Last modified 01/26/2024

Opportunities for nurses to migrate to Usa:

nurse-jobsThe need for qualified nurse staff in the United States, gives more chances of obtaining a visa to many professionals who are connected with this field, who before been authorized must certify their professional knowledge and English language command.

H – 1C Visa, RN, CGFNS, NCLEX – RN, Screen Visa, DHHS

The offer of nurse professional in the United States has been reducing through the years, because of the number of graduates from universities has reduces because of the lack of identification North American students show towards this profession, and, also, because of the increase of retired nurses. This situation will be worse in the year 2010, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), because of the increase of the gap of nurse professional to down to 800 000.

If you are a professional nurse and wish to travel to the United States of America legally, you can process an H – 1B Visa for Temporal Workers of special occupations, meaning professionals and the TN NAFTA Visa, which is given to immigrants who are natural from Mexico and Canada.

To achieve a Registered Nurse (RN) condition, every foreign professional nurse must be evaluated by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) through the Screen Visa program, with the purpose of verifying that they have the minimum requirements to be elected to get a working visa, according to what is pointed out by the immigration law. Once approved, they get a Screen Visa certificate, which can be presented in the file of the person requesting the visa.

After the verification has proceeded, the Commission demands you to have the certification to professionally practice your specialization, for this, you need to request the State, in which the sponsored clinic or hospital is situated, the License by Examination, once you get the authorization to the exam or Authorization Test (ATT), and after paying, you may do the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX – RN), whose result is valid in every State of the USA and which can be done online from outside of the United States.

The employers who sponsor nurses rather have professionals who can speak English properly, which gives advantage to those who come from countries in which English is the first language or, also, people who has properly prepared to be examined by the TOEFL, whose approval is demanded by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) as one of the requirements to let you practice your profession, in this case, as a nurse, in the United States of America.

Obtaining the H – 1C visa has other conditions, which involve that it can only be applied in zones that have been acknowledged by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for having a lack f health professionals, and it has a period of three years, it is not renewable.

The best way of looking for a job is through the hospital web sites, which have employment opportunities sections. These web sites are in English, even though, they can be translated, the advisable thing to do, is to know how to speak English. You can also turn to employment web pages or pages which group many web sites related to nursery, such as the following:

it is important to know the whole procedure and for this, you can consult the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) web site: or direct, in English, to their electronic mail:

summing up, it is pretty tough for hospitals or clinics to select a nursing professional who does not speak in English, or that has not even started the process for the ignorance certificate, but due to the lack, it is possible that they wait for a prudent period of time for those who are processing their certification.

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