Attention: Nurses – Changes to Canada’s Immigration System

Canadian Immigration Changes

Nurses are currently awarded significant bonus points towards their Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) application and they even receive priority processing from Immigration Quebec.

It all sounds great, but the reason we are writing this today is because we are concerned that the next big change might come on July 31st, 2013 and this could mean that it will be more difficult for nurses to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.

However, if we act now we can have your application safely submitted under the current regulations and it will be safe from future changes.

Please remember the under the current regulations, which strongly favour nurses, there is no specific amount of funds that need to be demonstrated to the government and you can submit without your language tests, but they must be provided within three months from the date your application was filed.

A bit of background: 

In December 2011, the QSW program changed some of their regulations.

Then in March 2012, they changed their regulations again and that meant that many different types of occupations, that were eligible in the past, were taken off the list. That meant that a lot of people missed their opportunity to apply, but nurses were still safe.

In April we saw the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program cut nurses from their list of eligible occupations. It is a very real possibility that nurses will be cut from the QSW occupation list, but we can’t be certain.

We hope nurses won’t be removed from the list, but we don’t know what the changes might be. We want to get the word out:

If you are a nurse and you have always dreamed of living in Canada, now is the time to apply.

I invite you to contact my Filipino Immigration Specialist Cleo Dimayuga ([email protected]) for more information on how to get started.

Don’t regret not seizing this opportunity. If you act now we can submit your application now and ensure that your application is safe under the current regulations. So what are you waiting for?

Secure your Canadian Permanent Residence and make a lifetime investment for you and your family before this opportunity passes you by.


Renaud Dery,

Canadian Immigration Attorney

[email protected]

With 15 years of experience in the Canadian Immigration field we are now leading experts in this program. Become part of our community, and then let us help you become part of the Canadian community!

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  • Kriselle Patricio

    Hi, i’m kriselle. I am a nurse also but currently employed here in saudi.. Is there any chance that i can apply? And how long will it take to process the application?

    • Dear Kriselle,

      Thank you for your post.

      There is still time to apply but we need to act quickly.

      Get in contact with us as soon as possible ([email protected]) so we can start your application.

      The entire processing time varies slightly but you can expect to wait approximately 14-16 months.

      All the best,

      The Canadim Team!

  • maricel castillo

    Hi is there a chance for work as a nurse in canada I am currently working here in the UK a permanent resident here for 10 years I’m 39 years old with 2 children 13 and 15 I’m married .i have 10 years experience here as a nurse do i have to take English exam and nursing board in Canada before working as a nurse there hoping for your kind reply thanks.

  • Ann

    I’m a nurse in Philippines for 2 yrs,, im interested what are the requirements pls email me thanks

    • Hi Ann,

      I can’t email you as I don’t have your contact details.

      In many cases 4 years of hospital experience is not mandatory because the applicant has enough qualifications to offset this requirement. There are many different factors that can contribute to your eligibility. For example, having children and your husband’s credentials can help strengthen your application if you are married or have children. Age and level of education also play a big part.

      Quebec has prioritized Nurses and awards a significant number of points to any applicant who has completed a nursing degree, regardless of where it was obtained.

      The best way to find out if you are eligible is to complete a free online assessment on our website using the following link:

      Best of luck and we hope to hear from you soon.


      The Canadim Team!

  • bernadette

    good day… i’m bernadette, working here in Saudi Arabia for 4 years as a nurse. married. my husband is an engineer in the Philippines for almost 6 years. we don’t have our children yet. if we were going to apply for immigrant visa what should we do? thanks

    • Hi Bernadette,

      Thank you for your post.

      Given that you are a nurse with 4 years of experience it is very likely that you are eligible for Canadian Permanent Residence under the Quebec Skilled Worker program.

      There is a critical shortage of health care professionals in Canada. In order to address this labour shortage Immigration Quebec prioritizes nurses and awards additional points to anyone who has a completed nursing degree, regardless of where the degree was obtained.

      That being said there are many different selection factors that contribute to your eligibility so I cannot give you a definitive answer based on the information you have provided.

      The best way to move forward and determine your Canadian Immigration options is to complete a free online assessment on our website:

      Or you can send your CV to [email protected] and Attorney Dery will personally review it and get back you shortly.

      Very much looking forward to hearing from you.


      The Canadim Team!

  • Vina

    Hi! At 46,can I still apply, aside from 7 year- work-gap as a nurse? About how much money would it cost the whole process if I would like to apply for immigrant visa? I’d like to bring my family,too. My husband is a call center employee,while our children are all studying with ages-17, 14 & 12. I’d be glad to hear from you soon. Many thanks.

  • geraldine mendez

    hi! i am currently working as a nurse in saudi arabia for 11 years now,my husband and my son are in the philippines.can i process my application in philippines and can we apply as family?thanks

  • sheariha ebrahim

    hi im sheariha of jolo sulu,philippines.22 years of age…i just want to ask if i have a chance to work there and what are the requirements for the application?thank you and i hope i will work there…godbless..

  • noralliah

    Question how to apply? And what are the requiremets? If there is any chances that I could be qualified? Am a graduate nurse but not license.

  • Dale Dalmacio

    Hi, I’m a nurse here in the philippines. How can I apply?

  • charina capili

    hi I am a registered nurse/midwife and I wanted to apply for immigrant visa. please help. what the requirements needed. please have a time to email me.
    thank you and regards.

  • jeimyca

    how to apply?

  • raymond p. santos

    how do I apply and what are the requirements? Im currently employed as a nurse here in the Philippines with 4 yrs experience.

  • John Paul Lozada

    Good day canadim. . a job for midwife in canada? How to apply, requirements? Thanks

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