canadian Lpn's in the USA

  1. hi there, i am doing my prereq's for the LPN program and am interested in going down to the USA. does anyone know how easy or complicated this is or what it involves? any information would help! thanks!
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    It's pretty much impossible, unless you already have American citizenship or a greencard or marry a citizen. If going to the US to work is your ultimate goal, you'll have to get your RN. LPNs are not covered under immigration as in demand professionals like RNs are, so they can't get a work visa. Sorry I don't have better news for you.
  4. by   sparkydingle
    Have you heard anything about hospitals recruiting LPN's directly from canada? my dad is really into this and he said he called a few hospitals in the states and they were really eager to have him come down there with just the LPN and he hasn't even started school for it yet. is there any truth in this, or am i just hoping for too much?
  5. by   suzanne4
    Your chance of finding someone that would sponsor you will be almost impossible. If you should get so lucky, it will take about three years, if not more, as your visa would be processed, essentially like an unskilled worker. By the time that it would take you to get any type of visa to work, you could have had your RN. Sure, any hospital can offer you anything, but they can't hire you without a work permit. And no hospital is going to offer someone a position, if they can't be there for at least three years. I would definitely think of something else if you are looking to go to the US.

    Sorry, but go for the RN if you are planning to work in the US, unless you are planning on marrying an American..................
    Last edit by suzanne4 on Jul 1, '04
  6. by   fergus51
    Is the hospital under the impression he would be able to immigrate? Cause in my experience hospital HR people are completely clueless when it comes to immigration and lisencing issues. If you want to get into the US, you'll need the RN and even then you're looking at a few months worth of waiting and paperwork.
  7. by   suzanne4
    Fergus51 is completely correct here. Most HR staff are not aware of the immigration rulings.
  8. by   fergus51
    I have worked at quite a few hospitals in my short career and it has been my experience that HR people don't even know much about HR, let alone immigration. I think they are completely useless and usually do all I can to bypass them entirely. It's usually faster and easier to go directly to the unit manager and then you get some accurate info.

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