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How Filipino Nurses Can Practice in Canada the Fastest Way

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

Filipino nurses, including other Internationally Registered Nurses (IEN) who want to work in Canada, are required to complete an application with NNAS.

On top of this, applicants need to have sufficient work experience and a minimum IELTS score. The process is quite long but offers a very rewarding life and career.   

But what if there is a way to skip the traditional process and expedite your move to Canada so you can immediately start practicing your Nursing profession? 

If you are getting excited just as much as I am with this incredible news, drop anything you’re doing for now and direct all your attention to this post.

I promise to be brief and concise with the information I’m about to share so you can quickly make your first move.

The New ‘First in Canada’ Approach to Nursing Registration and Licensure by the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN)

Starting May 1, 2023, Filipino nurses including those coming from India, Nigeria, USA, UK, Australia, and New Zealand may apply directly to NSCN for licensure without the need to register for NNAS. 

To be eligible, you only need to accomplish a few requirements. Here’s how.

How To Be Eligible for the NSCN Licensure & Registration

  • Possess an active Philippine Nursing license.

  • Licensure in good standing (free from complaints, restrictions, and conditions).

The NSCN Licensure Application Process

  1. Fill out the NSCN application form. This will be available starting May 1, 2023. 

  2. Provide copies of your 2 valid IDs.

  3. Undergo a verification process. The NSCN will use an online tool from PRC to perform the verification. If this is not available, NSCN will inform so the applicant can arrange for PRC to submit a Registration/Licensure Verification form.  

  4. Submit proof of English Language Proficiency. The test can either be CELBAN or IELTS Academic. For IELTS, you must reach a band score of 7.

  5. Arrange for a Criminal Record Check (CRC) to be submitted directly to NSCN.

  6. Pass the NCLEX-RN, otherwise, secure a Conditional License (CL).

Nova Scotia a.k.a the “New Scotland”

If you are planning to live and build your family in Nova Scotia, this place is perfect for you since it offers a lot of space. Homes are larger than Ontario, rents are lower, and free from the hustle and bustle. Career-wise, it’s one of the best provinces to develop your nursing profession. 

The demand for nursing in Nova Scotia is extremely high. As much as 80% is needed in some hospitals and many institutions are using financial incentives to attract nursing professionals.

In terms of salary, according to Indeed, RNs in Nova Scotia earn approximately $75,310 per year with some of the top companies paying as much as $57-59 per hour. Compared to two of the highest-paying provinces in Canada—Ontario and Alberta, pay rates in Nova Scotia are competitive! 

If you’re wondering about the cost of living, you need not worry because it’s one of the most affordable places to live in. Nova Scotia is the 4th cheapest province in Canada. It’s definitely an attractive place for immigrants!


What are the fees involved?

Processing fees will be posted on the NSCN website soon.

What if I have already started my application with NSCN? 

Within the next 3 to 4 weeks, the staff from the NSCN will contact you regarding your application. 

How can I reach out to the NSCN and ask for individual advice on my application?

You can visit the NSCN website and fill out the “Send us a question” form.

How can I have more information about the process?

Visit their website from time to time, especially in the coming weeks, or sign up for a newsletter for you to be updated.

Filipinos prove to be one of the best Nurses for being qualified for direct application to NSCN. The new “First in Canada” approach by the organization is a golden opportunity that Filipino must not miss! 

And since Fil-Global knows how important it is for applicants to not miss out on any single detail, our dedicated team will be glad to assist you throughout the process! Contact us now to start prepping for your Nursing application in Canada!


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