hello. i'm a bsn grad from the philippines. i'm planning to work in california so i directly applied for an nclex exam and didn't plan to take cgfns. however, friends and relatives have been informing me that since california is only issuing a temporary license without an sss number, i need my cgfns certification to file for i-140? is this true?
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california is now requiring the foreign educated nurse applicant to provide a valid social security number. california will only issue a temporary license without the social security number. unfortunately, the ins will not accept a temporary license to file the i-140 and/or adjustment of status. as long as this situation exists, i would not recommend foreign educated nurses apply in california for purposes of filing the i-140 unless they are also a cgfns test passer. if they are a cgfns test passer with a pass on toefl, the i-140 petition can be filed. then if a concurrent adjustment of status and ead is filed, the nurse can apply for the social security card after the ead is received in about 90 days. then....with the social security card, the nurse can obtain the full license. however, with the temp license and the social security card, the nurse can begin to work.
Jan 2, '07
Pls. be careful on where you get your information. Not all in the web are accurate.
If you do you some searches here at the Int'l forum you'll know that Suzanne doesn't recommend CA for initial licensure for the reasons of long processing time of 4-6 mos and another 3-4 weeks to get the result via snail mail and no license will be given for lack of US SSN. But to say that the CGFNS Exam only is required isn't accurate as well.
Pls. note this link from USCIS: http://www.uscis.gov/files/article/afm_ch22_021406.pdf
It firmly says that either CGFNS or proof of passing the NCLEX is needed. No mention of English Exams either. Proof of passing an English Exam is needed for the VisaScreen Certification w/c is needed later on.
That being said, it is better to just go thru a State BON such as NM or VT and just endorse to CA BRN later on. Pls. don't make it hard on yourself. Your colleagues simply go thru either one of those and that's it.
Last edit by lawrence01 on Jan 2, '07