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CGFNS Visascreen and CES Processing Time Canadian RN

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I am wondering if any RNs have gone through the CGFNS Visascreen process recently? I am hoping to get an average for the processing times for Canadian nurses. I submitted all documents and had all my transcripts/documents from my university as well as licensing information sent off right away which was around July 15th. I also applied for CES report for my Washington State nursing license.

Just curious if anyone can give me a heads up if this process is a couple of months or if I'm looking at more like 3 or 4 months?

I have already written my NCLEX exam in Canada, so really I am just waiting on CGFNS to process and issue the certificates.

Any additional info from anyone who has gone through this recently would be appreciated!

I am currently going through it and it's a non-starter if you're in Ontario. Both the CNO and both my nursing schools (RPN and RN) are unable to process the forms in person due to restrictions with office workers and the pandemic. They can only do electronic forms at this point in time. CGFNS also are not helpful as they do not accept electronic documents. I've been in process since May and CGFNS have received nothing from my nursing board or schools. It likely is different in other provinces. Are you in BC? I ended up getting a full-time temp job locally while I wait.

6 hours ago, Misstheo said:

I am currently going through it and it's a non-starter if you're in Ontario. Both the CNO and both my nursing schools (RPN and RN) are unable to process the forms in person due to restrictions with office workers and the pandemic. They can only do electronic forms at this point in time. CGFNS also are not helpful as they do not accept electronic documents. I've been in process since May and CGFNS have received nothing from my nursing board or schools. It likely is different in other provinces. Are you in BC? I ended up getting a full-time temp job locally while I wait.

Oh WOW! that is frustrating. It's unfortunate that they are unwilling to print your forms send them on your behalf. I'm sure you asked them? Ya, I have also found CGFNS support staff to be unhelpful at times. Yes, I am going from BC! Thankfully CGFNS has received all my documents except for the forms from my school (which I know were delivered at the beginning of august). So I'm hopeful that I will be issued a certificate quite soon! I hope you get your forms soon. That is definitely a frustrating situation.

Update for anyone who might be scrolling through for information:

1. July 22nd 2020: applied for CES report and sent in all documents

2. August 24th 2020: CES report issued

3. still waiting for VisaScreen certificate but I am hopeful that will be issued in the next few days. It says "Ready for Review" and I applied for that July 16th 2020

On 8/20/2020 at 9:05 AM, Misstheo said:

I am currently going through it and it's a non-starter if you're in Ontario. Both the CNO and both my nursing schools (RPN and RN) are unable to process the forms in person due to restrictions with office workers and the pandemic. They can only do electronic forms at this point in time. CGFNS also are not helpful as they do not accept electronic documents. I've been in process since May and CGFNS have received nothing from my nursing board or schools. It likely is different in other provinces. Are you in BC? I ended up getting a full-time temp job locally while I wait.

Hey Misstheo, 

I am in a similar position with the CNO and working towards my Visascreen. I recently bridged from RPN to RN, passed the NCLEX and registered with the CNO. 
I have a question for you; when you filled out your CFGNS Visascreen application did you put RPN and RN for everything. It says to include all relatable jobs but I don't want them to think I'm applying as a LVN/LPN additionally. 

Anyways any advice, thoughts or progress reports on your journey would be much appreciated! 😃 

On 8/25/2020 at 2:22 AM, jennycrands said:

Update for anyone who might be scrolling through for information:

1. July 22nd 2020: applied for CES report and sent in all documents

2. August 24th 2020: CES report issued

3. still waiting for VisaScreen certificate but I am hopeful that will be issued in the next few days. It says "Ready for Review" and I applied for that July 16th 2020

Hi Jennycrands!

Did you receive your VisaScreen certificate yet? How long did it take after you applied if you did?

Thank you.

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I'm from Ontario, Canada. I want to work in New York.

This is my journey so far:
- I have my NCLEX-RN
- CGFNS Visa Screen (Just applied Jan 2021, waiting to hear back)
- New York State License (NYS License) is pending. I used CGFNS's NYS Verification to help me. First applied in Sept. 2019. After lots of obstacles of wrong documents and missing signatures, it was finally completed and sent to NYSED (New York State Education Department) in May 2020. In Sept 2020, NYSED informed me that CNO has to send NYSED a copy of my NCLEX and license verification themselves (even though it was already included in my CGFNS NYS verification). After more back and forth with NYSED, CNO, and covid interruptions (e-mail and mailing issues), CNO sent my license and info to NYSED in Dec. 2020. I am currently waiting to hear back from NYSED if they will give me a New York State RN License.

