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Immigration - Nurse wants Express Entry to BC

Published:Tuesday | February 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Dear Ms Powell,

I am a nurse and I am interested in living in British Columbia. I have a sister who recently got married and moved there. She said she heard about an express entry programme to BC for medical practitioners. I would like to know how I, too, can move there with my husband and two children.


Dear J.G.

British Columbia is becoming one of the favourite places to live by immigrants. That is because professional, and in particular, health-care workers are in demand in British Columbia. Recently, the government launched a special express entry stream to the Provincial Nominee Programme (PNP), thereby encouraging nurses, physicians, psychiatric nurses and allied health professionals to submit an application for permanent residence to the province.

Who can apply?

You must currently have a full-time job as one of the following:


Specialist medical doctors

Registered nurse

Registered psychiatric nurse

Nurse practitioner


Allied health professional such as a:

o Diagnostic medical sonographer

o Clinical pharmacist

o Medical laboratory technologist

o Medical radiation technologist

o Occupational therapist

o Physiotherapist

How do you qualify?

Some of the key requirements are:

You must intend to live in BC.

You must provide evidence that you can support yourself and your family to become established in BC. This means that you will need to have a minimum of C$22,000 in savings since you have a family of four.

You must provide proof that you pass the minimum language examination in English or French.

If you studied outside of Canada, you will need to have your post-secondary education assessed against the Canadian standards. That is, you will need an educational credential assessment report from one of the CIC approved bodies.

How to apply?

1. You must have an Express Entry profile.

2. Accurately complete the required application forms.

3. Submit all the required supporting documents.

4. Submit the processing fee of C$550.

If you have additional questions and are seriously considering the exciting new option under the British Columbia Express Entry for medical professionals, I suggest that you consult privately with an immigration lawyer to explore the various options open to you and to maximise your chances of making British Columbia your new home.

Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator, and notary public, who is a member of the Jamaican and Ontario, Canada bars, with main office located in Ottawa, Ontario. Her areas of practice are in immigration, real estate, personal injury, family and administration of estates. Email: Subject line: Immigration or Tel: 613-695-8777.