RPN student looking to work in U.S after grad

  1. Hello everyone. I am presently a RPN student in Canada. When I graduate in June of 2006 I would like to work in the U.S. Is there anyone out there that can help me in what I have to do, who I can contact, etc. to get the ball rolling. Can I not work in the U.S. if I am a RPN? The answer I am getting back from online recruiters are that they do not deal with RPNs, only RNs. Is this true

    Desperately seeking RPN....clarkie
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Immigration will not give you a visa to work in the US as an LPN, what your equivalent here is called. That is where you will have issues and why you cannot find an agency that will make an offer. The only way around that is if you are married to an American or a green card holder, or someone that has a visa that legally permits them and their spouse to work in the US.:wink2:

    RNs can actually come over the US under a NAFTA TN Visa, but RPNs are not covered under it either. Your best bet would be to complete the RN program if your goal is to work in the US. Much easier and faster, otherwise you could be waiting years for approval to work her. Your application would not get expedited like the RNs are getting now.
  4. by   Thunderwolf
    good advice. thanks, suzanne!


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  5. by   Jessy_RN
    [font=lucida sans unicode] welcome to the site, enjoy your stay and best wishes to you!
  6. by   pugmum
    Quote from clarkie
    Hello everyone. I am presently a RPN student in Canada. When I graduate in June of 2006 I would like to work in the U.S. Is there anyone out there that can help me in what I have to do, who I can contact, etc. to get the ball rolling. Can I not work in the U.S. if I am a RPN? The answer I am getting back from online recruiters are that they do not deal with RPNs, only RNs. Is this true

    Desperately seeking RPN....clarkie
    Hi Clarkie, just to clarify, when you say RPN, are you referring to registered practical nurse (as in Ontario), or registered psychiatric nurse (as in BC)?
    Too many titles sometimes, gets confusing .

    Welcome to the forum, I'm sure you'llbe able to find the answers (or find out where to find them!) here
  7. by   suzanne4
    With either title, it will not get you a work visa in the US. Both positions do not meet the requirements for a green card here.
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