US Nursing Experience - page 3

Hi Everyone, Wondering if any fellow canadians could share their recent experience with regards to obtaining a job and VISA in the US. I am thinking of a move to Florida and wondering how long the... Read More

  1. by   markjrn
    Quote from Artis
    HI suzzane, thanks again for all your great info. I have another question. I have all my paper work in place for my visa screen. Does it take CGFNS 3 or 4 month to get the visa screen to you?? Or is that the amount of time it takes to get your paper work in order for it? How long does it generally take? I have tried calling them but they are in renovations now.
    I just called them a couple of days ago, and they stated that it would take 6-8 weeks to process, after receiving all of my paperwork.

    HTH
  2. by   suzanne4
    You will be very lucky if you get it in that amount of time. Especially since they are closed this week, at least part of it, for a major remodel of the facilities over the next few months.................things are getting moved temporarily......

    Good luck.............but please keep me posted and let me know how long that it actually takes.............
  3. by   markjrn
    Oh well, we'll just have to wait and see. I'm in no big hurry. I was just posting what I was told.
  4. by   Artis
    HI and thanks, it only took me about 2 weeks to get my DC license. I am so impressed. I take my hat off to them.
    Quote from Artis
    HI suzane thanks for all your great help. I am sending my verification of licensure from minnosota and just recently from DC to CGFNS/ ICHP . Is the visascreen a general document or is it something that needs to indicate that I m licensed in DC. thanks again
  5. by   fergus51
    My niece got her visascreen in the mail 7 weeks after they had all her info.
  6. by   markjrn
    Quote from Artis
    HI and thanks, it only took me about 2 weeks to get my DC license. I am so impressed. I take my hat off to them.
    Some of the BON's are a pleasure to deal with. I have 11 licenses, and some BON's are better than others. I'll miss using the compact.

    Glad to hear you had a good experience!
  7. by   markjrn
    Quote from Artis
    HI suzzane, thanks again for all your great info. I have another question. I have all my paper work in place for my visa screen. Does it take CGFNS 3 or 4 month to get the visa screen to you?? Or is that the amount of time it takes to get your paper work in order for it? How long does it generally take? I have tried calling them but they are in renovations now.
    Hi, I'm not Suzanne but I thought I'd let you know that I spoke with CGFNS today, and was told that the renovation only took a day or two, and that they gave me the same time frame that I was given before. It's just an FYI.
  8. by   suzanne4
    With them it is the luck of the draw. If you are overseas, then you can count on every day of the four months. Since you are on this continent, the earliest that I have seen has been four weeks, but I have also seen six months.

    It is a hard one to guess, but I wouldn't want you to accept a position based on the fact that you will have this certificate quickly. It usually doesn't happen, and especially when you need it the most. When it arrives, it will be there........then you will be quite happy........

    It has just been promises made out of there that are not always kept. Look at some of the other postings on the International forum and you will see why I am stating this.......
  9. by   markjrn
    Quote from suzanne4
    With them it is the luck of the draw. If you are overseas, then you can count on every day of the four months. Since you are on this continent, the earliest that I have seen has been four weeks, but I have also seen six months.

    It is a hard one to guess, but I wouldn't want you to accept a position based on the fact that you will have this certificate quickly. It usually doesn't happen, and especially when you need it the most. When it arrives, it will be there........then you will be quite happy........

    It has just been promises made out of there that are not always kept. Look at some of the other postings on the International forum and you will see why I am stating this.......
    I'm not sure if you are addressing this to me or someone else, Suzanne, but I am actually fairly knowledgeable re nursing in the US and immigration, etc. I'm in no hurry to go back to the US, so whenever the screen is done is ok with me. I just thought I'd post my most recent conversation with CGFNS, in case anyone was interested - like I said, just an FYI.
  10. by   MzKittenRN
    Quote from artis
    hi, if you want to be a nurse here in the usa, be prepared to have some money saved. every thing costs money, every little bit of paper work which you have to do, costs at least 20.00 american. for example once i got my license($), i had to send out a verification form which i had to obtain from cgfns and then i had to send that form to the board of nurisng so they could send it to cgfns. the cost was 26.00 for this one. ( this is just a piece of the puzzle) there should be one flat fee for the whole visa process.
    one of my nursing friends wanted to know how long it took for the cgfns to issue certificate once you passed the nclex boards/bon verification and had all the other paperwork done?

    mzkittenrn
  11. by   Artis
    well, i have no exact date issued from cgfns. one person said to me, once you send in your document, it stays in the processing area for approximately 15 days before it is data entered into the computer system so i am wondering how many piles of paper are still waiting to get processed? another person quoted me 4 to 6 weeks once all my documents are into cgfns. i have tried emailing. one time, i had one person email me and they told me to send a copy of something and i did, the next time i called the next person and they of the same document to send a verified copy. if you call them, you will at least get a person to talk to.
    Quote from mzkittenrn
    one of my nursing friends wanted to know how long it took for the cgfns to issue certificate once you passed the nclex boards/bon verification and had all the other paperwork done?

    mzkittenrn
  12. by   markjrn
    Quote from Artis
    HI, if you want to be a nurse here in the USA, be prepared to have some money saved. Every thing costs money, every little bit of paper work which you have to do, costs at least 20.00 American. For example once I got my license($), I had to send out a verification form which I had to obtain from CGFNS and then I had to send that form to the board of nurisng so they could send it to CGFNS. The cost was 26.00 for this one. ( This is just a piece of the puzzle) There should be one flat fee for the whole visa process.
    You're right, there are fees for everything. We have alot of licenses to verify, so it adds up quickly. But, we have plenty of fees here in Canada too.

    How long have you been working on your Visa Screen now? Maybe you're getting close to receiving it.
  13. by   Artis
    Im hoping there are more perks in the USA, like courses I dont have to pay for ?? I applied for my visa screen back in July 2004 and I just sent in the last document. Thanks for reminding me.
    Quote from markjrn
    You're right, there are fees for everything. We have alot of licenses to verify, so it adds up quickly. But, we have plenty of fees here in Canada too.

    How long have you been working on your Visa Screen now? Maybe you're getting close to receiving it.

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