I'm a nurse from Australia and am undertaking the LOOONNGG process of getting my nursing reg to the states. I'm planning on working in Colorado. I have to do 2 courses to make up hours in paeds and obstetrics, and then i'm planning on applying to Vermont (Q1. Is vermont good to go through?) Also from there I will sit the NCLEX, Q2. it doesn't matter what state I sit the NCLEX in does it?
Q 3. I've just come across visa screens and have no clue what this is?? can anyone give me some info?
Q4. After I sit the NCLEX, whats the process in order to work in the US? Is all I have to do is find a hospital to sponsor me (or go through an agency?) Is there much paperwork to do after I have sat the NCLEX?
Any advice would be appreciated, I'm feeling very overwhelmed!!!
Apr 16, '09
Which route are you planning on working in the US?
Visa screen certificate is something all foreign nurses require if getting work visa of their own and all information can be found on the CGFNS website. If has to be in hand if you apply for a E3 visa (only Australian citizens qualify) if applying for GC then you can get it near time of your visa application being processed. Currently for GC there is a retrogression and looking at several years wait and all countries are affected.
Can be done without agency and usually hospital will have a lawyer that will be able to sort paperwork out as the hospital has to provide certain paperwork.
I would suggest a good read on Retrogression and E3 visas as there are a couple of Australian citizens who have used this route.
Personally if planning on working in Colorado then apply to the BON from the start as even for endorsing you usually have to meet requirements for foreign trained nurse
Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Apr 16, '09
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