i want to move to the US - page 2

I am about to start my first year in nursing, I am a resident in thr UK, but would like to work in the US, does anyone know if i can do this with the UK qualification? or where i could find this out?... Read More

  1. by   christine mcquaker
    thanks for the advice about the agency, but getting into the usa is very hard and the agncy so far has helped all the way, but when I get there I will make sure that things are ok, the problem with signing contracts is that you sign up front but it is only for 18 mmonths which I am sure will fly by.
    Quote from suzanne4
    Exactly, since you are already English speaking (in many areas).
    NAFTA VISA is only open to CITIZENS of Mexico and Canada for those of you reading this post from other countries. It is under a free trade agreement that the US has with these two countries.
  2. by   suzanne4
    Quote from christine mcquaker
    thanks for the advice about the agency, but getting into the usa is very hard and the agncy so far has helped all the way, but when I get there I will make sure that things are ok, the problem with signing contracts is that you sign up front but it is only for 18 mmonths which I am sure will fly by.
    WRONG. It is not hard to get into the US, if you have all of the proper documents and training completed. It is actually quite easy for a nurse to do, they are even being fast-tracked...............Who told you that it was hard? The agency? Did you ever even try on your own with your own immigration attorney. Fees usually run about $5500 and then you are free to pick where you want to work, not where the agency wants to place you.
    There seems to be more probelms with nurses coming from the UK with these crazy contracts and you all speak English. I definitely don't understand that. :uhoh21:
  3. by   christine mcquaker
    suzanne, yes I took advice before proceeding with the agency, and why I say that it is hard is because first of all the board of nursing took ages before sending the right documentation for me to sit the n-clex, then it too the immigration people 6 months to give me phase one approval and it has taken ICHP 11 months to give me my visa screen certification, and this is what they call fastracking! I am now waiting for the embassy to send for me for an interview and then I qualify for a green card. I dont know anyone else in or out of an agency where it hasnt taken this long.
    once the documents are in america they are out of the agencys hands and we have no control over the waiting periods.
    believe me if there was a faster way then I would have taken it, I have produced transcripts twice, once for the n-clex and then again for the ICHP. Its just a waiting game and we are still waiting. we have been given travel date in august but it could change to july if we can get our interview earlier, if the interview is in june then we could be away in july but if not then we ahve to wait another month. A bit long winded I know, but could I ask you where you are you sound like a very knowledgable interesting person.
    Quote from suzanne4
    WRONG. It is not hard to get into the US, if you have all of the proper documents and training completed. It is actually quite easy for a nurse to do, they are even being fast-tracked...............Who told you that it was hard? The agency? Did you ever even try on your own with your own immigration attorney. Fees usually run about $5500 and then you are free to pick where you want to work, not where the agency wants to place you.
    There seems to be more probelms with nurses coming from the UK with these crazy contracts and you all speak English. I definitely don't understand that. :uhoh21:
  4. by   suehp
    Quote from christine mcquaker
    suzanne, yes I took advice before proceeding with the agency, and why I say that it is hard is because first of all the board of nursing took ages before sending the right documentation for me to sit the n-clex, then it too the immigration people 6 months to give me phase one approval and it has taken ICHP 11 months to give me my visa screen certification, and this is what they call fastracking! I am now waiting for the embassy to send for me for an interview and then I qualify for a green card. I dont know anyone else in or out of an agency where it hasnt taken this long.
    once the documents are in america they are out of the agencys hands and we have no control over the waiting periods.
    believe me if there was a faster way then I would have taken it, I have produced transcripts twice, once for the n-clex and then again for the ICHP. Its just a waiting game and we are still waiting. we have been given travel date in august but it could change to july if we can get our interview earlier, if the interview is in june then we could be away in july but if not then we ahve to wait another month.
    I agree with you here... it isnt that easy - especially emotionally - it is a huge emotional rollarcoaster ride, waiting for this wand waiting for that...oh well hopefully at the end of this particualr journey we can perhaps someone else to achieve their dream a little quicker
  5. by   suzanne4
    Question:
    Did you send in your documents for everything at one time, or after each step was completed?
    ...............I have my students do everything at the same time, right in the beginning when they begin training with me.
    For those that are going to take the CGFNS exam, send in documents right away and by courier service. California is taking over 6 months to send an ATT letter. NY has the separate verification which can take a few months. You also should apply for Visa Screen at the same time. Did you sit for CGFNS exam, or just NCLEX? If you take CGFNS exam, they have essentially approved your credentials earlier and the time is much faster. I have never had anyone that took 11 months, you are the first that I know of.
    Seems to be more problems with the UK for some reason.

    I actually now reside in Bangkok, Thailand where I own a school preparing nurses who wish to work in the US, as well as just learn "Conversational English." My full-time program is 4 months, but many go part-time for 6 months. They have their ATT letter in hand to sit for the exam when class finishes, as well as permission to sit for CGFNS.

    Guess I just handle things differently over here..................but I find that this works for us.

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