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WORK IN BC

FOREIGN APPLICANTS
WORKING AS A NURSE IN BC
GETTING HERE
    —The Process
    —Nurse Registration
    —Eligibility
    —Fees
    —Canadian Reference
    —Applying for a Temporary
          Nursing Permit
    —Work Permit
    —What We Do
    —What You Do
    —Probationary Period
    —Provincial Nominee
          Program & Immigration
    —NAFTA and Chile
APPLICATIONS

Getting Here


The Process

Once we have identified that there is a fit for you in our organ- ization the process of moving to Canada begins.

Short-Term Employment Process

  1. Register as a Nurse through the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia.
  2. Apply for a work permit.

Long-Term Employment Process

  1. Register as a Nurse through the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia.
  2. Apply for a work permit.
  3. Complete a 3 month probation.
  4. Compile your immigration package.
  5. Submit your package to the Provincial Nominee Program.
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Nurse Registration

To work in British Columbia you must be registered with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC). Go to the International Applicant section of the CRNBC website to get all of the information you need on this process.

Website address: www.crnbc.ca

Please note that the registration process typically takes 3 to 5 months. Submitting document promptly and staying in regular contact with CRNBC can speed up this process.

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Eligibility

To be eligible for registration in British Columbia you must have:

  • Completed a nursing education program deemed equivalent to nursing education programs in British Columbia;
  • Provided proof of competence to practice as a nurse such as nursing education, practice hours in the previous five years, employment references and registration examination results;
  • Have no outstanding criminal charges or convictions relevant to the practice of nursing or membership in the Association;
  • Have satisfactory employment references including a reference from a Canadian employer of at least 8 weeks duration;
  • Have registration in good standing from other jurisdictions, no health problems that impair ability to practice and be fluent in English.

Please visit the CRNBC web site to download the application package and complete the forms. Also view the Complete Registration Requirement Fact Sheet for more information.

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Fees

Processing fee is $214.00 CND, paid when sending the application forms to CRNBC Annual Registration Fee for registered nurses with practicing status is $340.00 +$23.80 Goods & Services Tax = $363.80 CND, submitted with registration form upon passing CRNE exam.

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Canadian Reference

A confusing requirement of the CRNBC application process is the requirement for 8 weeks of service with a Canadian employer before you can apply. In spite of this requirement you can apply in advance of receiving this experience and receive approval to apply for a Temporary Nursing Permit that will allow you to gain your reference and continue the registration process.

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Applying for a Temporary Nursing Permit

Once you have sent in your CRNBC application package you will receive a letter approving you to apply for your Temporary Nursing Permit.

Health Staffing International will provide a Sponsoring Facility as part of your permit, please fax the appropriate sheet to us for us to fill out and return.

Once you have your Temporary Nursing Permit you will be able to work in British Columbia and continue your registration process.

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Work Permit

To work in British Columbia, Canada as a Registered Nurse you will require a work visa. An Immigration Officer issues a work visa after Human Resources Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) approves your job offer. The full process to receive a work visa typically takes 4 to 6 months.

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What We Do

  1. Provide you with an approval document from Human Resources Skills Development Canada, and
  2. A Job Offer letter.
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What You Do

  1. Follow the process outlined here, paying special attention to the "Document Checklist" and including the documents we have provided you where appropriate.
  2. Submit your application package for approval.
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Probationary Period

Health Staffing International has a 3 month probationary period for all new employees. If you are intending to work with us in Canada for the long-term and become a Canadian Citizen, you will be required to complete this period on a Temporary Work Permit.

After you have completed your probation we will sponsor you for acceptance as a British Columbia Nominee and begin your immigration process to Canada.

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Provincial Nominee Program and Immigration

The Provincial Nominee Program is a program sponsored by the Province of British Columbia to accelerate the immigration of foreign workers in areas of need. Nursing has been identified as a critical area of need and is thus eligible under this program.

More information can be obtained online. The full process takes anywhere between 8 and 16 months to complete.

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NAFTA and Chile

If you are a citizen of the United States or Mexico you may be able to apply for a work permit under the conventions of NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement). If you are a citizen of Chile you may apply for a work permit under the Canada Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA). Both of these agreements make it significantly easier for nurses to come to Canada for employment.

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