can LPN's from the Philippines work in the US

  1. am located here in cebu, philippines. am interested to take Practical Nursing for 12months in a school accredited by TESDA. I was opting to go for BSN but it would take me 4 years to finish schooling and i can't wait that long. unlike if i go for PN, after a year i would be finished. my concern is, if i passed NCLEX-PN, what are the opportunities for me in the US. do you think they will accept LPN's from the Philippines? pls enlighten me on this. thanks.
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  3. by   Lovely_RN
    Someone posted the correct information so I am deleting this post.
    Last edit by Lovely_RN on Oct 10, '07
  4. by   agldragonRN
    Quote from arieskee
    am located here in cebu, philippines. am interested to take practical nursing for 12months in a school accredited by tesda. i was opting to go for bsn but it would take me 4 years to finish schooling and i can't wait that long. unlike if i go for pn, after a year i would be finished. my concern is, if i passed nclex-pn, what are the opportunities for me in the us. do you think they will accept lpn's from the philippines? pls enlighten me on this. thanks.

    do not take any lpn programs in the philippines. again do not be fooled into taking their program. you will waste your time and money because you cannot use it here in the united states unless you already have a legal status, such as a "green card", work permit, or you are a us citizen already. you cannot use it as a basis for green card sponsorship. heck, even the associate rn there you cannot even use for visa or green card sponsorship. you need to have a bsn in the philippines in order to use it for immigration purposes because that is the professional level of a nurse in there.

    sure you will be able to take the nclex-pn but that does not mean you can use and practice in the united states. however, if you already are a green card holder or a us citizen, yes you can use it here but i think it is only good for louisiana as the curriculum is based there but that is it. it is not even good for endorsement. think about this. why would there even be an lpn program in the philippines when even the philippine government does not recognize it? it is a scam. they just want your money. stay away!

    nurses from the philippines all have bsn degree. anything less is not accepted for immigration purposes. i don't even think the philippines will let you take the national local exam (nle) for associate registered nurses. and there is no governing board for lpns in the philippines so hint! hint! it's a scam.

    just do it the right way. four years will pass by quick. you won't even notice. my cousin over there is almost done with her bsn program. i think 2 more semesters and she's done. but it feels like she just started last year and before you know it, she will be here already. well, good luck and take care.

    angel
    Last edit by agldragonRN on Oct 10, '07
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    Please take the time to read the Philippine and International forums. Also this link. As LPN you will not qualify for a visa in the US also retrogression is affecting all foreign nurses and you are looking at several years before moving to the US at the moment. Not sure when this will change http://allnurses.com/forums/f235/lvn...il-213970.html

    In fact I am going to move this to the International forum as more appropriate there
  6. by   suzanne4
    Let me throw something else into this equation as well:

    There is no longer any guarantee that you will be able to work in the US even when you finish the BSN degree from there. There are less than 10,000 visas available per year for those from your country that are being petitioned by employers and there are many more than that that have the same dream.

    Last statistic that I saw from July shows 632,000 students currently enrolled in the BSN programs there. And there are not even jobs for most of the graduates to even find jobs there when they finish, and it is only going to get worse.

    And as the above poster mentioned, the LPN certification is not even recognized in your country for licensure so how can they properly train someone for a job that most know nothing about? The two year degree from there is also not accepted here in the US since your government does not recognize that for licensure either. And a key factor of getting thru immigration in the US is that you are first level RN in your country, or equivalent to that. And the Philippines only accepts the BSN for licensure.

    Please take the time to read the threads already on this topic on the Philippine Forum. There is mcuh there already.

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