New Canadian Immigration Program for Filipino Nurses

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Based on my interaction with the Filipino community I’ve always held the belief that there is an intrinsic aspect of the ethos of Filipino people to care for others.  I believe that this is why so many excel as Healthcare Professionals. Being an Immigration Attorney, I like to think of my clients as my patients and care for them, educate them, minimize and explain risk and work with my team of qualified professionals to develop a plan to maximize your chances of success.

Canada needs nurses. Our demographics are changing, people are having fewer children and the baby-boomer generation is reaching the age of retirement.  These changes in our demographics creates a two-fold deficit in the number of healthcare professionals Canada will need because as our population ages they require more healthcare professionals but the experienced healthcare professionals that are on the front line of Canada’s health care system are also retiring.  The perfect solution to this problem is to bring nurses like you, to Canada as permanent residents (Canadian green card), with your families, to keep our population strong and healthy.

Although I often travel to the Philippines, Southeast Asia and my partner, Cleo Dimayuga to the Middle East, to promote our program and services to the Filipino community, my practice is located in the province of Quebec. Quebec is a unique region of Canada in many ways.

 It is a very multicultural part of Canada with many different spoken languages and commonly held values that differ slightly from the rest of Canada and one of these values is their view on immigration.  While many Canadian Immigration programs are reducing their numbers or tightening their requirements to qualify, Quebec Immigration remains largely untouched and very much in favour of healthcare professionals like you.

I commend Immigration Quebec for their proactive approach to solving nursing shortages by making it easier for nurses to come here and fill the gaps that exist in our healthcare system.

The beauty of the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) is that unlike all other Canadian Immigration programs commonly known, the QSWP can be applied for solely based on your qualifications obtained outside of Canada.  The program itself does not require a Canadian job offer, there is no limit to the number of applicants that can apply if you are a nurse and you are not required to show settlement funds to be eligible for this program.

If you are a bachelor of nursing graduate, under 35 and have 4 years of nursing experience you should qualify with minimal language requirements.  If that doesn’t match your career and educational profile don’t despair as 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.

I should mention that when you apply under the QSWP you should show intention to reside in the province of Quebec but as a permanent resident your freedom to live and work anywhere in Canada is protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Nurses don’t just treat you in the hospital but they prepare you for when you leave their care and we at the Canadim family do the same. Visit our website and take a free online assessment, join us in one of our many Immigration seminars abroad and check out our Facebook page to see pictures of our many successful clients and become part of our community.

Canada welcomes 250,000 newcomers a year, and you could be one of them!

 Sincerely,

 Renaud Dery,

Canadian Immigration Attorney

[email protected]

www.canadim.com

http://www.facebook.com/canadimlawfirm

With 15 years of experience in the Canadian Immigration field we are now leading experts in this program. Please visit our website to take our free online assessment and check us out our Facebook page to keep updated and find out about our next immigration seminars abroad as well as to see pictures and the stories of our many successful clients. Become part of our community, and then let us help you become part of the Canadian community!

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With 15 years of experience in the Canadian Immigration field we are now leading experts in this program. Please visit our website to take our free online assessment and check us out our Facebook page to keep updated and find out about our next immigration seminars abroad as well as to see pictures and the stories of our many successful clients. Become part of our community, and then let us help you become part of the Canadian community!
  • I have an ongoing application as a Live in caregiver. I’m about to complete my requirements then will pass it to the Canadian embassy. How long would it takes before my visa released?

    • Hi! the Embassy should take about 15 months currently to issue the work permit as a LCG. If you have a bachelor of nursing, why don’t you apply in our program? It will take less time and you will get permanent residency status instead of work permit. Send your CV to: [email protected] for a free evaluation.

      • Ails

        Yeah, I have the same dilemma also, I have my LMO but the problem is the length process of working permit

    • Karrie

      Stick with your aplication,,, dont hope for a scam. We are already here in canada and if you give up application and follow what this article is saying. It will ruin u. Immigration adviser or imiigration atty doesnt work directly to canadian immigration. There are loads of imiigration consultant here in canada. Sometimes the word immigration and nursing is very sensive. Madami naloloko. Im not lying. Ask people u know here in canada. Kahit complete requirementa ka u come here in canada u will undergo SEC and h still need to go back. Sa school ng 6-12 months. Im talking by experienxe.

