STEP BY STEP PROCESS FOR FOREIGN NURSE TO WORK IN USA (FOREIGN EDUCATED NURSE)
Foreign Nurses have good opportunities to work in United States, as there is shortage of Healthcare Professionals (Nurses). To work in United States, international nurse or foreign nurse should have at least two years of experience working in Medical Facility. Nurse need to be fluent in written and spoken English and should have Basic Educational Program (Bachelor’s Degree (BSN)) or Associate degree in Nursing recognized in United States. Foreign Nurses are eligible to work in U.S., if they are Registered Nurse in Home Country.
STEP BY STEP PROCESS FOR NURSE TO WORK
- Educational/Professional Qualification
- Proficiency with English Language (TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS)
- NCLEX Examination
- Find a job in USA
- Attend Job Interview
- Receive offer, employer apply for work visa
- Get visa from US embassy and attend aptitude test
- Complete US embassy formalities and fly to USA
- Start to work in USA
STEP 1 – Educational/Professional Qualification
Foreign nurses need Bachelor’s Degree (BSN) or Associate Degree in Home Country. Nurse need to be licensed as a Registered Nurse in Home country and practiced as a Registered Nurse for at least two years before.
Nurse need to apply for CGFNS to have academic and professional credentials evaluated to ensure documents is genuine or authentic. Nurse is also required to take the CGFNS Qualifying Exam to satisfy State Board requirements, to satisfy immigration requirements for obtaining an occupational visa to work in U.S.A.
CGFNS – (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools). CGFNS is approved by U.S. Department of Homeland Security to validate the credentials for occupational visas (Registered Nurses). )
Step 2: Proficiency with English Language (TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS)
Foreign Nurses need to demonstrate their proficiency with the English language by taking an English Test. There are exemptions depending on Country of Origin especially for nurses who come from English Speaking Countries. Nurse can take English examination such as Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) or the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC).
Nurses with entry-level nursing education from the following countries and their language of instruction and textbooks are in English are exempt from the English language proficiency requirement.
Canada (except Quebec, the only schools approved for exemption are: McGill University, Dawson College, Vanier College, John Abbott College, and Heritage College)
Trinidad and Tobago
Step 3: NCLEX Examination
The first priority for foreign nurse is to pass the NCLEX-RN exam to get registered nurse position in the USA. This is the Standardized Nurse License exam to find nurse skills and experience to meet the requirements of U.S. hospitals. If nurse need to get registered and to work in U.S., the first thing is to pass the NCLEX-RN examination. Currently, NCLEX examinations are currently administered in Brazil, Canada, England, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Africa, and Taiwan.
Step 4: Get Job Offer in USA
After credentials evaluation by CGFNS and passing NCLEX-RN examination, the foreign nurse can apply for registered nurse position in U.S. The nurse can approach the recruiting agency in U.S. or Home Country to find suitable nursing position and nurse can also apply through the U.S. Job portals. Employers will conduct interview and offer job in U.S. hospitals. On behalf of Nurse, the employer can apply work Visa.
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Step 5: Get visa from US embassy and attend aptitude test
Step 6: Complete US embassy formalities and fly to USA
Step 7: Start to work in USA
The immigration process has to be completed before traveling to the United States and the visa must be obtained before immigrating legally.