Reports that the federal government is keen to fast-track the immigration process for foreign doctors are being welcomed in Saskatchewan.

Provincial officials said Wednesday it can take up to two years for the current system to handle an application from a foreign doctor to come to Saskatchewan.

The federal government is considering moving physician applicants to the head of the immigration queue.

"The steps that are required to get a license and to emigrate to Canada are often lengthy and cumbersome," Ed Mantler, from the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan, told CBC News Wednesday. "Any opportunity to shorten or streamline some of those steps will help us."


With files from CBC's Kathy Fitzpatrick