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I am currently a full-time student in US(not in nursing). I got my BSN in China and I have got my RN license here. I want to graduate soon and begin to work as a nurse and apply for H-1C and green card. Do I need to do visa screen? currently I hold a F-1 visa.
You do not want an H1-C, you only want the green card. You are a US citizen and did not attend nurisng school in the US, so YES
you will need a Visa Screen Certificate. You may also be required to sit for the English exams since you did your nurses training in China.
You probably need to speak to an immigration lawyer before you finish school.
Being on an F-1 visa allows you to work for up to one year in the area that you went to school in to get more experience, however, you already have your BSN from another country. And your degree that you received here is another area. You will not be able to put in for a change of status until you actually have the Visa Screen Certificate in hand, and that usually takes about four months if you haven't already submitted the paperwork. Then it is about three months from that point until you receive your EAD letter which permits you to work. And you will need an employer to petition for you.
You actually should have applied for your Visa Screen Certificate months ago, you need it now for any type of temporary permit.....sorry for the bad news.