Immigration requirements are driving new doctors away from N.S., says medical resident – CBC

Graduates without Canadian citizenship must become permanent residents before applying for medical residency

Jan 25, 2023

Abhinaya Yeddala’s plan to become a family doctor and build a life in Nova Scotia is coming to fruition — but she says she nearly gave up and left the province because of a requirement that added more than two years to the process.

Yeddala, originally from India, is now a family medicine resident at a clinic in New Glasgow. She completed her undergraduate degree in the United Kingdom before moving to Malaysia to begin medical school. After two years, she transferred to Dalhousie University, and became a Canadian medical graduate in 2019.

But she had to wait almost two and a half years before taking the next step in her career, thanks to a requirement now in effect in most Canadian provinces that she obtain permanent resident status before applying for her medical residency.

She said that tedious and lengthy process almost drove her away.

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