Hi guys!!! I think I may get stuck in Can after july 24 which means I will have to do the visa screen!
Soo I want us all to be able to help each other wtih any info I find the board confusing sometimes to go through. Anyone preped for the NCLEX? I am taking mine in early June as soon as I finish my wedding planning. Although I havent studied yet! I have that NCLEX made easy book which I aslo used for my Can RN's. Okay start the info flowing!
May 8, '05
The above poster is correct...........The Visa Screen Certificate is issued by CGFNS once you have passed either the CGFNS exam or NCLEX, and the English exams if you required to take them, and
have applied for it. The TN Visa, based on the NAFTA Treaty, is issued for Canadian and Mexican RNs to be able to work in the US without waiting for the green card.............Sure, you can apply for the green card, but this will get you started and allow you to work almost immediately.
The TN Visa is only available for RNs, and those that hold Canadian or Mexican passports. It is not available for permanent residents of those countries.
Last edit by suzanne4 on May 8, '05
May 9, '05
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Thank you for responding. THe whole process has been hard as you know. I do have my NCLEX finally which was very difficult and costly. NOw what happens when you have the visa screen in your hands. I dont have it yet. Do you just give it to Border Immigration? What is the next step? thanks again
ok when you get that document, you can go look for jobs in the US. either as a travel position OR as staff. for a travel position
, your company will write a contract w/ you. once you have that contract in hand, *double check the details of the contract: pay, hours, time off, night shift/day shift, rotating, contract start and end date etc. you must also apply to the nursing board of the state that you want to work in... follow the instructions in their application packet; you will prolly have to send them a copy of you VISA SCREEN (depends on which state you are applying to) and ofcourse your NCLEX certification (amongst other documents). once they issue you a lisence.. you then take your contract along w/ your VISA SCREEN and your US *state* lisence to the border and tell the agent that you are applying
for a TN VISA. he/she will direct you from there. some borders take cash only! i.e. the airport in montreal. my last TN VISA cost me $50 US (?)... i dont remember.
PS:i've always had a passport. in my humble opinion that having it w/ you even when crossing the US/CAN border helps alot. especially post 9/11. the steps/proceedures described above may vary... but you do
need a state lisence, NCLEX, and visa screen to get your TN VISA. your company (hospital, if you are going as staff) should help you w/ all these steps. good luck.
Last edit by beausud on May 9, '05