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A short Summary of the Foreign Educated Nurses Evaluation and Immigration Process for Nurses wanting to work in the USA
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Until an easier way is "invented", the best way for a foreign nurse to come to the U.S. for employment, is by locating a U.S. employer who is willing to sponsor the nurse's Green Card (immigrant visa). Nurses do not qualify for H1 type visa's (temporary work and resident visas in the USA).
Locating an employer in another country, or half way around the world, is not an easy task. Many companies just do not want the bother or responsibility of the immigration "hassle". But, as the shortage of Registered Nurses becomes more apparent across the U.S., more healthcare employers and recruiting agencies are taking a closer look at foreign talent! The number of foreign nurses admitted to the USA varies from year to year. It does not reflect the momentary need in hospitals and the healthcare services, but rather prevailing political demands and requirements.
What can you do to prepare yourself for
the U.S. employment experience?
Most employers or recruiting agencies will first ask you, "Have you passed the CGFNS exam?" So it will be in your best interest if you can answer "YES" at that time! Most foreign nurses already know about CGFNS (The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools), but if you do not, go to their website at www.cgfns.org and read it thoroughly. In most cases, it will be impossible for you to enter the U.S. for employment without first having taken the CGFNS exam. If your mothertongue is not English or your education has not been in either the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, you will be required to demonstrate your English proficiency by either having passed the British IELTS or the American TOEFL Exams
This is a summary
of the steps you have to go through
in order to be able to work in a nursing position in the
When Step 4 results in an employment agreement between you and a U.S. employer you can tell them that you've found a company who will process your immigrant visa paperwork, or they may have someone they already use. If they want you to be responsible for the process, send us an email and our specialist sub contractor will take you and the employer through the process, hand-in-hand. At this point your I-140 Immigrant Visa Petition will begin.
Once your immigrant visa process is
underway, it is time to proceed with your VisaScreen™
The waiting period required for receipt of
the VisaScreen™ certificate varies, but we
suggest proceeding with the application as soon as your
I-140 Petition for Immigrant Workers has been filed with
INS. You'll need to present the certificate when
you go for the final visa interview at the consulate, so
having it in plenty of time before your interview will
help relieve some of the stress you'll naturally feel at
After you know which state you may be working in, write to the state nursing board and request an application to sit for NCLEX. You can find the list of State nursing boards with their addresses here. Be sure to inform them that you are a graduate of a foreign nursing program and have passed the CGFNS exam.
Each board operates differently, and some
will issue temporary (interim) licenses for you to
practice, once you enter the U.S., until you can sit for
the NCLEX. In most cases, your new employer will
likely have a licensing coordinator that will be
assisting you in the licensing step, or at least someone
who can advise you on the process with the various
You should note:
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