How To Immigrate to Canada as a Doctor – The outbreak of COVID-19 has made occupations in the medical line to be in high demand in many countries around the world if not all the countries. Even before the outbreak of the pandemic, Canada has always welcomed professional health workers into the country through some immigration program and a large percent of professional health workers in the country are immigrants. This shows that immigrants are continuously contributing to the growth of the nation and therefore, the nation is not slowing down in its quest for inviting immigrants into the country as it has expanded its immigration target to welcome about 1.23 million immigrants within the next three years.
With this agenda, doctors and other health practitioners are going to be invited into the country as many provinces in the country needs medical professional to fill up labour shortages. So as a doctor, your expertise is needed by Canada and you will stand to gain lots of benefits if you immigrate to Canada as a doctor.
As an experienced doctor and a specialist, you would be earning around $300, 000 to $312, 000 as an annual average salary and so other amazing benefits of living and working in the country. Doctors are highly respected all over the world and in Canada; it is no exception especially in this post-pandemic era.
So if you are a doctor and you are thinking of immigrating to Canada in 2021, then you are pretty lucky as this profession is in high demand in many provinces in Canada and there are lots of immigration programs that you can go through to immigrate to Canada.
Canada is one of the best countries to live in currently as it offers you a lot of amazing perks like better work condition, better quality of life, low cost of living, security, free healthcare services among others.
Without further ado, we will be revealing a lot of information in this article to help you immigrate to Canada as a doctor.
What are the benefits of a doctor in Canada?
Getting a job as a doctor or health practitioner in canada means that you will het to enjoy a lot of benefits though these benefits vary from one province to another but it is certain that whichever province you find yourself, you will certainly enjoy some benefits as a medical doctor and we will be highlighting some of them below.
- Life assurance
- Disability benefits whether short or long term
- Accidental death and dismemberment insurance
- Full family health benefits
- Better work-life balance
- Pension plan
- Paid vacation and holidays
How To Immigrate To Canada As A Doctor
There are over 100 immigration programs for you to help you immigrate to Canada but as a doctor, we will be looking at the most suitable immigration program for you so that your immigration will be fast, easy and hitch-free. Let’s look at the best immigration program for you as a doctor. We are going to be looking at two immigration programs.
The Express Entry System
This program was initiated in 2015 and was created to speed up the Canadian immigration process and make it easy for immigrants to apply for residence and also work in Canada. In this program you are to create an online profile as the immigration program is done online. In this online program, you will have to fill in some information based on the eligibility requirements of the program but you don’t necessarily need a job offer to be eligible for this immigration program. The Express Entry System is one of the most popular ways to immigrate to Canada and it is also the easiest and quickest way as it takes as short as 6months to process. The requirements or factors in this system are:
- Work experience
- Language proficiency
- Proof of sufficient funds and adaptability
After completing your profile within the 60days given, you will be placed in a pool draw will some other applicants and scores will be given to each applicant in the draw based on the requirements presented and this score will be ranked against a cut-off mark in a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and for you to receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada, you will have to meet or exceed the CRS cut-off score.
There could be situations where there is a tie; maybe two applicants had the same score and one has to be selected and so, a tie-breaking rule will be applied. The tie-breaking rule states that if two applicants have the same score, the applicant that completes his or her online profile earlier will be chosen ahead of the other. This is why it is important that you complete your profile as early as possible.
In this system, there is always another chance for you if you were not successful at the first time. The Express Entry draws are done every two weeks and this gives you an opportunity to participate in the next draw if you weren’t successful in the first one you did. You will just have to improve your CRS score to boost your chances of being selected. You can improve your CRS score by securing a job offer as a doctor in Canada or have a family member in Canada.
There are three federal immigration streams under the Express Entry System and they are:
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Canadian Experience Class
Out of these three federal immigration streams, the most suitable program to immigrate through are the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Canadian Experience Class. Let’s look at them
What Is the Federal Skilled Worker Program?
The FSWP is a program designed for immigrants with training, skills and experience who are willing to contribute to the workforce of Canada. Canada is on a quest of continuous development and even after the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, it is not slowing down instead, it is working towards becoming better and stronger. So the government has created over 100 immigration programs to help invite over 1.23 million immigrants to Canada within the next three years and the Federal Skilled Worker Program is one of them. This program is for any skilled worker in any field aside trade jobs and agriculture. So as a doctor or medical practitioner, this is the best fit for you. But there are some requirements you will need to meet.
