British nurse looking at working in Canada - page 2

Hi all, I am a Scottish registered nurse at the very start of the immigration process. I am looking to hear from some Canadian nurses regarding the structure of our job in Canada. I understand that all provinces have different... Read More

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    If a person passes their CRNE then they never need to write it again. It's not like language fluency where if you're not using it you lose it.

    There are big changes coming to the federal skilled worker program. Essentially, anyone who has an application in the works but not approved as of July 1 will have their applications and fees returned. Criteria for selection will be tightened so that younger, highly-educated people with exceptional language skills will be favoured. The goal is to accept only those who can be work-force ready very quickly and to fast-track those applicants whose credentials will fill the most pressing needs in the labour market. Another thing the changes will do is increase the number of successful non-professional applicants, ie tradespeople - pipefitters, machinists, heavy-duty mechanics and such for example and likely decrease the number of professionals and managers accepted. Given that there is a significant number of unemployed, homegrown nurses in Canada at this time it's unlikely that nurses will be anywhere near the top of the list when applications are reopened... if they're even on the list.

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    Janfrn the FSW cap for RN was actually reached within 2 months of it opening in Jul 2011 so for many who was waiting for the list this month was greeted with the new of a delay until Jan 13. I too expect not to see much in the way of changes and for many a mad rush to get application in once list opens again but again think if nurses are on the list then it will close quickly due to the numbers waiting
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    I knew that, SD102. I think the more times this message is reiterated the more likely it is to be received. Too many people are operating on old information when so much has changed in a short time. I don't know of any other way of ensuring people are staying up-to-date other than to continually issue these caveats.
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    So do you think that being accepted as a nurse in Canada is going to be quite difficult come January then? I am willing to go to any area of Canada that isint too rural, also I am 25 and my partner is 30 and both fluent in English and degree educated
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    Avoid BC and Ontario for sure. Local grads can't find work. Cost of living is high and the provincial governments are a mess.
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    I think for a short time things will be difficult and yes it is a good idea looking at other provinces. There are other routes to look at with some provinces than FSW like PNP but you are expected to come out a couple of times to visit and make contact with the community. Suggest looking on CIC website at PNP route
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    I think immigration is actually going to be the easy part for many nurses over the next several years. Finding work is going to be a very difficult task. Time is money for employers too, so if they're choosing between a nurse living in the next province over or a nurse who will need time to complete registration assessment and write the exam, obtain an appropriate visa, arrange an international move and all the other details involved they're going to choose the one who can pack up and move right now. Alberta is getting a lot of nurses from Ontario and BC these days and those nurses whose spouses have been transferred to other provinces, such as two of my friends have, are unemployed. It's a multifaceted issue that isn't easily resolved. I'm not saying that anyone should abandon their dream of living and working in Canada, I'm saying that anyone with that dream should stay abreast of conditions and changes, recognize that it won't be easy, cheap or fast and that they may have to compromise a lot to get to that end. This will not be a sprint, it will be a marathon and without perseverance and endurance, the finish line will never be reached.
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    Too true, Jan. My parents migrated to Canada in the '60s during the huge migration of skilled tradesmen from western Europe. It took my Father four months to find full time work. My Mum never returned to nursing because there were too many hurdles to jump through and not enough work.

    What the government tells prospective migrants and the reality when the boots hit the ground in the new country are two very different things.
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    Here's an example of immigration reality.

    One day I was in a mobile phone shop and got chatting with one of the reps. He told me that he was an MD educated in Thailand and that he had recently immigrated to Canada to work as an MD. Nobody in immigration told him that he'd have to upgrade his education in order to work here. He was granted immidiate PR because of his being an MD. But to stay here and work as an MD he'd have to go back to school for another 5 years...but there's such a wait to get in that he'd be able to upgrade his education faster in the States.
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    @Juli and don't forget he has the problem of finding a residency. Each province limits the number of spots for foreign doctors. If he has to upgrade for five years there are some pretty glaring questions about his education.

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