There were a lot of mistakes, miscommunication, and COVID-19 interruptions with my NYS license application. I believe it would not have taken this long if COVID didn't happen 😢

 

18 minutes ago, Jine said:

Hi Jennycrands!

Did you receive your VisaScreen certificate yet? How long did it take after you applied if you did?

Thank you.

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I'm from Ontario, Canada. I want to work in New York.

This is my journey so far:
- I have my NCLEX-RN
- CGFNS Visa Screen (Just applied Jan 2021, waiting to hear back)
- New York State License (NYS License) is pending. I used CGFNS's NYS Verification to help me. First applied in Sept. 2019. After lots of obstacles of wrong documents and missing signatures, it was finally completed and sent to NYSED (New York State Education Department) in May 2020. In Sept 2020, NYSED informed me that CNO has to send NYSED a copy of my NCLEX and license verification themselves (even though it was already included in my CGFNS NYS verification). After more back and forth with NYSED, CNO, and covid interruptions (e-mail and mailing issues), CNO sent my license and info to NYSED in Dec. 2020. I am currently waiting to hear back from NYSED if they will give me a New York State RN License.

There were a lot of mistakes, miscommunication, and COVID-19 interruptions with my NYS license application. I believe it would not have taken this long if COVID didn't happen 😢

 

Hey! I received my CGFNS certificate just a few days after my CES report was issued. It was about another 4 weeks before I had my Washington state license and then I applied for jobs. From the start of CFNS to starting my job in the US it took about 5 months (I had a long delay after arriving here as it took a while to get an appointment with social security, then my SSN never came in the mail and had to be re-issued, etc. So my start date for work had to be pushed back almost 2 months so hopefully it’s faster for others!) I’m currently working in the US now though! Let me know if you have more questions! I know it can be hard to find the right info and I remember looking all over forums for others in the same boat. Covid has also definitely had made things more complicated, so I’m more than happy to help if I can!

Thanks for quick response! I have more questions I want to ask you but it won't let me direct message you. If you can direct message me, can we chat through email or something? Thank you!

18 minutes ago, jennycrands said:

Hey! I received my CGFNS certificate just a few days after my CES report was issued. It was about another 4 weeks before I had my Washington state license and then I applied for jobs. From the start of CFNS to starting my job in the US it took about 5 months (I had a long delay after arriving here as it took a while to get an appointment with social security, then my SSN never came in the mail and had to be re-issued, etc. So my start date for work had to be pushed back almost 2 months so hopefully it’s faster for others!) I’m currently working in the US now though! Let me know if you have more questions! I know it can be hard to find the right info and I remember looking all over forums for others in the same boat. Covid has also definitely had made things more complicated, so I’m more than happy to help if I can!

Thanks for quick response! I have more questions I want to ask you but it won't let me direct message you. If you can direct message me, can we chat through email or something? Thank you!

For the CGFNS Visa Screen Certificate, did you pay for the regular option or the paid extra for the expedited version?

1 hour ago, Jine said:

For the CGFNS Visa Screen Certificate, did you pay for the regular option or the paid extra for the expedited version?

I didn’t pay for the expedited version. Once all my documents were marked as “received”, I got my certificate quite shorty after that so I think the expedited option is just a money grab. It doesn’t let me direct message you either but if you want to post your email address I can send you an email

18 hours ago, Jine said:

Hi guys, 

hoping someone can help me! Currently looking into this process but I’m a little confused with what the first step is. I’m currently looking to obtain the Illinois RN license. I have passed my NCLEX in Ontario last year. Should I automatically apply for the VisaScreen or do I have to apply for Illinois license first with a CES report? 
 

This is so confusing 🤕

You need to apply for the visascreen (this meets the federal requirement for nurses in the USA) and the CES report (if that’s what you need for Illinois, make sure you check on the CGFNS website which type of report you need for which state) but both can be done concurrently. I’d reccommend getting all your papers in ASAP as it takes about 4+ weeks for them to process it all. You can kind of figure the rest out while you wait on CGFNS. Start looking for jobs, maybe reach out to some hospitals and see if they are familiar with hiring Canadians. It seems pretty common over here in Washington 🙂

28 minutes ago, jennycrands said:

You need to apply for the visascreen (this meets the federal requirement for nurses in the USA) and the CES report (if that’s what you need for Illinois, make sure you check on the CGFNS website which type of report you need for which state) but both can be done concurrently. I’d reccommend getting all your papers in ASAP as it takes about 4+ weeks for them to process it all. You can kind of figure the rest out while you wait on CGFNS. Start looking for jobs, maybe reach out to some hospitals and see if they are familiar with hiring Canadians. It seems pretty common over here in Washington 🙂

thanks for answering, it did clear some doubts up! When I searched for the requirements of the Illinois license, it states either CFGNS, CES, or the visascreen are valid, so still a little unsure whether I have to do both CSE and visascreen or just one is sufficient

10 minutes ago, analazo said:

thanks for answering, it did clear some doubts up! When I searched for the requirements of the Illinois license, it states either CFGNS, CES, or the visascreen are valid, so still a little unsure whether I have to do both CSE and visascreen or just one is sufficient

Hey, I agree it isn’t very clear! For me, I had to do both the CES report and the visascreen. I know for sure you need the visa screen certificate. I’m not sure if that would be all you need for your nursing license but maybe you could check with the board who issues your license?

