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      Is the site popular

      Hi another question,,, is this site popular ? As not many answers posted to questions. Also is there another site that people use also ? Cheeky?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Catty View Post
      Hi another question,,, is this site popular ? As not many answers posted to questions. Also is there another site that people use also ? Cheeky?
      Hi Catty , yes this site is popular , we just need more people to actually use the forum side too !

      Where are you heading to Cheeky ?

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      Hi Catty,

      Hopefully, I can help you with some questions about moving to Canada. We have something in common, in that we moved from Oz to Canada (although for me it was more a move back home lol).

      Fire away.

      Cheers

      Karen

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      Hi twinsmom65,, you might regret that!
      So I'm currently looking into visa and nursing registration and where to possibly live. It's going to be an adventure for us and we are looking at a few years but who knows. We've lived in australia 4years now and by the time we are looking to go it will be 5 years and both of us feel a bit of why not?? We have some friends in Alberta and toronto but we are not tied to either of these. So question 1 what do you reckon should I use a consultant or not to get visa paperwork done and get the best advice on which visa to apply for?
      2 . Where to go?? What's your opinions ,, we have 2 kids under 2.5. I work part time here as kids are small.
      3 I have a post grad in nursing , midwifery and public health and a masters in healthcare practice so I am assuming these would make life slightly easier in getting visa , work etc . Am I right?
      4 why did you move home and what part of australia were you lliving
      whats the realistic cost of moving? We would not move that much furniture as most of it is second hand or cheap?

      Any general advice greatly appreciated as its hard to just get started on all the paperwork etc.
      and THANKS in advance :-)

      catty

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      Hi Catty,

      I will PM you when I get back home. Just up at my parents trailer.......Canada Day long weekend.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Catty View Post
      Hi twinsmom65,, you might regret that!
      So I'm currently looking into visa and nursing registration and where to possibly live. It's going to be an adventure for us and we are looking at a few years but who knows. We've lived in australia 4years now and by the time we are looking to go it will be 5 years and both of us feel a bit of why not?? We have some friends in Alberta and toronto but we are not tied to either of these. So question 1 what do you reckon should I use a consultant or not to get visa paperwork done and get the best advice on which visa to apply for?
      2 . Where to go?? What's your opinions ,, we have 2 kids under 2.5. I work part time here as kids are small.
      3 I have a post grad in nursing , midwifery and public health and a masters in healthcare practice so I am assuming these would make life slightly easier in getting visa , work etc . Am I right?
      4 why did you move home and what part of australia were you lliving
      whats the realistic cost of moving? We would not move that much furniture as most of it is second hand or cheap?

      Any general advice greatly appreciated as its hard to just get started on all the paperwork etc.
      and THANKS in advance :-)

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      Avoid BC, work economy is terrible across the board, I know that much having lived there for four years and they are cutting back from permanent jobs to casual to save them paying out more money in benefits etc, terrible, met enough clients over here in Ontario whose relatives are moving back here for similar reasons (in other jobs).

      Alberta is good, plenty of work there, healthy and much outdoors things to do, and I love the Rockies, you can easily road trip to BC within 12 hrs too for a nice getaway. I'd move there if I were to move anywhere again, it's the friendliest place in Canada and I'd happily live there long term at any point tbh, just winter tires would be my issue, I like my all season tires it's less costly than having to change every winter to winter tyres (tires as they spell it here), I keep correcting their bad english

      But come to Ontario, and work for my employer, I have a 4 yr old and it's a great job that is mostly day time hours so fits in perfect around school age children or just children at any age, it's FT but I work Mon-Weds 0830-4.30 and as I don't get paid overtime they know I won't work after 4.30 ;) Sunny days year round and you still get your snow in the winter.
      I do one weekend every 3 weeks (same times as above), and I manage the number of patients I see, community visiting nurse (district nurse) wouldn't get to do that in the Nhs would you!

      I work overnight twice a month (on call) and have to visit at night but the night shift is commonly over by 11pm, again you'd not get that anywhere else really, even here, but this job is pretty good in that way, and it's permanent not casual with benefits.

