Canadian nurse, educated in U.S do I need a Visa Screen?

  1. 0 Good morning, I am a Canadian nurse that has been educated in the U.S and I have passed my state NCLEX. When I went to the border to get my TN visa they instructed me that I need my VISA screen. Is this true? Since I did not attend university in Canada I find it hard to believe. Also, I am scheduled to start orientation in 2 weeks; if there is any advice you can give me on what papers to bring to the border to show that I do not need a Visa screen, or if I need one is there a way to get it within 2 weeks? I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance for you input
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  3. Visit  Abbachri profile page

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  4. Visit  daniecameron profile page
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    Even if you aren't educated in Canada, you can't just walk into a business in the US and get a job... your student Visa wouldn't allow you to work. Chances are the people who work at the border would be the experts here, but you could contact their Visa authority yourself and ask. Chances are they are correct.
  5. Visit  dishes profile page
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    Last edit by dishes on Jan 7, '12 : Reason: correction
  6. Visit  NotReady4PrimeTime profile page
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    I've moved this thread to the International Forum. Most Canadian nurses have very little knowledge of the ins and outs of immigration issues. It's hard to tell from your thread if you're crossing from Canada to the US or vice versa. But when it comes to visas, it really doesn't matter where you were educated. All they care about is your citizenship.
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  7. Visit  itsmejuli profile page
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    Did you do research before you went to the border? All of the info you are looking for is available online.

    TN Visas: Professionals under NAFTA | Embassy of the United States Ottawa, Canada

    Visas for Mexican and Canadian NAFTA Professional Workers

    CGFNS International
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  8. Visit  dishes profile page
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    Agree wiith looking at the websites juli provided and on the US customs and border protection website, it is clearly written that RNs require a visascreen U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Travel
  9. Visit  Silverdragon102 profile page
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    I doubt you can get VSC in 2 weeks, a lot will depend on how quickly documentation is sent to CGFNS but look at 1-2 months. For reference usually trained in the US 1-2 months outside the US you are looking at 4-6 months but a lot will depend on stuff reaching CGFNS
  10. Visit  g!RN profile page
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    I am also a Canadian nurse educated in the U.S. and I also have a TN. You DO have to get a visa screen. Mine was ~$500 and took almost 2 months to get. I have renewed my TN 4 times and 2/4 immigration officers asked for it. But if they ask and you don't have it, they will deny your TN because the immigration policy is that any foreign nurse regardless of where you were educated needs a visa screen. The ONLY thing Canadians can opt out of is the TOEFL exam.

    It's a dumb rule because the Visa Screen just states that your education is EQUIVALENT to a U.S. education. Really really really DUMB when you go to school in the U.S.
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  11. Visit  FinallyLPN,RN profile page
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    Quote from g!RN
    I am also a Canadian nurse educated in the U.S. and I also have a TN. You DO have to get a visa screen. Mine was ~$500 and took almost 2 months to get. I have renewed my TN 4 times and 2/4 immigration officers asked for it. But if they ask and you don't have it, they will deny your TN because the immigration policy is that any foreign nurse regardless of where you were educated needs a visa screen. The ONLY thing Canadians can opt out of is the TOEFL exam.

    It's a dumb rule because the Visa Screen just states that your education is EQUIVALENT to a U.S. education. Really really really DUMB when you go to school in the U.S.

    How long did it take from the time all your documents were received to the time they issued your certificate if you don't mind me asking?
  12. Visit  eleectrosaurus profile page
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    Hey fellow Canadians!! I was glad to see an active thread with nurses with TN experience.
    I'm going to graduate from my ADN program in Oakland this may. I'm expecting to do the OPT thing and the TN visa eventually.

    My big question is where and how did you find facilities that agree to do the extra work hiring you? I was thinking I will have to apply at basically desperate hospitals, and started looking into some really deep rural areas.

    Also, do you have to have a job offer waiting for you by graduation/nlclex when using OPT? Lastly.. when I'm applying around from now till May should I tell them about my visa up front or let an offer firm up and tell them after?

    Any advice from people that have been through it would be GREAT.
  13. Visit  g!RN profile page
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    I asked upfront. You don't really have to go to a rural hospital as MOST big university teaching hospitals hire 'foreign' nurses.
  14. Visit  companisbiki profile page
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    where are you living in? what do you mean by foreign? foreign you mean by those who have green card or US citizenship but aren't really the majority in terms of ethnicity?
  15. Visit  g!RN profile page
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    I live in NY state. But I have interviewed at a few big University hospitals in big cities in other states. By foreign I mean that you are NOT a US Citizen and DO NOT have a green card, and therefore if you want to work in the U.S. you must use a type of work visa/permit. If you are a Canadian or Mexican citizen, a lot of University Medical Centers take the TN Visa as a work permit. It can be valid for up to 3 yrs, and is renewable indefinitely.


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