour. This is around 2.2 times more than the national average with more experienced Mental Health Nurses commanding up to workers make up to $112,000.
Occupational health nurses in Canada work to prevent, investigate, and treat workplace related illnesses and injuries. We see current demand in terms of Express Entry demand for those looking to immigrate to Canada as an occupational health nurse to be consistently strong right across the county with emphasis on the west coast.
The average Occupational Health Nurse salary in Canada is $67,481 per year or $35 per hour. This is around 2.1 times more than the Canadian average salary. Entry level positions start at $46,000 while most experienced Occupational Health Nurses in Canada earn over $102,000.
A Nurse Researcher in Canada is a scientist who conducts research that improves the field of nursing overall. Although this specialty can be very detailed and specialized, it can also be one of the most rewarding, since these nurses make discoveries that directly impact the lives of patients and medical staff. Those looking to immigrate to Canada as a nurse researcher are in a very strong position, we’ve seen very strong historic demand from the express entry pool for those with the right number of CRS points. Additionally, salaries in Canada for Nurse researchers are among the best in the World, even outside of the major cities.
Candidates looking at Immigrating to Canada as a clinical nurse are in a very strong position over the next few years with demand predicated to remain strong. Clinical Nurse Specialists in Canada provide direct care to patients in one of a range of specialties, such as pediatrics, geriatrics, emergency care and oncology. Clinical Nurses in Canada command earnings well above average in terms of nursing and career progression is rapid.
The average Clinical Nurse salary in Canada is $81,335 per year with those at the top end of the scale earning over $138,000.
Immigrating to Canada as an A&E Nurse you’ll be expected to have several years direct experience on an Accident and Emergency ward in your home country in an equivalent role. In Canada emergency nurses provide rapid assessment and treatment to patients in the initial phase of illness or trauma and often in life-threatening situations in emergency rooms and trauma centers.
Toronto and Vancouver have some of the Worlds leading Trauma Centers and whilst these jobs can be competitive they are always looking for highly skilled candidates from other countries who can broaden their overall scope and depth of knowledge.
If you’re immigrating to Canada as and A&E Nurse rest assured, Canada Wants Your Skills and we’d love to hear from you.
Immigrating to Canada as a Community Nurse (also known as Immigrating to Canada as a Public Health Nurse) requires a very specific skills set at Masters or Post Graduate Second-Degree level. Opportunities are varied and challenging especially outside the main urban areas although deeply rewarding. The average Community Nurse salary in Canada is $75,093 per year or $39 per hour. Entry positions start at $53k rising to $110k.
If you’re seriously considering immigrating to Canada as a Registered Nurse, then you’re in the right place. Medical Migration to Canada is one of our areas of expertise and we specialize in helping qualified Nurses immigrate to Canada. Those in the general Registered Nurse category tend to be among the strongest in term of moving swiftly through the process of Express Entry through to receiving an Invitation to apply for Permanent Residency via the Federal Skilled Worker Program either through having enough points overall, securing a job offer or Provincial Nomination.
When looking to Immigrate to Canada as a Registered Nurse we’ll be looking at you having carried out generally the same role, duties and responsibilities as a registered Nurse in Canada.
The average Registered Nurse salary in Canada is $68,542 per year or $35 per hour. This is around 2.0x the average Canadian salary. Entry positions start at $49, 500 and more experienced workers make up to $99,000.
The average Critical Care Nurse salary in Canada is $77,756 per year or $41 per hour. This is around 2.4 times more than the average wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $54,000 while most experienced workers make up to $109,000.
If you’re looking to Immigrate to Canada as a Critical care nurse we’ve got you covered. Your skills are very much in demand in Canada. It’s a highly specialized and technical role although Canada is always looking to broaden the depth of its knowledge base and strengthen its position as one of the top medical care providing countries in the World.
