Quote from brent_25
Just need to vent a little about CGFNS too! Ironically enough I did the VisaScreen (CES) certification through them (from Canada) and it didn't take too long (about 3 months from start to finish) - and that was even with a couple of screw ups on my part! Make sure your information is CORRECT! If not - you have to start the whole process over, and get letters from your University verifying information - which makes the process even longer.
Unfortunately I will be nursing in NY state - the only state to require ADDITIONAL verification to practice (from CGFNS). I initially thought this would be a piece of cake, seeing as I am already CES certified with them..NOT!! I started the whole process in October, and I'm still waiting for them to send out the request forms from my University! Over 2 months later, and they still haven't even requested my information yet!
Needless to say I have a job waiting for this patiently, as well as the NY state licensing board - and I am left hanging..I have called CGFNS repeatedly - which always gets me NOWHERE! Emails are just as useless..it takes them forever to answer - and they always say the same thing - that my application is being processed..ARGH! Very frustrating.
So..unfortunately I don't have any good ideas for you in regards to submitting a formal complaint..however, I will check back here often to see what others have to say!
NY requires the CVS, they are the only state that uses that. They do not accept the CES, and the CVS cannot be used by a state that requires the CES. And they do not require anything additional, just that one document, but it can be months to get. On average, it is about four months at the very earliest, six months or so on average.
Visa Screen is not the same as the CES, which is a credentials evaluation.
They are two completely different things, VCS is required for immigraiton purposes only, not for licensure. CES is needed for licensure, as well as CVS.
It is New York that requires that CGFNS obtain the documents directly, it is not per CGFNS, they only handle it for NY.