If you are educated in a foreign nursing school,
you need to undergo a time consuming process to
enter the United States and work as a registered
The process differs from state to state. Many
decisions are to be made depending on your personal
Begin the CGFNS certification process by contact
CGFNS. Get your qualification and credential
evaluated. Take and pass the CGFNS exam and English
test. Pass the CGFNS in your own country. You need
not come to the U.S. to take CGFNS exam. Though most
foreign nurses are required to pass English, some of
them are exempt from this requirement.
Learn how to prepare a Professional Resume. There
are plenty of online resources and software tools.
Learn how to take interviews. Send your resumes to
as many employers as possible. Do this as soon as
you pass CGFNS exam and English test even while
CGFNS certification process is in progress.
You have different options regarding visa. You
can come with temporary work visas like H-1C or
H-1B. Or you can begin the permanent resident visa
Obtain a VisaScreen Certificate. You can apply
for a VisaScreen Certificate, while you employment
based immigration petition is in process.
Take and pass the NCLEX exam. Decider where your
location of work will be. After you know which state
you may be working in, contact the state nursing
board and request an application pack for
registration. Most states require you to have CGFNS
certificate as a condition to take the NCLEX test.
Apply and obtain an Interim License. Each board
operates differently, and some will issue temporary
(interim) licenses for you to practice on, once you
enter the U.S., until you can sit for the NCLEX.
This is usually issued if all your licensure
documentation is complete with the state board of
Along with your application for licensure to the
concerned state board of nursing, you may also apply
for an Interim Permit.
You will now need to wait for the notice of your
interview date for the Green card. The Visa
Interview will be at the consulate. If the outcome
of your interview is successful, you will receive
your permanent residence visa if you are outside the
If you are already in the United States, your
temporary visa like H-1B will be converted into
permanent residence visa. This process is known as
adjustment of status. You can also obtain visas for
your family members.
After living for a few years in the United
States, you can apply for citizenship if you fulfill
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