The average Nurse Practitioner salary in Canada is $92,679 per year or $48 per hour. This is around 2.8 times the national average salary. Entry positions start at $68,000 rising to more than $140,000.
Minimum qualifications required to immigrate to Canada as a Nurse
To immigrate to Canada as a Nurse you’ll already need to be a licensed nurse in your home country. Additionally, to immigrate to Canada as a Nurse you’ll need to demonstrate that you’re qualified to the same level as someone qualified and working as a Nurse in Canada.
To accurately assess your equivalency its important to first take a deep dive into the specifics of how Canada assesses internationally qualified nurses against their internal benchmarks in a Country of distinct provinces.
The title of “nurse” may only be officially designated to medical professionals duly licensed or registered by the nursing regulatory body in one of the Canadian provinces. Each province has its own regulatory body and assessment process and there is no national registration body for nurses in Canada.
There are three different types of nurses in Canada
RN Nurses: Registered Nurses Canada
RNs usually complete a four-year post-secondary university nursing program to become a generalist registered nurse.
RPN Nurses: Registered Psychiatric Nurses Canada
RPNs will have been expected to have completed a psychiatric nursing bachelor’s degree or a degree in general nursing and a further degree or period of study specializing in psychiatric nursing. RPNs are regulated to practice in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
LPN Nurses: Licensed Practical Nurse Canada or Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario
LPNs complete a post-secondary nursing program at college level that is usually two years in length.
As an internationally qualified Nurse looking to immigrate to Canada your first task is going to be securing a positive outcome from having your education credentials verified. This is a mandatory step in the Canadian Immigration process. Educational credentials need to be assessed by World Education Services, an Organization duly authorized and licensed by the Canadian Government to carry out education checks and versification.
During this time we also recommend starting the first major step in getting your Nursing Qualifications recognized in Canada. This process is managed by the the Canadian National Nursing Assessment Service, NNAS.
An NNAS assessment costs $650 CAD and is the first mandatory stage in securing both your Canadian Visa and your Nursing Registration in Canada.
With your NNAS assessment underway its time to start building out your Express Entry profile. To successfully immigrate to Canada as a Nurse we’re going to create the strongest possible profile, although creating an express entry profile alone is of no use.
Express Entry is where the work really begins in earnest, it’s the start of your immigration journey and not the end.
We’ll have you sit your internationally recognized English or French test (or both if you’re lucky enough to be bi lingual in these languages!) at this point and we also recommend you commence your job search in earnest although given that you’ll be shortly securing your nursing registration there are many options to successfully immigrate to Canada as a nurse without a job offer.
After your positive NNAS assessment its time to submit the second stage of your Nursing Canada registration by applying directly to the Nursing medical board in your chosen Province or Territory. Every territory will use the NNAS result as the basis for bench-marking an applicants international nursing skills, experience and qualifications against those laid down by their respective Nursing Boards.
Usually, one of two outcomes occurs at this point. Either, an application will progress with an applicant being invited to sit a Provinces final nursing exam leading to full licensing and registration, or a candidate will be invited to undertake a bridging course of study.
When it comes to matching the skills, qualifications and experience of Internationally qualified Nurses Immigrating to Canada with the specific requirements of Canadian Provinces and Territories we recommend a Free Consultation with one of our Canadian Nursing Immigration Experts.
At this point your Canadian Immigration project will be starting to come together. With your Nursing registration and licensing secured we should be seeing traction in terms of your Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker Visa and we’ll be looking at securing further traction via Provincial Nomination or a Job Offer as a fall back option should an Invitation to Apply still not have materialized.
You will not need a formal job offer to immigrate to Canada as a nurse once your Canadian Nursing Registration has been secured.
The penultimate stage of your Immigration to Canada is receiving your Invitation to Apply via the Express Entry program. You’ll be receiving this Invitation based on your Express Entry Case which will either have been strong enough to have been selected directly on a federal basis, via Provincial Nomination or selected based on you securing a formal Job Offer in Canada (although by following the steps outlined above this formal job offer may not be required).
