Can someone please help me or provide me with any basic information that you may know about this issue? I seem to have fallen in some purgatory of licensure and visa hell.
I was originally an RN in Canada and started working in the US on a NAFTA visa back in 2000. I married my Canadian husband who was by then because I had become a permanent resident and I have eligibility for citizenship. When the NAFTA immigration rules changed for VISA screen and writing the NCLEX in 2003 they didn't apply to me because I wasn't in any danger of being deported (to my knowledge), there was no suggestion from the state borad that I should do anything different, and my address hasn't changed since I moved to the US 12 years ago so I was an easy contact. During the next decade I went back to school in the US and obtained an MSN then wrote the board exam through ANCC for board certification in my specialty. All this time, I continued to work in the same state as a licensed RN and then an NP-BC with prescriptive authority.
My family needs to move to another state and when I applied to the state board for licensure, I discovered I needed to write the NCLEX after 25 years and, despite what is now, notable specialization.
Is there any way out of this quagmire besides stopping work and studying for 6 months to write the NCLEX??? It's been so long now and I'm so specialized in my clinical area that it seems like a nightmare. In addition, it will place significant financial hardship on my family on top of the costs of grad school and it's such a mess that I'm devastated.
Please help if you know anything about these issues.
Thanking you in advance.