I am a BSN student on a F-1 visa graduating this spring.
I was wondering when I should apply for Visa Screen Certificate/CGFNS as my graduation is approaching.
Also, do I have to wait for CGFNS to go through before taking my NCLEX? or can I still take the NCLEX while CGFNS is processing?
Feb 5, '12
I checked the website and it said I need a CES or CP for my state. Is that a separate application process (meaning different application and separate fees) or is that under one big application for CGFNS?
What happens if I get my RN by passing NCLEX but CGFNS does not get approved? Am I not allowed to work as an RN before CGFNS goes through???? Even if I was educated in the US for my bachelor's and for the nursing degree?
" May I ask how you plan to gain employment eligibility after your F1 visa expires? Aside from OPT, your only option is EB3 Visa which is still under retrogression. OPT requires that you apply 90 days before or 60 days after your graduation. If approved, you can only work for 12 months under OPT. "
I don't. I pretty much accepted the reality and decided to look for work elsewhere, in another country. I understand the retrogression, and that the "nursing shortage" is more a slogan schools use to gather students for money.. especially for international students who go into the major not being fully aware of their situations, spend all their money + more just to find out what's really going on like years later.
My university hospital already rejected me from working as a nurse tech/assistant partly because of my F-1 status and the impossibility of getting H1B and green card anyways (this is where I really learned the reality of F1 nursing students). I'm already braced for the reality that will strike me once I graduate. I plan on getting as much experience as I can for my OPT by working in either community sites or rural settings and then use that to find other jobs in other countries.
Thank you for your information
Last edit by companisbiki on Feb 5, '12