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Canada Immigration For Indian Doctors 2020

This article explores the opportunities for Medical Professionals in one of the safest countries in the world, Canada. Let’s understand the benefits of Canada Immigration For Indian Doctors in 2020. Shall we?

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2020 can be a boost to the medical careers for Indian Doctors. The demand for doctors in Canada has increased every day for the past 5 years. It is the only sector of the Canadian labour market where new jobs are added almost every day, especially after COVID 19 engulfed the entire country.

Migrate to Canada as a Doctor – 3 Easy Visa Options to Apply

How good is 2020 for Doctors applying for Canada PR?

2020 isn’t a stop to your medical career. Physicians and surgeons' overall employment in Canada is projected to grow by 13% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average of any other sector. You know why?

Canadian Immigration promises free healthcare for its permanent residents. With the growing number of immigrants, the need for a stronger healthcare system is always required.

It is safe to say that the demand for doctors and healthcare professionals is ever increasing. Not to mention the Coronavirus outbreak - a large contributor to this need.

Am I Eligible?

Jobs in Canada for Medical Practitioners:

Occupation New jobs (2017-2021) Replacement jobs (2017-2021)
All occupations 29% 71%
Professional occupations in health (except nursing) 50% 50%
General practitioners and family physicians 57% 43%

Can Indian doctors apply for Canadian Immigration?

If you are an experienced doctor looking to migrate to Canada, here’s how you can do it in 4 simple steps:

  1. Have an approved medical degree from a university that is listed in the World Directory of Medical School. Check if your institution is listed on their website.
  2. Apply and qualify for a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada. For this, you will need to clear two Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examinations, and complete at least 12 months of postgraduate training
  3. Complete a one-year accredited post-graduate program under a medical authority in the province in order to be eligible to take the certification examinations. The length of postgraduate medical training undertaken through a Canadian-accredited medical school is:
    • two years for Family Medicine
    • four to five years for other specialties.
  4. Get certified from:
    • College of Family Physicians of Canada;
    • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; or
    • The College des Medicines du Quebec

What are the costs associated?

If you plan to immigrate to Canada as a doctor, you should also be aware of other costs involved so that you can budget appropriately. Here are some estimates of the costs you can expect to pay.

  • Degree verification CAD$215;
  • Translation fee CAD$181 per page;
  • ECA report CAD$137;
  • Application fee for MCCEE CAD$2,365;
  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I CAD$1,598; and
  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II CAD$3,340

What are the work experience related documents required for doctors to immigrate to Canada?

At some point in the application process you will be asked to prove you have valid work experience. You will most likely have to supply a letter of employment from your previous employer. (Source)

This document generally includes the following:

What is the minimum salary for Medical Professionals in Canada?

On an average, a Medical Professional in Canada gets $45,000 per year or $23.08 per hour.

Entry level positions start at $45,000 per year while most experienced workers make up to $76,500 per year. In India the figure is $21,520.

Who is an International medical graduate (IMG)?

The Medical Council of Canada defines an IMG as an individual who has graduated from a medical school not accredited in Canada or in the U.S.A (by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools or by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in the U.S.A).

Graduates of a U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association are considered IMGs.

The term 'international medical graduate' can refer to physicians who come from a wide range of backgrounds. For example, an IMG may:

  • have several years of independent practice experience in his/her country
  • have just recently completed medical school
  • have completed a residency training program
  • have gone directly into practice with no requirement for a residency
  • be from a country with a medical education system similar to Canada's
  • be from a country whose medical education system is very different from Canada's.

What are the requirements for doctors to work in Canada?

International medical graduates (IMGs) looking to begin the process of obtaining a licence to practise medicine in Canada are always encouraged to:

  • contact the medical regulatory authority in the province or territory in which they would like to practise
  • contact the international medical graduate programme in the province you would like to practise, if such a programme exists.

Depending on the province or territory, licensure may involve:

  • a series of examinations (eligibility, program selection, qualifying, certification)
  • language proficiency tests
  • credentialing
  • postgraduate training or assessment
  • return-of-service agreements (practising in an under serviced community for an agreed upon period of time).
  • See the route to licensure in Canada from the Medical Council of Canada for more detail of the licensure steps. (Source)

Things you should know about acquiring a medical license in Canada

Prior to commencing the licensure process in Canada, all IMGs will need to assess their circumstances and consider the following:

  • there is no guarantee of obtaining a licence to practise in Canada
  • the licensure process has many stages and can seem complex to those not familiar with the Canadian approach
  • there are differences in the registration processes between provinces and territories
  • there is a significant financial and personal commitment required to pursue licensure. (Source)

How to obtain a license to practise medicine in Canada?

The information below is geared to IMGs looking to begin the process of obtaining a licence to practise medicine in Canada.

There are general steps that IMGs should take before arriving in Canada, and steps you should take after your arrival.

You can start the licensure process from outside Canada:

1. Confirm your medical degree is from a recognised school:

Visit the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) part of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research's (FAIMER) website. Your medical school, the name of the medical degree and the year of your graduation must be listed on the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory to be accepted in Canada.

2. Prepare for your medical examinations:

IMGs can test their readiness for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) through the Medical Council of Canada Self Administered Evaluating Examination (SAE - EE). IMGs who take the SAE - EE will receive the number of questions correctly answered as well as a percentile table that compares their performance to the results achieved by other MCCEE candidates. Fees should be checked at time of applying.

3. Submit your portfolio:

IMGs can use the MCC's Physician Credentials Repository to establish a confidential professional electronic portfolio of their credentials prior to arriving in Canada. IMGs can request that the Repository share their portfolio with provincial or territorial medical regulatory authorities, certifying and qualifying bodies.

