Quote from philrn
My aunt is a nurse in LA and said that she can help me find an employer there. She told me that all I have to do is to pass the NCLEX after I pass the licensure exam here in the Philippines. Will a tourist visa help me in obtaining a working visa if I pass the exam. Regarding the English exams, I'm planning to take the IELTS while waiting for my ATT. Do you know any state that allows foreign graduates to take the NCLEX even without a SS number? I'm aware of the retrogression policies. Thanks.
In order to apply for a change in status, which is what it is called if you have a tourist visa and are in the US, you must have a Visa Screen Certificate submitted with the documents. It takes about minimum of four months after you have passed NCLEX and the English exams before you can receive this. Right now with the new rulings in place, you will have a problem to get get a "work visa." You must be able to get a number assigned to you and this isn't happeneing right now. You need to figure about one year by the time that you are able to sit for NCLEX and get your Visa Screen Certificate if you haven't started anything as of yet.
You cannot apply to any state for licensure until you have a completed set of transcripts. You actually do not need to pass the exam in the Philippines before taking NCLEX, but I suggest that you do as you will have some time to wait, no matter what your aunt tells you. You need to allow about 4 to 6 months just to get your ATT letter, after you graduate, then you need to make an appt to take the exam, then wait for the Visa Screen Certificate. So there are no longer any quick fixes such as when your aunt first went to the US to work. Things are quite different now.
I recommend NY for everyone to get their initial license from. They will actually issue you a license without a SSN# and this makes it easy for you to endorse to any place else.
THere will only be three applicsations that you need: NY BON app, plus special credentials verification for NY, done by CGFNS as well as the Visa Screen applciation, also from CGFNS. The nice thing about the set up from NY, is that CGFNS will obtain all of the documentation for you, you just need to sign a release for them. This is the quickest and easiest.
Another informational update for you, there is no such thing as a working visa for nurses anymore. There is the green card, and an EAD which you receive if you are in the US and apply for a change of status, this allows you to work 90 days after the petition is submitted by your employer. But again remember that you must have the Visa Screen Certificate in hand when you apply for this change in status, or your documents will not be processed.