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Canada PR for Indian as a Professional Doctor in 2021

Canada is one of the countries where demand for doctors and health professionals are always high. Canada has over 60 immigration programs to choose from. But if the immigrant is looking to immigrate to Canada and practice as a doctor, they need to apply under Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is one the economic skilled immigration programs. Other two are Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). All the applications for FSWP, FSTP and CEC are managed under express entry program.

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What is express entry program? How it helps in immigration to Canada?

Express entry program was launched on 1st January 2015 to help in filling the gap of skilled labor in Canadian labor market. It is a point-based system where candidates first need to get 67 points in the immigration eligibility point-assessment grid. These points are given based on some of the eligibility factors like age, work experience, language proficiency, educational qualifications etc. Once candidates have cleared these eligibility criteria, then they are able to create an express profile. For creating the express profile candidates needs to submit all their credentials. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a ranking system where these express profiles are ranked based on CRS points. Higher the profiles in the CRS, higher are the chances to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Once a candidate gets an ITA, they are able to apply for permanent residence to the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

ITAs are given to the candidates based on the express draws that are held on a regularly basis by the IRCC. These draws set a number of invitations to be sent and the CRS cut-off for that draw. Candidates who have cleared the CRS cut-offs are given the invitations to apply for permanent residence visa. Latest express draw set the cut-off at 438 CRS points.

What is the process to immigrate to Canada as a Doctor in 2021?

Follows these simple steps to apply for getting a license to practice as a Doctor in Canada in 2021:

  • Have an approved medical degree from a university that must be recognized in the World Directory of Medical School.
  • Candidates have to apply for a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada.
  • The applicant has to pass a one-year post graduate program under a medical authority in the province.
  • Then get the official certification from one of the following medical institutions.
  • College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

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How to get approval from the Medical Council of Canada?

All the candidates who are immigrating to Canada and want to work as doctor as their profession has to be familiar with Medical Council of Canada (MCC). For that candidate will need a certification called Licentiate.

Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada. Following are the requirements to get this certificate:

  • Must pass the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examinations, these examinations are broken down into two: part 1 and part 2.
  • Must complete at least 12 months of postgraduate training.

Important thing to note that is getting the approval from MCC does not mean that the candidate can practice in Canada. Part 1 of the MCCQE can be taken from anywhere around the world but the part 2 of the MCCQE have to be taken in Canada only. After passing both examinations, candidate still needs the approval of the Medical Regulatory Authorities in the province or territory.

Following is the list of medical authorities in Canada according to the provinces respectively:

Province/TerritoryMedical Regulatory Authority
AlbertaCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
British ColumbiaCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
ManitobaCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
New BrunswickCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick
Newfoundland & LabradorCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland & Labrador
Northwest TerritoriesGovernment of the Northwest Territories
NunavutNunavut Department of Health and Social Services Medical Registration Committee
OntarioCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Prince Edward IslandCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island
QuebecCollege des medecIns du Quebec
SaskatchewanCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
YukonYukon Medical Council

What are the fees for a Doctor to apply for PR Visa?

Candidates who are planning to immigrate to Canada as a doctor, they must be aware of the other costs for their budget estimation. Some of the related costs are as follows:

  • Degree Verification  CAD$215
  • Translation fees  CAD$181 per change
  • Education Credential Assessment (ECA)  CAD$137
  • Applicant fees for MCCEE  CAD$2,365
  • MCCCEE Part 1: CAD$1,598 and Part 2: CAD$3,340

Under which provinces doctor's occupation is in-demand?

Some of the provinces in Canada have a special stream in their immigration nomination programs only for health care professionals. These provincial nomination programs are as follows:

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