Help! How Long do California Board of Nursing Issue an Interim Permit/ATT to Nurses - page 2

Hello everyone. I'm also a Filipina Nurse who was petitioned by an employer and was luckily granted an immigrant visa. Now I'm already here in California (Chula Vista) waiting for my interim permit.... Read More

  1. by   suzanne4
    Quote from nindot
    i have applied for my rn-nclex licensure exam and interim permit a month ago, i didnt know it takes that long to get the att and interim permit, i am already here in san francisco arrived last dec via fiance visa. While waiting for my interim permit, i have to find ways to earn money so i have applied for a caregiver job in one of the homecare companies here in sanfrancisco, its okay for now and besides the company which hired me promised to offer me a nursing position once i have my interim permit already. Im just concerned though because i have been out of practice for 16 yrs only got back when i took a 6 mo, refresher clinical training at phil general hospital in manila last year, i dont know if hospitals here would be willing to hire me even if i pass nclex knowing ive been away for 16 years. Im just wondering if they would ask me to take a refresher course or they would just give me enough orientation? my self-esteem is really low, even the caregiver job im still doubting myself if i could do it, my co-workers are homeheath or cna certified and i have a feeling they know more nursing skills than me, if there are nurses in same situation like me, pls i would like to hear from you too.
    It is four to six months before you will get apporval to sit for the exam.
    It is not advisable for you to accept a position as an RN with that company as a brand new licensed RN in the US. You need US nursing experience first, and a good solid orientation. If you are doubting your schools as a nursing assistant, as the RN you are responsbile for advising care for for the patient. Things are done quite differently in the US then what is done in your country.

    Once you get your license, you will be able to take a refresher course and I highly recommend it. Nursing has changed significantly in the past fifteen years, and coming from another country, it will only make it much harder for you. You are definitely going to need a strong orientation as well, and you will not get that in the home health arena, especailly since you do not have an recent experience. I would hate to see you lose your license over this.
  2. by   nindot
    hi suzanne, i dont know if i can afford a refresher course once i get my license though, i was wondering if there are hospitals who would just provide me with that or just give me a very long orientation if they hire me, like what happened with my friend who's also from the philippines now in LA, she is in the same boat as me, but she passed nclex recently and a hospital hired her and since she is not experienced and has been out of practice for many years they provided her with a 5 month orientation at the same time already being paid, i hope i could find a hospital like that here in san francisco.:spin:
  3. by   suzanne4
    You have a better chance finding that in the LA area. There are many, many American grads wishing to work in the SF area, that it will be hard. You may find one, but I can promise that it will not be easy.

    And please make sure that you go to a hospital and not a Long Term Care facility for your first job. You will not get the training that you need.
  4. by   nindot
    thanks suzanne for your advice, incidentally i've always preferred to live in LA because that's where my whole family lives, it just so happened that my husband who petitioned me from the philippines thru fiance visa lives here in sf so i had no choice but yeah i would really relocate if a hospital in LA would hire me,plus cost of living is lower unlike here gosh so expensive to live in, anyway again thanks suzanne have a good day!
  5. by   xin317
    Quote from suzanne4
    Sorry to tell you that CA takes the longest in the US to grant permission to sit for the NCLEX exam. Average wait is four to six months, it doesn't matter where it is mailed form or if you are even already in the US. They do their own credentials review.

    You can send fingerprint cards from the Philippines, but definitely get two sets done, in case one set cannot be used. But please read the stickies at the top of the International Forum. CA is never, ever recommended for initial licensure for a foreign grad, and especially if you do not have a SSN#. You will need to wait about one month to get your results, it will not be posted on the CA BRN until you can give them a SSN#. And you do not get that until you are in the US and already have an employer and have goen thru the entire immigration process.
    then how would I be given an SSS# if I still don't have licence? Can I take the nclex exam with my SSS# for follow up?
  6. by   suzanne4
    Yuo can take the exam, and get the result, but you will not be issued an actual license until you arrive here and can give them the SSN#.

    But I never, ever advise going thru CA as a foreign grad for initial licensure.
  7. by   xin317
    Quote from suzanne4
    Yuo can take the exam, and get the result, but you will not be issued an actual license until you arrive here and can give them the SSN#.

