Canadian nurses and health care workers in U.S. jobs struggle with red tape

  1. Canadian nurses and health care workers in U.S. jobs struggle with red tape

    A tangle of tough new visa requirements could leave U.S. hospitals hurting for Canadian nurses and health care workers.
    Hospital administrators across the United States are panicking as the July 26 deadline looms closer when foreign health care workers, including Canadian nurses, will be required to meet stringent new requirements for work visas. U.S. hospitals near the border are especially worried that the large Canadian labour pool they depend upon for nurses and other health care workers will be swamped in a sea of red tape imposed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    http://www.canada.com/health/story.h...8-21394E57F74D
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    It does seem like a bit of a money grab for Canadian nurses. All the things you are "screened" for by CGFNS to get the certificate are things you had to prove to get a nursing lisence and TN visa anyways (educational equivalency, english ability, etc).

    I talked to a friend who is interested in going to Califonia to work and she was told by a recruiter that these visa screens may make that impossible. Rumour is, to get the visa screen you have to have a full lisence in the state you are moving to. But, California won't give a permanent lisence without a social security number. You can't get a social security number until you move to the US. You can't move to the US without your visa screen. See the problem? She is contacting CGFNS to see about it.
  4. by   suzanne4
    Visa Screen requirement is that the nurse passes either CGFNS or NCLEX, not that he or she has an active US license.

    The Canadian nurses have known about this for well over one year, and I think that many thought that it wouldn't happen or would get delayed.
  5. by   suzanne4
    Quote from fergus51
    It does seem like a bit of a money grab for Canadian nurses. All the things you are "screened" for by CGFNS to get the certificate are things you had to prove to get a nursing lisence and TN visa anyways (educational equivalency, english ability, etc).

    I talked to a friend who is interested in going to Califonia to work and she was told by a recruiter that these visa screens may make that impossible. Rumour is, to get the visa screen you have to have a full lisence in the state you are moving to. But, California won't give a permanent lisence without a social security number. You can't get a social security number until you move to the US. You can't move to the US without your visa screen. See the problem? She is contacting CGFNS to see about it.
    The recruiter has no idea of what they are talking about and should actually
    be ashamed of themselves. And your friend should do some research also on this. This is one of the reasons that I have a problem with many agencies. :angryfire
  6. by   fergus51
    According to the website, the screen includes a licensure review and requires that the license be "unemcumbered". The confusion is resulting from whether or not a temporary license meets the criteria or not. She has already put a call in as the agency advised her to do.

    http://www.cgfns.org/cgfns/index.html

    Licensure Review
    The licensure review evaluates initial and all current and past licenses. Validations provided directly to ICHP by the issuing/validating institution, affirm that the applicant has completed all practice requirements and that the registration/licensure has no encumbrances.
  7. by   suzanne4
    Quote from fergus51
    According to the website, the screen includes a licensure review and requires that the license be "unemcumbered". The confusion is resulting from whether or not a temporary license meets the criteria or not. She has already put a call in as the agency advised her to do.

    http://www.cgfns.org/cgfns/index.html

    Licensure Review
    The licensure review evaluates initial and all current and past licenses. Validations provided directly to ICHP by the issuing/validating institution, affirm that the applicant has completed all practice requirements and that the registration/licensure has no encumbrances.
    That is based on their Canandian license, the license of which they are currently holding. They do not have a US license yet, so how can it be verified. If they do not have a current US license, then they list only their Canandian.
  8. by   fergus51
    I thought most Canadian nurses got their license before moving. She already has a Minnesota license and was planning on applying for the California one by endorsement like a lot of Canadians do. She has to list the Minnesota one as they are very specific about listing all licenses.
  9. by   fergus51
    OT, but wierd that we're online at the same time! Is it morning there? I am heading off to bed in a minute. Just had to get my allnurses fix before turning in for the night
  10. by   suzanne4
    Quote from fergus51
    I thought most Canadian nurses got their license before moving. She already has a Minnesota license and was planning on applying for the California one by endorsement like a lot of Canadians do. She has to list the Minnesota one as they are very specific about listing all licenses.
    If she has a license for moving, then she lists it. That is all that there is to it.
    If she doesn't have cA yet, then she doesn't list it. Once the petition has been approved, she will get a SSN# assigned, then will have everything done before she gets there.
    Visa screen is interested in what she has already, not what she will be getting. They want to know if there are any charges pending agaist the nurse before giving them permission to work in the US.

    It is afternoon here now, 4:19pm on Thursday.
  11. by   suzanne4
    Look closely at the requirements for Visa Screen, only passing NCLEX or CGFNS is needed for Canadians. It says nothing about already having a license, just that you passed NCLEX.

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