In this article, will find out how to migrate to Canada as a nurse. The criteria that need to be met, the details to be noted prior to beginning your application and other salient tips to guide your application process.
Here are all the details to note:
- Different provinces in Canada have their own mandatory qualification, regulations & requirements that must be met before one can work as nurse in Canada.
- Nursing falls under the 3012 NOC Code & Classified as a Skilled Level A.
- You may apply for a license in any province of your choice to be a: Registered Nurse (RN), A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN).
With the above points in mind, the following steps will guide you on how to apply:
Get Your Credentials Accessed by National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) – This is simply converting your qualifications into a North American standard.
– Verify your credentials
– Compare & evaluate your credentials to the Canadian standard
– Store your credentials.
Who is eligible for an NNAS evaluation?
– Anyone who graduated from a college or university nursing program outside Canada.
– Anyone who has never worked as a Nurse in Canada.
– Anyone who wants to work as a Registered Nurse (RN), A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) in Canada.
Submit an NNAS Application.
i. Create an NNAS Application here > https://my.nnas.ca/nnasweb/loginRegister/1?systemName=IEN
ii. Submit two ‘Proof of Identity’ documents to NNAS.
These documents must be notarized by a government-approved official, signed with a seal indicating that they have seen the original documents, made the copies, can certify that they are true copies.
Proof of Identification can include International Passport, Driver’s License, Birth Certificate, Legal change of name Affidavit, Marriage certificate.
iii. Submit a Nursing Education Form.
This form can be accessed once you’ve registered online on the NNAS website. The form must be sent directly by your school to NNAS either by mail or courier.
Do not send your form to NNAS. It must be sent by the institution you received your certificate from.
iv. Submit a Nursing Registration Form.
This form can be downloaded and printed from an NNAS online account and must be sent by the nursing licensing authorities where you were ever licensed or registered outside of Canada.
v. Submit Your Nursing Practice Employment Form.
This form must be completed and sent directly by your employer by mail or courier to NNAS.
vi. Submit your IELTS Language Testing results.
However, if your first language is English/French get an exemption letter from your school.
Once all documents have been received by NNAS, submit your application and choose what province and nursing group you are applying to. The NNAS Main application fee is $650 USD.
NNAS will send an advisory report to the provincial regulatory body you initially selected upon registration.
For complete NNAS application handbook: https://nnas.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/NNAS_ApplicantHandbookV3.pdf…
Once the regulatory body receives the report from NNAS, they will request you start the process with them.
You will find a comprehensive list of regulatory bodies here – https://cna-aiic.ca/en/nursing-practice/the-practice-of-nursing/regulation-of-rns/regulatory-bodies
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