Welcome to your new life in Canada. You have up to one year to formally activate your visas.
Yes, the rights and privileges afforded to the main visa holder are passed onto partners and children automatically. In fact, your partners skills, education and qualifications may even make your overall application even stronger.
Canadian Permanent Residents can:
Live and work in Canada
Enter and leave without restriction
Study in Canada
Access Canadian Healthcare
Access social benefits
Apply for Citizenship and Dual Nationality after four years
Enjoy protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Best of all, Canadian Permanent Residency for those immigrating to Canada as a Nurse converts into Citizenship and Canadian Nationality after four years.
A perfect Comprehensive Ranking Score is 1200. An offer of arranged employment in Canada is worth 200 points and a provincial nomination certificate is worth an amazing 600 points.
To date all draws to immigrate to Canada as a Nurse have been above 449 CRS Points. Therefore, after securing your Nursing Registration in a particular Province you will be deemed to be qualified in that same province. This will lead to a huge additional points boost for Nursing registration alone, and then of course Provincial Nomination will award a further 600 points.
This means our Nursing Immigration experts at Emigrate Canada and your designated ICCRC Consultants need to work closely with you to maximize your overall CRS score.
Should you score 449 or over on your Express Entry CRS then there is a very good chance you’ll be able to Immigrate to Canada as a Nurse without a Job Offer or Provincial Nomination.
Should you score less than 449 our Nursing Immigration experts at Emigrate Canada will be looking to secure Provincial Nomination for you in the first instance as well as working closely with you to secure a Job Offer in Canada as a Nurse.
It is possible to Immigrate to Canada as a Nurse in three ways. 1. Directly through Express Entry 2. With a Job Offer 3. With Provincial Nomination as a result of mandatory Nursing Registration.
At Emigrate Canada we have a dedicated Nursing Canada team on hand to assist you throughout the entire process. We are here to assume responsibility for every stage of your Immigration to Canada as a Nurse, from ensuring your education history and credentials are approved, to handling the application to both the NNAS and the Provincial Nursing Registration Board of your choice. We will ensure your Express Entry application is as strong as possible and of course our contracted Canadian Immigration Lawyers will ensure your eventual Permanent Residency application is approved first time.
The whole process to immigrate to Canada as a Nurse should take around one year from start to finish.
We look forward to welcoming you as a client and successfully helping you to immigrate to Canada as a Nurse.
Title: Immigrate to Canada as a Nurse
Author: Monty @ Emigrate Canada, the Canadian Immigration Expert
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I am 43 years old; I have bachelor nursig and work in EMS(Emergency Medical System) for 20 years I lke immigrate to canada I need nursing or EMS job in canada.
Great news. The first step is to create an Express Entry profile
If my credentials are assessed by NNAS, should I also Apply to WES?
You will still need to have your education credentials checked by WES for Express Entry
hi, i have been an RN nurse case manager in USA for more than 10 plus years? what are my Chances of getting permanent residency in Canada? do i have to go to school there again? i already did your free visa assessment waiting on feedback.
I have secured temporary practice permit in Alberta
Am waiting to write NCLEX but I don't have a job
yet cause I still live in Europe. How do I get
A job or apply for work permit?
am planning to migrate as PNP.Will i get job fast once i enter there
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I amcurrently pursuing a degree in Nursing.
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You are very welcome and thank you for the lovely feedback.
Il have an LpN license and working as an LPN for now, but I graduated as an RN in May 20119, now I am studying for my boards (Nclex) here in USA. What are the procedures for a nurse who did her school of nursing here in USA and wants to relocate to Canada. Thanks.
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Hello,Am registered nurse based in Rwanda ,with ten years experience in nursing and bachelors degree in general nursing and practicing in a hospital and medical related fields, how do I go about with an application so that Ican work in Canada.