Quote from suzanne4
Adjustment of status is only available for nurses who qualify for a tourist or student visa. Not every nurse can do this.
Processing for New York is less than one month.....................
You have to have all exams completed, as well as English exams, and Visa Screen completed, so this is still not a quick fix for everyone. California is taking 6 months for issuing of an ATT just to sit for NCLEX.
It is true that the adjustment of status is available only to those nurses who are here in US on a non-work visa such as student, tourist, spouse or family member of another visa holder such as L, H-1B or student. The problem with New York or that geographical area is the employer/sponsor must have an address within the geographical area covered by the Vermont service center. If the employer/sponsor is in California for example, the Vermont Service Center is not an option.
The current back logs at the other service center, Texas, Nebraska and CA....is terrible. As for the back log with the CA BRN..it is true that they are very slow. This Board was mandated last year by Governor Davis to return about 8 million dollars in funds from RN licnese fee to the CA General Fund...due to their budget cuts. The CA BRN then was forced to have some reduction of personnel and services and hours of doing business. Given all that....they are backlogged.
I do not recommend that the foreign nurse graduate apply to CA BRN as the initial state for licensure by examination, regardless of the nurses interest in working in that state. Not only are they slow, and about 40% of all first time foriegn nurses graduates who apply for NCLEX do so through CA....but they will not issue a license to most of those same nurses. The nurse without a social security card will get a passing letter. Although the passing letter can be used for the filing of the I-140 petition....if the employer is in CA, the nurse may infact find themselves getting the job offer and sponsorship in another state. Now this foreign nurse cannot endorse into another state....as the are not licensed. Also, CA BRN will not acknowledge in writing that they have evaluated the nurses transcripts to another state board.
Why do so many foreign nurse graduates apply through CA BRN initially? Low fees and no requirement for the CGFNS CES or exam. CA has now extended the time frame from 1 year to 2 years for the foreign nurse graduate who has passed the NCLEX and has the passing letter, to submit the social security number and get the full and unrestricted license. The foreign nurse graduate can also submit a TIN.
There are foreign nurse graduates who have passed the NCLEX in states like Hawaii, Florida, Nevada and CA....who have no license due to no social security number and are stuck without the ability to endorse into other states and the clock is ticking and they will be out of time to produce the social security number. There is a way out of this delimma...but it takes the skill of a Houdini and a lot of letter writing and phone calls and negotiation with the state boards.
It is just one more example of some of the artificial barriers created by these US licensing boards with restrictive policies toward the foreign nurse graduate applicant.