  • Roselle de Castro

    I am 36y/o and 8years working as a nurse..i want to apply at canada for a long time

    • Hi Roselle! please send your CV to: [email protected]
      If you are married, also send his CV. And if you have children, please send their date of birth. Thank you!

      • Roselle de Castro

        Thanks..i will send my CV soon..

  • tei

    @ Nepmarie Sales hi i would like to know if youre applying from the philippines and if you are how much is overall expenses as a live in caregiver?my friend told me P300-500 k..i thought <150 lang kasi para khit dumaan nlang muna me ng hk if mahal tlg from here pinas..ska mtagal daw d2 e.

    • @Tei, hi my aunt in vancouver is the one who finds an employer for me, then lumapit sya isang agency dun para mapadali.. as of now wala pa naman sa 50k nagagastos namin. I’m processing my papers here in phils. 3 friends ko ganyan din ginawa nasa canada na sila hehe

  • Almira delos reyes

    I just have a 1yr experience being a nurse, how long is this program? i want to apply bt i don’t have enough experience, i just got my license last march 2011.. im 24yrs old nd i graduated batch 2010.. i want to apply there for my future bt my experience is not enough 🙁

    • Hi Almira,
      If you have less than 4 years of work experience we can still qualify you if you accept to learn basic French conversational skills and write a French exam called the TEFAQ. From our long experience in the field, it takes our clients about 3 – 4 months of taking serious French classes to reach the desired level and qualify! So 3-4 months investment is little to secure yourself a life in Canada! Send us your CV at : [email protected] for a free evaluation and we will guide you from thereon. Also, I invite you to visit the following link to learn about the TEFAQ and French classes: http://www.alliance.ph/language.php
      Good luck Almira and we hope to get your CV soon!

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  • bea so

    mahirap ang pera mag isip mabuti baka ang pagbenta ng lupat mga kalabaw e lumahung parang bula

  • sniperyaz

    Ask ko Lang I’m a B.S Nursing Graduate but still I have no license because I always fail that’s why I cannot find a job here in the Philippines. Is there a way I an work in Canada if ever!?

  • Shiela lopez

    Hi i’m a registered nurse here in the philippines and sadly i do not have any experience but my husband and i rally wanted to migrate in canada for a long time but hesistant because of my lack in experience, since i’m the one who can apply and his job was not on the list of qualified skilled worker..is it possible that we can apply?
    Thank you sir..

    • Attorney Dery

      Thank you for your interest. Please send me your CV/Resume at: [email protected]

  • Hi! I have 3 children all are Registered Nurses here in the Philippines 21,22 and 24 years old. They are really interested to apply as Immigrant in Quebec and are willing to learn the French Language.However,not one of them have hospital experience. Is there a way that they can be qualified?

    • Thank you for your interest in immigrating to Canada, under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program, with the Campaign we are promoting for Nurses. 
      To start with: send us your CV at: [email protected] – for FREE evaluation of your profile. – Canadim Team

  • tei

    @ Nepmarie Sales ah ganun pla salamat..kaso wla me relatives dun e..need b tlaga work experience b4 ma qualify 4 LCG work permit?voluntir lng kc aq s hspital ska may work crtfc8 man,as phlebotomist na job lng sa 1 private laboratory..pwd na kaya un?pero daan muna q tlg hk..

    • @Tei, uhm siguro need kasi isa yun sa mga questions eh.. pero ok lang kahit ano work.. importante dapat may employer ka na before processing your papers kasi saka ka pa lang nila bibigyan ng tinatatawag na LMO at forms..

  • tei

    @ Nepmarie Sales ah ok,,sa canadian unlimited cla na bhala sa employer at lahat2 kaso feeling q mahal..ska sb nun kakila2 q nag wowork dun mtagal daw..so follow q nlng friend q sa hk..1yr muna xa as babysitter dun then mos lng pag apply s canada.ska mas mura from there.atlist ikaw may employer na at may relative pa.goodluck n tnx uli sa info=)

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  • This is Attorney Dery, I am sorry but I cannot understand some of your posts when they are in Tagalog. But I will be happy to answer your questions if you email them to me at: [email protected]
    Thank you and have a great weekend all!

