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New Immigration Pathway Created For Physicians Looking To Immigrate To Canada

Nova Scotia immigration is now looking for more physicians and specialists to reduce labour shortages in the health sector. This new immigration pathway or new labour Market Priorities for Physicians Stream offers eligible family physicians, general practitioners, and specialist physicians with a profile in Canada’s Express Entry system the opportunity to move to the province.

Among other condition, applicants must have a valid job offer from the Izaak Walton Killam Health (IWK) Centre Health Centre in Halifax or Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and commit to living and working in the province for a minimum period of two (2) years in order to be considered for nomination through this new stream.

Presently, there are 124 positions opened on the NSHA’s job opportunities website page. These positions range across different specializations and regions of the province.

It’s been believed that more than 50,000 Nova Scotians don’t have a family doctor, deficiency the province aimed last year with an investment of $39.6 million for increasing salaries and office visit rates and providing the technology needed for improving access to primary healthcare.

How the New Immigration Pathway works

To be accepted for a provincial nomination through the Labour Market Priorities category for Physicians, candidate must have a created profile in the Express Entry system, which is Canada’s primary source of skilled foreign talent.

Express Entry controls the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled immigration streams and holds regular invitation rounds through which a specified number of the highest-ranked candidates are invited to file for Canadian permanent residence.

Qualified physicians nominated by the NSNP receive a Letter of Interest (LOI) through the Express Entry system and have Thirty (30) days from the date it was sent out to apply for a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia.

Candidates who are approved for a provincial nomination receive an extra 600 points toward their Express Entry ranking score and are practically guaranteed an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.

Also, the NSNP has a dedicated Physician Stream that’s running outside of the Express Entry system.

Nova Scotia In-Demand Occupation List -2019

Nova Scotia in Demand Occupation List is linked with the Express Entry Stream of NSNP program.

Hence, in order to file for NSNP- Express Entry stream in 2019, you must have a valid profile in federal express entry (under FSWP category) and acquire minimum sixty- seven (67) points on the point assessment grid of Federal Skilled Worker stream (FSWP).

Other Key requirements to apply in the Nova Scotia Nominee Program. Apart from having a valid profile in an express entry platform, you must have at least One (1) year of skilled work experience in any of the occupations highlighted below.

S.No. Occupation NOC code
1 Accountants and Financial Auditors and 1111
2 Other financial officers 1114
3 Professional occupations in marketing, advertising and public relations 1123
4 Administrative assistants 1241
5 Accounting bookkeepers and technicians  1311
6 Civil engineers 2131
7 Registered psychiatric nurses and registered nurses and 3012
8 Licensed practical nurses 3233
9 College and other vocational instructors 4021
10 Paralegal and related occupations 4211
11 Social workers 4212