Healthcare Professionals Via New Immigration Pilot

Nova Scotia Welcomes Healthcare Professionals Via New Immigration Pilot

Nova Scotia is making strides in addressing its healthcare needs through the Healthcare Professionals Immigration Pilot. On June 11, 2024, Nova Scotia extended invitations to candidates who had received a Letter of Interest (LOI). This initiative specifically targets podiatrists under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 31209, marking a significant step in healthcare recruitment.

The Healthcare Professionals Immigration Pilot Explained

The Healthcare Professionals Immigration Pilot is designed to streamline the immigration process for healthcare professionals, ensuring that Nova Scotia can meet its growing healthcare demands. This pilot is not a Labour Market Priorities draw but is focused on attracting skilled podiatrists to the province.

Candidates who received an LOI in their Express Entry profile on June 11, 2024, are invited to participate in this draw. However, it’s crucial to note that while all individuals in NOC 31209 were issued invitations, only those with specific work experience as podiatrists are eligible to apply.

Steps to Participate in the Pilot

If you received an LOI and have experience as a podiatrist, here’s what you need to do next:

  • Express Your Interest: Complete a survey provided by the Nova Scotia Office of Healthcare Professionals Recruitment to express your interest in becoming a podiatrist in Nova Scotia. This survey is a critical step in the application process.
  • Conditional Job Offer: The information from your survey will be shared with healthcare employers in Nova Scotia. If selected, you may receive a conditional job offer from a Nova Scotia healthcare employer.
  • Application Process: With a conditional job offer, you can apply for permanent residency through either the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) or the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP).
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Important Details for Applicants

It’s important to understand that participation in the Healthcare Professionals Immigration Pilot and nomination under a non-Express Entry stream or endorsement under the AIP will not add 600 points to your Express Entry profile. Your profile, however, will remain in the federal Express Entry pool, keeping your options open for other opportunities.

Requirements for the Nova Scotia Nominee Program: Skilled Worker Stream

To apply under the Skilled Worker stream of the NSNP, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Job Offer: A valid job offer from a Nova Scotia employer.
  • Legal Status: A valid passport and legal status in your country of residence.
  • Education: A Canadian high school diploma or an equivalent from outside Canada, validated by an educational credential assessment.
  • Language Proficiency: English or French language abilities equivalent to CLB 5.
  • Work Experience: A reference letter showing one year of work experience in a role related to your job offer.
  • Intention to Settle: A clear intention to permanently settle and reside in Nova Scotia.
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Requirements for the Atlantic Immigration Program

Similarly, to apply through the AIP, candidates must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Job Offer: A job offer from an organization designated under the AIP.
  • Legal Status: A valid passport and legal status in your country of residence.
  • Education: A Canadian high school diploma or an equivalent from outside Canada, validated by an educational credential assessment.
  • Language Proficiency: A language test showing a minimum of CLB 5 in either official language.
  • Work Experience: A reference letter showing one year of work experience in a role related to the healthcare field.
  • Intention to Settle: A clear intention to permanently settle and reside in Nova Scotia.
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Nova Scotia’s Healthcare Professionals Immigration Pilot is a valuable opportunity for podiatrists looking to make a meaningful impact in the province’s healthcare system. By attracting skilled professionals, Nova Scotia is ensuring that its healthcare sector remains robust and capable of meeting the needs of its residents. If you meet the criteria and are passionate about working in Nova Scotia, this pilot could be your pathway to a rewarding career and a new home.

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