There requirements for the FSWP are:
- You must have an education certificate of high school diploma or degree from secondary school or post-secondary school in Canada and if you have a foreign certificate, it must be equivalent to the Canadian standard and so you will have to go through the Educational Credential Assessment to check the credentials.
- You must have a paid skilled work experience of at least one year as a dentist (30hours/week) for full-time and for part-time it could be (15hours/week)
- You must prove that you have sufficient funds to help you settle in Canada and also take care of any other family member coming with you unless you have a valid job offer
- You must take the approved language test in English or French in writing, speaking, listening or reading and you must get a minimum score of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all abilities.
- You must successfully pass the security background check which shows that you have no criminal record and also pass the medical examination check meaning that you are in good health.
You will also need to attach some documents when applying for this Express Entry program. These documents are:
- Means of identification
- Birth certificate or record
- Medical clearance certificate
- Language proficiency test results for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS ( International English Language Testing System) or TEF (Test d’ Evaluation de Francias)
- Educational Credentials Assessment
- Police clearance report
The Provincial Nomination Program
This program is carried out by the provincial governments in partnership with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to help immigrants find work and settle in a particular province. The program is for provinces in Canada to nominate immigrants to the province.
Each province sets its own requirements tailored towards meeting its economic needs and labour shortages. The Provincial Nomination Programs enable employers in a province to hire foreign skilled workers to come fill up job positions. Foreign workers with the right skills will be nominated to get permanent residence. The provinces in Canada are working towards boosting their economies and so if you prove to be competent enough to contribute to the development of the province, you are sure to get a nomination.
There are 11 Provincial Nomination Programs in Canada and we will be looking at them and the streams under them through which you can go through to immigrate to Canada as a doctor and they are:
|Immigration programs||Stream for doctors or physicians|
|Alberta Opportunity Stream|
|Healthcare Professional Category|
|Skilled Workers Overseas Stream|
|Express Entry Skilled Worker Stream|
|Skilled Worker Stream|
|Skilled Worker Stream|
|Labour Market Priorities for Physicians Stream Physicians Stream|
|Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream|
|Express Entry Stream|
|International Skilled Worker Category|
|Skilled Worker Stream|
You can apply for this PNP through two processes and they are:
You can apply through direct application which means you will have to submit paper through mail or courier service and this takes time around 15 to 19months.
Express Entry Linked With PNP
You can also decide to go through the Express Entry linked with PNP as this is quicker and in this option, you can either apply through the expression of interest (showing interest in a particular province when creating you online profile in the Express Entry System) or you apply for the Provincial Nominee Entry Stream which is for occupations in-demand in that particular province and dentistry is among the occupation in high demand in many provinces in Canada.
How To Take Care Of The Paperwork To Work In Canada As A Doctor
There are some paperwork you will have to do before you are being certified to work as a doctor in Canada and it could be done either before immigrating or after immigrating. This profession is very delicate and important and so the process of the paperwork is quite different from other professions.
You will have to see if your qualification as a doctor is recognized in Canada and the World Directory of Medical Schools is a place where you can check this and you will have to do an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to see if your credentials are valid and equivalent to the Canadian standard. There are some organizations in Canada that are recognized to run this assessment and some of them are:
- International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
- World Education Services
- International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
In addition, you will have to take some tests under the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQEs) as this examination certifies you as a doctor in Canada. The test is divided into two parts. The first part is to assess your knowledge in the medical field and how you make clinical decisions and the second part is about being professional and applying your medical knowledge.
After completing the tests and proved that you have a minimum of 12 months of clinical medical training as a postgraduate, you will then receive a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) to help you apply for medical license in Canada.
Each province has its own medical regulatory body so you will have to complete a further medical training in the province you want to live and work in. let’s look at the list of these Medical Regulatory Bodies in each of the provinces in Canada.
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
- College Of Physicians And Surgeons Of British Columbia
- College Of Physicians And Doctors Of New Brunswick
- College Of Physicians And Surgeons Of Alberta
- Government Of The Northwest Territories
- College Des Medecins Du Quebec
- Nunavut Department Of Health And Social Services Medical Registration Committee
- Yukon Medical Council
- College Of Physicians And Surgeons Of Ontario
- College Of Physicians And Surgeons Of Newfoundland & Labrador
- College Of Physicians And Surgeons Of Nova Scotia
- College Of Physicians And Surgeons Of Saskatchewan
- College Of Physicians And Surgeons Of Prince Edward Island