A Nurse's Guide to Working in Canada

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Good news to all nurses as Canada is opening its doors again to overseas nurses. As the demand for nurses in Canada continues to grow, let us find how can overseas health care practitioners especially Filipinos get their dreams in living and working in Canada as nurses.

QSW Immigration Program: Permanent Residency
One of the most popular destinations of nurses in Canada is Quebec. For nurses who want to stay permanently in Quebec, they should go through the Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) immigration program, Canada’s most popular program for applying permanent residency. The program is actually a point-based selection system based on different factors such as age, educational attainment, years of work experience, language ability, etc. If the nurse candidate reaches a specific mark, he or she can apply for Quebec selection certificate which can ultimately lead to the grant of permanent resident visa.

The Work Permit Option
The alternative for permanent residency is the application for working permit. It is a temporary option for trained nurses who want to work and practice their profession in Canada. However, temporary residency is only feasible when the applicant can secure a valid job offer from the country. When the candidate works on a temporary basis as a nurse in Canada, he or she can apply for permanent residency through programs like the Provincial Nominee Program or Canadian Experience Class.

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Steps on How to Become a Registered Nurse in Canada
1. Registration with Canada’s licensing body.
2. Choose a territory or province you wish to work for.
3. Submission of all the essential documents such as school credentials for assessment of skills.
4. The applicant should take and be able to pass the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination.

Why Work in Canada
There are many reasons why many people like to work and migrate in Canada. Being a nurse in Canada is a lucrative job, and they are one of the highest paid professionals in the country. In addition, Canada has a growing labor market and its people can have free access to health care and education. This means that if you are a resident in Canada, your children can study in primary and secondary schools for free. The cleanest and most livable cities in the world are also found in Canada, and Canadians are among the healthiest and wealthiest people in the world.

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