Canadian studying in the States

  1. Hi,

    I'm a Canadian currently studying in California. I'm considering either LVN also known as RPN or LPN in Canada. What are the chances of me getting an H1 or TN from either working as an RN or LVN?

    Thanks!!
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    H1 visas are no longer being granted. You can get a TN visa easily as an RN, but they are not given to LPNs. If you want to work in the US, you will need to get the RN or go through a tedious immigration process if you are an LPN.
  4. by   Pucca
    Hi fergus,
    Thanks for your response.

    If I become an LVN, what kind of tedious immigration process would I need to go through? Thanks again!
  5. by   suzanne4
    You cannot get a green card as an LPN, you can get one as an RN if you complete at least a two year program in the US. If you complete it out of the country, then you will need the four year.

    You don't have any other options, unless you marry an American!
  6. by   fergus51
    If you're an LPN you just have to try to immigrate like everyone else without the benefit of being in an in demand profession. In otherwords, no greencard, no fast tracking, forget about it It's a complete waste to take that program if your goal is to move between the 2 countries unless you already have dual citizenship.
  7. by   fergus51
    Oh, and if you want to go back to Canada as an RN, several provinces require the BSN now, so an ADN in the states isn't enough.
  8. by   Pucca
    Quote from fergus51
    Oh, and if you want to go back to Canada as an RN, several provinces require the BSN now, so an ADN in the states isn't enough.
    Sorry for my ignorance What is an ADN? Is it the same as PRN?
  9. by   fergus51
    Quote from Pucca
    Sorry for my ignorance What is an ADN? Is it the same as PRN?
    Sorry, ADN or ASN is an associate's degree in nursing. (Usually a shorter program than the BSN, usually offered by colleges, it isn't a bachelor's degree like the BSN, though graduates of both programs become RNs and take the same lisencing exam). Since BC, Ontario and a few others are now requiring nurses to have a Bachelors in nursing, American nurses with ADN or ASNs are not allowed to practice there. This should be a consideration if you ever want to come back to Canada. Of course, you can get your ADn/ASN, and then work part time towards a BSN while working as a nurse, but it's hard.
  10. by   Pucca
    Thank you very much for the information. I really appreciate it!

    I know it's really hard to study and work at the same time. I did that in the past and I failed my courses.
  11. by   ASYL
    Hi. I'm thinking of doing one of the accelerated BSN's in the states and it cost $25000 USD, but it'd be done in a year as opposed to two years in Canada. I'm wondering if anyone has done that before and if so how they financed their education.

    Thanks!

    ASYL

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