Can Foreign Nurses get Government Jobs with a Permenant Resident Status?

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I'm a Filipina Nurse licensed in this state. I'm happily married to a wonderful husband. Recently, I applied for a Government Nursing Home Job that said "US Citizens" and "Status Candidates" can apply for the position.

Being that I currently work as a VA Nurse in another state for the past 4 years, and have Permanent Resident Status here in the US, I figure I can apply for a Government position and fall under the category of a "Status Candidate". On a side note, although I work as a VA Nurse, I'm technically a "state employee" [not Government Employee] as the Government partially funds this nursing home...not totally funding it as it appears with a traditional government job.

Was offered a tentative position, but they just rescinded the offer because my Permanent Residence Status is not good enough. Talk about giving your hopes up....HELP !!!!!

Anybody else run into this situation?

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience. 9,051 Posts

Very confusing post. "Government" is not a meaningful descriptor, as there are governmental entities at all levels, including Federal, State, District, City, etc. Do you have a question or are you just making a comment?

asiangal

asiangal

23 Posts

Very confusing post. "Government" is not a meaningful descriptor, as there are governmental entities at all levels, including Federal, State, District, City, etc. Do you have a question or are you just making a comment?

The question was in the title of the thread :

Can Foreign Nurses get Government Jobs with a Permanent Resident Status?

The body of the post was there to give more of a background but the main question was in the title. Thoughts?

WookieeRN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in PACU. Has 5 years experience. 1,050 Posts

I guess since the offer was rescinded upon learning about your status as a permanent resident is looks Iike the answer to your question is no?

PacificRim

PacificRim

35 Posts

The general rule is you must be a United States (U.S.) citizen to work for the U.S. government. So, if applying to work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, you must be a U.S. citizen and having permanent residence isn't enough. State and local governments may have different rules regarding who is eligible to work with them; however, employment with them is does not confer "status" for U.S. government employment. "Status" comes from being a current U.S. government employee or belonging to certain groups like: former U.S. government employees eligible to be re-employed, certain categories of veterans and so on. In certain rare situations, a U.S. government agency can petition for permission to hire a non-citizen for a hard-to-fill position.

Previously, I was employed at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affair facility that was staffed with maybe 25% Filipinos. This included nurses, doctors, drivers, supply persons, building repairmen and so on.

If I'm remembering correctly, USAjobs.com has a thorough explanation of work eligibility requirements.