      Go for PR but having said that, if you work for this employer and you can bring nursing skills from having worked in the acute sector of a hospital for numerous years (what they seek) then you'd likely get sponsored in to get your PR that way even if you did come on a working visa. I did the working visa with a previous hospital employer in BC, but the benefits of PR far outweighs it to be honest, you can claim moving expenses via CRA (tax return) after moving over with PR but can't with a working visa (found that out on trying to do so myself and they told me after I applied for it).
      You can also work for any employer and live anywhere in Canada with PR status (freedom!)
      http://www.immigrationdirect.ca/inde...FYg-MgodHDQAsg
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      Thanks blackcomb, your a wealth of knowledge. I'm pregnant again!! So it would be 3 kidlets now but we are a wandering type and that does not bother me. It's just gathering up the energy to start a migration process again. I'm currently doing our citizenship here as we were advised to to cover all options but I feel that once I leave here I won't be back but who knows eh? So our current plan is to head home for a while and then off we go again. My problem is that I don't have acute hospital experience as it's been a good while since I worked in hospital. I have been community based now for 8 years with some work in midwifery in that time but mostly on a casual basis. So when I spoke to a migration agent they basically said that I had little hope of getting a visa actually said I had no hope as they were not looking for nurses in Canada. Therefore I just haven't looked that much more into it.
      So there it is ! Any other ideas?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Catty View Post
      Thanks blackcomb, your a wealth of knowledge. I'm pregnant again!! So it would be 3 kidlets now but we are a wandering type and that does not bother me. It's just gathering up the energy to start a migration process again. I'm currently doing our citizenship here as we were advised to to cover all options but I feel that once I leave here I won't be back but who knows eh? So our current plan is to head home for a while and then off we go again. My problem is that I don't have acute hospital experience as it's been a good while since I worked in hospital. I have been community based now for 8 years with some work in midwifery in that time but mostly on a casual basis. So when I spoke to a migration agent they basically said that I had little hope of getting a visa actually said I had no hope as they were not looking for nurses in Canada. Therefore I just haven't looked that much more into it.
      So there it is ! Any other ideas?
      Whoa! well there was your first mistake, don't listen to some agent, as that agent is wrong! All I will say is they do want recent 2 yr experience, if you are past that then it will be harder, so just ensure you have 2 yrs recent experience when the time comes that you want to work in Canada (if ever). That and sit the exam over here too, that is what you need to do for a smooth transfer over. In fact with your post-grad quals you could easily be a specialist nurse over here, or do our managers job (I am trained to management level but didn't want that job myself) but I am sure you'd make a far better manager than our current one she's terrible for not leading by example, a bit devious and already nurses I work with don't like her (thought it was just me that felt that way). There are three of them (I like the other RN manager I had that isn't our direct manager any more as she was doing two jobs until this new one came along but she was far better), one is an RPN in charge of the RPN's (not degree nurses but 2 yr trained via Uni) just not RN level but still very good compared to BC Lpns of one year training and a bad attitude against RN's (jealousy of course but feel they should be paid the same?! I don't think so! and hearing it was an insult to us, they can't take unstable patients for a start or do IV's that we had to do for them, and of course research). The RPN's informed me here the LPN's from BC aren't allowed to work here as not had as much training as they have to have as an RPN, so that is good, they, and their bad attitudes can stay in BC, ha. If you ever get on a nursing forum for this region or the US for that matter you will know what I am talking about, it's rife on them as it was at a hospital I worked at in BC (with one anyway who didn't hide her resentment at all, and tried to set me up or did in a nasty way, another RN kept trying to warn me but I don't like work bullying so ignored it, silly me as she was right and the rat nearly got away with it, unbelievable! It is one thing resenting us RN's for our wages and knowledge etc, but seriously.. did she thinks she could get my job by aiming to have me lose it? I resigned as I didn't trust myself to hold back on what I might have done on having to see her again, would have been hard not to you know.. sort her out, heh.

      There is plenty of work for nurses in Canada, what a silly thing for that agent to to say, are they a nurse and do they live in Canada, Canada is a big country so they wouldn't know anyway about each province. Your best bet is to proceed through immigration Canada (London has a good one I went through them very smoothly), if you are in a skilled profession which Nursing is and are registered then yes you will find work here, they are short just like they are everywhere.

      When you are ready I'd say, proceed and then come to Ontario and work for the same company I work for.. it's great for fitting around your children, hence many of us chose it for that reason too as well as it's community nursing (you have that experience so you should be fine, injections, wound care, much of that plus they train us and give us ongoing updates and education (research based) so you gain more skills in this job anyway, I am now cannulating patients and doing renal dialysis in their homes.

      So don't let the agent put you off, and avoid agents (I never used one and wouldn't have intended to either), just google nursing jobs over here in Canada, I did that, applied and took off with that, they directed me anyway and I went through immigration Canada in London and about 3 months later was in Canada starting a new job! I did pass the nurse exam 3 yrs before that and it was 3 yrs after that I finally decided to apply directly online and move over, so worth doing that first of course as you will have to come over 'for a holiday' to sit it (that is what I did and is a good way to see if you like Canada too).

      Well enjoy your children first, and congratulations with all that, enjoy your break back home, I went back to the UK for 6 months when my son was approaching 2 yrs old, then came back to Canada (different province but nearer to the UK) I like the 5 hr difference behind UK over 8 hrs, can skype with my parents easily now without one of us going to bed or getting up when the other is doing the opposite of that.

      Oh! and I got a relocation package too! you will get that offer likely if you choose to do a midwifery job in a hospital, so do that first, there's work at the local one near me, we had a midwifery nurse with my employer who never left the hospital job that she did once or twice a week too, and returned to that full time, we get babies and children sometimes in this job though mostly adults, apart from school children for diabetic blood sugar checks and education at lunchtimes. We work daytime hours mostly 8.30 am to 4.30pm but you finish early sometimes and just get to go home, and you can go shopping during work time! that is what they said at our interview.. imagine that! time to go shopping between home visits, another perk, when not too busy of course on a quieter day with less patients to see.
      The two overnight shifts on call where you have a pager are not bad either, as you are commonly done by 10/11pm at night so still get your bed for the night. I work one weekend every 3 weeks, 2 overnights a month (except if on a weeks leave that month then it is just one), and work Mon-Weds every week, so when the little one is at school I get thurs and fri to myself (nice break), and that is full time employed with benefits, health coverage for my family and I so medications and dental, and massage treatments for myself are covered, or osteopath, physio etc, and a pension plan that job contributes too (just found out on calling them it is currently at 6% interest, nice). I put $100 a month toward my sons RESP, education savings that they encourage over here, as the government contributes to it too if you take one out with a bank etc, so your child can go to university when older, that is what it is for and they can study anywhere in the world as long as it's a reputable recognized university. Course you do have to be permanent resident, but if you apply and proceed with that through immigration straight away before you'd move here you'd be fine, I wish I'd done that as I could have claimed moving expenses that way too via tax return, but I started on a work permit and job wrote a letter stating I was needed (as it was required) on applying for permanent residency while over here within a year, still got it fast compared to folk who live here and apply without that support from an employer, it takes more like 5 yrs or more otherwise.

      Not bad hey? sorry that turned into a bit of a long one.
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