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Spherocyte

specialist doctors needing immigration route advice

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Spherocyte

Hi there,

My husband and I are both specialist doctors and are looking to relocate to BC.  We have been in contact with Healthmatch BC (HMBC) who have guided us through the process of getting our documents source verified via our PhysiciansApply accounts, the MCCQE1, positive ruling letter from the RCPSC re our postgraduate specialist training and are currently awaiting provisional licensure from the College of physicians and surgeons of BC (CPSBC) .  I've been in the EE pool since August but only make 426 points.  The whole EE process for federal skilled workers (FSW) seems quite mysterious as most medical specialists are around 35 years old and the difference between 35 and 41 (me!) is only an additional 6 points...so I'm not sure how my colleagues have been successful via the EE path.  Then, the Canadian immigration website also talks about the other scoring system for FSW which is scored out of 67 but I'm not sure what makes up that score... 

We both got between 8 and 9 for the IELTS general  (so doubtful that we can improve on that) and completed an ECA for our medical degrees.   Despite the huge cost of getting our postgrad qualifications assessed by the RCPSC (R50 000) I cannot include this in the EE profile.  My husband is 46 years old so he did not create his own EE but is down as my dependent. 

Are there any other (advanced age) specialist doctors who have been successful in the EE without having a job offer, provincial nomination or Canadian work experience?

HMBC recommend the provincial nomination route but say the whole process from accepting a full time job offer to starting the job would take about 8 months (which seems like a long time to me?).  I'm not sure if the employer is willing to wait that long.

Any pearls of wisdom from people who have been through or are going through this process would be most welcome.

 

 

 

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Nelline

I suspect many come over with a job offer, which would boost your points. I know it takes a long time to get all the ducks in a row, but prospective employers would know this as well. Suggest you start networking, as well as use LinkedIn, and perhaps contact specialist recruiters. I suspect once the College of Physicians have licensed you there will also be job offers forthcoming. 

Is there a reason you don't want to try for Provincial Nomination? I have no knowledge on the BC route but I know here in the Maritimes there are a number of nurses who have successfully been give a nomination. 

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Nelline
1 minute ago, Nelline said:

I suspect many come over with a job offer, which would boost your points. I know it takes a long time to get all the ducks in a row, but prospective employers would know this as well. Suggest you start networking, as well as use LinkedIn, and perhaps contact specialist recruiters. I suspect once the College of Physicians have licensed you there will also be job offers forthcoming. 

Is there a reason you don't want to try for Provincial Nomination? I have no knowledge on the BC route but I know here in the Maritimes there are a number of nurses who have successfully been give a nomination. 

Ah, I see upon re-reading your post ref PNP  - you are concerned about the 8 months. To be frank that's not horrendously long and again, prospective employers would be aware of this. I'd strongly advise you go for it. 

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graciax452

Specialists are hard to come by so if you have the offer, add it to your EE and apply for PR. After applying through EE you can apply for a temporary work permit if you want to go earlier, then get you PR when already there, but this is usually not necessary as they will wait for you.

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Spherocyte

Thank you Gracia and Nelline for your helpful advice.

Glad you think that 8 months is not too long to wait.  Good to have some perspective from someone who has been through it.  I have to say that BC is a difficult province to start out in as a specialist.  The college of physicians and surgeons of BC are more sticky than even the royal college of physicians and surgeons of canada.  Anyway...I’ve been contacting random people and 4 of the 5 I contacted replied so that sounds promising.  Navigating the different immigration routes is confusing but will continue reading around that and job hunting! Sounds like the PNP route would be the best way to go so will wait for a formal job offer and start that process.

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Nelline

I have a friend from school who specialised in emergency medicine and wanted to move to Canada, specifically PEI (where I am) and she said it was really hard ticking all the boxes and jumping through all the hoops. She ended up going to Oz but only because it was so much easier and her hubby was pushing for it. 

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