yxj124 you might want to contact healthmatch bc (they havde a website) - I thought from what I had read on the immigration website that it went sort of like that. Somewhere I missed the part about the work permit. Healthmatch will walk you through the process after you have been "approved" by CRNBC.
"The nonimmigrant NAFTA Professional (TN) visa allows citizens of Canada and Mexico, as NAFTA professionals to work in the United States." (http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1274.html
"The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) established a TN nonimmigrant visa category for Canadian and Mexican citizens. The TN category enables Canadian citizens (not landed immigrants) and Mexican citizens to be admitted to the United States to temporarily engage in "business activities at a professional level" in certain fields, for one or more specific employers." (http://web.mit.edu/scholars/administrators/tn.html
"When a foreign-trained Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse has received an offer of full-time employment with a British Columbia health employer, the employer and nurse will fill out the necessary application forms for Immigration. A nurse may come to Canada to work under a temporary work visa for a period of one year or apply for a permanent resident visa through the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program with the support of the employer.
After making every reasonable effort to hire a qualified and available Canadian or Permanent Resident, the employer will submit an application on your behalf to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). If the employer's application is approved, your employer will provide you with a validation letter. At that time you may apply to your nearest Canadian Consulate for a temporary work permit.
Foreign-trained nurses governed under an international trade agreement with Canada (such as NAFTA) may apply with their job offers directly to the CIC at their nearest Canadian embassy, high commission, or consulate for a temporary work permit without the need for HRSDC validation.
A medical examination will be required for all foreign-trained nurses before a work permit is issued. A temporary work permit is usually renewable annually. From the time of application to CIC to the issuance of the work permit, the processing time will vary, but usually takes a minimum of four months.
If you have a partner who would like to work in British Columbia, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will issue a temporary work permit to your spouse because you are a highly skilled temporary foreign worker in demand in Canada. More detailed information can be obtained from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website at www.cic.gc.ca." (http://www.healthmatchbc.org/hmbc_nurses.asp?pageid=630
In other words the only benefit NAFTA gives us, as US citizens going to Canada, is that we don't have to wait for the process of having our job offer approved by HRSDC. The process to get the temporary work permit is still 4-6 months though.:icon_sad: