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Citizenship, Permanent Residency or Authorization to Practise Nursing

You must provide proof of your citizenship, residency status, or authorization to practise nursing in Ontario before you can register as a nurse in Ontario.

You do this by including a copy (not originals) of one of the following with your application:

  • Canadian birth certificate issued by a provincial or territorial government, includes either the long or short form/card
  • Statement of Live Birth, including the emblem at the top, the seal and the registrar's signature at the bottom
  • Pages 2 and 3 of your valid* Canadian passport, which includes the name of the document, your picture, full name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, and issuance and expiry dates
  • Front and back of your valid* certificate of citizenship
  • Front of your valid* permanent resident card showing your picture, which includes the name of the document, your full name, identification number, date of birth, expiry date and picture. Note: if your full name does not appear on the front of the card, you must also provide a copy of the back side of the card or a copy of another Canadian immigration document that shows your full name
  • valid* landed immigrant papers or confirmation of permanent residence
  • a valid* work/study permit that authorizes you to practice nursing in Ontario. This includes a work permit or a study permit that allows you to work without restrictions anywhere in Canada. If your permit does not allow you to work in health services or limits you to a specific type of employment such as live in caregiver or to working in a specific place outside Ontario (i.e. Alberta), this is not a document that would permit you to practice nursing in Ontario.
  • both sides of your certificate of Indian status or Metis citizenship document

*A document is valid if it has not yet expired at the time it was sent to CNO.

NOTE: If the name on the document you submit to CNO is different from the name on your CNO application, please submit a copy of a legal document (such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree) that validates your name change.

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Are you a Canadian citizen?

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YES

Include proof of citizenship with your application. 

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Requirement Met
NO
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Are you a permanent resident?

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YES

Include proof of permanent residency with your application.

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NO
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Do you have other documents, such as a work or study permit, that authorize you to practise nursing in Canada?
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YES

Include proof of authorization with your application.

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NO
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The Registration Committee will review your application.



     

“What happens if I don't have proof of citizenship, permanent residency or authorization to practise nursing in Ontario?”

If you can't provide a copy of any of these documents, then you can request a review of your application by the College's Registration Committee. The committee will then consider if you should be registered with specific conditions attached to your registration.

For example, one possible condition on your registration could be that you will not be permitted to practise nursing in Ontario until you have provided the document needed to meet this requirement.

Page last reviewed May 12, 2020