Is nursing an acceptable occupation under the FSW programme?

Jamaica to Canada

Wednesday, April 30, 2014    

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Dear Mr Brown

I am a nurse in Kingston, Jamaica who would like to migrate to Canada. I understand that nursing is not currently one of the qualifying occupations considered for migrating under the Federal Skilled Worker Programme. I am wondering about my options. I have a husband who is a teacher and three children.

— PS

Dear PS

On April 23, 2014, the new occupations for the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) programme were announced. Please be advised that effective May 1, 2014, the 50 eligible occupations for the Federal Skilled Worker Programme (FSW) will include:

* Senior managers - financial, communications and other business services

* Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services

* Financial managers

* Human resources managers

* Purchasing managers

* Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers

* Managers in health care

* Construction managers

* Home building and renovation managers

* Managers in natural resources production and fishing

* Manufacturing managers

* Financial auditors and accountants

* Financial and investment analysts

* Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers

* Other financial officers

* Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations

* Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers

* Property administrators

* Geoscientists and oceanographers

* Civil engineers

* Mechanical engineers

* Electrical and electronics engineers

* Petroleum engineers

* Information systems analysts and consultants

* Database analysts and data administrators

* Software engineers and designers

* Computer programmers and interactive media developers

* Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians

* Construction estimators

* Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

* Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

* Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety

* Computer network technicians

* Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors

* Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

* Specialist physicians

* General practitioners and family physicians

* Dietitians and nutritionists

* Audiologists and speech-language pathologists

* Physiotherapists

* Occupational therapists

* Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

* Medical radiation technologists

* Medical sonographers

* Licensed practical nurses

* Paramedical occupations

* University professors and lecturers

* Psychologists

* Early childhood educators and assistants

* Translators, terminologists and interpreters


Applicants are assessed based on education, language skills, work experience, age, and adaptability to Canada. All applicants must meet minimum language requirements in either English or French. Applicants must have at least one year of work experience in one of 50 eligible occupations.

There are also streams for PhD holders and individuals who have received eligible job offers from Canadian employers.

Caps and quotas

The programme will accept an overall total of 25,000 new applications. A maximum of 1,000 applications will be accepted per eligible occupation. It is interesting to note that the cap has increased from 5,000 last year to 25,000 this year. Moreover, the number of eligible occupations has increased from 24 last year to 50 as of May 1. There is also a maximum of 500 PhD applicants that will be accepted under the upcoming programme. Applicants who hold valid job offers are not subject to any intake caps.

Apply as soon as possible

To address your specific question, nurses are back on the list of eligible occupations. In order to be included under the caps and considered for processing, applications must be completed correctly. Applicants whose applications do not meet the criteria described above shall be informed that their application does not qualify for processing and shall have their processing fee returned.

There are two other matters that must be kept in mind:

1 Based on the quotas, it must be understood that one must submit applications as soon as possible;

2 As I mentioned on April 16, 2014, the Express Entry programme will be implemented in January 2015, which is expected to replace the current immigration system.

Should you wish I can assist you with an assessment, representation or the tracking of your application.

For further information visit

Antonn Brown, BA, (Hons), LLB, MSc, RCIC, is an immigration counsel, education agent and managing director of JAMAICA2CANADA.COM - a Canadian immigration & education firm in Kingston. Send questions/comments to





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