New registration and immigration

  1. Hi all,
    Just in the process of my NNAS evaluation and if successful will try and register with Ontario board. Been working in the UK for the last 9-10 yrs but originally educated in Latvia (EU).
    Anyhow, my main question is about work permits, I cannot seem to understand if there are temporary working visas for nurses or it has to be a skilled worker process?
    What about job invitations? Is it realistic?
    Hence I am bit confused regarding sequence of the process.. NNAS --> Ontario Board application --> NCLEX --> look for employers who want to invite (fingers crossed haha)

    Thanks for any input in advance!

    Anastasia
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    Temporary work permit is as it says temporary. Skilled worker process usually ends in PR which personally is better than TWP. Finding employer willing to go TWP route may be difficult as nursing is not in short supply.
  4. by   companisbiki
    Quote from anarid
    Hi all,
    Just in the process of my NNAS evaluation and if successful will try and register with Ontario board. Been working in the UK for the last 9-10 yrs but originally educated in Latvia (EU).
    Anyhow, my main question is about work permits, I cannot seem to understand if there are temporary working visas for nurses or it has to be a skilled worker process?
    What about job invitations? Is it realistic?
    Hence I am bit confused regarding sequence of the process.. NNAS --> Ontario Board application --> NCLEX --> look for employers who want to invite (fingers crossed haha)

    Thanks for any input in advance!

    Anastasia
    THere is no way for nurses to get a working visa because it is nearly impossible for hospitals to sponsor nurses nowadays in Canada.
    You must find your own way of immigrating in Canada. It is a separate process from license transfers. Unfortunately this is why I always recommend people to look for immigration options prior to spending all the time and money into transferring their license over here. Most of the time, Ontario will not accept transfer of license from nurses who does not have at least a work visa or a working status (such as permanent residency) prior to license transfers. This was why many nurses in the past applied to other provinces. I would switch the province right now if I were you but look carefully. If you were to do a refresher program, some schools only accept those who have a permanent residency and that is also a factor to watch out for (ex. BC)
  5. by   simkale
    l remember there was a time Canada was easy to get into they had a points based system and an online self screen to see who is legible l suppose that need is now satisfied. But this goes in circles the need might come back in a few years as now days the work force is young and very internationally mobile. But again thinking optimistically l would look for agencies taking nurses to Canada they are up to date with changes and know how to navigate the system.
  6. by   companisbiki
    Quote from simkale
    l remember there was a time Canada was easy to get into they had a points based system and an online self screen to see who is legible l suppose that need is now satisfied. But this goes in circles the need might come back in a few years as now days the work force is young and very internationally mobile. But again thinking optimistically l would look for agencies taking nurses to Canada they are up to date with changes and know how to navigate the system.
    They still have that but in reality a lot of nurses over the age of 30 does not qualify since the points system works heavily against older working age professionals.. (unless the English score is very high and you have a Master's degree). The score to get invited for PR is very high as well. There are no agencies taking nurses to Canada... A lot of agencies don't like to take nurses anymore as clients because the immigration system has gotten so hard for nurses. I went through 2 agencies who would not accept me so I had to do the immigration stuff on my own. This was in 2013-2014 but most foreign nurses I know are doing it on their own nowadays and many have gone back to school, mostly the LPN program to get a better chance for immigration. The fact that it takes 2-3 years average for a person to get their license transferred to Canada and most of the time a refresher course is mandatory if they did not study in the States makes it a high barrier for nurses to come to Canada and work.

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