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 Canada and Mexico.
It requires that you pass either the NCLEX-RN or the CGFNS exam, as well as the series of English exams if you are not exempt from them.
The CGFNS exam is only required now in about five states, and rumor is that one or two will be removed from that remaining list as well. Do not bother with that exam if you are not going to work in a state that does not require it, or you have no way to be able to take the NCLEX exam from where you are currently located.
The application for the VSC is now only good for one year.........please do not apply for it until you have passed at least one of the required exams, or you may need to pay an additional fee.
(This thread is replacing the original thread that was from more than 2 and 1/2 years ago, and has updated information.)
I'm a Ghanaian nurse currently in the U.K on holiday but i'd like to settle in the U.S in the near future. I've already written and passed the IELTS exam.
May i please know which 5 states currently require the CGFNS exam? I had perception that the VSC could only be obtained after passing the CGFNS exam and completing the CP/CES --sort of pre-requisite -- since it a service offered by them[CGFNS/ICHP]. Can other services offered be accessed without writing the exam? I'd be glad if you could enlighten me on this.
I'd also like to know if the state for which i'm writing a board exam will carry out a validation or some sort of certification programme [so i can decide if the CGFNS is absolutely irrelevant for me], THANKS
Last edit by Phen on Dec 21, '06
: Reason: Had to ask one more question.
Jan 21, '07
Hi suzanne i just want to ask if it is possible for me to be given a visa screen certificate without a local board exam here in the philippines, because according to my sisters lawyer local board exam is a must in VSC, but one of my friend in the NURSES FORUM told me that it is not a requirement(LOCAL BOARD EXAM)... PLS HELP ME
Last edit by milliscent on Jan 21, '07