This is my first post in the forum.
I'm a French nurse and I'm planing to move to Florida. I started all the paperwork to pass the Nclex but I don't really know which way is the best to find a job...
Based on your experiences, do you think it's best to find a job on your own ? With a law office ? Or with a recruitment agency ?
And if you think a law office or a recruitment agency is the right path, do you have some to recommend or any advice and/or warnings ?
And lastly, can you start looking for a job while you're waiting to pass the Nclex or is it a waste of time as hospitals won't even look at your resume without it ?
Thank you all!
Jan 15, '14
by Sailor Nurse
My husband is also French so I was thinking about finding a sponsor as soon as I have my Nclex and start with a non immigrant visa because it looks "quicker" to get than an immigrant one. I have been working in the medical world for more than 12 years but I haven't been a RN since that long.
I'm surprised you say finding a job as a nurse in the US will be very hard because dozens of foreign nurses on this forum have done it and everybody say that the shortage of nurses will continue till 2020. And when I went to the US last june, I saw a lot of advertising for employers looking for nurses.
And about the agency, I thought a big company already working whith hospitals will have less problems getting a visa than me on my own but I may be wrong...
Last edit by Sailor Nurse on Jan 15, '14
Jan 15, '14
by loriangel14 Guide
There may be law offices that deal with immigration but they do not find you a job.
Like Bucky said, the job outlook is bleak so you don't have much hope of being sponsored.
Last edit by loriangel14 on Jan 15, '14
Just so that others may try to give some more insight, you said you have been an RN for not so many years, but you do have some years as an RN in what particular special nursing field and was it a paid hospital clinical position for how many years?
It might help in a US sponsor looking at your experiences to see if you're a good fit for them. A sponsorship does mean that the sponsor will be paying for your entire cost to do all the legal paperwork and it's not cheap. But as mentioned earlier, sponsorships are very hard to come by but not impossible, just not as many as previous years.
While FL does allow one to take the NCLEX-RN without presenting a SS#, they will not issue the actual license until they are provided with a valid SS# that's work authorized or you have a valid working visa. I don't know how long the US will begin to start to look at applicants coming from France, but it's expected to be several years with regards to them looking at the visa process.
Check with the local French embassy there or see if you can ask a French immigration lawyer if he/she can give you a 15-30 free minutes of consultation advice on how long it will take to obtain such a working visa as a nurse.
Glance over the FL state nursing forum here and you can see how the job market is going (or not going).
Be very careful in dealing with recruitment agencies, especially if they charge a lot of up-front fees and sounds too good to be true (and it is if they can promise you the moon and the stars with easy to get visas, as each level gets more expen$ive).
Last edit by steppybay on Jan 16, '14
Jan 16, '14
by Sailor Nurse
Thank you all, I know you're not trying to discourage me and that It's important to start such an adventure with a true understanding of the current situation. I'll begin by passing my Nclex and then, I'll get ready for a lot of leg work
Last edit by Sailor Nurse on Jan 16, '14