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Nurses immigration to Canada from Philippines

Migrating to Canada as a nurse basically entails two important tasks namely: credentialing and licensure and employment and deployment, which one should complete either way or at the same time.  Nursing is a regulated job in Canada and every province has a corresponding local government agency which handles the regulation of practice of said profession, to wit: Manitoba – College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM), Saskatchewan – Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA), Alberta – College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), British Columbia – College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).  Hence, the first step one should take is to determine one’s prospective destination and know the requirements provided by the respective agency.  One can opt to find a potential employer in said area.  Take note that requirements may differ. However, the common requirements include as follows:  a BSN degree (College diploma and transcript of records); PRC license so you must pass the Nursing board exam,  and an English/French Fluency certificate, which one can take in accredited IELTS or TOEFL centers.   Once you receive a positive feedback from the specific Board of Nursing, you then need to take the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE).   Passing the CRNE entitles one to a full RN permit in the respective Canadian province.

After meeting the government regulatory requirements, one should find an employer online, via recruitment agency or directly through reference.  One’s work experience is an important qualification. Direct hires are often regulated by a specific government program such as the Provincial Nominee Program in which one secures a nomination certificate from the province before filing an application for visa; the For Labor Market Opinion (LMO), in which one applies for temporary work permit from the Canadian Visa Office; and the Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO), in which one files an application to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) for evaluation before proceeding.  Again depending on one’s target destination, one can coordinate which program to use with the respective agency in each province.  It goes without saying that Filipino nurses interested in applying as a migrant worker in Canada should take time to do a little research on where to go and what to do.


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  1. 12/01/27

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