Visa Screen Certificate / CGFNS - page 47

Visa Screen Certificate is required by all foreign nurses wishing to obtain a green card to work in the US, as well as any type of temporary work permit, such as the Nafta TN Visa for those from... Read More

  1. by   firstyearRN
    Hello there! I'm a Canadian who will finish my program at the end of late June. I will then sit for the NCLEX likely in August or as soon as possible. Can I apply for the Visa Screen now if it is good for a year and then send my nclex information once I have it? I'd like to change to a TN visa as soon as possible from an F1 visa.

    Thank you very much!
  2. by   Silverdragon102
    I would probably hang on until you have sat NCLEX. Takes approx 1 month when you train in the US. Don't forget you will still need to leave the US to get your TN visa. Have you applied for OPT? That at least will give you chance to work whilst waiting for sorting TN out?
  3. by   firstyearRN
    Thanks so much for such a rapid response silver dragon. I appreciate it. I've used OPT already from a previous degree but thanks for the suggestion. Can I stay in the states for a couple months while sorting everything out or must I return home right away? I know Canadians can visit the states for up to 6 months. Not really sure how to deal with the changing of status exactly. Can I interview in the states for jobs and then return home with the tn letter?

    Thank you!
  4. by   ziggyldy
    hi! i need help.. in my VSC my second given name is indicated twice such that for examply my name is mary jane, what's written is mary jane jane... how can i make changes? thanks for any help!!
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    Any changes you have to do by writing
  6. by   monty0308
    hello silverdragon!

    im using this reply button because i cant find a different way of contacting suzanne or someone just as knowledgable as she is when it comes to foreign educated nurses who want to work in the us...what has happened to the international threads? is suzanne still helping us out? i havent been on here for quite a while...

    im still a nursing student in the eu and i plan on coming to the us after i have gotten more experience here. now, my question is: i want to work in mental health after i have gotten my degree. is this a good idea when it comes to immigration to the u.s. later on in my life? lets say in 2 years...i think to remember that it is not advisable as one should have worked on a general ward such as a surgical ward for some time. this would be better for immigration...is that true? or would i have the same chances if i worked at a psychiatric ward?

    and: can i start the green card process once i have received my degree here? i can start and plan everything despite retrogression, right? the whole immigration process would take quite a long time anyway...and retrogression will stop at some point, i hope...thank you for your time, everyone! keep on smiling!
    Last edit by monty0308 on May 13, '09
  7. by   Silverdragon102
    I doubt retrogression will stop it will just move forwards (hopefully) The demand for visas far outweigh the visas allocated. You can start the process once you have completed your training and look for a employer but be aware currently looking at a lot longer than 2 years, many have been waiting 3-4 years and still waiting. Acute experience will certainly help you but will depend on your employer and the area you will be working in.
  8. by   monty0308
    thank you for your response! why are you hoping that retrogression will remain? i thought you desperately needed nurses over there...anyway...please tell me if i got you right: working in psychiatry would only minimize my chances when it comes to the amount of job offers, right? but has nothing to do with immigration, right?
  9. by   5cats
    She is not hoping that it'll remain, she hopes it'll move forward (instead of backwards)

    5cats
  10. by   Grace99
    Quote from monty0308
    thank you for your response! why are you hoping that retrogression will remain? i thought you desperately needed nurses over there...anyway...please tell me if i got you right: working in psychiatry would only minimize my chances when it comes to the amount of job offers, right? but has nothing to do with immigration, right?
    It does matter! It depends of what kind of visa you're applying. If you're applying for a work visa like TN visa, they all require an employment letter at the port of entry making sure that you cross the border for work purpose. If the State is in retrogression, the job opportunities will be minimized and competitive. That means they are looking for work experiences in all areas -not just psychiatry. My humble opinion, if you have specialty nursing skills like ICU/PACU/CSICU, Telemetry, Cath Lab, ER, OR, Labor room, or Dialysis training, the chances will be high. I just got a job in Dialysis 2 months ago and I'm in the process of getting the TN visa. I got to make sure that all my certificates and documents and licenses (original papers) are well prepared before I come to the border though.

    Just a little sharing,
    Cheers,

    Grace99
  11. by   Silverdragon102
    Retrogression has been a round since Oct 06 and has moved backwards and forwards with dates that are being processed. Currently there are no visas and will see no movement until September bulletin for October month when the new year starts. The dates being processed was 2003 and expect something similar when the new visas are released.

    I am not in the US but a UK citizen that has moved to Canada. Just look at state and general nursing forum and you will see that nurses are being laid off or struggling to find work. As a International nurse it is even harder to find a job as the employer has to prove that they can not employ a US citizen or legal resident. There are only a couple of routes for you coming from the EU and that is H1b (as long as you meet requirements) and immigrant For those citizens from Canada and Mexico there is the NAFTA and for Australian citizens there is the E3
  12. by   monty0308
    thank you, you all!

    so is it still possible for me to immigrate to the us as an european-trained rn? i know nursing isnt schedule a anymore, but it is still possible to get a green card as an rn, correct? i wouldnt be able to get an h1b visa. i want to go the immigration route. im concerned now...please help! thank you.
  13. by   Silverdragon102
    Yes if you meet requirements it is possible to still go as a RN however be prepared is what we are saying to a long wait (as things stand at the moment)

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