by ShieEs ShieEs (New) New Nurse

Specializes in DIALYSIS.

Hi, Canadian RN here planning to work in U.S.

What is the difference between CGFNS CES and CGFNS VISA SCREEN? Can I utilize the CES as one of the required documents for a TN visa? I paid for CGFNS CES instead, I didn't realize that Visa Screen is needed as well. Please advise what to do. Thank you so much!


hypnotizer90, BSN, RN

Specializes in Medical - Surgical/ General Surgery/ICU. Has 6 years experience. 317 Posts

Hi. There are two CES certification - Professional & Academic. 

CES Professional - "It is a Report that meets the specific requirements of individual state boards of nursing."

CES Academic - "It is designed to meet the needs of applicants pursuing further education in U.S. institutions of higher learning. It provides a detailed analysis of the nursing education received outside the United States."

Visa Screen "is a comprehensive screening service for healthcare professionals seeking an occupational visa to work in the United States". The VisaScreen®: Visa Credentials Assessment Service requires specific health care professionals to complete a screening program before they can receive either a permanent or temporary occupational visa, including Trade NAFTA status."

Visa Screen is usually the certification required for TN. I have never heard someone yet who used CES for this. Depending on the State, some Board of Nursing will request for CES. Some Board will accept CGFNS eDAS - documentation you submitted for your Visa Screen. I don't think that your payment is refundable. Either way, you probably can use the CES in the future. 

You can check what the Board of Nursing required here:

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Specializes in DIALYSIS. 6 Posts

Thank you so much for the info and your prompt response, appreciated it.