Become a permanent resident- Caring for people with high medical needs
Applying for permanent residency
You must meet all of these requirements to be eligible for the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway.
You must have at least 24 months of full-time work experience in Canada in the four years (48 months) before you apply in one of the following jobs listed in the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC):
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)
Licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233)
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413)
Home support workers and related occupations (NOC 4412)
Note: Only Home support workers are eligible under NOC 4412. Housekeepers are not eligible.
Full-time work means at least 30 hours of paid work per week
Breaks in employment are allowed (for example, periods of unemployment, long periods of sickness, parental leave)
You must show that you performed the duties listed in the NOC job description
You must have done most of the main duties and ALL the essential duties in the NOC job description Duties listed that begin with “may” in the NOC job description are not usually considered to be essential duties.
If you got your work experience in Canada as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012) or as a licensed practical nurse (NOC 3233), you must:
prove that you are licensed to practice in Canada
provide proof that you are registered with the regulatory body, as required, in your province/territory at the time you apply
Your application will be refused if you do not show that your work experience meets the NOC description for one of the jobs listed above.
You must prove that you meet the requirements of the job for which you are claiming work experience. Relevant employment requirements include:
or other qualifications as set out in the NOC job description.
prove your ability in English or French for speaking, reading, listening and writing
take a language test from an agency approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC),
meet minimum language levels for your job (use your test results to find your CLB level):
If you gained your work experience in Canada as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012), you must meet the minimum level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in either English or French for all four language abilities.
If you gained your work experience in Canada in any other eligible job (NOC 3233, NOC 3413 or NOC 4412), you must meet the minimum level of CLB 5 in either English or French for all four language abilities.
include the original language test results when you apply
Your language test results must be less than two years old on the day CIC gets your application.
You will not have another chance to prove your language proficiency. The CIC officer will only use test results that you provide when you apply.
You must have:
a completed Canadian post-secondary education credential of at least one year, OR
a completed foreign education credential, and an original Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) by an organization approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to show it is equal to a completed Canadian post-secondary education credential of at least one year.
Your application will not be processed if you do not provide proof that you meet the minimum education requirement when you apply. It will be sent back to you.