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Australian registered nurse midwife using E3 Visa

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by grantsally1 grantsally1 (Member)

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Hi

Any advice out there regarding E3 visas to work in the U.S.

I am at the very early stages of planning to work in the U.S in 2-3 years and looking at going through an agency as I have know idea of where to start?. I am a registered nurse in Aust holding a batchelor of nursing uni degree and diploma of midwifery uni degree. I have 6 years general nursing experience and been in maternity/midwifery since 1998 (12 years). I was looking at a certified registered midwife position the same as what I'm doing now but that looks to hard to achieve straight up. So now looking at a Registered Nurse (Obs) in L&D. Can anyone who has been through the process of relocating from Oz to US through E3 visa give me some feedback??. I have worked out that I need a CES through CGFNS first then apply to a State Nursing Board for NCLEX exam. I assume that a lot of positions in large hospitals in say North Carolina would require RN Obstetrics nurses to hold a batchelors degree which would satisfy an E3 visa for Australian citizens.

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Hi there.

I'm an Aust RN and just passed NCLEX almost 2 months ago. Tho I did not get here through E3 visa, I may be able to give you some help with the NCLEX process.

I think you should be able to do this all yourself. You have plenty of time to get all the paper works and whatever is necessary to get started. If you already know the state you want to work in, then go through thier BON (Board of Nursing) and see the list of CES. Fill up the forms, pay their fees and send it off. From there, they will send off your report to the state's BON. Easy process but may take a while (mine did). The BON will then decide if you are eligible to sit NCLEX (again, mine took some time to process as there was some confusion with my CES report). You have 2-3 years to prepare for all these, so get started and maybe start planning for the test.

Again, get crackin' on the NCLEX part because is E3 visa is a whole 'nother story.

Hope that helps.

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Thanks for your offer for info re-nclex,

i might get in contact down the track when i get the study material etc. It looks almost impossible to transfer midwifery in Aust direct to U.S as a CNM so the next best thing would be obstetrics labor and delivery nurse. From reading a lot of info this positions would be classified as a specialty occupation and does require a batchelor degree or MSN in the U.S which would pass the E3 requirments.

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Hi again

did you have any problems having your bachelor of nursing degree given the equivalent of a bsn by cgfsn prior to applying to take nclex?

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