  • maria

    hey fellas this article is right.. FSW is closed for now and QSW is so open for us filipinos. i have applied mine dec 2011 and got my quebec selection certificate ast August 2012. my interview was waived thank God so i didnt go to HK. but it doesnt apply to everybody that is depending on how much points you have. it is no scam at all if you apply on your own or go to a consultancy. i studied french in alliance francaise in cebu for 3months. apply now while the application is not that strict yet and no qoutas. try and maybe we will find our luck!.. currently my documents were sent to nova scotia.. waiting for replies from them. this is the federal part 😉 giood luck to all of us!! godbless

    • Attorney Dery

      Thank you Maria! We specialize in the QSW. Good luck in your new Canadian journey! Cheers!

  • J.D. Massey

    Mabuhay! My name is David and I am a nurse in the United States. My wife is Filipina. She and I worked in Nursing for many years until burn out and health issues plagued us. This is the quickest way to gain entry into a good paying Nursing profession here in the United States. (No BS, No lies)
    1.) Find an American Citizen on Facebook’s poker sight or World of Warcraft, etc.
    2.) Marry the American.
    3.) Come to the United States and get a job working as a Nurse’s Aide in a Nursing home on days and then go to weekends.
    4.) Go to school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. It takes about 18 months. (The state of Indiana will even pay for it!)
    5.) Hire on at a staffing agency here in the U.S. make at least $24 per hour. Minimum $14 per hour in hospitals.
    6.) After working for one year go back to school for the LPN to RN program, it’s only one more year of your life. Don’t wait 2 years then you have to take a bridging course.You will be a RN in the United States. Agency pay $32 per hour.
    Option #2 continue to write in a worthless blog that will get you nowhere. Although therapeutic it may seem it’s not getting you to North America. We need Nurses too! Why? Everyone is getting older and the Nurses like me are tired, over worked and have health issues. My wife runs circles around me and always did when we worked in Nursing.

    Why do I offer this information? Because I know all the in’s and out’s I am here and the love of my life is Filipina. I know where you are coming from, trust in that!
    Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana is abt. $7,000 per year many Nursing facilities will pay for you to go to school.

    • Glenn Iway

      Hi J.D., Im also very much interested in a US opportunity. Can you suggest a staffing agency? Im licensed in Vermont and I have all the necessary exams. thanks

  • Dear Atty. Dery,

    Hithere! I’m a registered nurse in the Philippines but working here in United Kingdom as a Senior Care Assistant. I did not have have any chance to do my nursing profession here. Me and my family would like to migrate there in Canada, is there any way I can practice my profession there. By the way, we are all British Citizen now… Hope you can help me.

    Many thanks,

    Maria E.

  • Attorney Dery

    Hi Maria, please send your resume to: [email protected]
    Also send your husband’s resume and date of birth of you all, including children, if any. thank you!

  • Jaime

    I am a a Nurse here in the Philippines working as a Dentist for 20 years now and working as a volunteer nurse as well.I am 44 years old and i’ve always wanted to work and migrate in Canada.Am i Qualified?

    • Hi Jaime,

      Thank you for taking the time to write to us.

      Immigration Quebec prioritizes applicants with certain educational and employment backgrounds it deems in high demand in the province of Quebec. Nurses are definitely one of them but there are many other types of applicants that are also prioritized and you could be one of them!

      I can’t list them all here but if you’re interested in finding out your Canadian Immigration options then kindly complete our free online assessment using the following link: http://www.canadim.com/assessment.html

      You can also send your CV to [email protected] and Attorney Dery will personally review it and get back to you shortly with the results.

      Hope to hear from you soon.

      Sincerely,

      The Canadim Team!

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  • tessie t. acas

    hi atty!i ama registered nurse here in the philippines and wishes to go in canada,what are the things i need to do and what are the requirements?i wish to go with my husband.

    • Hi Tessie,

      Thanks for your message.

      We are a private law firm that specializes in obtaining Canadian Permanent Residency for nurses. We know nurses and love working with them!

