International nursing students in the US - page 46

For those of you that are studying in the US under either an F-1 visa, or any other where you do not have permission to work, and will need to apply for a green card when you finish your... Read More

  1. by   rachel19
    Hi. I am new here and I have a question. I am currently an international student LVN who is about to graduate from an Associate Degree RN program on november, I want to know what my chances are of getting a working visa. I studied my LVN here and i am currently using my OPT to work and at the same time attend RN school. I am scared that i might not be able to work after finishing school and get sent home because I am international student. help pls...
  2. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from rachel19
    Hi. I am new here and I have a question. I am currently an international student LVN who is about to graduate from an Associate Degree RN program on november, I want to know what my chances are of getting a working visa. I studied my LVN here and i am currently using my OPT to work and at the same time attend RN school. I am scared that i might not be able to work after finishing school and get sent home because I am international student. help pls...
    I think the chances at the moment are going to be low for you to get a job especially if you are using opt now and still studying. An option is to stay on as a F1 until visas are released
  3. by   vanillamocha
    Hi is this only for international students who are graduating withthe BSN or MSN degree? What about those who are graduating with just an AS degree and do hospitals only petition for those with a BSN or MSN degrees?
  4. by   helpme
    Hi all and especially you madam/miss Suzanne.

    What is your sudgestion if you hold ADN RN degree from a school and missed OPT opportunity from that school. And then you tranferred to different school as F-1, major in surgical technology. Can I apply OPT while I go to that school ?

    Thank you in advance.
  5. by   suzanne4
    Quote from kalna18
    Hi, I am international nursing student at RCC NY. I will graduate in december 2007
    i will apply for my OPT somewhere in october 2007
    I have a question about Visa Screen Certificate :
    -when should i send my application for Visa Screen Certificate
    - can i do my opt without Visa Screen Certificate
    - can i work without Visa Screen Certificate

    Anybody can give me a list of the hospitals in NY that sponsor for green card

    Thank you for your answers
    The VSC is needed for immigration purposes, when you are on the OPT, you are still under the F-1 status. Yes, you can work under the OPT without the VSC, but it is needed to get a green card. Suggest that you start the process when you complete the NCLEX exam. You are going to need it sooner or later. Remember that the OPT is only good for up to one year and is not renewable.
  6. by   suzanne4
    Quote from helpme
    Hi all and especially you madam/miss Suzanne.

    What is your sudgestion if you hold ADN RN degree from a school and missed OPT opportunity from that school. And then you tranferred to different school as F-1, major in surgical technology. Can I apply OPT while I go to that school ?

    Thank you in advance.
    The OPT was only good to be applied for before you graduated from the ADN program. If you are under a different major now, then anythign having to do woth the previous degree is not in effect. As a student, the only thing that you could possibly get is the CPT, the OPT is only for once you have finished that degree and are getting a year of training.

    No OPT in nursing is available to you at this time.
  7. by   suzanne4
    Quote from rachel19
    Hi. I am new here and I have a question. I am currently an international student LVN who is about to graduate from an Associate Degree RN program on november, I want to know what my chances are of getting a working visa. I studied my LVN here and i am currently using my OPT to work and at the same time attend RN school. I am scared that i might not be able to work after finishing school and get sent home because I am international student. help pls...

    To answer your first question right from the start, there are no working visas available for you. Only the green card. H1-B visas are not available for nurses, and the bigger issue is that they are only open to submit a petitin two times per year and they will not even be available until next April at the earliest, so that does not help you in any way at all. The only reason that you can work with the LVN is that you are under the F-1 status and have the EAD.

    Whether or not you can get another OPT will be the defining answer, as well as if visas are currrent at that time for anything further.
  8. by   suzanne4
    Quote from vanillamocha
    Hi is this only for international students who are graduating withthe BSN or MSN degree? What about those who are graduating with just an AS degree and do hospitals only petition for those with a BSN or MSN degrees?
    H1-B visas are not available for nurses, and have not been available for a nurse in the bedside role for more than three years. The only thing that is available for you is the green card. If you are under the F-1 status, then you have the OPT available to you in most cases. If under the H-4 status, it will be dependent on if visas are available when you graduate.

