The Physician stream of Nova Scotia Nominee Program is exclusively meant for internationally trained doctors and specialists who can fill the healthcare positions of Nova Scotia. The stream allows the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the Izaak Walton Killam (IWK) Health Centre— the two public health authorities of the province--to hire foreign general practitioners, family physicians, and specialist physicians and thus address the labour shortage in the healthcare sector of the province.
- The candidate must be legally residing in the country from where they are applying. If living in Canada, the candidate must prove their legal status as a temporary worker or visitor
- The candidate must have received an approved offer letter from NSHA or IWK for the position of General practitioner and family physician (NOC 3112) or specialist physician (NOC 3111).
- The candidate must provide the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report or show proof of education and medical training required for licensure in Nova Scotia.
- Ability to perform job in one of the official languages of Canada
The application procedure
If a candidate submits an application to the NSOI under this stream, the NSNP conducts a complete evaluation of the application. Upon receiving a nomination, the candidate can submit request for a letter of support from the NSOI to apply for a temporary work permit or the renewal of an existing work permit. With the work permit, the applicant can continue working in Nova Scotia while their application for permanent residence in Canada is being processed by the IRCC. The candidate may have to attend an interview with the IRCC officials. Their spouse or dependent family members may also have to prove that they meet the statutory requirements for medical, security and criminal admissibility. If approved, the candidate and the accompanying family members would receive a confirmation of permanent residence.
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