    But I never, ever advise going thru CA as a foreign grad for initial licensure.
    ok thx... I have questions about the application process.... am I correct if I send my application for california comprising of...
    a.) the application form ( 2 pages )
    b.) the payment
    c.) a copy of my diploma
    d.) reason for not having a licence
    e.) Hard Card
    Now, is it ok if I send it via Fedex or does it have to be sent via regular mail only? is a local licence required? or a diploma is enough.... thank you...
  8. by   caloy
    Hi, i hav a question. i already hav my ATT for the california board exam; but i didn't apply for an interim permit. I plan to go and take the exam in california (i'm from the philippines) in june. Can i apply for an interim permit after the exam? So that i can work while waiting for the results of the exam (i hear it can take 3 to 4 weeks). Thank you very much
  9. by   lawrence01
    Quote from caloy
    Hi, i hav a question. i already hav my ATT for the california board exam; but i didn't apply for an interim permit. I plan to go and take the exam in california (i'm from the philippines) in june. Can i apply for an interim permit after the exam? So that i can work while waiting for the results of the exam (i hear it can take 3 to 4 weeks). Thank you very much
    Maybe its better to just wait for the exam results. Have a vacation.

    Are you expecting to fail the exams? You won't be able to study properply for the exams if you go the interim permit route and if you went there via tourist I'm not sure you can extend your stay just because you have an interim permit. If that's what you are thinking. If you're there with a diff. visa it's still best to concentrate on studying for the re-exam.

    If you expect to pass the exams then you don't need the interim permit.
  10. by   FutureUSRN
    Hi to everyone! I am a newbie here....just registered today. I am a RN from the Philippines....few days ago I called CA-BON and got a message that I am already eligible for NCLEX...I will register with Pearson VUE soon.

    I am planning to take NCLEX this coming July or August....ca anyone here suggest a good review center in Manila or Makati? I am planning to attend GAPUZ or KAPLAN. Can anyone advice me which one is better?

    Another thing, I have a valid US tourist visa - is it better to take NCLEX in the US or it is nothing different than Hongkong? I mean, I know the exam is the same but how about the ambiance, you know?

    Gracias....
  11. by   suzanne4
    Quote from caloy
    Hi, i hav a question. i already hav my ATT for the california board exam; but i didn't apply for an interim permit. I plan to go and take the exam in california (i'm from the philippines) in june. Can i apply for an interim permit after the exam? So that i can work while waiting for the results of the exam (i hear it can take 3 to 4 weeks). Thank you very much
    How do you expect to work with the Interim Permit? You need proof of licensure to start the petition process for a green card in the US. You cannot work legally in the US without a visa that permits you to do so.

    And if you try, you get caught, and you get deported.
    It will take about 4 1/2 to 5 months before you will be able to work legally here. If you cannot wait thatlong, then do not come to the US on a tourist visa. Somple as that.

    Interim permits are only good until you take the exam, once you take it, they are null and void.

    You cannot work for 4 1/2 months at the earliest. Interim permit is useless to you.
  12. by   suzanne4
    Quote from FutureUSRN
    Hi to everyone! I am a newbie here....just registered today. I am a RN from the Philippines....few days ago I called CA-BON and got a message that I am already eligible for NCLEX...I will register with Pearson VUE soon.

    I am planning to take NCLEX this coming July or August....ca anyone here suggest a good review center in Manila or Makati? I am planning to attend GAPUZ or KAPLAN. Can anyone advice me which one is better?

    Another thing, I have a valid US tourist visa - is it better to take NCLEX in the US or it is nothing different than Hongkong? I mean, I know the exam is the same but how about the ambiance, you know?

    Gracias....
    Go the smart route and take it in SE Asia first. What happens if you do not pass the first time? You will be having to fly back home.
  13. by   suzanne4
    Quote from lawrence01
    Maybe its better to just wait for the exam results. Have a vacation.

    Are you expecting to fail the exams? You won't be able to study properply for the exams if you go the interim permit route and if you went there via tourist I'm not sure you can extend your stay just because you have an interim permit. If that's what you are thinking. If you're there with a diff. visa it's still best to concentrate on studying for the re-exam.

    If you expect to pass the exams then you don't need the interim permit.
    The IP is only good before you take the exam. It becomes void afterwards.

    And you cannot work with that, if you do not have a visa that permits it. If the nurse has not taken the CGFNS exam, and gone that route, then getting the IP means absolutely nothing. It is a useless waste of money.

    A nursing license in the US does not give you permission to work.

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