    Hospitals can petition you with the two year degree, but the issue is if there will be current visas available when you are ready to begin the process.
  9. by   ekiosaghae
    Dear Suzanne,

    Is there still retrogression for nurses?and what is the current immigration law of acquiting employment based green card through nursing.Any information will be appreciated.I currently have EAD.
  10. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from ekiosaghae
    Dear Suzanne,

    Is there still retrogression for nurses?and what is the current immigration law of acquiting employment based green card through nursing.Any information will be appreciated.I currently have EAD.
    retrogression is currently still on although next month bulletin will be current. I think you should be OK if you keep renewing EAD although next month there is a chance you will get one of the visas being released
  11. by   ekiosaghae
    hI,

    I HAVE CURRENTLY NOT FILED FOR THE EMPLOYMENT BASED GREEN CARD THOUGH I FOUND AN EMPLOYER ONE WHO IS WILLINGLY TO DO THAT FOR ME.I GRADUATE IN 4 WEEKS AND I WILL BE STARTING THE PROCESS THEN.

    MY COUNTRY IS NOT IN BACK LOG OF VISA NUMBERS.mY SISTER JUST GOT HER GREEN CARD THROUGH HER HUSBAND WHO IS A MEDICAL DOCTOR SND IT TOOK THEM 8 MONTHS FROM FILLING TO GREEN CARD ISSUANCE.

    iTS THAT THE SAME FOR NURSES?AND WILL BE THE RETROGRESSION BE OVER ANY TIME SOON?I AM THINKING OF TRYING CANADA IF THERE WILL STILL BE RETROGRESSION IN PLACE.MY EAD EXPIRES OCTOBER 08,BUT I WANT A GREEN CARD BEFORE THEN.I START NP SCHOOL IN JANUARY AND I REALLY DONT WANT TO PAY OUT OF STATE AND HUGE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FEE.I AM ALSO PLANNING TO GO HOME IN APRIL TOO.WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE?BUT NEVERTHELESS THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY.
  12. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from ekiosaghae
    hI,

    I HAVE CURRENTLY NOT FILED FOR THE EMPLOYMENT BASED GREEN CARD THOUGH I FOUND AN EMPLOYER ONE WHO IS WILLINGLY TO DO THAT FOR ME.I GRADUATE IN 4 WEEKS AND I WILL BE STARTING THE PROCESS THEN.

    MY COUNTRY IS NOT IN BACK LOG OF VISA NUMBERS.mY SISTER JUST GOT HER GREEN CARD THROUGH HER HUSBAND WHO IS A MEDICAL DOCTOR SND IT TOOK THEM 8 MONTHS FROM FILLING TO GREEN CARD ISSUANCE.

    iTS THAT THE SAME FOR NURSES?AND WILL BE THE RETROGRESSION BE OVER ANY TIME SOON?I AM THINKING OF TRYING CANADA IF THERE WILL STILL BE RETROGRESSION IN PLACE.MY EAD EXPIRES OCTOBER 08,BUT I WANT A GREEN CARD BEFORE THEN.I START NP SCHOOL IN JANUARY AND I REALLY DONT WANT TO PAY OUT OF STATE AND HUGE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FEE.I AM ALSO PLANNING TO GO HOME IN APRIL TOO.WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE?BUT NEVERTHELESS THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY.
    May be a little easier for you are you trained in the US, No one knows how long retrogression is going to last although releasing some visas next month may make things a little easier the visas do cover all categories not just nurses. Once visas are released you should be able to file and start GC process
  13. by   ekiosaghae
    I Am Schooling In The Us.so Are You Saying That The Release Of Visa's Means The End To Retrogression?

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