Canada is a preferred destination for hundreds of foreign nurses and allied health professionals every year!
A Work Permit is required for foreign nurses or allied health professionals to work in Canada. Please click here for a free Assessment Form to see if you are eligible.There are two options available for foreign workers to come to Canada to work:
- Temporary Work Permits
- Landed Immigrant / Permanent Resident
Temporary Work Permits
In order to work in Canada, foreign workers must have a valid work permit. The following steps must be followed before a work permit can be applied for by a foreign worker:
- A job offer from an employer must be issued.
- Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) must provide a labour market opinion (LMO) or "confirmation" of your job offer.
- After HRSDC confirms that a foreign national may fill the job, you apply to Citizenship & Immigration Canada for a work permit. This confirmation does not guarantee your entry into Canada. You must meet all immigration requirements. In some cases, a medical examination may be required.
There are specific conditions placed on a work permit. These may include things like the type of employment and employer, and/or the location and length you are allowed to work. Work permits can be renewed through the federal government's processing centre in Vegreville, Alberta. Renewal of a work permit will require a new LMO from HRSDC.
When in Canada on a work permit, you can apply for permanent residency. Your application must be submitted outside the country (ie: at a visa office in a city across the Canada/US border, or at an office in your country of citizenship).
Landed Immigrant / Permanent Resident
If you want to come and live in Canada as a permanent resident without a work permit, but based on your work skills or experience, see if you qualify for the Skilled Worker Program
. This process can take considerable time.
For more information on Canadian immigration, click on the links below: