How easy it is for Nurses to Immigrate to Canada from India?

Canada PR visa for Nurses from India

Being a Nurse in Canada requires licensing and Registration from the Canadian regulatory authorities from the candidate like Canadian Nurses Association (CAN) or Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR). The candidate should register with the nursing regulatory body of the province or territory where the candidate wants to live later on.


Canada is a paradise for foreign skilled workers, who want to immigrate because of the growth opportunities and high paying salaries. The immigrants upon moving to Canada are received friendlily from the Canadian citizens and they enjoy the benefits of modernized facilities, good infrastructure and become part of a flourishing economy. Further, the lenient rules and policies of immigration have made Canada one of the few first world countries to have such open mind when it comes to inviting foreign nationals in its domain and giving them equal rights and privileges. Please note, that in a country which is known for its hospitality getting a Permanent Residency Visa is not difficult if you have skills and right mix of experience and education on your side.


What should a candidate from India do in order to work as a nurse in Canada?

There are some steps that need to be followed by the candidate if he/she are planning to work as a nurse in Canada –

  • It is good to start the process after careful research and evaluate the provincial associations
  • For working in Canada the candidate needs to convert into North American Standards by the National Nursing Assessment Service(NNAS). Since the candidate will be an internationally educated nurse (IEN) an account needs to be set by NNAS so that the application can be considered by Canadian Nursing Regulatory body.
  • After checking your eligibility, the candidate is free to apply for the Permanent Residency status of Canada.

Remember, each province will have its own eligibility criteria for immigration which needs to be met by the candidate in order to immigrate to their Province and get a nomination. The processing time will also depend on the program through which the candidate has applied. The fee and processing time of some of the provinces are listed below:

Province Processing Time Fee
Alberta  3 – 6 months 525 $ CAD
British Columbia 3 – 6 months 560 $CAD
Manitoba 3 – 6 months 525 $ CAD
Nova Scotia 6 – 8 months 469 $ CAD
Ontario 3 – 5 months RPN: 226 $ CAD
RN: 678 $CAD


What are the registration requirements from a foreign nurse in Canada?

Canada is one of the countries which has a high demand for qualified foreign nurses. The nurses can work effectively work in the healthcare field. The nurses can work in Canada as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed / Registered Practical Nurse (LPN / RPN) and in order to qualify, the candidate needs to register with Canadian Nurses Association (CAN) or Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators (CCPNR). The registration requirements are based on the individual provinces and territories and requirements which needs to be fulfilled by the candidates. Remember in order to qualify it is very important that the candidate proves himself/herself to be competent in the craft.


What are the immigration procedure through Express Entry program and Quebec Skilled Workers Program for Nurses?

The nurses who want to immigrate through the Express Entry Program should file their entries in the express entry profile and get their educational qualification, language proficiency and work experience assessed. The chances for a skilled nurse to immigrate through the Express Entry program are very high.

For the Quebec Skilled Workers Program there is no valid job offer is required from the foreign nurses. The points that the given for the French language are higher than the points that are achieved for the language in any other program.


To know the different ways through which the nurse can live, study or work in Canada the candidate can take the help of professionals. Nationwide Immigration Service acts as a mentor to holistically guide the candidate about the immigration procedure including processing, documentation and filing of the Permanent Residency(PR) status application. We take every possible step to help you materialize your dreams. To speak to our experts, you can contact us at 011-461-77777 or you can also write to us at

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