      As a permanent resident of Canada (equivalent to a US green card) you are free to work in any occupation you like and live anywhere you choose in Canada. You can be a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a Nurse or even an Astronaut!

      In order to give you a comprehensive answer regarding your Canadian Immigration options please send your CV to [email protected] and Attorney Dery will personally review it and get back to you with your options to move forward. If you don’t have a CV readily available you can also complete our free online assessment using the following link: http://www.canadim.com/assessment.html

      Very much looking forward to hearing from you and please feel free to let us know if you have any additional questions.

      The Canadim Team!

  • Anthony

    1. Immigration, Accomodation and Relatives in Canada
    I have an uncle and auntie who lives in Canada, but they are in Vancouver. They just came here for vacation 2 weeks ago.
    -my only concern is that you are pushing for Quebec and other provinces, I have no problem learning French, I can start from scratch. But this is would be a hurdle for me

    2. Experience
    I have total of 11 months hospital experience, so I am a little bit short in the pointing system (the online pointing system has criteria for: less than a year, more than a year etc…) so I lose a lot of points here, I could have reached 68 points.

    3. Language
    English – speaking,reading,listening,writing in English, no problem
    French – no idea but willing to take lessons
    -question, is IELTS (General) required?

    4. Education
    graduated with diploma on BS Nursing
    total 17 years of education

    5. Arrange Employment – NONE
    6. Adaptability – No spouse, Single, 26 y/o male

    ***It is very unlikely that I will be approved as immigrant because:
    1. My close relatives are located in Vancouver
    2. I still don’t know French language (but willing to learn)
    3. My work experience is short (only 11 months) – but during this entire application process I can start to add my experience by being employed in a hospital

    ***And 1 more thing, you didn’t mention that as nurses WE STILL HAVE TO PASS THE “CRNE” to be able to work as a nurse in Canada***
    -I have not taken this test yet, I am now taking IELTS – Academic for Australia bridging course requirement.

  • Hi Anthony,

    Thank you for your post.

    Regarding the assessment I believe you would need some basic French language proficiency in order to safely make the pass mark for the Quebec Skilled Worker program. If you are interested kindly email [email protected] to continue this conversation.

    You can absolutely work as a Nurse in Canada. Most likely you will need to be certified. One option that I suggest to many nurses is that working as a care giver will still pay significantly higher than most nursing occupations in your home country. You can work on your certifications part time while still earning a sizable salary and making connections that will help you in your future employment.

    That being said as a permanent resident of Canada (equivalent to a US green card) you are free to work in any occupation you like and in live anywhere you choose in Canada. You can be a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a Nurse or even an Astronaut!

    Very much looking forward to hearing from you and please feel free to let us know if you have any additional questions.

    Sincerely,

    The Canadim Team!

  • alona e. llega

    hi atty,
    I’m a registered nurse here in the philippines, have one year experience. I am interested to Migrate in Canada and to have permanent residency. please advise me sir, how to start and what are the requirements…
    thank you…

    • Hi Alona,

      It is possible that a nurse with one year of experience could qualify as there are many different selection factors that contribute to your overall point total. The best way to determine your options would be to complete a free online assessment on our website: http://www.canadim.com/assessment.html or send your CV to [email protected] and Attorney Dery will get back to you with your Canadian Immigration Options.

      Looking forward to hearing from you!

      Sincerely,

      The Canadim Team!

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  • Junnie Dy

    My wife is a registered nurse and working as a staff nurse for almost 10 year but was inactive (not working as a nurse) for almost 5 year now and she 40 years old. She was working as a health care assistant in New Zealand for almost 3 year. Can she still be qualify for QSWP?

  • Hi Junnie,

    Thanks for your post.

    Under the Quebec program they only look at the last 5 years of employment.

    It’s a points based system.

    The Quebec program awards applicants 35 years old or younger with more points than a 40 year old but points for your work and educational experience as her husband can add additional points. The age and number of children you have will also add additional points if you have children.

    Given that there is a multitude of factors that determine whether you can qualify or not it is best to have Attorney Dery review your details and he can advise you of your Canadian Immigration options.

