OK, I've searched and haven't seen any threads on this exact subject, so here goes:
I'm a US citizen, married to a Canadian citizen. Our plan was: I would get an accelerated BSN in the USA, work off the debt in a debt forgiveness program for a few years, and during the last year hire an immigration lawyer and apply to go to Canada. He would wait until I was done in the US, and we'd go to Canada together. Great plan, right?
Well, that was before his heart problems started. Right now he has atrial fibrillation, sinus arhythmia, and possible PVC's. These are complicated by the fact that for six years he's had an unidentified autoimmune disease which has made a walk around the block painful for him and reduced his energy. While he was working, he had insurance, and while it was only the autoimmune symptoms (which were holding kind of steady) he could deal with it. But he just got laid off (was working for a nonprofit - huge recent budget cuts), and with a possibly life-threatening heart condition that's not OK. Every time he needs to go to the doctor, even with the insurance still covering him, he agonizes over it, since it'll be at least a $400 bill. Plus, as a Canadian, it just doesn't feel right to him.
I've told him that he needs to feel comfortable going to the doctor's, and if his moving back to Canada is what it takes, then he should do it. I'd love to follow him, but I'm not a nurse yet. I just got to the point where I finished all my science prerequisites and was applying to accelerated BSN programs.
What breaks my heart is the possibility of not seeing him for a really, really long time, and I'm too broke to pay for an attorney right now to help advise me. I want to figure out the quickest way for me to get into Canada and begin working as a nurse. With my husband's health problems, I don't want him to have to be the main breadwinner. (Bad for him, bad for me.)
I'm looking at accelerated programs in the US and Canada. I have a Bachelor of the Arts already, and a year in a conflict resolution graduate program, and then two years of science prerequisites. I have a very high GPA (3.96 overall, and 4.0 in the sciences) and a bunch of volunteer experience (not health-related, but strong on the leadership skills) so I have a pretty good chance of getting in to any school.
I may have an opportunity to attend a 15 month accelerated degree program in the US, but have heard rumors that some provinces don't accept degree programs that take less than two years. Is this true??? I'm going to apply to BC, because the Yukon goes by what BC says, but we were planning on ending up in the Yukon.
I may be able to ask that school, if it accepts me, to transfer me to its two-year program.
I've also been looking at accelerated programs in Canada, but don't know if it would be possible to get permanent residency while taking my courses, and I hear that if I don't have permanent residency, I wouldn't be able to sit for my Canadian exam.
I would love help with this - I love my husband VERY much after four years together. He's the spice of my life, and I'm prepared to be away from him for a little bit for his sake but would love to make that time apart as short as possible.
Thank you for reading, and if you answer, for answering.