overseas RN working visa

  1. Hi all,
    I am wondering whether any hospitals in CA recruit overseas RN's. I have worked as an RN, (total 4 years) both in NY and SFO at Kaiser, who were wonderful employers. Total RN experience is 25 years.I had greencard, but it was removed from me due to non usage, I presently live in Australia. I was looking into the E-3, or H1A visa. I returned to OZ, as my husband died suddenly in the States, and I had a young family. I realise that US hospitals have much local nursing talent to choose from, in these present economic times. cheers..
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    H1A or H1b? H1A is seasonal if I remember rightly and I doubt nurses use it. H1b is more specialised and minimum of BSN is required. Not many nurses use it

    E3 may be an option and then look at converting to immigrant visa if employer willing. I guess a lot will depend where in CA you are looking as many US nurses in CA are posting at the moment on how hard it is fibding work which may mean it will be hard for you to find a employer willing to go the E3 route with you. There are a few threads discussing E3 and ghillbert has done it and may be able to give you some pointers
  4. by   ghillbert
    Yeah E3 is definitely the easiest way to go, provided you are happy to work on a temporary (albeit indefinitely renewable right now) visa. Cheap and fast. You have to find an employer though and don't use the "visa sponsorship" scary phrase. Really all they have to do is complete the LCA form online and give you a job offer and you can do the rest. Now you have to convince them why they want you. There are zero hospitals actively recruiting overseas nurses in this economic climate and given that there are no nurse green cards, I would guess.

    Might be worth a quick trip over so that you can talk to people face to face, or try networking if you have friends over here.
  5. by   monty0308
    Hi! That's interesting to hear! E3 fast? How fast? I thought it took 5-6 years after the employer started the process?! ghillbert, how did you do that?
  6. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from monty0308
    Hi! That's interesting to hear! E3 fast? How fast? I thought it took 5-6 years after the employer started the process?! ghillbert, how did you do that?
    Do not confuse E3 with EB3

    EB3 is immigrant visa and has a long long wait due to retrogression
  7. by   monty0308
    Oh I see. Thank you for your information. I want to wait. At least the waiting time would start. But finding a petitioner seems impossible. Oh well...
  8. by   Dixie9
    thanks silverdragon , monty and ghillbert..all really helpful stuff.
    Yeah, I guesss it depends on supply and demand. I think I will go
    the E-3 route. After getting H1A in 90's and GC in 20's , I'm willing to
    wait for a better job market...I have no choice. Hopefully due to
    retireing RNs and the new
    health bill ( if eventuates) will boost demand for experienced RNs
  9. by   louieb
    hi guys! i just want to post something, a message from a lawyer and wanted to know if this is reliable? Thanks..

    Hi Louie,

    Since you have passed the NCLEX-RN test, you don't have to worry finding a petitioner. I can match you with an interested nursing home facility.

    We can either file an Immigrant Petition (EB-3) for nurses or opt for H1B nonimmigrant work visa. EB-3 costs $2,080.00 ($1,500 legal fee and $580.00 filing fee) while H1B costs $3,825.00 ($1,500.00 legal fee and $2,325.00 filing fees). Another disadvantage for H1B is the high risk of getting denied.

    If you will ask for my advise, I would prefer the EB-3. However, I always follow my client's instructions.

    If you want me to explore other options for you, kindly send your resume via email attachment.
  10. by   Silverdragon102
    EB3 is retrogressed so a very very long wait. H1b fees have to be paid by your employer not you