On 11/27/2020 at 6:54 PM, HeatherLemon said:

Hey Misstheo, 

I am in a similar position with the CNO and working towards my Visascreen. I recently bridged from RPN to RN, passed the NCLEX and registered with the CNO. 
I have a question for you; when you filled out your CFGNS Visascreen application did you put RPN and RN for everything. It says to include all relatable jobs but I don't want them to think I'm applying as a LVN/LPN additionally. 

Anyways any advice, thoughts or progress reports on your journey would be much appreciated! 😃 

Hey! I didn’t work as an LPN so I did put RN for everything. I think you still have to put your previous experience and education that helped you achieve your BSN. Hopefully that helps! You can always call their customer service line also (but be prepared for long wait times! They were usually able help with my specific questions and they can pull up your application). They’ll get all your documents including proof of passing NCLEX so you’re probably good!

Hi jennycrands,

I am currently going through the Visa Screen process, also from BC and I already have my WA license! I'm waiting for CGFNS to receive my documents at the moment.

Just wanted to ask you some questions since you've already gone through the process:

Did you have any issues with the documents that BCCNM (licensing) sent to CGFNS?

What school did you graduate from? Did CGFNS accept the transcript sent from your school?

How did you submit NCLEX results?

I'm feeling quite anxious about this whole thing since I've read awful things about CGFNS. I already got offered a position and my start date is March 12, which I know I may not get the Visa screen in time, but I'm hoping to prevent delays as much as possible!

Thanks in advance for your help 🙂

29 minutes ago, Melstran said:

Hi jennycrands,

I am currently going through the Visa Screen process, also from BC and I already have my WA license! I'm waiting for CGFNS to receive my documents at the moment.

Just wanted to ask you some questions since you've already gone through the process:

Did you have any issues with the documents that BCCNM (licensing) sent to CGFNS?

What school did you graduate from? Did CGFNS accept the transcript sent from your school?

How did you submit NCLEX results?

I'm feeling quite anxious about this whole thing since I've read awful things about CGFNS. I already got offered a position and my start date is March 12, which I know I may not get the Visa screen in time, but I'm hoping to prevent delays as much as possible!

Thanks in advance for your help 🙂

Congrats on your new job! I went to UFV. I had no issues with the documents from BCCNM as they send them electronically- I had called CGFNS to make sure and told them they don’t fill out the forms they required. BCCNM sent proof of NCLEX too I’m pretty sure. I read a lot of bad things about lengthy processing times for CGFNS but it wasn’t that long for me once I sent in all my documents. I think the time frame gets longer when you are missing forms, etc. What actually took the longest was getting my SSN once I got to the US since their social security offices in Washington are closed. You have to wait 2 weeks (the quarantine period since you’re coming internationally) before scheduling an appointment, then they mail you the card. Only after that could my work do the background checks so it definitely was a process before getting started at my new job. Hopefully all goes well for you!

24 minutes ago, jennycrands said:

Congrats on your new job! I went to UFV. I had no issues with the documents from BCCNM as they send them electronically- I had called CGFNS to make sure and told them they don’t fill out the forms they required. BCCNM sent proof of NCLEX too I’m pretty sure. I read a lot of bad things about lengthy processing times for CGFNS but it wasn’t that long for me once I sent in all my documents. I think the time frame gets longer when you are missing forms, etc. What actually took the longest was getting my SSN once I got to the US since their social security offices in Washington are closed. You have to wait 2 weeks (the quarantine period since you’re coming internationally) before scheduling an appointment, then they mail you the card. Only after that could my work do the background checks so it definitely was a process before getting started at my new job. Hopefully all goes well for you!

Thank so much for sharing! That actually makes me feel a little better. If you don't mind, which hospital are you working at?

The HR person actually told me nurses are exempt from quarantine in WA, and I can start work while my SSN is pending! I completed the whole background check for the hospital already too. 

Its just the waiting game with CGFNS now, waiting is the worst part in all of this!!