Quebec has always been an ideal destination for Nurses. The high salaries and innovative approaches to the nursing practice have secured Quebec’s reputation as a mecca for nurses and other health care professionals alike.
So it doesn’t come as a surprise that Nurses have always been treated very well by Immigration Quebec in the past. Nurses always enjoyed preferential processing under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) which results in Canadian Permanent Residency for the applicant and their dependent family.
That being said however, in the last 12 months I have seen a trend in the Quebec Skilled worker program of narrowing the selection criteria (tightening the rules) to help alleviate their backlog of pending applications.
Under the current QSWP selection system, you would be eligible to apply for Canadian immigration if you meet the following criteria:
1) 35 years of age or younger
2) 4 years of paid nursing experience
3) A completed nursing degree
4) A working knowledge of English
I should also mention that under the current regulations there is no amount of settlement funds (no show money) that need to be demonstrated to the visa office, and you do not require a job offer to be eligible. Of course there are many other factors that can add additional points to your application if you do not meet the listed criteria above. For example, having children and your spouse’s credentials can help strengthen your application if you are married or have children.
I invite you to read the following previous articles that I have written about this amazing program:
What you should know:
A little less than a year ago on December 6th, 2011 Immigration Quebec changed some of their policies with respect to language testing. They made language tests mandatory to assess language proficiency (French and/or English).
Under the current regulations however, you do not need to know French or take a French exam if you are not claiming any points for French proficiency. That being said, most of my Filipino nurses’ clients take the English test (IELTS) to strengthen their applications but many do not need to take the French language exam because their qualifications offset this requirement.
Then in March 2012, Immigration Quebec established the following processing quotas:
Group One – Individuals with educational and work credentials in high demand in the Province of Quebec. There was no limit to the number of applications received for this group. Nurses currently fall under group one but this may not always be the case.
Group Two – Individuals who’s educational and work experience is in demand in Quebec but the demand is not considered critical. Group two had a limit imposed on how many applicants could be accepted.
Group Three – All other individuals who do not fall under group one and group two. These individuals aree no longer eligible to apply.
Immigration Quebec will evaluate the changes made in March 2012 and it is very likely they will make further changes to the program.
Potential Future Changes:
There are rumors that the new Provincial Government of Quebec will implement a minimum French language requirement that will be mandatory for all applicants to meet before they can be granted their Canadian Permanent Resident visas, however this is not 100% guaranteed.
Since Canadian immigration rules are always changing and although no one knows what changes, if any, will be implemented in the near future, if you wait too long you could find that they changed their selection criteria and that could mean you would no longer be eligible for this program.
In closing, Nurses are currently receiving preferential treatment under the QSWP but it might not always be that way. For this reason, it is always best to submit as soon as possible while you still have a qualifying application!
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