Immigrate to Canada from Kenya in 2021
May 17, 2021
APR 21, 2021
Working in Canada is a popular choice amongst nurses for many reasons. The incredible work benefits, attractive salaries, job opportunities and of course the chance to get Canadian permanent residency.
As COVID-19 continues to be a major concern globally, Canada needs more healthcare and essential services workers, so much so that Canada has recently announced that it would be launching 6 new immigration programs to help experienced healthcare workers find a pathway to permanent residency in Canada.
The Government will be accepting 90,000 applications from healthcare and essential workers with Canadian work experience as well as international graduates from Canadian institutions under three programs as well as an unlimited amount of French-speaking and bilingual applicants.
This article will take you through the application process of how to apply for a work visa in Canada as a nurse as well as touch on some of the many benefits that await you when you choose Canada as your new home.
Nurse, particularly registered nurses, continues to remain one of the most in-demand professions in Canada. The job prospects over the next three years are rated as fair to good according to JobBank, with an estimated 191,100 new job openings over the next 10 years.
With this more than positive job outlook on the horizon, let us take a look at how you can apply for a work visa in Canada as a nurse.
This is perhaps the most important part of your Canadian work visa application. Knowing which visas and programs you qualify for is the best starting point.
However, no matter which visa you want to apply for, you will need to meet the following requirements:
It’s not only important to look at which programs or visas you qualify for but where your occupation is most in demand.
Many skilled workers are unaware that the province or territory that they choose to settle in can have a significant impact on the likelihood of finding a job in Canada and indirectly their chances of obtaining permanent residency in Canada.
For instance, nurses are particularly in demand in provinces such as British Columbia, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick as well as Newfoundland and Labrador as they have specific immigration programs aimed at tackling the current labour gap that Canada has been experiencing.
Each province has its own set of labour needs specific to its economy.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program offers permanent residency in Canada to eligible registered and psychiatric nurses as well as nurse practitioners with job offers in the province through the Healthcare Professional Stream.
The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program offers permanent residency in Canada to eligible registered and licensed practical nurses with job offers in the province through the Skilled Worker Stream.
The Newfoundland and Labrador PNP offers permanent residency in Canada to eligible registered and licensed practical nurses as well as nurse practitioners under the In demand occupations priority skills stream. Registered and licensed practical nurses can also apply to immigrate to Canada through the Skilled Workers stream.
The Nova Scotia PNP offers permanent residency in Canada to eligible registered and licensed practical nurses under the Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry stream whilst nurses aides can apply for permanent residency through the Occupations In Demand stream.
If you are in the process of waiting for your permanent residency to be approved and need to start working in Canada sooner, you will need to apply for a temporary Canadian work visa.
If you intend on applying to work in any of the following provinces or territories as a registered nurse, you will need to register with the regional regulatory board:
But what if you do not qualify for permanent residency through one of these programs?
The next best step is to get work in Canada as a nurse. You will be able to find various job opportunities on the Canadian Job website, JobBank, as well as various other sites such as Indeed, Workopolis or Monster.
Once you have a job offer you will need to apply for an employer-specific work permit.
Now that you know which program or visa you qualify for and you have started the application process, it is time to start preparing for the next step in the process. While processing your visa application, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) may request some supporting documents to prove that the information provided on your application is valid.
Top Tip: When gathering your supporting documents start with those that have the longest wait time and don’t have an expiry date and leave those that have an expiry date until last. The last thing that you want is to gather documents only to have it expire once it is requested.
Remember, your documents will need to be submitted in either English or French. If it is in any other language it will need to be translated by an official translator.
Now that you have everything you need to complete your application you can get ready to complete and submit your application. It is recommended that you submit your application online to cut down on processing times.
Be sure that you have access to a scanner or camera to upload your supporting documents as well as a valid credit card or debit card to pay for your work visa application fee, which currently costs $155.
Canada values its healthcare professionals and it shows. Here are some of the fantastic work benefits that you and your family can look forward to when you immigrate to Canada as a nurse in 2021.
Ready to take the next step towards a new career in Canada?
If you are interested in applying for a work visa in Canada as a nurse and are not sure if you are eligible or and afraid that you may risk your chances of a successful application, the best option is to enlist the services of immigration professionals to help you.