Canadian Citizen Nclex passer

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    Hi,I'm kinda lost with the whole immigration process. Can someone help me? I am a canadian citizen, however I graduated nursing from the Philippines. I was not allowed to take the local philippine RN boards since I am not a Filipino citizen. Right now the College of nurses of ontario is assessing my credentials so I may or may not be eligible to take the CRNE yet. I just passed my NCLEX exam 2 months ago, but I do not have a SSN. Am I qualified to apply for a TN Visa even if I am not an RN in canada? Right now I've been applying for jobs, but I am not sure employers would want to hire me without a valid license.Any advice out there?Thanks so much!!!!
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    Moved to the International forum

    As long as you are a Canadian citizen and have passed NCLEX you can apply for NAFTA visa as long as you meet requirements ie job with letter from employer and visa screen certificate
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    The bigger issue here might be that you weren't allowed to write the NLE. All Canadian provinces and several US states require you to have been registered as a nurse in the country where you were educated, and you can't do that without having written the local exam. So you may have difficulty becoming registered, no matter that you've passed your NCLEX. Ontario is definitely going to look at that aspect.
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    Thank you for your reply, I have a few more questions if thats ok.Is it better to get a visascreen certification before I apply for a job?Most jobs ask if I will have a valid RN license at time of hire and a verification of legal right to work in the states. Job hirings are applied online and if I put no, then Im automaticaly not eligible for the job. So its
    1. apply for visa screen certification
    2. Show visa screen and NCLEX passing letter to future employer
    3. If hired, Apply for SSN

    Thank you again for your help
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    But you seem to missing the most important factor. NO licence in the Phillipines.
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    Thank you for that info Janfrn...If only I knew about that before I left the Philippines..So in short your advice for me is to go back and take my philippine RN exam?If I do pass my Philippine RN board exam, will I be able to take the CRNE?The College of nurses of ontario gave me a Baccalaureate equivalency table to complete, it consisted of 8 essay questions about my experiences as a foreign grad nurse. I was also able to hand in a letter from the PRC stating that I was not eligible to take the Philippine RN exam since I am a canadian citizen. However, if they strongly require me to take the Philippine RN exam, I could always just apply for dual citizenship and then take it. What do you think I should do?

    Thank you so much for your advice!!! =)
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    Quote from Jenfree_01
    Thank you for your reply, I have a few more questions if thats ok.Is it better to get a visascreen certification before I apply for a job?Most jobs ask if I will have a valid RN license at time of hire and a verification of legal right to work in the states. Job hirings are applied online and if I put no, then Im automaticaly not eligible for the job. So its
    1. apply for visa screen certification
    2. Show visa screen and NCLEX passing letter to future employer
    3. If hired, Apply for SSN

    Thank you again for your help

    Just to clarify on that, the Visascreen certificate is not a "verification of legal right to work in the states", you got it all confused there.

    Having a valid work visa such as an H1B, a PR status, or in your case a TN do give you that "legal right" however.
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    Thank you Mage82ph, So I need to have a working permit in my case a TN visa before I apply for a job?Coz on the application they ask if I am legal to work in the states and if I answer no I'm automatically not eligible for the job. I was reading through the requirments for a TN visa and in order to get one I need a job offer. So now I really dont know what to do....Thank you for your help....
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    Quote from Jenfree_01
    Thank you Mage82ph, So I need to have a working permit in my case a TN visa before I apply for a job?Coz on the application they ask if I am legal to work in the states and if I answer no I'm automatically not eligible for the job. I was reading through the requirments for a TN visa and in order to get one I need a job offer. So now I really dont know what to do....Thank you for your help....
    Jenfree, here is the thing, what you need is to find an employer who would be willing to give you a job offer to subsequently apply for a TN. But the fact remains that the US has many hiring-freezes all over, and many American new grads are having a hard time getting that first job. Yes it's true, what you see online are job vacancies for those who are already in the US who have the "legal right" to work, or for experienced nurses, since unemployment in the states is still in an all time high. In other words they don't do much "importing" now, so it might be difficult to find such an employer given the current job market.

    I don't know your reasons for moving south, but it can be a tough one for you, especially if you're a new grad or without experience, but of course it is not impossible. You may want to work here, which is a good option given your situation, however you are currently locked because you did not take the NLE in the Philippines, which is prerequisite for eligibility to write the CRNE as the other members were trying to stress out.
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    By the way, you cannot get an SSN, even if you are physically in the States, it can only be issued if you already have the TN or other valid work visas.

    Otherwise it would be illegal, the same is true as to how they issue an SIN here at home.


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