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|Immigration Petition for Nurses|
Professional Registered Nurses:
NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR FOREIGN Registered NursesVisa Screening:
As of September 22, 2004, the visa screening certification is required prior to filing an application for adjustment of status, I-485.
All Registered Nurses WILL need a CGFNS certification to renew or change status after July 26, 2004 (including TNs).
Health Care Worker Certification information:
How Do I Apply for Health Care Worker Certification?
SS# and RN License:
As of 12/20/2002, the USCIS will accept a certified copy of a letter from the state of intended employment confirming that the Alien has passed the NCLEX-RN examination, and is eligible to receive a nursing license in order to practice in that state. You do not have to have a Social Security number to start your Green Card application with the USCIS.
ITIN number may be required for RN license.
See a list of acceptable IRS (W-7) agents
VISITOR VISA EXTENSION
The USCIS requires you to prove, that you are in legal status. A six month extension is no longer automatic. But as soon as we file your case, you will not need an extension of your tourist visa, if that is your case.
IMPORTANT INTERNET WEB SITES about Registered Nurses:CGFNS Certification program:
Go to --> Programs (on the bottom), then select Certification Program (on the right)
CGFNS Certification Program Handbook & Application:
Certification Program Handbook
Certification Program Applications Packet
Download application: http://www.cgfns.org/cgfns/downloads/CP%20Application%20Packet.pdf
The following states require that foreign nurses pass the CGFNS examination before taking the state RN licensing (NCLEX) examination: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. Not required in California & Florida.
(Check with your State Board of Nursing for their current requirements)
Download --> http://www.ncsbn.org/public/regulation/boards_of_nursing_board.htm
CGFNS Exam Dates & Locations:
Go to Programs (on the bottom), then select Exam Dates & Locations (on the right
Visa Screen Application:
(Required for all health care workers now with adjustment of status application I-485) (Required abroad for the Immigrant Visa)(Call for updates on new CIS Visa Screen requirements).
Go to Programs (at the bottom), then select Visa Screen (on the right)
Select On-Line Applications (on the right), then select Visa Screen Application Packet
On line testing programs & test preparation
Graduates of health professional programs in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the USA may be deemed to have met the English language requirements.