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Canada Introduces New Easy Pathway for Healthcare Workers with First Invitation Draw

In a significant step toward addressing the critical shortage of healthcare workers, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced on June 28, 2023, a groundbreaking new immigration stream designed exclusively for skilled professionals in the healthcare sector. The announcement comes as Canada strives to attract and retain talented individuals to bolster its healthcare system.

The Category-Based Selection – Health Workers stream promises an expedited pathway for qualified healthcare professionals to obtain permanent residency in Canada. This innovative initiative aims to streamline the immigration process and ensure that skilled individuals can contribute their expertise to the country’s healthcare system as quickly as possible.

Under the newly introduced stream, doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, and other healthcare support staff with experience in high-demand occupations will be prioritized. The simplified application process will focus on candidates who meet the requirements of the program and possess the necessary skills and experience identified as essential by the Canadian healthcare industry.

Minister Sean Fraser expressed his optimism about the Category-Based Selection – Health Workers stream, stating, “This new immigration pathway demonstrates our commitment to addressing the urgent need for skilled healthcare professionals in Canada. By streamlining the process and providing a seamless pathway to permanent residency, we can attract the best talent from around the world to contribute to our healthcare system.”

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The first year of the program will witness 6,000 applicants receiving invitations to apply for permanent residency through the Category-Based Selection – Health Workers stream. These invitations will be issued through Express Entry draws specifically dedicated to this stream. Candidates will be selected based on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores, ensuring that those with the highest scores have the opportunity to apply for permanent residency.

Upon successfully obtaining permanent residency, healthcare professionals and their immediate family members will have the privilege to live, work, and study in Canada, further enriching the country’s diverse society.

The recent Express Entry draw, referred to as Draw #252, marks a significant milestone for the implementation of the Category-Based Selection – Health Workers stream. The draw, held on June 28, 2023, invited 500 candidates to apply for permanent residency based on their CRS scores. This initial draw exemplifies the Canadian government’s commitment to bridging the gap in the healthcare sector and facilitating the immigration process for skilled healthcare professionals.

The Category-Based Selection – Health Workers stream was developed in response to the ongoing shortage of healthcare workers in Canada, a concern that has been exacerbated by the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The global health crisis has underscored the vital role healthcare professionals play in maintaining a resilient and robust healthcare system.

In addition to addressing the shortage of healthcare workers, this new immigration stream aims to recognize the invaluable contributions that international healthcare professionals bring to the Canadian healthcare system. It acknowledges their diverse skill sets, experience, and cultural backgrounds, which contribute to a more comprehensive and inclusive healthcare sector.

By creating a dedicated pathway for healthcare workers, Canada also aims to reduce the barriers and challenges faced by qualified professionals in transitioning to the Canadian healthcare system. The Category-Based Selection – Health Workers stream offers a supportive environment where individuals can make a meaningful impact while enjoying the benefits of permanent residency.

As Canada embraces this new immigration stream, it signals the country’s commitment to prioritizing the health and well-being of its citizens and residents. The introduction of this pathway not only strengthens Canada’s healthcare system but also enhances its reputation as a global leader in healthcare delivery and innovation.

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