    In order to give you a comprehensive answer regarding your Canadian Immigration options please send your CV to [email protected] and Attorney Dery will personally review it and get back to you with your options to move forward. If you don’t have a CV readily available you can also complete our free online assessment using the following link: http://www.canadim.com/assessment-form/general-immigration.php

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely,

    The Canadim Team!

    • Junnie Dy

      I send the CV as soon as possible, thank you very much.

  • Liwayway Obligar

    hello atty,
    I’m working as Registered Nurse in one of hospital in Saudia Arabia.It’s my dream to work and live with my family in any part of Canada.I am turning 50 years by next year and planning to take exams for IELTS.Am i have the chance to work in Canada ?please tell me the other proceedings and options.
    Thank you so much in advance.
    .

    • Hi Liwayway,

      Thank you for your post.

      Applicants begin to lose points under the age category after 35 years old but this is not necessarily a barrier to apply because the applicant has sufficient 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.

      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 send your CV to [email protected] or you can complete a free online assessment on our website using the following link: http://www.canadim.com/assessment-form/general-immigration.php

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

      Sincerely,

      The Canadim Team!

  • Janette Lauro

    Hi Attorney! I am 34 years old, with a total working experience continously for 13 years as a Nurse. Me and my family wants to apply as an immigrant in Canada. Thank you.

    • Hi Janette,

      It’s good to hear from you.

      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.

      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: http://www.canadim.com/assessment-form/general-immigration.php 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.

      Sincerely,

      The Canadim Team!

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  • angela26

    Hi! I am 27 years old registered nurse in the Philippines, currently working as Dental Nurse/ Assistant here in Kuwait. I would like to migrate in Canada through QSWP but hesistant to do so because my educational attainment is different from my occupation. Will this have any effect on my application? Thank you.

    • Hi Angela,

      Thank you for your post.

      Without knowing the exact details of your educational and career experience it is hard to tell you if it will have an effect on your application.

      The best way to move forward and determine your Canadian Immigration options is to complete a free online assessment on our website: http://www.canadim.com/assessment.html or you can send your CV to [email protected] and Attorney Dery will personally review it and get back you shortly.

      Looking forward to hearing from you.

      Sincerely,

      The Canadim Team!

  • Michelle

    Hi! can u please help me on how to get a job in Canada as a Nurse. im 28yrs.old and currently working here in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. im working in adult cardiac surgery HDU and i had 6yrs experience as a nurse. thank u and God bless!

    • Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for your message.

      We are a private law firm that specializes in obtaining Canadian Permanent Residency for nurses. We know nurses and love working with them!

      We do not secure employment for our clients but we do secure the right to live and work in Canada. The onus of finding suitable employment rests with the applicant.

      If you are interesting in qualifying to become a permanent resident solely based off of your nursing credentials you can complete a free online assessment on our website:

      http://www.canadim.com/assessment.html

      As a permanent resident of Canada (equivalent to a US green card) you are free to work in any occupation you like and in live anywhere you choose in Canada. You can be a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a Nurse or even an Astronaut!

      Very much looking forward to hearing from you and please feel free to let us know if you have any additional questions.

      Sincerely,

      The Canadim Team!

  • harold baluyan

    to canadin team,

    im a nurse here in the philippines with 5 years experience and i applied for fsw program in canada..unfortunately,RNs weren’t included in the new occupation list eligible for immigration visa.its so frustrating because ive waited for almost to 2years.its really a waste of of money,time and effort..however,ive visited you fb account and found out that quebec welcomes experienced nurses.,sir/maam may i ask the processing time in months for QSWP?how long will it take for the release of selection certificate?the july 2013 pause is for application for selection certificate or for the QSWP?im really interested with your program and i hope your team can help me together with my live-in partner which is a nurse too with same experience but currently shes working as a nurse in libya..thank you and more power on your team..

    • Hi Harold,

      Given that you and your spouse are both nurses 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. Having both applicants with nursing degrees will significantly raise your point total.

      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 families Canadian Immigration options is to complete a free online assessment on our website:

      http://www.canadim.com/assessment.html

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

      With regards to the total processing time, it ranges, but typically 14 months total is the average.

      Very much looking forward to hearing from you.

      Sincerely,

      The Canadim Team!

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