So, I believe that you'd petition her for a K-1 Visa (Fiancee)
. Am I correct?
Here's what's going to happen if you go through K-1 Visa
. She gets to the US quicker than other visa types (usually maximum of 6 months, assuming that you meet all requirements). You have 90 days to get married in the US. After marrying, you'd file for Adjustment of Status (AOS) to Permanent Residency (aka Green Card) AND make sure you also file for Employment Authorization Card (EAD; usually arrives 2-3 months) which allows her to work here in the US with an SS number. File EAD with AOS so you don't need to pay for the EAD. All of this, you need to submit marriage licenses.
1.) As traumaRUS said it, you need to go to Illinois' Nursing page for the requirements. Foreign educated
nurses usually need to go through screening via CGFNS' (the popular choice) Credential Evaluation Service
(CES; $335) OR Certification Program
(CP; includes CGFNS exam, CES, english report via TOEFL
; $445). CGFNS would screen if her education is at par with the US
2.) Either way (work or school), she would need to prove that she knows English first. So, that depends on her if she would learn fast. A suggestion would be to enroll her in an English as a Second Language
(ESL) class if she really needs it. Really doesn't matter where (US or Japan). I would believe that she would do well as you are engaged to her. I mean, you can understand each other, right? Try some free online TOEFL exams to see if she can answer them.
3.) I don't know how it is in Japan. However, in the US, it would depend on what type of nurse she would want to start as--Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN; could be attained with an Associates Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing). The first one gets licensed through NCLEX-PN, the latter via NCLEX-RN.
4.) This would be dependent on the school.
If educated OUTSIDE of the US:
--------- CGFNS (you need to pass transcripts, diplomas, license if nurse in Japan, etc depending on the service you avail of. please refer to above links; $335 to $445; time would depend on how fast you submit the required documents)
--------- TOEFL or IELTS ( approx. $100 to $200 ; pretty fast results)
--------- Illinois Board requirements (fingerprints, education, license...refer to their site...around $91)
--------- NCLEX (around $200)
My fees for this (since I'm from Asia as well) estimates at around $700+ excluding the fees to pay your school to release your transcripts, etc and mailing documents to the appropriate agency.
If educated IN the US:
--------- TOEFL or IELTS for the SCHOOL
--------- school requirements
--------- Illinois board requirements
There you go! I hope this helps. Other users, please modify if I missed something!