I know this topic has been brought up a lot and I've been reading threads until my eyes hurt. They're also old threads from 2008 and I'm hoping to find updated information related to this subject.
I'd appreciate any feedback from the more experienced nurses in this subject.
I came to the US with a R2 Visa in 2005. Later in 2008 I had to change my status to International student because I turned 21. I graduated on May 2012 with an associates (ADN). As an international student I have the "right" to work for a year after graduation. I currently have a work permit, a SSN, and my RN license from the state of Florida (Thank God!!) and I'm looking for a job.
Now my questions: Am I considered a foreign educated nurse even though I went to school here and passed the NCLEX? Am I elegible for a work visa?
I know that in order to get a work visa you need a bachelors degree but don't most health care facilities employ RNs with the minimum entry requirement for most staff RN jobs which is a two-year associate degree rather than a four-year bachelors' degree?
Again thank so much for taking your time to read this. This is becoming a big headache.