The MCC requires IMGs who are applying for the first time to the MCCEE to open an application with the Physician Credentials Repository and send a certified copy of their final medical diploma. The diploma must be successfully source-verified through the Repository for the candidate to be eligible to the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II.

Fees should be checked at time of applying.

IMGs must pass the MCCEE to apply for a residency position through the Canadian Resident Matching Service. The MCCEE is offered in 500 sites in more than 70 countries. If IMGs have obtained Canadian or American board specialty certification, they may apply to the Medical Council of Canada for an exemption from the MCCEE. Fees should be checked at time of applying.

Note: The MCC requires all first-time MCCEE candidates to open an application with the MCC's Physician Credentials Repository and send a certified copy of their medical diploma. (Source)

Know More

The 3 Most Popular Visa Programs in Canada for Doctors

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Visa Program
  2. Provincial Nominee Programs
  3. Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

1. Federal Skilled Worker Visa Program

This program is a commonly opted pathway to settle in Canada. From IT professionals to bankers to doctors, candidates choose the FSW program most.

The Federal Skilled Worker Visa Program:

  • Follows a points-based system
  • Requires only 67 points to qualify
  • Selection of permanent residence visa applications is done through draws
  • Family can be incorporated in the same visa
  • Process is easy

As a doctor who wants to settle and practice in Canada, you must have a related medical degree, work experience, proficient English language skills, immigration medical examination results and license (MCC).

Also, you must represent one of the following occupations (of the major group) from the NOC, Canada.

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2. Provincial Nominee Programs:

There are several provinces of Canada who have aligned their immigration programs with the major immigration system (Canada Express Entry) introduced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. This is to fill the shortage of skilled talent in the respective provinces faster.

There are certain programs designed specifically for trained medical doctors like the:

  • British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP); and
  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

3. Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program:

After you have acquired your license, if you already are invited with a job offer by a Canadian employer, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is the fastest option for you to settle in Canada. This program requires low IELTS and can be applied even with a low work experience. However, your occupation must be listed under the NOC Skill Level A category.

What is the Best Pathway to Becoming a Doctor in Canada?

While the Federal Skilled Worker program is considered the best common pathway to becoming a doctor in Canada, you can also opt for the recently introduced Canadian PNP stream by Nova Scotia. In 2018, Nova Scotia introduced the Physician Stream of Nova Scotia Nominee Program that helps doctors to migrate to Canada within approximately 5-10 days. However, it is mandatory that the applicant has a valid job offer either from the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) or IWK Health Centre.

Why Does Canada Accept Foreign Doctors?

This is because there is a very less percentage of students who opt for medical studies. As IT is the soul of many Canadian provinces, Canada born students prefer for IT studies over medical studies. This increases the need for talented international medical graduates from outer nations.

To make it easy for doctors to migrate to Canada and live in the country comfortably as a permanent resident, the country offers several pathways. The procedure varies from different programs of Canada immigration. Doctors must obtain certificates that are approved and trusted under Canada's healthcare services to succeed in the process.

Despite the fact that there are over 84,063 physicians working in Canada (as per the Global News), it is seen that only 43 percent of Canadian residents are able to get a doctor's appointment the same day or the next day when they are sick. 1 in 5 Canadians have to wait more than a week to see a doctor. Hence, as the population in Canada grows through immigration, the requirement of doctors will simultaneously grow.

How to verify your qualifications as a Physician?

If you are an Indian doctor planning to migrate to Canada, you are required to follow a different process from the regular ones. It is important that you meet the educational qualification requirement set by Canada. For this,

  • Check whether your University is listed in the World Directory of Medical School
  • Get a license from the Medical Council of Canada (Source)

Costs Involved:

The above mentioned procedure also involves fees that you will have to pay at different stages of the process. These include:

  • Degree verification fee: CAD $125
  • Translation Fee: CAD $181 per page
  • Application to Medical Council of Canada fee: CAD $2365
  • Medical Council of Canada Exam fee: CAD $1598 (Part 1) and CAD $3340 (Part 2)

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How to Apply for the New Canadian Immigration Stream for Doctors?

Filing for a Canada PR visa for doctors can be challenging as well as tricky. As there are plenty of options to choose from, with varying criteria, the process may also be confusing. Hence, taking help of a reliable visa consultant can help you to a great extent.

Kansas Overseas Careers will help you understand everything about the new Canadian Immigration Stream for doctors (and other alternatives) through our free counselling.

Having the best immigration consultants at your service, we will guide you in making a wise decision. Reach out to us online or write to us at info@kansaz.com.

Can Doctors (Indian) Apply for Canadian Immigration?

Yes. If you’re looking to apply for PR (Permanent Residency) in 2020. We have listed how to migrate to Canada in 6 steps:

  1. Check your eligibility points and NOC code
  2. Complete your Educational Credential Assessments
  3. Create Your Express Entry Profile
  4. Receive Your Invitation to Apply
  5. Submit Required Documents along with Fee Payment
  6. Go for Passport Stamping on Visa Approval

Best places to work in Canada

According to the Global News, these are the top provinces for doctors to practice:

  • Alberta
  • Saskschetwan
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Manitoba
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • New Brunswick
  • Quebec

Conclusion:

Filing for a Canada PR visa for doctors can be challenging as well as tricky. As there are plenty of options to choose from, with varying criteria, the process may also be confusing. Hence, taking help of a reliable visa consultant can help you to a great extent.

Kansas Overseas, with its personalised immigration process, will help you understand everything about the new Canadian Immigration Stream for doctors (and other alternatives) through our free counselling.

Our association with IRCC Members helps us stay updated about all the

Having the best Immigration Consultants at your service, we will guide you in making a wise decision. Reach out to us online or write to us at info@kansaz.com.