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N.S. moves to speed up entry for internationally trained doctors

N.S. moves to speed up entry for internationally trained doctors
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HALIFAX -- The Nova Scotia government says it s hoping to reduce immigration paperwork for internationally trained doctors who already have a job offer.

Immigration Minister Lena Diab says a new stream has been approved under the provincial nominee program which seeks skilled immigrants.

The new stream is to make the immigration process easier and faster.

The stream will eliminate duplication by relying on assessments on education, language ability, and credential recognition already carried out by bodies such as the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

The new stream is part of a broader national and international recruitment strategy as the province grapples with a chronic shortage of family doctors.

The province says it will meet with doctors in the United Kingdom and Ireland in March as it continues an initiative to recruit doctors from those countries.
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