You are a registered nurse and are interested in applying for
Canadian permanent residence. Great news! There are two Canadian
immigration programs that you can qualify for without the need of a
job offer from a Canadian employer.
The Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) program has been around for
years and has been allowing nurses to qualify for permanent
residence. In August 2013 the Quebec government made changes to the
program to allow nurses to earn even more points under this program
when they changed the area of training points awarded to nurses
from 12 to 16 points.
The other program that is available to nurses is the Nova Scotia
Provincial Nominee Program known as the Regional Labor Market
Demand Stream. This program has designated 26 occupations that are
in high demand in the province and has imposed relatively low
barriers to apply.
So which should you choose? Which program is better?
Caps and Deadlines
There are obviously pros and cons for both, so let's get
started. Firstly, if you have less than 2 years of full-time, paid
work experience as a nurse, you cannot apply for Nova Scotia. The
next thing to consider is the limits of the application. The Nova
Scotia program will only approve a maximum of 150 applications. We
cannot predict with certainty how exactly they will select the 150.
The Quebec Skilled Worker program also has a quota on the total
number of applications it will receive across all occupations,
however it is unlikely that the program will reach its quota
(20,000) before the new program begins on April 1, 2014.
Language Tests Not Required, But..
While neither of these programs requires a language test as an
eliminating factor, a language test is required under the QSW
program if applicants want to claim points for language. The QSW
program uses a points-based system to evaluate eligibility. If you
are single nurse with a bachelor's degree, under 35 and have 4
years of work experience you will not need language points at the
first stage, so a language test is not technically required.
However, it is still recommended that applicants try to obtain as
many points as they can to maximize their chances of
Under the Nova Scotia program, applicants MUST demonstrate an
initial intermediate (Canadian Language Benchmark of 5)
proficiency. However, a language test is one of the several ways
this can be done. Applicants who have studied or worked in English
or French can provide documents from school or work to demonstrate
Choosing the Best Program for you
Perspective applicants are encouraged to research both Provinces
and programs. Applicants should have a genuine intention of
settling in whichever province they apply under. Applying under
either program can be risk, the Nova Scotia program is accepting
very few applications and the QSW program could undergo changes in
the near future.
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